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Elise Foley
Elise Foley is an immigration and politics reporter for the Huffington Post. Previously, she worked as a reporter at The Washington Independent and attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @elisefoley.

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Donald Trump Tries To Make Nice With U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Donald Trump met Tuesday with the president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to insist he is not anti-Latino, while standing by his push for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the mass deportation of the mostly Latino undocumented population. 

Yet while the businessman and GOP presidential candidate did not...

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Scott Walker Campaign Says He's Not Advocating For A Border Wall With Canada

(12) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 6:00 PM

After critics mocked Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for saying a wall between the U.S. and Canada was a "legitimate" idea, his campaign said Monday that he is not pushing for such a policy.

"Despite the attempts of some to put words in...

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Karl Rove Wants Obama To Be More Gracious To William McKinley

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Karl Rove, the former adviser to then-President George W. Bush, told Time Magazine on Monday that President Barack Obama "ought to be more gracious" to 25th President William McKinley, "the guy who made it possible for him to be president."


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Donald Trump Unleashes Controversial New Attack Against Jeb Bush

(21) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Donald Trump released a video on Monday attacking fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush for his comments about undocumented immigrant families, attempting to associate the former Florida governor with three undocumented men who have been charged with murder.

The video implies...

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Scott Walker’s Canadian Wall Idea Is An Absurd Solution To A Real Problem

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was resoundingly mocked this weekend for saying a border wall between the U.S. and Canada was a "legitimate issue for us to look at" -- the latest in a series of extreme statements the GOP...

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These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

(16) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:19 AM

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amending the Constitution or by denying altogether that it confers that right. One of their central arguments is that other...

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Donald Trump Kicks Jorge Ramos Out Of Press Conference

(16) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 6:56 PM

Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissively told highly respected television anchor Jorge Ramos to "go back to Univision" before security physically removed the Mexican-American journalist from a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ramos was trying to ask Trump about his plan to deport all undocumented immigrants, but the business mogul and GOP presidential candidate said he was interrupting. He insisted that security had made the decision to kick out Ramos, but said he was fine with it.

"This guy stands up and starts screaming," Trump said. "He's obviously a very emotional person."

Trump claimed he didn't know much about Ramos, which may have been true. But he probably should -- Ramos is wildly popular as a Spanish-language anchor and well-regarded for pressing politicians from both parties on issues, particularly immigration. 

Trump, by contrast, is mostly disliked by Latinos, and going after Ramos is unlikely to help that fact. 

The anchor was eventually let back into the press conference and got the chance to have an extended back-and-forth with Trump. Ramos pointed out that denying citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants, as Trump wants to do, would be a violation of the Constitution. Trump said he was wrong. Ramos asked how he would build a 1,900-mile wall; Trump said he could do it because he builds 95-story buildings.

When Ramos noted that an estimated 40 percent of undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. legally and overstayed their visa, Trump said, "I don't believe it."

Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants who are gang members "so fast your head will spin." Others will also be deported but "good ones" would be allowed to come back, Trump insisted.

As to how he would do such a thing, Trump -- yet again -- wouldn't say. 

"You know what it's called? Management," he said.

It wasn't Trump's first point of awkwardness with Univision, which he sued for $500 million in June after the network ended its contract to air the Miss USA pageant, which he co-owns. 

Univision president of news and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee released a statement following Ramos' treatment at the event: "We'd love for Mr. Trump to sit down for an in-depth interview with Jorge to talk about the specifics of his proposals."
Ramos talked about what happened on Tuesday night's Fusion's "AMERICA with Jorge Ramos."
"I am a reporter, an immigrant and a U.S. citizen, and I have the right to ask any question to anyone," he said.
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Nearly Every Presidential Candidate Is Skipping An Immigration Forum In Iowa This Weekend

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Residents of the critical campaign state of Iowa will gather Saturday to talk about the pivotal issue of immigration. But only two presidential candidates are planning to join. 

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, both...

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Latinos Don't Love Donald Trump

(4) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Business mogul Donald Trump proclaimed last month that Latinos love him. He might want to check the latest polling from Gallup, which found Latinos were more likely to say they disliked than liked him by a 51-point margin.

His results were disastrous compared to every other Republican...

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Immigration Activists Renew Focus On Local Battles After National Disappointments

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- The immigration reform movement has had a disheartening year.

Activists succeeded in persuading President Barack Obama to expand deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, but a judge stalled the policy. Deportations have slowed, but not stopped. And after activists helped convince more than...

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Scott Walker's Still Working Out His Stance On Birthright Citizenship

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 4:40 PM

At the outset of the 2016 election season, the conventional wisdom on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was that he was in a fairly unique position among the Republican Party’s presidential contenders. He was a favorite of both major donors and grassroots activists. His appeal was broad enough that...

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These Young Students And Lawyers Are Helping Women And Children Get Out Of Immigrant Detention

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Cat Kim, a recent graduate from Columbia Law School, had two missions this summer. One was studying for and taking the California bar exam. The other was preparing cases for immigrant women and children in Texas detention centers who, without the help of people like her,...

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Rick Santorum Compares Undocumented Parents To Bank Robbers

(36) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's "tragic" when people are split from their families because they do something wrong, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday. But he fully supports deporting parents of U.S. citizens because it's "consistent" with what the country does to people who commit crimes.


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Donald Trump Promises To Deport Parents Of U.S. Citizens, Also Keep Families Together

(19) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Business mogul Donald Trump released an immigration plan this weekend almost exclusively focused on enforcement and cracking down on unauthorized immigrants, including preventing babies born in the U.S. to undocumented parents from U.S. citizenship as guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.

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Appeals Court Tosses Out Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Suit Against Deportation Relief

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 2:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit on Friday from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio over President Barack Obama's deportation relief, agreeing with a lower court that the hardline sheriff had no standing in this case to sue over undocumented immigrant policy. 

The three judges on...

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We’re Doing Better At Detaining Families Now, Officials Say

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 7:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Newly implemented policies already keep the Obama administration’s family detention system from violating the law, the Department of Justice argued in a court filing submitted late Thursday night.

The Obama administration is fighting to continue detaining Central American women and children, even after a federal...

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Jeb Bush Calls For Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities In Immigration Plan

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush laid out an enforcement-heavy immigration plan on Monday, calling for police to enforce immigration laws and saying those who refuse to do so should lose federal funding. 

Bush's six proposals, first released to New Hampshire radio station WMUR and...

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Immigration Activists Accuse Bernie Sanders Of Using GOP Talking Points

(9) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 6:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said this week that he opposes open borders -- more a hypothetical than an actual policy proposal -- no one was shocked. The Democratic presidential candidate supported comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 and favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants,...

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Bernie Sanders Is Walking A Tightrope On Immigration

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bristled on Thursday at the idea that his opposition to open borders and frequent criticism of employers’ exploitation of immigrant labor amounted to a dismissal of the good that immigration does the country.

The independent Vermont senator didn't clarify, however, whether...

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Critics See Chance To End Family Immigrant Detention Entirely

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Family immigrant detention was dealt a major blow last week in court, and critics are hoping to build on the ruling's momentum to kill the practice entirely.

Immigration attorneys filed on Tuesday for multiple immigrant women and children to be immediately released from detention facilities...

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