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Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Treatment Of Mothers In Deportation Proceedings

(31) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and civil rights groups filed a suit Friday against the federal government, alleging it is trampling on due process by making it nearly impossible for women and children to make the case they should not be deported to their native countries where they face dangerous conditions.

The...

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Rick Perry On Iraq: 'We Need To Have All Of Our Options Open'

(62) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned Thursday of the potential for Islamic State militants to carry out imminent terrorist attacks on the U.S. unless immediate and forceful action is taken against them -- including, potentially, sending combat troops back to Iraq.

During a speech at the conservative...

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Jose Antonio Vargas Among Undocumented Immigrants Making Urgent Plea To Obama

(208) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Eleven undocumented immigrants are putting themselves forward on Wednesday to plead with the Obama administration to protect them -- and others in similar circumstances -- from being deported as it considers what may be a broad executive action on immigration enforcement.

The undocumented immigrants, including...

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Democrats Lay Groundwork For Obama To Take Big Steps On Immigration

(380) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration gets ready to unveil a potentially wide-ranging new policy on deportation relief, Democrats are making the case that there is political cover and precedent for him to go big.

In a newly released memo, the Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge...

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Luis Gutierrez: Republicans Spreading 'Outright Lies' About Ebola And Migrant Children

(471) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) accused Republicans on Thursday of spreading "outright lies and exaggerations" during the current border crisis, particularly statements that unaccompanied minors from Central America might be bringing Ebola into the U.S.

"The violence is rampant there and little children, toddlers, show up at our borders fleeing...

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Martin O'Malley Accuses White House Of Spinning His Immigration Comments

(68) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) pushed back this week on the White House for trying to "spin" his comments on unaccompanied minors after he criticized the administration's plans to speed up deportation of children and teenagers who had crossed the border illegally.

The statements, made to Fusion's...

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House Votes To Strip Deportation Relief From Dreamers

(1690) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans voted on Friday to strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States.

The bill was approved 216 to 192, largely along party lines. Four Democrats --...

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House Passes Dead-On-Arrival Bill To Address Border Crisis

(287) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 8:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House approved a funding bill Friday evening to address a crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border illegally, sending the legislation to a Senate that is out of town and wouldn't consider it anyway -- and a president who has already promised a veto.

The...

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Obama On Border Crisis: House Bill 'Extreme And Unworkable'

(699) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 3:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama criticized House Republicans on Friday for planning to pass "the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere" amid an ongoing border crisis.

"They're not even trying to actually solve the problem," Obama said of the House...

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House GOP Aims To Pass Funding For Border Crisis, Then Gut Dreamer Protections

(697) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House is expected to vote later Friday on a reworked and even more conservative package to address the ongoing border crisis, with measures that would speed up deportations and a separate vote to end a policy that protects from deportation undocumented young people with long-standing ties to...

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Senate Fails On Border Crisis Funding

(78) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 7:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Efforts by Congress to approve money for what most deem a crisis along the southern border were in shambles on Thursday evening, after the Senate failed to approve its funding bill and the House was forced to rework its plans to win more Republican votes.

The Senate...

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House Republicans Vow To Stay In Washington Until They Vote On Border Funding

(247) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 7:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- After canceling a vote on funding to address the border crisis because not enough House Republicans supported it, GOP members were scrambling for a new solution so they don't go home to face constituents with nothing.

Members met Thursday afternoon to figure out a game plan. Afterward, they...

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House Scraps Vote On Bill To Address Border Crisis

(1320) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House abruptly removed a bill from its schedule that would provide $659 million in funding to address the ongoing border crisis, after initially planning to vote on the measure Thursday. After meeting Thursday afternoon, House Republicans are set to meet again Friday morning to discuss...

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John Boehner Calls Harry Reid's Immigration Idea 'Nutso'

(95) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that he isn't going to let immigration reform become part of the effort to address the current border crisis, regardless of what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatens to do.

"Instead of addressing the crisis at hand, Senate Democrats...

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White House: 'Extraordinary' That House Republicans Would Vote On Ending Dreamer Policy

(211) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- The White House went after House Republicans on Thursday for their "extraordinary" decision to vote -- again -- on ending a policy that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. years ago as children to stay in the country....

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House Democrats Fighting Hard Against Republicans' Border Bill

(37) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are aggressively urging members to oppose a GOP-authored bill to address the border crisis. And with Republican senators voicing opposition of their own -- both to the House bill and to a Senate Democratic alternative -- it appears increasingly unlikely that Congress will send a border...

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Opposition To House GOP Border Plan Comes From Republicans

(38) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Tuesday faced blistering criticism over their border crisis bill from Democrats and two less likely sources: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

Cruz and Sessions put out statements criticizing House GOP leadership for its proposal to address the more...

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Harry Reid Provokes GOP With Immigration Reform Suggestion

(569) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday confirmed Republican immigration hawks' worst fears by suggesting Senate Democrats are interested in using the GOP's border crisis plan as a jumping-off point for comprehensive immigration reform.

The House and Senate are planning votes this week on separate bills to...

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Republicans Seriously Scale Back Funding For The Border Crisis

(55) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to vote Thursday on a bill that would provide less than a fifth of the funding the president requested to address the ongoing border crisis.

After more than 57,500 unaccompanied minors crossed the border illegally since October, President Barack Obama requested...

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Hillary Clinton: 'I Don't Agree' On Changing Trafficking Laws To Address Border Crisis

(30) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she opposes changes to a 2008 law meant to help unaccompanied children and teenagers who crossed the border illegally, and instead endorsed the idea of screening minors in their native countries before they make a dangerous trek to the...

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