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House passes immigration bill

TITLE 42, a pandemic-era rule that restricted migrants from entering America, expired today (Shutterstock).

A bill aimed at fighting illegal immigtration was passed on Thursday in the House of Representatives on a party line vote.

According to The New York Times, the legislation prevailed 219-213, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats opposed.

It now goes on to the Senate where Democrats hold a small advantage and – if passed there – to President Joe Biden.

The bill was passed just asTitle 42 – a rule enacted during the coronavirus pandemic – making it easier to quickly turn undocumented immigrants back expired today.

If approved it would call for resuming the construction of the border wall and resume the “Remain in Mexico” policy of requiring that the migrants remain south of the border or stay in detention camps.

“Humane” sale law is upheld

A FACTORY FARM in Arkansas (EPA).

A California law that prohibits the sale of pork, eggs and veal that comes from animals in small cages was upheld Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to United Press International, the lawsuit was brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The challenge was based on the idea that the California law usurped the federal government’s authority to regulate interstate commerce.

The court vote was 5-4.

Also in the news … Elon Musk said that Twitter (perhaps under its new name, X Corp) will be run by an unnamed woman. She will take over as CEO “in about six weeks,” according to the AP.

Sports: Baseball teams take a day off

The Major League Baseball teams in the LA-OC area are both idle on Thursday. The Dodgers, now in first place in the National League West, will be home on Friday to begin a series with the San Diego Padres.

The Angels, in second place in the American League West, will be in Cleveland on Friday for the opener of a series with the Guardians.

Weather: Back to the 70s

Don’t expect disco, but the next few days should bring the West Orange County area partly cloudy skies and daytime highs in the 70s. Friday is predicted to see a high of 73 with an overnight low of 58. The highs will inch up from there to 74 on Saturday, 76 on Sunday and 78 on Monday, with overnight lows rising to 60.

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