Baltimore City hopes to strengthen the its immigrant population, according to a report released this week by the mayor's office.

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released the New Americans Task Force report The Role of Immigrants in Growing Baltimore, Recommendations to Retain and Attract New Americans as part of Baltimore Welcoming Week.

The report offers 32 recommendations to further strengthen Baltimore as a place of welcome, economic opportunity, and inclusion.

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President Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November's elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Saturday.

The decision to postpone means any political repercussions for such action would come after the congressional midterm contests.

Obama, who has been weighing ways to change the immigration system on his own after congressional action on the issue stalled, decided to delay any move to "take this issue away from those who would use it to score points as a kind of grandstanding issue," the official said.

In a settlement reached with plaintiffs represented by the ACLU on August 20, the federal government agreed to allow some illegal immigrants who returned to Mexico under the government’s “Voluntary Return” program to return to the United States.

The United States government has reviewed fees for visa applications and for other consular services.

The Department of State will start charging the new fees from September 12, 2014.

A statement posted on the US Department of State website stated: “We have found it necessary to adjust fees for some consular services.”

Foreign nationals applying for visas to travel to the US will now pay $65 (Sh5,720) less.

The new charges are $205 (Sh18,040), down from $270 (Sh23,760)

All other immigrant and special visa processing fees will decrease.

Lawmakers are sounding the alarm, as they prepare to return from the August recess, over the possibility that President Obama will take sweeping executive actions on immigration in a matter of days – with some Republicans warning of a renewed budget brawl if he takes that step.

“For all intents and purposes, America no longer has an immigration system. Instead, we have unsettling chaos,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in a letter earlier this week to Obama, urging him not to go forward with unilateral action.

The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of new green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to announce a series of executive actions that could include plans to defer the deportations of millions of people living in the country illegally, most of whom are Hispanic.

A change in how green cards are handled in the United States for immigrants could come as soon as September, as public pressure is mounting for President Barack Obama to take executive action on the stalled immigration overhaul that's stuck in Congress. The Obama administration has been part of listening sessions with business groups and relatives of immigrants in the past few months, and those talks have led to some tentative ideas about how to handle immigration going forward.

(AP) - President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

House speaker John Boehner leaves a special GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Pete Marovich/EPA

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives were in disarray on Thursday after they were unable to secure the votes for a bill to provide the government with additional money to cope with the influx of unaccompanied children at the border and were forced to pull their own legislation in a dramatic last-minute move.

The climbdown left Washington’s response to the border crisis in chaos, with overwhelmed border authorities at risk of running out of resources before the end of summer.

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