In related decisions this week, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a business and a college seeking exemptions on religious grounds from birth control provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Many more such cases are expected.
Along the US-Mexico border, protesters on both sides of the immigration issue continue to face off as busloads of Central American migrants who have entered the US illegally are taken to crowded detention centers.
About 9,000 immigrants are becoming naturalized US citizens this week, including 25 whose swearing-in ceremony took place July 4 at the White House with President Obama. Few who are eligible walk the path to citizenship.
A protest in Murrieta, Calif., turned back three busloads of undocumented immigrants. But more buses could be on the way. The episode highlights the predicament facing federal officials as they seek to cope with a surge of illegal immigration in Texas.
On Fox News, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made comments related to the border crisis, and at a briefing Thursday, the White House press secretary offered the Obama administration's perspective on immigration issues.