Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – 1st Anniversary

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - 1st Anniversary

One year ago, on August 15 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive, an initiative announced by President Obama in June of last year, to grant a 2-year reprieve from deportation and work authorization to young unauthorized immigrants. In just under a year more than 500,000 people have applied, and over 400,000 people have been approved—a remarkable feat of mobilization among unauthorized immigrant communities, and for government officials at USCIS. DACA has profoundly changed the lives of those who have received the status, who now have the opportunity to live without fear of deportation, and use their skills and education to work legally.

As DACA turns 1, The Center for American Progress will look at the results, successes, and challenges presented by the directive. Professor Tom K. Wong—himself formerly an undocumented immigrant—and a team of researchers at UCSD have analyzed data from over 450,000 DACA applications, received through Freedom of Information Act requests. This data provides a wealth of information through which to understand where DACA applicants come from and where they live in the U.S., as well as other information, such as the gender and age breakdown of the population. Most crucially, this data opens a window to assess just how well the DACA program has been functioning, and where it can be improved.

Please join the Center for American Progress for this important discussion on the first year of DACA.

For more: http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2013/08/08/71917/daca-turns-1/?evlc=rsvp

June 15, 2012

Remarks by the President on Immigration

Rose Garden

2:09 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is –

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

Q — foreigners over American workers.

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

Q No, you have to take questions.

THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

En españolhttp://www.dhs.gov/describe-proceso-de-acción-diferida-para-los-llegados-en-la-infancia

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Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

June 15, 2012

MEMORANDUM FOR:

David V. Aguilar
Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Alejandro Mayorkas
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

John Morton
Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

FROM:
Janet Napolitano

SUBJECT:
Secretary of Homeland Security
Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

• came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
• is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces ofthe United States;
• has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
and
• is not above the age of thirty.

http://www.dhs.gov

Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

En español: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120803-dhs-describe-proceso-accion-diferida-para-llegados-en-la-enfancia.shtm

US Citizenship & Immigration Services – Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados UnidosAcción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

July 08, 2014 FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

July 09, 2014 Statement by the President Obama on Immigration

Broder Security Overview
Criminal Alien Program
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Delegation of Immigration Authority, 287(g)
ICE Parental Interest Directive
Rapid REPAT
Removal Statistics
Repatriation
Secure Communities

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UPDATE: Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

5/16/13 Associated Press By ERICA WERNER and DONNA CASSATA

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on U.S. immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the widely denigrated system.

The move came after a Republican congressman announced plans to try to force a vote next week, over strong conservative opposition, on his measure creating a path to citizenship for immigrants who live here illegally yet serve in the military.

Rep. Jeff Denham labeled his bill the ENLIST Act and said he would seek a vote as an amendment to the popular annual defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

In response, Doug Heye, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said: “No proposed ENLIST amendments to NDAA will be made in order.”

Heye said no stand-alone vote on the measure would be permitted, either.

It was the latest setback for President Barack Obama’s efforts to move comprehensive immigration legislation through Congress to boost border security, remake legal worker programs and offer legal status to the estimated 11.5 million people now living here illegally. The Senate passed an immigration bill last year, but it’s been stalled in the Republican-led House.

Friday’s developments seemed to all but rule out anything happening on the issue this year in the House, if even Denham’s limited measure could not advance. Despite a wide coalition of business, labor, religious groups, farmers and others pushing for an immigration overhaul, many individual Republican House members who represent largely white districts have been unmoved.

Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders have insisted they want to advance immigration legislation, though they’ve rejected the Senate’s comprehensive bill. Chances have always looked slim, but the White House and outside advocates saw a window for action over the next several months, before Congress’ August recess and November midterm elections.

Denham’s measure was widely popular and seen as perhaps the likeliest area for compromise.

But in recent weeks prominent conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation, announced their opposition. Heritage Action, the group’s political arm, announced it would include the vote in its ratings on lawmakers and called Denham’s legislation “deplorable.”

