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Hispanic Caucus: Obama Must 'Act Boldly' On Immigration By End Of Year

(268) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- After President Barack Obama broke a self-imposed deadline to act on immigration reform, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday issued a resolution demanding that he keep his latest promise and do something about deportations before the end of the year.

The Hispanic Caucus has long pushed for...

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Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions Fail To Force Vote On Blocking Executive Action On Immigration

(54) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Ted Cruz of Texas made a failed attempt on Thursday get vulnerable Democrats on the record supporting so-called "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants.

The senators engaged in a procedural maneuver that would have allowed a subsequent vote on a bill from Cruz...

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Democrats Urge Obama To Meet With Families At Risk For Deportation

(6) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats plans to press President Barack Obama to meet directly with undocumented immigrants who are being affected -- potentially at urgent risk of deportation -- by current immigration policies.

Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Jan Schakowsky...

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San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Provide Lawyers For Kids Facing Deportation

(16) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- San Francisco is one step closer to providing more than $2 million for legal representation for undocumented minors and parents who would otherwise face complicated deportation proceedings alone.

The county board of supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve about $2.1 million over the next...

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DHS 'Will Respond Aggressively' To Reported Mistreatment of Immigrant Detainees

(150) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- The government is doing what it can to improve conditions at family detention centers following recent complaints, but will continue detaining women and children who crossed the border illegally, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday.

Family detentions have increased over the past year, in...

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Immigrant Mothers Face 'Unnecessary Cruelty' At Detention Facility, Lawyer Says

(303) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Undocumented immigrant mothers and children are kept in excessively cold conditions, given undercooked food and mocked by guards in a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, an attorney alleged after a visit there.

"The unnecessary cruelty is astounding to me," immigration attorney Danielle Rosche said...

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Hispanic Caucus Does 'Some Serious Venting' At White House Officials Over Immigration

(301) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- White House officials assured disappointed and frustrated Latino lawmakers on Thursday that President Barack Obama intends to take executive action on immigration before the end of the year, despite having already delayed that action twice.

In a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and top...

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Martin O'Malley Urges Maryland Lawyers To Help Children During Border Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and state officials are urging attorneys in the state to represent unaccompanied children and teenagers who stand the risk of being deported to countries with dangerous conditions because they don't have legal help.

The chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, Mary...

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Ted Cruz: End Deportation Relief By 'Any And All Means Necessary'

(100) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday fed speculation he might try to force a government shutdown in an effort to end deportation relief for young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

"I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the...

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As Unaccompanied Children Cross Border, One Group Tries To Get Them Lawyers

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wendy Young has witnessed many immigration court hearings where young children go up against a judge alone. There's one that sticks out in her memory.

A few years ago, she was observing an immigration court in Baltimore when a 5-year-old girl was called up to the judge....

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White House Sets Yet Another Deadline For Immigration Action

(40) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- After delaying executive action on immigration for a second time, the White House imposed a new deadline on Monday, promising to make changes by the end of the year.

President Barack Obama "does intend to act and he'll do it by the end of the...

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Ted Cruz On Islamic State Militants: 'Take Them Out'

(272) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday that President Barack Obama "has not demonstrated that he’s taking ISIS seriously" and that he should quickly ask for Congress' approval to move in on Islamic State militants.

“What we ought to have is a directed, concerted, overwhelming campaign to take them out,”...

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Democratic Rep: Latinos Are Frustrated With Obama, But 'Pissed' At GOP On Immigration

(155) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 10:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Frustration with President Barack Obama for delaying executive action on immigration doesn't overshadow Latinos' anger at Republicans for blocking a vote on the issue, Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley.

"We all are frustrated with him right now, because...

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Obama: U.S. Must Act On Ebola To Prevent 'Serious Danger'

(4) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Although Ebola isn't a threat to Americans now, President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday that it could become one if the U.S. fails to help prevent its spread in Africa.

The virus has killed a suspected 1,800 people in West Africa, according to...

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Obama: Keeping Democratic Control Of The Senate Matters

(27) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Even if a Democrat-led Senate hasn't helped deliver much legislation to the president's desk, President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that it remains important for the party to maintain control of the upper chamber.

NBC "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd pointed out the many policy...

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Obama: 'I Should Have Anticipated The Optics' Of Golfing After James Foley Remarks

(128) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 9:31 AM

President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday that he should have foreseen the criticism that would come from going golfing after making a statement on the beheading of journalist James Foley.

"I should have anticipated the optics," he told NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd...

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Immigration Activists Livid After Obama Delays Deportation Relief

(924) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 4:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Immigration reform groups warned Saturday that the president's decision to put off executive action on deportations until after the elections not only could depress the Latino and immigrant vote for Democrats in 2014 races, it might keep them from trusting the party well into the future.

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Obama Won't Say If Deportation Changes Will Be Pushed Until After Election

(14) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama skirted a question on Friday over whether he will push back changes to deportation policy until after the midterm elections, instead promising he will consider it "fairly soon."

Facing pleas from Senate Democrats, in particular, to hold off on making major

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Most Undocumented Adults Have Been In U.S. For More Than A Decade

(50) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- A growing proportion of the undocumented immigrant population has been in the U.S. for more than a decade, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center, illuminating just how many people have long-standing ties to the country.

The report, released on Wednesday, estimates...

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Luis Gutierrez: Democrats 'Can't Pick And Choose' When They're For Immigrants

(57) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that Democrats urging President Barack Obama to delay changes to deportation policy are making a mistake by turning their backs on immigrants.

"Democrats have to come to understand that you can't pick and choose what year you're for immigrants," he said...

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