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The White House

HOUSTON — The U.S. government says it “erroneously” awarded three-year work permits to 2,000 people under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a judge had put the plan on hold.

The revelation is the second time the federal government has had to clarify whether part of the immigration plan had been implemented after a court order that put it on hold.

In a court document filed Thursday, the Justice Department said that U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services discovered that about 2,000 individuals had been mistakenly sent three-year work authorizations after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction on Feb. 16 that temporarily blocked the immigration action.

When it comes to energizing Latino voters, a group of young people who can't even vote plays an outsized role.

They are known as DREAMers — undocumented immigrants, brought to the country by their parents when they were kids.They were so named for meeting the requirements under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act proposal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for them. Now they're a political force.

GOP Takes First Step to End In-State Tuition for Undocumented

Apr 7, 2015
Courtesy: http://www.campbell.senate.state.tx.us/

[Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect further testimony and the subcommittee’s vote] 

After more than 11 hours of public testimony from witnesses overwhelmingly opposed to repealing a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, a senate subcommittee on border security voted along party lines early Tuesday morning to send the measure to the full Veterans Affairs and Military Installations committee. 

The legislation, Senate Bill 1819, by state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, would repeal a 2001 provision that allows some undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.

Texas Public Radio

AUSTIN — State senators are debating a contentious plan to repeal a Texas law granting in-state public university tuition to the children of some people in the United States illegally.

Democrats and Hispanic groups champion the law, while Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature have pledged to end it quickly. On Monday, the two sides clashed during a Senate subcommittee on border security meeting.

Sen. Donna Campbell defended her bill repealing the so-called “Texas DREAM Act.”

The head of a leading conservative business group joined hundreds of immigration activists in a rally at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday. Bill Hammond, the CEO of the Texas Association of Business is pushing to have Republican lawmakers pass a number of laws that benefit immigrant families.

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