Cantor himself faces a primary election challenge in the state of Virginia June 10 from a tea party opponent who has criticized the majority leader for not being conservative enough and accused him of supporting amnesty for immigrants living here illegally.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/republican-leaders-block-us-immigration-measure-201549527.html

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39 Responses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – 1st Anniversary

  1. CR says:

    whitehouse_schedule

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in Massachusetts

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    Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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  2. CR says:

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – 1st Anniversary

    One year ago, on August 15 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive, an initiative announced by President Obama in June of last year, to grant a 2-year reprieve from deportation and work authorization to young unauthorized immigrants. In just under a year more than 500,000 people have applied, and over 400,000 people have been approved—a remarkable feat of mobilization among unauthorized immigrant communities, and for government officials at USCIS. DACA has profoundly changed the lives of those who have received the status, who now have the opportunity to live without fear of deportation, and use their skills and education to work legally.

    Source: http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2013/08/08/71917/daca-turns-1/?evlc=rsvp

    • CR says:

      As DACA turns 1, Center for American Progress will look at the results, successes, and challenges presented by the directive. Professor Tom K. Wong—himself formerly an undocumented immigrant—and a team of researchers at UCSD have analyzed data from over 450,000 DACA applications, received through Freedom of Information Act requests. This data provides a wealth of information through which to understand where DACA applicants come from and where they live in the U.S., as well as other information, such as the gender and age breakdown of the population. Most crucially, this data opens a window to assess just how well the DACA program has been functioning, and where it can be improved.

      Please join the Center for American Progress for this important discussion on the first year of DACA.

    • CR says:

      June 15, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Immigration

      Rose Garden

      2:09 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

      These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

      Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

      That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

      Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

      As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

      In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

      Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

      Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is —

      Q (Inaudible.)

      THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

      Q — foreigners over American workers.

      THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

      Q No, you have to take questions.

      THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

      Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

      Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

      And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

      And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

      En español: http://www.barackobama.com/es/entry/el-presidente-obama-es-la-accion-correcta

    • CR says:

      Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Case for the Agricultural Industry

      Julie Chavez Rodriguez August 13, 2013 01:25 PM EDT

      Today, Jason Berry the owner of Berry Farms in Vivaldia, Georgia joined a call with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to highlight the important economic benefits of immigration reform to the agricultural industry. Jason’s company produces 200 acres of organic blueberries, in addition to 50 acres of vegetables. In the spring and summer of 2011 a drastic shortage of farm workers, invoked by the passage of a local law, almost caused him to lose his farm. Desperate for workers, Jason began offering $50 signing bonuses to locals who were willing to work harvesting his crops; however, based on his estimates, 90% of those new hires quit within three days. Jason says the losses at his blueberry and vegetable farm were almost enough to put his small operation under, which would have drastically impacted him and his 15 year round employees. Jason’s story is one echoed by many farmers in Georgia. Jason shared his story with President Obama in late June and continues to use his story to demonstrate why immigration reform is so important to America’s farmers and the entire agricultural industry.

      http://youtu.be/ndTA7I3_qxc?t=1s

    • CR says:

      The Economic Benefits of Providing a Path to Earned Citizenship

      Cecilia Muñoz and Gene Sperling August 13, 2013 02:11 PM EDT

      Today, the White House released a report detailing the economic benefits of providing a path to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. shadow economy. As highlighted in the report, a range of economic research has shown that immigrants living and working in the United States without authorization are earning far less than their potential, paying much less in taxes, and contributing significantly less to the U.S. economy than they would if they were given the opportunity to gain legal status and earn U.S. citizenship. According to outside estimates, providing earned citizenship for these workers would increase their wages and, over 10 years, boost U.S. GDP by $1.4 trillion, increase total income for all Americans by $791 billion, generate $184 billion in additional state and federal tax revenue from currently undocumented immigrants, and add about 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/13/economic-benefits-providing-path-earned-citizenship

  3. CR says:

    wh-tweet-header

    Got questions about President Obama's agenda—or about life at the WH? Ask using #WestWingWeek and we'll answer some in this week's episode.— The White House (@whitehouse) August 12, 2013

  4. CR says:

    Companies in U.S. Kept Inventories Lean in June as Sales Rose

    Aug 13, 2013 7:00 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Inventories at U.S. companies were little changed in June as sales improved, signaling manufacturers will be growing orders.

