Editor's note: The U.S. House has approved a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the fiscal year, and it does not include immigration conditions. President Obama is expected to sign the Senate-passed legislation. This ends a months-long stalemate and shutdown threat to the DHS. Congressional conservatives wanted a bill funding of the agency to include provisions blocking President Obama's immigration actions, but those efforts were blocked by Democrats in the Senate last week. - Stephanie
Editor's note: The U.S. House and Senate return today and will again have until Friday night to reach a deal on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Last Friday was the original deadline, but lawmakers passed a one-week stopgap bill. Senators are expected to take a procedural vote on whether or not to move toward a conference committee with the House, The Hill reports. Senate Democrats have said they will work to block an attempt to go to conference. House Republicans will be working to reach a deal on President Obama's immigration executive order and DHS funding. - Stephanie
Immigration is the movement of people into another country or region to which they are not native in order to settle there, especially as permanent residents or future citizens. Immigrants are motivated to leave their countries for a variety of reasons, including a desire for economic prosperity, political issues, family re-unification, escaping conflict or natural disaster, or simply the wish to change one's surroundings.