Chad’s Morning Brief: Rick Perry Vows to Keep Fighting Indictment, Obama Administration Orders Agents to ID Immigrants That Shouldn’t Be Deported, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for January 29, 2015.
Perry Keeps Fighting
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry vowed on Wednesday that he would keep fighting after a judge ruled that the case will move forward. According to the Texas Tribune, Perry told reporters that he knows he was in the right.
"I know my actions were right when faced with a public official's illegal, unethical, and embarrassing public behavior," Perry said, referring to Travis County District AttorneyRosemary Lehmberg's drunk driving arrestin 2013.
Perry, his defense team by his side, spoke to reporters at a downtown Austin hotelfollowing a tour in Iowa and South Carolina in preparation for his likely presidential bid.
On Tuesday, Judge Bert Richardson gave the criminal case against Perry the green light to proceed, rejecting Perry's attorneys' claims that two criminal charges against Texas' longest-serving governor should be tossed because they violated the Texas and U.S. constitutions.
There are some who believe that in the ruling the judge did give Perry's team some direction in winning the case. The Texas Tribune called that yesterday Perry's silver lining.
According to FOX News, the Obama Administration is asking agents to help identify immigrants that should not be deported.
The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.
Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.
The directives from the Homeland Security Department mark an unusual change for U.S. immigration enforcement, placing the obligation on the government for identifying immigrants who might qualify for lenient treatment. Previously, it was the responsibility of immigrants or their lawyers to assert that they might qualify under rules that could keep them out of jail and inside the United States.
While Obama moves forward on his immigration executive orders, Republicans can't agree on anything and have basically raised the white flag on the issue. Maybe this will be settled by the courts, but how long will that take?
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