    Stockpiles held at around $1.66 billion after dropping 0.1 percent in May, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey projected a 0.2 percent advance. Sales rose 0.2 percent in June.

    Companies may gain confidence to replenish stockpiles as consumer demand for housing, automobiles and clothing improves. Merchants had enough goods on hand in June to last 1.29 months at the current sales pace, matching the previous month. The last time the ratio was lower was a year ago.

    The median forecast for business inventories was based on a Bloomberg survey of 44 economists. Estimates ranged from a 0.1 percent decline to a gain of 0.5 percent. The May figure was revised from an originally reported 0.1 percent increase.

    Another Commerce Department report today showed retail sales rose in July for a fourth consecutive month, showing the economy is breaking free of the effects of higher taxes and federal budget cuts. The 0.2 percent increase followed a 0.6 percent gain in June that was larger than previously reported. The measure of demand that feeds into gross domestic product climbed by the most this year.

    Retailers’ stockpiles, the only part of today’s inventory report not previously released, rose 0.1 percent in June while sales jumped 0.8 percent.

    The value of inventory at motor vehicle and parts dealers increased 0.5 percent as demand climbed 2.9 percent.

    Factory inventories rose 0.1 in June, while wholesaler stockpiles dropped 0.2 percent.

  5. CR says:

    U.S. Budget Deficit Down 37.6 Percent Through July

    AUGUST 13, 2013 MARTIN CRUTSINGER – tpm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday reported a $97.6 billion deficit for July but remains on track to post its lowest annual budget gap in five years.

    July’s figure raises the deficit so far for the 2013 budget year to $607.4 billion, the government says. That’s 37.6 percent below the $973.8 billion deficit for the first 10 months of the 2012 budget year.

    The Congressional Budget Office has forecast that the annual deficit will be $670 billion when the budget year ends Sept. 30, far below last year’s $1.09 trillion. It would mark the first year that the gap between spending and revenue has been below $1 trillion since 2008.

    Steady economic growth, higher taxes, lower government spending and increased dividends from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped shrink the deficit.

    Still, looming budget fights in Congress are complicating the picture. When lawmakers return from their recess in September, they will need to increase the government’s borrowing limit. They will also have to approve a spending plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on both measures.

    Republicans want President Barack Obama to accept deeper cuts in domestic government programs and in expensive benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Obama has argued that Republicans must be willing to accept higher taxes on the highest-earning Americans.

    Conservative House Republicans have signaled a willingness to force a partial government shutdown as a way of defunding Obama’s universal health care law, which they oppose.

    A possible compromise would be to approve a stopgap budget to keep the government operating after Oct. 1 while both sides seek a permanent solution.

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/us-budget-deficit-down-376-percent-through-july.php

  6. CR says:

    Maya Soetoro-Ng on Education for Peace and Resilience
    August 14, 2013, 12:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET

    An estimated three million children are currently exploited in India’s sex trade. The vast majority of trafficked women and girls usually come from the poorest, most disadvantaged backgrounds in India: the Dalits, Adivasi and other low-caste communities. Every day in India, 200 women and girls enter prostitution, and 80% of them do so against their will as victims of trafficking.

    For more: http://www.americanprogress.org/events/upcoming-events/

  7. CR says:

    Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume August 14: U.S.

    8/7/13 Lesley Wroughton – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talk in Jerusalem on August 14, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

    “Negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians will be resuming August 14 in Jerusalem and will be followed by a meeting in Jericho (in the West Bank),” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing.

    The sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on July 30 in U.S.-mediated efforts to end the conflict of more than six decades.

