WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior White House officials say President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer. <br />
The move is aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year. <br />
Obama in March directed the government to examine whether deportation practices can be made more humane. That emboldened House Republicans to argue that they can't trust Obama to enforce laws and that Obama is undermining prospects for a broader immigration overhaul in Congress. <br />
The White House sees a narrow window this summer for Congress to act before the midterm elections consume Washington. So Obama is directing Homeland Security Jeh Johnson not to release the results of the review until that window closes.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.