The funding move will test Obama’s ability to negotiate effectively with Republican lawmakers who have blocked much of his agenda ahead of a November election when they hope to capture the U.S. Senate. Obama has vowed to swiftly return to their home countries the tens of thousands of children under 18 who have flocked to the United States in recent months. Many who flee are escaping extreme poverty, gangs and drug violence. He risks the wrath of Latino allies in the United States who are looking to him to act on his own to loosen, not strengthen, immigration rules.
Obama, Perry to meet in Texas, talk border problems – Washington Times
Perry has said he wanted a substantive meeting with Mr. Obama on illegal immigration rather than a quick handshake at an airport upon the presidents arrival in Texas. The White House changed its position late Monday, when senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett told the governor in a letter that the president would welcome a meeting with Mr. Perry . The highly charged nature of the public negotiating between the White House and the governors office highlighted the political stakes for both parties in addressing the surge of illegal immigration, which has spawned protests nationwide and forced the administration Tuesday to request an additional $3.8 billion from Congress to speed up deportation cases and bolster security.
Obama Coming To Colorado For Udall Fundraiser : NPR
Mark Udall’s re-election campaign. The president is scheduled to arrive in Denver Tuesday evening and give a speech on Wednesday. Obama later has a closed-door fundraiser for Udall, who is seeking a second term in the Senate. Udall’s race against Republican congressman Cory Gardner is one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. Gardner has hammered Udall’s support for Obama’s health care law.
Obama Urges Restraint For Israel, Palestinians : NPR
peace effort recently collapsed. Writing in emotional terms, he 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 the student loan forgiveness act as payback. “All parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution,” Obama said. Obama’s comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, reflected growing U.S. concern about tit-for-tat violence spiraling out of control as the fragile situation in Israel appears to deteriorate. After dozens of rockets rained on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s military on Tuesday launched an offensive operation including airstrikes that Palestinians said injured at least nine.
Obama signs intelligence bill into law – Yahoo News
intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation. The White House said Obama signed the bill Monday. The cost figure does not include classified programs. The bipartisan legislation specifies that employees would be protected when they make disclosures about potential wrongdoing within their agencies, to internal watchdogs or to Congress’ intelligence committees. The legislation adopts and expands whistleblower protection proposals made by Obama in 2012. The legislation would encourage whistleblowers to voice concerns through channels rather than through unauthorized and potentially damaging leaks, supporters said.