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Some things are just hard to explain or understand. I’ve been pondering two — one national and one state issue.

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a severe state immigration law that was supposed to take effect Friday and would have outlawed sanctuary cities and penalized local officials who do not cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

AUSTIN — Federal immigration policy favors admitting immigrants’ extended family members, but a proposed change would instead halve immigration while claiming to prioritize merit-based and skilled immigrants. 

Onel Shamoon, back left, 7, works in the garden with his second-grade classmates at Anza Elementary School in El Cajon, California. Onel is a …

The schools chief in Prince George's County, Maryland, recently warned educators that more students might be absent from class or struggle with increased fear amid what some see as stepped-up federal enforcement actions against immigrants.