    Psaki said U.S. envoys Martin Indyk and Frank Lowenstein will travel to the region to help facilitate the negotiations.

    She signaled that no major breakthroughs were likely at the meeting, saying: “Secretary Kerry does not expect to make any announcements in the aftermath of this round of talks.”

    The announcement came as Israel said it had given preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land, a move that would complicate peace negotiations.

    The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable James H. Thessin, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay, Department of State

    The Honorable Miriam Sapiro, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Office of the United States Trade Representative

    The Honorable Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, Department of Commerce

  8. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    U.S. Men vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
    2:30 p.m. ET
    Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium
    Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN2, WatchESPN

    • CR says:

      12th straight game win for US Men’s Soccer Team!!!

      USA Men vs. BOS Men
      08/14/2013
      1:30 p.m. ET
      Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium
      Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

      FINAL SCORE: US MEN 4 : 3 BOSNIA- HERZEGOVINA

      US: Johnson 54′, Altidore 58′, Altidore 84′, Altidore 86′
      BOS: Dzeko 7′, Ubusevuc 30′, Dzeko 90′

      • CR says:

        Altidore Hat Trick Powers U.S. MNT Past Bosnia

        U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore notched his second career hat trick and became the first USA player to score a goal in five straight games as the U.S. rallied for a 4-3 victory against No. 13-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first-ever meeting between the two sides at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium.

        Au\g. 14, 2013 Nick Turchiaro/U.S. Soccer

        SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Aug. 14, 2013) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore notched his second career hat trick and became the first USA player to score a goal in five straight games as the U.S. rallied for a 4-3 victory against No. 13-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first-ever meeting between the two sides at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium.

        The U.S. also extended its record winning streak to 12 games, which is currently the longest string of victories among all international competition. Eddie Johnson started off the rally with his 18th career goal as the USA overcame a two-goal halftime deficit.

        For more: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2013/08/130814-mnt-vs-bih-match-report.aspx

  9. CR says:

    Producer Prices in U.S. Little Changed as Car Costs Decline

    Aug 14, 2013 5:46 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Wholesale prices in the U.S. unexpectedly were little changed in July, reflecting the biggest drop in auto costs in four years.

    The steady reading in the producer price index followed a 0.8 percent gain in June, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 73 economists projected a 0.3 percent rise. The so-called core measure, which excludes volatile food and fuel, climbed less than forecast.

    Lower prices for raw materials are weighing on cost pressures at the production stage as slower growth abroad restrains demand. Federal Reserve policy makers continue to see inflation running below the central bank’s 2 percent goal even as the expansion picks up in the second half of the year.

    “Inflation should gradually pick up, but it’s still going to be relatively low,” said Scott Brown, chief economist for Raymond James & Associates Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, who correctly projected the rise in core prices. “There’s still a lot of slack in the economy.”

    Stock-index futures held earlier losses after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in September fell 0.2 percent to 1,687.7 at 8:45 a.m. in New York.

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from a drop of 0.1 percent to a 0.8 percent increase.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-14/producer-prices-in-u-s-little-changed-in-july-as-car-costs-fell.html

  10. CR says:

    Gay Marriage Shows States Luring Discriminated Couples: Economy

    By Victoria Stilwell, Jeanna Smialek & Meera Louis – Aug 14, 2013 6:29 AM PT

    Hans Bernhard and Mitch Null say they may leave North Carolina — taking their daughter, their jobs as a veterinarian and an information technology business operations manager at Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and the tax revenue from their properties.

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the couple is considering moving to Maryland, where they could have a recognized marriage and guaranteed access to the related federal benefits. Bernhard could also become a lawful father to the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Eva, since North Carolina law prevents residents from adopting a child if they aren’t married to the legal parent.

    “As Eva grows, when friends of hers ask her, it would be nice for her to be able to say, ‘My dads are married, and they love each other dearly, and they love me dearly, and we’re just like anybody else,’” said Bernhard, 34.

