Judge strikes Obama immigration action
A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Obama's executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action." Schwab, a George W. Bush appointee, issued his opinion Tuesday in a criminal case involving a Honduran immigrant in Pittsburgh.
The administration has said the policy does not apply to criminal cases. The Justice Department said Schwab had no basis for his opinion because no one in the case had challenged the president's actions.
Schwab's opinion puts forth some of the same arguments made by Texas and 23 other states in their challenge to Obama's actions on immigration. - AP
Parade open to gays
For the first time in its history, Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will let a gay group participate. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted including gay groups and which won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 upholding its right to ban them, voted 5-4 Monday night to let the group OutVets march next year. - AP