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House Republicans Still Hashing Out Details Of Border Crisis Plan

(14) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- With only a week to go before the August recess, House Republicans have yet to coalesce around the specifics of a bill to address the border crisis, but likely will approve less than a third of the funding the president requested.

Members said after meeting on Friday that...

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Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers

(243) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday called on the Obama administration to "wind down" a policy that has helped more than 550,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, an action that would restart deportations of young people who have lived here for years....

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White House Balances Conflicting Demands On Border Crisis

(26) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House is attempting to walk a fine line on how to change a 2008 anti-trafficking law that has become a flashpoint as Congress considers how to address the ongoing border crisis.

The law requires unaccompanied minors from countries other than Canada and Mexico to go...

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Senate Democrats Lay Out Plan For Border Crisis

(13) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Wednesday staked out a middle position on funding for the ongoing border crisis, announcing details of a plan that would provide $1 billion less than the president requested but $1.2 billion more than House Republicans have said they will support.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman...

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Boehner Won't Get Help Passing House GOP Border Bill, Top Dem Says

(78) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Moments after House Republicans unveiled the outlines of a bill on Wednesday to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors on the nation's southern border, Democrats signaled they would oppose the measure nearly en masse.

Speaking to reporters from his office on Capitol Hill, House Minority Whip...

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House GOP Would Solve Border Crisis By Sending In Troops, Speeding Deportations

(137) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are considering a roughly $1.5 billion package that would help deal with the nation's ongoing border crisis, but there will be strings attached that could threaten the bill's support from Democrats and the chance for resolution before members leave town in August.

Key to the plan...

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Harry Reid Blames House GOP's 'Crazy Ideas' For Stalled Border Bill

(81) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed Republicans in the House for stalling efforts of Congress to deal with the crisis of children flocking to the border, saying the representatives were hamstrung by their own "crazy ideas."

"I think that if you are focusing on the House, they...

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John Boehner: Obama, Democrats 'Jeopardizing Our Ability' To Resolve Border Crisis

(649) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Should Congress fail to approve funding to deal with the border crisis before the legislative recess in August, it will be President Barack Obama's fault, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday.

In a statement, Boehner said that a working group of House Republicans has completed its...

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Marco Rubio, Pro-Reform Republicans Take Up Hard-Line Rhetoric Amid Border Crisis

(140) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- In recent days, as concern and anger have spiked over the flow of undocumented children along the nation's southern border, Republicans have put increasing blame on President Barack Obama.

The culprit, they argue, is a 2012 Obama administration directive that gives relief to so-called Dreamers,...

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Rick Perry Sending Up To 1,000 National Guard Troops To Border

(1534) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced plans on Monday to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they will bolster security efforts to prevent criminals from taking advantage of the current crisis there.

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under...

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For Border Crisis, Many Bills But No Clear Answer

(10) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the days tick down until Congress leaves Washington, D.C., for the August recess, there are a number of proposals but no full consensus on how to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.

A handful of bills have already been introduced, with...

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Obama Tells Lawmakers He Won't Cave On Deportation Review

(286) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- As Republicans blame President Barack Obama's executive actions for the crisis along the border, the president assured members of his own party Wednesday that he won't back down from his plans to ease deportations.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, meeting at the White House with Obama and...

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Fault Lines Deepen On Funding Border Crisis

(37) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- With political pressure mounting over the wave of unaccompanied minors on the nation’s southern border, Democrats began showing signs of internal division on Tuesday over how to address the crisis.

Lawmakers in the party are grappling with how to handle a proposal pushed by Republicans and some...

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SEIU Targets House Republicans In New Immigration Ads

(31) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:52 AM

The Service Employees International Union launched a series of Spanish-language ads on Tuesday going after House Republicans for their failure on immigration reform, specifically targeting four lawmakers who had previously expressed openness to working on the issue.

The television ads will air for two weeks in the...

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Republicans Warn GOP About Political Perils Of Border Crisis Inaction

(446) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the political world grapples with how to respond to the current crisis on the nation's border, several Republicans have begun warning fellow party members that doing nothing but opposing the president carries substantial political risks.

At issue is President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to...

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Mario Diaz-Balart Concedes Defeat On Immigration, For Now

(47) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the biggest Republican supporters of comprehensive immigration reform in the House has finally given up.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said Thursday that Republican leaders told him earlier in the day that a bill he'd been working on for years was not going to get a...

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Progressive Caucus: Don't Take Protections Away From Kids To Address Border Crisis

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Congress are fighting back against growing calls to change laws meant to protect unaccompanied minors, but are up against a president, Republicans and even some Democrats who say doing so may be necessary to solve the current border crisis.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus adopted a...

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Obama On Border Crisis: Let's Put Politics Aside And Get This Done

(1480) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to quickly approve increased funding to deal with the crisis of immigrant children flooding across the border, as Republicans dig in their heels to demand he change his policies instead.

"The problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions...

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Republicans Threaten To Withhold Border Funds Unless Obama Ups Deportations

(106) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama isn't likely to get an easy sign-off on the $3.7 billion in funding he requested to deal with a crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.

Republicans on Tuesday and Wednesday laid out a number of demands they want met before they approve...

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John McCain Criticizes Border Patrol For Banning Cell Phones

(31) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) doesn't like it when the government tells him to leave his cell phone behind.

The senator grew heated at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee over guidelines for visitors at facilities that house unaccompanied minors who have recently crossed the border...

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