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The Evening Brief: June 15, 2012

Your evening reading: Texas Republicans blast Obama's deportation decision; Cruz, Dewhurst face off over "fighter" label; firing of Jasper police chief opens city's old wounds

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.

Culled:

  • Cruz and Dewhurst agree: Obama immigration shift is ‘blatantly’ and ‘cravenly’ political (Houston Chronicle): "When it comes to immigration policy, Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst have exchanged some heated words recently. But when it came to President Obama’s announcement today of a new policy to allow some students brought illegally into the U.S. to avoid deportation, the Texas Republican Senate runoff rivals were in agreement. And they were steamed. 'President Obama has repeatedly defied the Constitution and flouted the rule of law,' said Cruz, the state’s former Solicitor General. 'His latest decision to refuse to enforce our immigration laws is cravenly political, lawless, and wrong.'"
  • Former state Rep. Domingo Garcia said he urged President Obama to order Dream Act (The Dallas Morning News): "Did you know that former state Rep. Domingo Garcia was instrumental in President Barack Obama’s decision Friday to use executive powers to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to American as children? Garcia, D-Dallas, took such credit just hours after President Obama made his announcement."

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • DHS to Grant Relief for Some Young Illegal Immigrants: The Obama administration announced Friday that, effective immediately, it will begin issuing work permits and grant relief from deportation to certain illegal immigrants brought to the country before they were 16 years old and are currently younger than 30. … 'Let’s be clear: This is not amnesty, this is not immunity,' the president said. 'This is not a path to citizenship, and it’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven and patriotic young people.'"

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