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.

A US federal judge handed a victory to President Barack Obama late Tuesday, throwing out a lawsuit over controversial actions he took last month shielding millions of undocumented migrants from deportation.

The suit brought by Joseph Arpaio, the conservative sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, challenging the constitutionality of the president's actions, was dismissed by Judge Beryl Howell.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania Tuesday ruled unconstitutional President Barack Obama's recent executive action to temporarily protect from deportation more than five million undocumented foreigners.

Judge Arthur Schwab, appointed to the bench by former Republican president George W. Bush, justified his ruling on the legality of the presidential decree because the accused in a driving under influence (DUI) case, 42-year-old Elionardo Juarez-Escobar, could -- in his judgment -- benefit from Obama's executive action.

President Barack Obama sought to reassure Latinos on Tuesday that signing up for deportation relief under his new immigration policy was safe and would not put them in jeopardy if his White House successor tried to overturn the action.

Supported strongly by immigration activists and staunchly opposed by many Republicans, Obama's controversial executive action removed the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. But it sparked fears that coming out of the shadows now could leave immigrants vulnerable later if another administration rescinded the policy.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration.

The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law.

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