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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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Michigan Governor Can't Name One Problem With Refugee Screening

(5) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) was so concerned with gaps in the refugee-screening process earlier this week that he announced vulnerable Syrians would no longer be allowed to resettle in his state.

But when he was asked on NPR Thursday...

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How The White House Lost Democrats On The Syrian Refugee Bill

(43) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the lead-up to Thursday's House vote for tightening restrictions on Syrian refugees seeking entry into the United States, senior Democrats warned fellow members that they faced a massive backlash next fall if they didn't support the bill.

Forty-seven Democrats...

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Obama Administration Takes Deportation Relief For Millions To Supreme Court

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:46 AM

The fate of millions of undocumented immigrants may be decided by the Supreme Court.

Exactly one year after President Barack Obama announced sweeping executive actions aimed to protect millions from deportation, the administration appealed to the high court on Friday, seeking a...

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Jeb Bush Accuses Donald Trump Of 'Manipulating' Fears With Proposal To Track Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:55 AM

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Friday that his opponent Donald Trump was "manipulating people's angst and their fears" with his comments on Muslims in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Following those attacks, which left at least 129...

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Senate Dems Try To Shift Focus From Syrian Refugees By Backing Visa Waiver Limits

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leaders are rallying around a strategy to deal with the threat of domestic terrorism without going after Syrian refugees, who have been the target of intense backlash since last week's attacks in Paris.

At a press conference on Thursday, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.),...

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House Dems Back GOP On Bill To Pause Admittance Of Some Refugees

(91) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 10:55 AM


WASHINGTON -- Forty-seven House Democrats broke with the White House on Thursday to vote for a bill aimed at pausing admittance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees by adding requirements to an already lengthy screening process, and putting pressure on intelligence, law enforcement...

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Pro-Immigration Reform Groups To Run Ad Ripping GOP Candidates During Latin Grammys

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 8:26 PM

When viewers tune in for coverage of the Latin Grammys on Thursday, they'll also see ads from the pro-immigration reform groups SEIU and iAmerica Action targeting Republicans over their opposition to deportation relief for undocumented immigrants.

"We will not accept hate," a voiceover says in...

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Senators Have A New Idea For Keeping Out Terrorists, And It Has Nothing To Do With Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 7:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Since last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, American lawmakers have focused largely...

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White House Threatens To Veto GOP Refugee Bill

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama won't sign a House Republican bill meant to prevent Syrian and Iraqi refugees from coming to the U.S., administration officials announced on Wednesday.

"This legislation would introduce unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to...

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State Senator Says Syrian Refugees In U.S. Should Be Segregated In Camps

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Rhode Island state Sen. Elaine Morgan (R) said in an email Tuesday that she opposes resettling Syrian refugees because "[t]he Muslim religion and philosophy is to murder, rape, and decapitate anyone is a non Muslim."

If the U.S. does "take these people in," she added,...

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John McCain On Refugees: 'All Children Are God's Children'

(10) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the Senate’s biggest defense hawks, on Tuesday rejected calls by some Republicans that the U.S. accept only Christian refugees fleeing Syria, not Muslims.

“My faith is that all children are God’s children,” McCain said.

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Refugee Screenings Are More Intensive Than Some Politicians Would Have You Think

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress and half of the nation's governors have said the U.S. shouldn't accept Syrian refugees in light of terrorist attacks on Paris last week, based on what they see as an inadequate or inexistent screening process.

Now the Obama administration is doing...

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Paul Ryan: House May Pitch Bill Blocking Syrian Refugees

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told his Republican colleagues at a meeting on Tuesday that the chamber would look to move legislation this week to block Syrian refugees from coming to the U.S., attendees said.

Republicans have been discussing the idea of including...

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Sorry, Governors: The Decision To Let In Refugees Isn't Really Up To You

(8) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:50 PM

A wave of governors rattled their sabers Monday in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, vowing to block Syrian refugees from settling within their states. But those threats rest on shaky legal ground.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly reaffirmed that the Constitution...

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Syrian-Americans' Fears Grow As Governors Crack Down On Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Syrian-Americans watched with heightened concern on Monday as a number of Republican governors said they would block Syrian refugees from entering their states after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The governors' statements were prompted by reports that one of...

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Here's A Running Tally Of The Governors Who Want To Reject Syrian Refugees

(75) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than half of the nation's governors have called on the U.S. to stop admitting Syrian refugees, most of them promising to do everything in their power to prevent them from entering their states.

The governors represent Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho,...

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Obama Says He's Still Committed To Accepting Syrian Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- As more Republicans call for the U.S. to stop admitting Syrian refugees in light of terrorist attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama said Monday he remains committed to taking in Syrians, as long as they are vetted.

"As president, my...

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Bernie Sanders: I'm Still Sick And Tired Of Hillary's Emails

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 10:26 PM

Bernie Sanders is back to being bored with opponent Hillary Clinton's email controversy.

After saying during a previous debate that Americans are "sick and tired of hearing about [Clinton's] damn emails," Sanders, a senator from Vermont and a Democratic presidential...

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Ted Cruz Ties 'Amnesty' For Undocumented Immigrants To Nuclear Weapons In Iran

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 4:24 PM

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't going to stand for opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) painting him as moderate on immigration.

On Friday, as Rubio insisted the two share similar stances on immigration, Cruz laid out a plan...

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Marco Rubio's Immigration Evolution Is Stirring GOP Anxiety

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- The ongoing scuffle between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over immigration...

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