    Thirteen states and the District of Columbia, making up 34 percent of gross domestic product, have legalized same-sex marriage, including Minnesota and Rhode Island, where laws took effect Aug. 1. Laws ban the practice in 35 states, with five of those allowing civil unions or domestic partnerships. New Mexico does not expressly sanction or ban same-sex matrimony; New Jersey allows civil unions.

    Bernhard and Null’s dilemma illustrates the economic benefits and consequences of a state’s same-sex marriage policy. Following the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling, gay rights proponents and some economic development officials say states with gay-friendly laws can leverage them for financial gain, while those with prohibitive policies will miss out.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-14/gay-marriage-shows-states-luring-discriminated-couples-economy.html

  11. CR says:

    DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

    Aug. 14, 2013 American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today.

    After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies, the Defense Department will make spousal and family benefits available no later than Sept. 3, 2013, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as service member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate.

    The DOD remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. military, and their families, are treated fairly and equally as the law directs.

    Entitlements such as TRICARE enrollment, basic allowance for housing and family separation allowance are retroactive to the date of the Supreme Court’s decision. Any claims to entitlements before that date will not be granted. For those members married after June 26, 2013, entitlements begin at the date of marriage.

    The DOD recognizes that same-sex military couples who are not stationed in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage would have to travel to another jurisdiction to marry. That is why the department will implement policies to allow military personnel in such a relationship non-chargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur. This will provide accelerated access to the full range of benefits offered to married military couples throughout the department, and help level the playing field between opposite-sex and same-sex couples seeking to be married.

    For civilian benefits administered government-wide to federal employees, the DOD will follow the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Labor’s guidance to ensure that the same benefits currently available to heterosexual spouses are also available to legally married same-sex spouses.

  12. CR says:

    A Postman’s 1963 Walk For Justice, Cut Short On An Alabama Road

    August 14, 2013 7:43 AM by MILES JOHNSON – NPR

    In April of 1963, a Baltimore mailman set off to deliver the most important letter in his life — one he wrote himself. William Lewis Moore decided to walk along Highway 11 from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., hoping to hand-deliver his letter to Gov. Ross Barnett. Moore wanted Barnett to fundamentally change Mississippi’s racial hierarchy — something unthinkable for a Southern politician at the time.

    In his letter, Moore warned the governor, “Do not go down in infamy as one who fought the democracy for all which you have not the power to prevent.” It never reached its destination. Moore was shot on the roadside, a killer never charged.

    Through time, Moore’s story has been overshadowed by more emblematic moments that gripped the nation that year, like the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Jackson, Miss., in May and the deaths of four black girls in the September bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. But while Moore’s walk for equality is less well-known, it’s an important chapter in the civil rights movement for many.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/14/211711898/a-postmans-1963-walk-for-justice-cut-short-on-an-alabama-road

  13. CR says:

    Egypt Declares State of Emergency

    August 14, 2013 Edward Yeranian – VOAnews

    CAIRO —
    The Egyptian army says an operation to clear two sit-in protest camps of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo is almost over, amid conflicting reports on the number of casualties.

    The Ministry of Health reported 149 deaths and over 1,400 wounded while the Brotherhood said the toll is much higher. A month-long state of emergency with a nation-wide curfew has been ordered, and the interim president’s office has authorized the army to help the police enforce security.

    Egypt’s interim vice president, pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned, saying he could not bear responsibility for decisions he “does not agree with and whose consequences” he fears.

    Violent clashes spread across Cairo and many parts of Egypt, after government security forces moved to disperse Muslim Brotherhood supporters at two protest camps in the capital. The two sit-ins began more than 40 days ago, after the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

    For more; http://www.voanews.com/content/at-least-15-dead-in-cairo-protests-/1729336.html

    • CR says:

      August 14, 2013

      Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Egypt

      The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt. We extend our condolences to the families of those who have been killed, and to the injured. We have repeatedly called on the Egyptian military and security forces to show restraint, and for the government to respect the universal rights of its citizens, just as we have urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. Violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy, and runs directly counter to the pledges by the interim government to pursue reconciliation. We also strongly oppose a return to a State of Emergency law, and call on the government to respect basic human rights such as freedom of peaceful assembly, and due process under the law. The world is watching what is happening in Cairo. We urge the government of Egypt – and all parties in Egypt – to refrain from violence and resolve their differences peacefully.

