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 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.
Senators in the US avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at midnight by extending funding for a week. The department manages borders, coastlines and oversees anti-terror initiatives.
The US Congress has passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security. The vote came just hours before the department faced a partial shutdown.
The White House has pledged an appeal against a Texan judge's bid to halt President Obama's planned immigration reforms. The changes would shield millions of people living in the US illegally from deportation.
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