WASHINGTON (CBSLA/AP) — A House GOP draft immigration bill includes visas for `Dreamers’ and other immigrants, $25 billion for border wall. The measure released Thursday sticks to Trump’s immigration priorities while trying to unite the party’s conservative and moderate factions. It limits visas for extended family members and shifts to a merit-based immigration system. The young Dreamers, who have been living in the United States illegally since childhood, could apply for legal status for six years. Applicants could gain points for education or other skills. Eventually, they could apply for citizenship. The bill – which beefs up enforcement of immigration laws and ends the diversity visa lottery for immigrants from underrepresented countries, among other things – comes amid increasing debate over a Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents and denying asylum to those fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
PINE VALLEY (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles police officer has been arrested on federal charges he tried to smuggle in two illegal immigrants this week in southeastern San Diego County. FILE — LAPD officer Mambasse Koulabalo Patara. August 2017. (Credit: Facebook) Mambasse Koulabalo Patara has been charged with violating immigration laws, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday. He was arrested early Tuesday morning at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley, located about 12 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the complaint, at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Patara drove up to the checkpoint with two male passengers in a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While being interviewed by Border Patrol agents, Koulabalo showed them his LAPD badge and stated he was off-duty, the complaint states. Agents later patted him down and found his service-issued gun in his waistband, the complaint reads. During the interview process, agents determined Patara’s two passengers were illegal immigrants from Mexico. All three men were transported to the Campo Border Patrol Station and arrested at around 1:30 a.m. An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to CBS2 that Patara has been placed on paid administrative leave.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security’s rationale against the program “arbitrary and capricious.” U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington wrote Tuesday that the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, “was unlawful and must be set aside.” Bates wrote that DHS’ decision “was predicated primarily on its legal judgment that the program was unlawful. That legal judgment was virtually unexplained, however, and so it cannot support the agency’s decision.” Bates gave DHS 90 days to “better explain its view that DACA is unlawful.” If the department cannot come up with a better explanation, he wrote, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.” DACA allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, to stay and work legally under renewable permits. President Donald Trump announced last year that he would end the program started by President Barack Obama. It was officially rescinded in March, but DHS is continuing to issue renewals because of previous court orders. Bates’ ruling came in a pair of cases whose lead plaintiffs are the NAACP and Princeton University. He is the third judge to rule against administration plans to end the program. (© Copyright 201 8 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)