US President Barack Obama has called for immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Reforms have been stalled for years but nowa new push is being made.
The lower house of the US Congress has approved a measure to end the bulk collection of Americans' phone data. The program was first revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
A Republican senator has interrupted debate on legislation allowing US agencies to spy on Americans. According to the Justice Department, lawmakers must act by Friday.
The US House has passed a bill to fund Homeland Security, without targeting President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Hard-line Republicans seeking to block an immigration amnesty had threatened to hijack the bill.
President Obama has welcomed Irish PM Kenny on his yearly St. Patrick's Day visit. This year, Kenny has shown his support for Obama on issues of trade and immigration.