Largest Detention Center Proposed for Texas
“Soon, West Texas could be home to the nation’s largest shelter for unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally,” Breitbart News says.
“A proposed housing facility called the Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge would be able to accommodate 3,500 youths at once, according to KHOU. Its location would be just southeast of El Paso. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is apparently reviewing the bid for the shelter. According to the Houston Chronicle, the proposed facility’s backers have a history of investing in housing for employees of Texas’ gas and oil industry.”
Obama’s Political, Legal Obstacles
“Iowa Republican Representative Steve King made headlines over the weekend by urging his colleagues to consider ‘that ‘I’ word’—impeachment—if President Obama wields executive authority to let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in this country. Warning Obama against deciding ‘that he is simply not going to enforce any immigration law, or at least not against anybody except the felons,’ King told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, ‘If that’s not enough to bring [impeachment] about, then I don’t know what would be,’” Josh Eidelson at Businessweek says.
“But is it? As I wrote last month, legal scholars say the president has the discretion to go much farther than he’s likely to choose, given his political constraints. That could include granting ‘deferred action’—temporary relief from the threat of deportation and the opportunity to get a work visa—to most of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.”
Obama Continues Moving Toward Broad Amnesty Declaration
“With Congress mired in dysfunction over immigration, President Barack Obama says he’ll do what he can to sidestep the legislative logjam. One possibility: using presidential authority to remove the threat of possible deportation for a few million immigrants living illegally in the country, a step that conservatives decry as amnesty,” CNN says.
Tough GOP Immigration Bills Draw Reaction
“The tough immigration bills passed by the Republican-led House on Friday are unlikely to become law, but they are drawing intense reactions from all sides,” Nola.com says.
“And some Republicans are praising the House’s new leadership team — Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. — for responding to revolt by tea-party members who refused to support the original Republican bill Thursday (July 31). Scalise and McCarthy worked with the original bill’s opponents Thursday and Friday (Aug. 1) to draft two new measures that Republicans says put the House on the side of better immigration enforcement, but critics label them as cruel and unworkable.”