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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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Mayors To File Brief In Support Of Obama On Immigration Actions

(50) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of mayors led by New York's Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles' Eric Garcetti are coming to the defense of President Barack Obama on immigration.

Twenty-eight mayors have signed on to file an amicus brief this coming Monday in support of Obama's recent...

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Dreamers Prepare To Confront Republicans In Iowa

(25) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last August, two young undocumented immigrants approached Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) while they were eating lunch to ask whether the lawmakers thought they should be deported. King talked to them for seven minutes. Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, took a...

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House Conservatives To Senators: Don't Cave On Immigration

(23) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the Senate likely don't have the votes to pass a bill blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, but House conservatives said Wednesday that was no reason to cave on the subject during a fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Their...

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GOP Mentions Immigration In State of The Union Rebuttal...But Only In Spanish

(56) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- Earlier Tuesday, it appeared the GOP's Spanish-language rebuttal to the State of the Union would be exactly the same as the English-language one, just delivered by a Latino congressman instead of a senator who wants to make English the official U.S. language.

But when the...

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Dreamers At State Of The Union Hope Obama Continues To Push Forward On Immigration

(22) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- One year ago, during the 2014 State of the Union, undocumented immigrant and activist Cristian Avila sat in the House of Representatives gallery as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama. Avila, now 24, is a Dreamer, one of the young undocumented immigrants who came to...

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Obama Tells Congress Not To Fight Past Battles On Immigration Again

(10) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- There's a major fight brewing in the Capitol over President Barack Obama's immigration policies, and whether funding for the Department of Homeland Security should be threatened to stop them. But you wouldn't necessarily know it from the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Obama only...

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Republicans Struggle To Find Way Forward On Immigration

(234) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 10:00 PM

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Republican senators and House members huddled in a resort Thursday to figure out, among other things, what to do with people like Jorge Gonzalez. The 18-year-old, who moved to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 8 months old, was about 70 miles away in Malvern, Pennsylvania,...

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House GOP Votes To Block Protections For Undocumented Immigrants

(1396) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans voted Wednesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but with the requirement that millions of undocumented young people, parents and others be put back at risk of deportation.

The DHS funding bill was the opening shot in what is likely to be a contentious...

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New York Officially Launching Its Municipal ID Program

(60) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM

New York City is expected to formally launch its new municipal ID program on Monday, a step that will help the city's estimated half a million undocumented immigrants and others who have been unable to get the identification needed to access city services.

Mayor Bill de Blasio...

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House GOP's Homeland Security Plan Will Undo Obama Executive Action On Immigration

(514) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 1:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are set to vote next week on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security that will be coupled with a number of hard-line conservative measures going after President Barack Obama's central immigration policies. The bill is likely to set up a weekslong fight between...

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John Boehner Says GOP Will Move Forward With Plan That Could Risk DHS Shutdown

(573) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- After gunmen attacked a satirical French newspaper on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans won't back away from a fight over immigration that risks halting funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"I believe that the president's executive actions with regard to...

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Chuck Schumer Lays Out Democrats' Plans For Keystone Pipeline Legislation

(953) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that Democrats will try to improve a pending bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but that even with those improvements, he believes President Barack Obama should veto the legislation.

"These amendments will make it better but certainly not good enough at...

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Mia Love: 'We Need To Move On' From Steve Scalise Controversy

(534) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Incoming Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, said Sunday that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) should keep his leadership position despite controversy over his 2002 speech to a white supremacist conference.

Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives,

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Louie Gohmert Says He'll Challenge John Boehner For Speaker Of The House

(715) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 10:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) launched a long-shot campaign Sunday for speaker of the House of Representatives, in the latest episode of the conservative rebellion against current Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

House members are set to vote for their next speaker on Tuesday, with Boehner heavily favored to...

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Judge Seems Skeptical Of Joe Arpaio's Immigration Lawsuit

(179) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 1:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Monday seemed skeptical of a lawsuit filed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" on immigration, over executive actions by the president that could protect up to 5 million people from being deported.

It was the first hearing on...

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Deportations Down In 2014: DHS

(13) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Deportations by the Department of Homeland Security have gone down, from 438,421 deportations last year to 414,481 in fiscal year 2014, according to figures the agency released on Friday.

Those figures are likely to be brought up repeatedly in coming months, as Republicans rail against President...

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After Immigration Win, Advocates Look To Implementation

(22) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's new executive actions on immigration face legal challenges and major threats from Republicans in Congress, but activists say they're confident those are battles they can win. A bigger challenge, though, will be making sure undocumented immigrants who are eligible to stay in the U.S legally...

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Supreme Court: Arizona Can't Block IDs for Dreamers For Now

(67) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Young undocumented immigrants who received deportation relief from the Obama administration should soon be able to get driver licenses in Arizona, after the Supreme Court told the state Wednesday it could no longer block so-called Dreamers from obtaining them.

Arizona had asked the Supreme Court to block a...

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Judge Who Ruled Against Obama Immigration Action Has Checkered Past

(356) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administrative actions on immigration, which could grant deportation relief to up to 5 million people, go beyond "beyond prosecutorial discretion" and are therefore unconstitutional.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab, a...

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House Democrats: LGBT Immigrant Minors Need Better Protections Against Sexual Abuse

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 60 House members demanded in a letter sent Monday to the Obama administration that it provide more information on when it will implement new rules to protect unaccompanied immigrant minors, particularly LGBT children and teenagers, who are in the government's custody.

The letter to...

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