UPDATED 21:37 PM EDT, May 21, 2013 | DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved far-reaching immigration legislation that gives a chance at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.
The 13-5 vote clears the bill for a Senate debate expected to begin early next month.
Committee approval came after the panel's chairman sidestepped a showdown on the rights of gay spouses, heeding appeals from the White House and others who feared such a vote could lead to the bill's demise in the Senate.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to halt Gov. Jan Brewer's order that denies driver's licenses for young immigrants in Arizona who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.
The decision by U.S. District Judge David Campbell rejects the argument by immigrant rights advocates who said Brewer's policy was unconstitutional because it's trumped by federal law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled House panel moved Thursday to protect the Department of Homeland Security from the big cuts facing other domestic agencies under the party's budget slashing plan.
The move came as the Appropriations Committee leadership privately circulated plans to drastically reduce spending for labor, education and health programs, foreign and housing aid, the Environmental Protection Agency and transportation.
Seven foreigners were detained early Wednesday by Massachusetts authorities after being caught trespassing on a major reservoir that supplies drinking water to Boston, raising new terror fears in the grieving city, officials said.
The Quabbin Reservoir, a critical infrastructure site, is a heavily guarded facility and monitored by law enforcement consistently.
Greg Comcowich, a FBI spokesman in Boston, confirmed the detention of the seven men telling the Washington Guardian “the FBI is helping local law enforcement with everything we can.”
Just miles from New York City’s hallowed Ground Zero, an Internet server in New Jersey hosts a Jihadist leader’s website that instructs supporters of al-Qaida to use explosive devices against western civilians, along with blueprints showing how to build the bombs.
Another website, hosted on a server located in Miami, provides Hezbollah – designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department – a platform for its television website al-Manar.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A widely touted Border Patrol initiative to send migrants back to Mexico from distant border cities to discourage them from trying again may be one of its least effective methods.
That finding comes in a study that offers a detailed assessment of how the agency's new enforcement strategies are working.
The so-called lateral repatriations aim to make it more difficult for migrants to reconnect with smugglers. The Congressional Research Service finds those migrants are among the most likely to get caught again.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman says failures by national security agencies tainted investigations into the Boston bombing plotters — and says the scheme could have been discovered beforehand.
Lieberman testified Thursday at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the attacks. He says it would hard, but not impossible, for law enforcement to uncover the bombing plot before the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly set off two blasts that killed three people and injured more than 100 people last month.
A Republican senator wants more information about how a student from Kazakhstan (kah-zahk-STAHN') charged with helping cover up for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was allowed to come into the country without a valid visa.
Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley says in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN'-oh) that he wants to know what information Customs and Border Protection had about Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov) when the student arrived in New York in January.
Dias Kadyrbayev was driving back to his apartment when he got a call from a college buddy. A clearly anxious Robel Phillipos told him authorities had released photos of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers — and one of them looked very familiar.
When he got home, Kadrybayev turned on the television to see a shaggy-haired Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his friend, classmate and, by then, one of the most wanted men in the world.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombers were headed for New York's Times Square to blow up the rest of their explosives, authorities said Thursday, in what they portrayed as a chilling, spur-of-the-moment scheme that fell apart when the brothers realized the car they had hijacked was low on gas.
"New York City was next on their list of targets," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.