Obama Taps Donor To Be Ambassador To Costa Rica – Abc News

The White House says he’s worked in Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Campaign finance records show Fitzgerald raised large sums for Obama’s presidential campaigns and also contributed to Obama’s transition team and inauguration. Obama selected him in 2013 to join the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Obama is nominating career diplomats to be ambassadors to Macedonia, Montenegro, Senegal, Azerbaijan and Fiji. All of the positions must be confirmed by the Senate.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-taps-donor-ambassador-costa-rica-24476429

Obama seeks $3.7 billion in immigration funds | Politics – WCVB Home

The president offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu, who is only mentioned by name once in the piece. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Obama’s comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, were his first public comments on Middle Eastern affairs since the murder of three Israeli teenagers last month touched off a new round of regional violence and deepening mistrust. After the bodies of the three Israelis were discovered, Obama issued a brief written statement, but hasn’t spoken about the situation publicly. Haaretz said the op-ed was intended for the newspaper’s upcoming peace summit. The White House told The Associated Press the op-ed was written before June 30 — the day the three Israeli teens were found dead — but later updated to reflect more recent events. Writing in emotional terms, Obama said he couldn’t imagine the pain suffered by the parents of the three Israeli teens, but was also heartbroken by the senseless murder of a Palestinian teenager who many suspect was killed as payback. “All parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution,” Obama said. Obama didn’t mention Tariq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of the murdered Palestinian, who was arrested after clashing with Israeli forces.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/08/obama-praises-abbas-but-not-netanyahu-in-opinion-piece-published-by-israeli/

Obama Requests Nearly $4 Billion In Funds To Speed Deportations : NPR

“And what we would like is for the secretary of homeland security to exercise some greater discretion after the due process rights of those individuals has been acknowledged and respected.” Partisan divide It was unclear how much cooperation Obama would get from congressional Republicans. A spokesman for House Speaker my website John Boehner said the request would be considered, but noted it lacked a component sought by the Republican leader. “The speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas – which this proposal does not address,” said Michael Steel. On the Senate side, Republicans argued for changing a 2008 law signed by GOP President George W. Bush that requires deportation hearings before sending back children from non-bordering countries.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/08/politics/immigration/index.html

Obama praises Abbas, but not Netanyahu in opinion piece published by Israeli newspaper | Fox News

White House officials said Tuesday that Mr. Perry had accepted the invitation, but officials in the governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The delicate negotiations over a meeting between the two leaders underscore the high stakes for politicians as they deal with the huge numbers of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States in recent months. Mr. Obama is under intense pressure from Republicans to show that he is cracking down on the new wave of illegal immigration. The White House has said it intends to ask Congress for more money to more efficiently return the children to their countries.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101820525

Obama Seeks Nearly $4 Billion for Immigration Crisis

They don’t want to wait around to see if Congress would change it. And explicitly asking for legislation – new legislation – that would make it easier to deport more kids is not something that the administration’s allies in the immigration reform community want to hear. BLOCK: Right, well, how does this play into the larger political debate about immigration reform? LIASSON: Well, the president is in that very familiar place, whip side (***7:12***) by both sides. He’s being accused by Republicans of causing the crisis by not securing the border. He’s being accused by immigration reform advocates for pursuing a harsh deportation policy.
Source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/08/329884047/obama-requests-nearly-4-billion-in-funds-to-speed-deportations?ft=1&f=1003

Obama seeks emergency immigration funds, more authority – CNN.com

Bush that requires deportation hearings before sending back children from non-bordering countries. They blame the process for a backlog created by the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America entering the United States illegally from Mexico. “I don’t think we can solve the problem unless we revisit” the law, said conservative Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. Democrats, however, want to keep the law intact to ensure that any children who deserve asylum get due process in the form of a full hearing.
Source: http://www.wcvb.com/politics/obama-seeks-37b-in-immigration-funds/26840462

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