  14. CR says:

    Michelle Obama Hip Hop Album with Ashanti, Run DMC And More “Get Up And Move”

    Published on Aug 13, 2013

  15. CR says:

    A difference this Obama vacation: No daughters yet

    Aug. 14, 2013 2 hours ago DARLENE SUPERVILLE – AP

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s fourth summer vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard is humming along with the usual golf games and basketball. But the family vibe is different. For the first time, daughters Malia and Sasha are missing, away at summer camp.

    White House officials say only that the girls will reunite with their parents later in the week, without giving a specific date.

    “When they get here, we’ll let you know,” spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

    Michelle Obama arrived Saturday with her husband and family dog, Bo. Obama returns to Washington on Sunday.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/difference-obama-vacation-no-daughters-yet-192519473.html

    • CR says:

      Sasha and Malia join the Obamas on Martha’s Vineyard

      August 15, 2013 By Barry Stringfellow – mvtimes

      This afternoon, The White House issued a short statement saying President and Michelle Obama’s two children, Sasha and Malia, arrived on Martha’s Vineyard today to spend the rest of the week with their parents vacationing on the Island.

      The White House closely guards the privacy of the two children, and did not release any information about where they spent the first part of the week.

      For more: http://www.mvtimes.com/2013/08/15/sasha-malia-join-obamas-marthas-vineyard-16914/

    • CR says:

      From Obamaritas to Obama t-shirts, Edgartown businesses capitalize on the first family’s visit

      August 14, 2013 By Michelle Gross – mvtimes

      “OBAMA RULES” is the legend that has attracted glances from photo-happy passersby in front of Portobello Road — an eclectic gift shop/variety store on Dock Street in downtown Edgartown. The 10-foot-long sign made of a refurbished piece of wood is meant to welcome the first family wholeheartedly, the store’s owner, Kevin Butler, explained.

      “We’re excited that they’re here,” Mr. Butler said of the visit of the president and his family to the Vineyard. “I thought it would be a nice welcome and show them that we love the idea that they come here.”

      Casual talks with several Edgartown business operators found that they shared Mr. Butler’s enthusiasm.

      Mr. Butler said he got the idea to have a sign made after the Obamas’ 2011 vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. “This is a beautiful place, and this sign is a way to show some love and welcome him with open arms.”

      For more: http://www.mvtimes.com/2013/08/14/from-obamaritas-obama-t-shirts-edgartown-businesses-capitalize-first-familyaes-visit-16910/

  16. CR says:

    WH

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  17. CR says:

    August 09, 2013

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of
    Paraguay to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara on August 15, 2013.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/09/president-obama-announces-presidential-delegation-republic-paraguay-atte

  18. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall to Lowest Level in Almost Six Years

    Aug 15, 2013 5:30 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek & Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly dropped last week to the lowest level in almost six years, signaling the U.S. job market continues to mend.

    The number of applications for unemployment insurance payments declined by 15,000 to 320,000 in the week ended Aug. 10, the fewest since October 2007, from a revised 335,000, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 335,000. There was nothing unusual in the data and no states were estimated, a Labor Department spokesman said as the data was released to the press.

    The slowdown in firings may be a precursor to a pickup in hiring, which would bolster household incomes and spending. Fewer dismissals are also helping boost consumer confidence as growth in the world’s largest economy shows signs of picking up in the second half of 2013.

    “The trend remains favorable,” Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report.

    “The job market has improved since the July payroll reading.”

