Many U.S. cities aren't waiting for the federal government to determine how to deal who with people who enter the country illegally. New York, for instance, is issuing municipal ID cards that are available to all city residents, including undocumented immigrants.

The card allows a resident to open a bank account, enroll a child in school or gain access to a hospital — all actions that require a valid picture ID.

Senate Democrats voted Tuesday to prevent the chamber from taking up legislation that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security but blocks President Barack Obama's controversial executive action on immigration.

The Senate voted 51 to 48 in favor of the procedural motion, falling well short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with the bill.

Forty-four Democrats and the chamber's two Independents voted against the motion along with Republican Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Applications will start being accepted Feb. 18 for temporary deportation relief for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children as part of protections under President Obama's new immigration plan.

Expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the first part of Obama's plan -- and exactly what the new Republican Congress has tried to prevent by withholding full funding this year for the Homeland Security Department.

House Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that a lawsuit might be the best -- or only -- option to try and overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration, ABC News has learned.

“We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue, one we believe gives us the best chance of success,” Boehner told GOP lawmakers at their weekly conference meeting, according to a Republican official in the room.

Baltimore joined dozens of cities Friday to support President Barack Obama's actions on immigration — weighing in on a federal lawsuit that has divided state and local leaders over the economic impact of having people in the country without legal documentation.

A mum tonight made a heartbreaking appeal for her son to be allowed to stay in the UK - hours before he is due to be deported to Africa.

Little Rafeeq Atanda would “not be safe” if he was sent to Nigeria - a country he has never lived in - said his devastated mum.

The five-year-old and his mother, Bola Fatumbi, from Gateshead, were tonight being held in an immigration centre in London ahead of their scheduled deportation late tonight.

Speaking from the centre, Bola told the Evening Chronicle: “I feel safe in Gateshead, but we have no one in Nigeria.

U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)

The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

House Republicans could bring up legislation as early as next week to fund the Department of Homeland Security past its Feb. 28 expiration date.

The GOP conference is not, however, settled on how to curb President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, or whether language for that effort should be included in the actual spending bill — a move that would likely set the spending bill up for a White House veto.

FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, California Highway Patrol officer Armando Garcia explains to immigrants the...

California on Friday will start taking driver's license applications from the nation's largest population of immigrants in the country illegally.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles expects 1.4 million people will seek a license in the first three years of a program aimed at boosting road safety and making immigrants' lives easier.

Over the span of several U.S. election cycles, there have been calls for comprehensive immigration reform to fix a system that people on both sides of the political spectrum agree is broken. But some observers say President Barack Obama’s recent executive action aimed at temporarily shielding some undocumented foreigners from being deported may have doomed his longer-term goal of forging a comprehensive agreement with Congress.

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