    Another Labor Department report today showed the consumer-price index increased 0.2 percent in July after a 0.5 percent gain the prior month. The advance matched the median forecast of 82 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The core measure, which excludes food and fuel, also climbed 0.2 percent from June.

    Last week’s claims reading was lower than any economist in the Bloomberg survey projected. Estimates ranged from 322,000 to 347,000. The Labor Department revised the previous week’s figure from an initially reported 333,000.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-15/jobless-claims-in-u-s-fall-to-lowest-level-in-almost-six-years.html

  19. CR says:

    Industrial Production in U.S. Was Unchanged in July, Fed Says

    By Shobhana Chandra – Aug 15, 2013 6:15 AM PT

    Industrial production in the U.S. was unchanged in July as a slowdown at factories overshadowed an increase in mining.

    The reading for output at factories, mines and utilities followed a 0.2 percent gain the prior month that was smaller than previously reported, a report from the Federal Reserve showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 82 economists called for a 0.3 percent rise in July. Manufacturing (IPMGCHNG), which makes up 75 percent of total production, declined for the first time in three months.

    Production may rebound as low interest rates spur sales of new cars and homes, benefiting companies from General Motors Co. (GM) to United Technologies Corp. (UTX) The Fed report contrasts with data from the Institute for Supply Management indicating manufacturing grew in July at the fastest rate in more than two years.

    “It’s a weak start to the quarter for industrial production, but I wouldn’t worry about one data point,” Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto, said before the report. “Other reports show manufacturing had a pretty solid month. Demand is starting to pick up. We’re setting up for a stronger second half for the economy.”

    Manufacturing in the New York region expanded less than forecast in August, separate data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed. The bank’s general economic index fell to 8.2 from 9.5 last month. Readings greater than zero signal expansion in New York, northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of 50 economists called for a reading of 10.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-15/industrial-production-in-u-s-was-unchanged-in-july-fed-says.html

  20. CR says:

    Housing Market Index

    Released On 8/15/2013 10:00:00 AM For Aug, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Housing Market Index 57 56 56 50 to 59 59

    Market Consensus before announcement
    The NAHB housing market index for July rose another 6 points to 57 for the highest level since the bubble days of 2006. Since just April, this index is up 16 points. Future sales were the strongest component in the report, at 67, with present sales also very strong at 60 for a 5 point gain that points to strength for new home sales. Traffic is on the rise but continues to lag at 45.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  21. CR says:

    10:15 AM ET
    President Obama delivers a statement on Egypt
    Chilmark, Massachusetts

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/223126

    • CR says:

      August 15, 2013

      Remarks by the President on the Situation in Egypt

      Residence
      Chilmark, Massachusetts

      10:30 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I just finished a discussion with my national security team about the situation in Egypt, and I wanted to provide an update about our response to the events of the last several days.

      Let me begin by stepping back for a moment. The relationship between the United States and Egypt goes back decades. It’s rooted in our respect of Egypt as a nation, an ancient center of civilization, and a cornerstone for peace in the Middle East. It’s also rooted in our ties to the Egyptian people, forged through a longstanding partnership.

      Just over two years ago, America was inspired by the Egyptian people’s desire for change as millions of Egyptians took to the streets to defend their dignity and demand a government that was responsive to their aspirations for political freedom and economic opportunity. And we said at the time that change would not come quickly or easily, but we did align ourselves with a set of principles: nonviolence, a respect for universal rights, and a process for political and economic reform. In doing so, we were guided by values but also by interests, because we believe nations are more stable and more successful when they’re guided by those principles as well.

      And that’s why we’re so concerned by recent events. We appreciate the complexity of the situation. While Mohamed Morsi was elected President in a democratic election, his government was not inclusive and did not respect the views of all Egyptians. We know that many Egyptians, millions of Egyptians, perhaps even a majority of Egyptians were calling for a change in course. And while we do not believe that force is the way to resolve political differences, after the military’s intervention several weeks ago, there remained a chance for reconciliation and an opportunity to pursue a democratic path.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/15/remarks-president-situation-egypt

  22. CR says:

    Sebelius: Combating ‘Misinformation’

    AUG. 14, 2013 5:05 PM EDT BY ALEX WAYNE – bloomberg

    Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, sat down with Bloomberg News today while promoting the Affordable Care Act in Atlanta, Georgia.

    On Oct. 1, Americans who lack insurance through their jobs can begin signing up for coverage through new government-run marketplaces called exchanges; the Obama administration hopes for at least 7 million people to have coverage by March 31 of next year.

    Sebelius: “They may be better resourced. But I think the Affordable Care Act is the law and we think it’s really important for people to understand what’s going to be available to them and how for the first time millions of Americans are going to look forward to health security that they’ve never had. Even in states where the leadership of the state may be hostile, there are active, engaged, well known supporters who are very involved.

    I’m going to sit down in a little bit with a meeting led by the chairman of the county commission here in Atlanta who’s gathered together a wide group of stakeholders. That kind of local support and effort will be huge in terms of outreach; I’ve been spending time in Texas, and the mayors of major Texas cities, members of Congress, state legislators are very engaged and involved. We have active, engaged, interested people who know this is a brand new day and they want to get the word out to folks who will benefit from the law.”

    BN: How are you going to measure the success of the law?

    S: “We’ll be looking at our own real-time examples of who’s signing up, where it’s going well, kind of lessons learned. In a six-month open-enrollment period we have opportunities to actually take best practices and replicate those in various parts of the country. We know there will be states where things will go very well because the states are all in. There’s a lot of not only federal effort but a lot of engaged state effort, a lot of state resources. Other states, as you say, where there will be a lot of resistance, and so the job is kind of made doubly difficult; there are lots of people who may want information, may want new insurance benefits, but getting correct facts to them, drilling down through the misinformation, is going to be more complicated. That’s where a lot of my time and effort is going to be spent: on the markets that are really federal markets.”

    For more: http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2013-08-14/sebelius-combating-misinformation/

  23. CR says:

    White House solar panels being installed this week

    August 15 at 11:30 By Juliet Eilperin, washingtonpost

    After nearly three years, the White House began installing solar panels on the First Family’s residence this week, a White House official confirmed Thursday.

    The Obama administration had pledged in October 2010 to put solar panels on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy.

    The White House official, who asked not to be identified because the installation is in process, wrote in an e-mail the project is “a part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.”

    At the time of the 2010 announcement, then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu and White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley said the administration would conduct a competitive bidding process to buy between 20 and 50 solar panels. The officials did not identify the supplier or cost of the project, but wrote the White House “has begun installing American-made solar panels” and the initiative, “which will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.”

    The retrofit also includes installing updated building controls and variable speed fans, the official added.

    Back in 2010, Chu said, ”This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”

    This is not the first time solar panels have graced the White House’s roof: President Jimmy Carter had 32 installed in the late 1970s but President Ronald Reagan removed them in 1986. Two grass-roots campaigns lobbied Obama at the start of his first term to restore the panels.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/15/white-house-solar-panels-finally-being-installed/

  24. CR says:

    August 15, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on New DOD Initiatives to Eliminate Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces

    The President has stated clearly that sexual assault is a crime that undermines the honor, integrity, and readiness of our Armed Forces. He has charged the nation’s military leadership with “exponentially stepping up our game” when it comes to eliminating sexual assault. Women and men who step forward to serve our country must be protected from this devastating crime, and offenders must be held appropriately accountable. Today’s announcement by Secretary of Defense Hagel of new Executive Actions is the result of intensive effort by the Department of Defense — including the senior civilian leadership and each of the Services — to fulfill the President’s call to action. The initiatives announced today are substantial, but only a step along a path toward eliminating this crime from our military ranks. The President expects this level of effort to be sustained not only in the coming weeks and months, but as far into the future as necessary. We will continue to work with the Pentagon to make progress on this high priority goal because none of our men and women in uniform should ever have to experience the pain and degradation of sexual assault.

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