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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.

Entries by Elise Foley

Lindsey Graham: Trying To Amend Constitution On Gay Marriage Would Hurt GOP

(397) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Pushing for a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage would not only fail, but also hurt the Republican Party, 2016 presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) said Sunday.

"You can put it in the [GOP] platform, but it will, in my view, hurt us in 2016, because...

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Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Still Fighting To Change Opponents' Minds

(60) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 12:55 PM

When same-sex marriage bans were overturned in the Supreme Court on Friday it marked a major victory for LGBT advocates. But there's more to be done to change the minds of Americans who still oppose marriage equality, advocates said Sunday.

"Our laws have to treat everyone equally,...

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Mike Huckabee Explains How To Resist Gay Marriage Decision

(2844) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 11:33 AM

The Supreme Court may have made marriage equality the law of the land, but that doesn't mean people should go along with it, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday, comparing those opponents to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

"I don't think a lot...

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Donald Trump Pressed On How 'Traditional' His 3 Marriages Are

(879) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't have much of an answer on Sunday when pressed about how he squares his own marriage history with his opposition to same-sex marriage.

CNN "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper asked the business mogul to respond to criticisms over the twice-divorced Trump...

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Scalia Said To Ask The Nearest Hippie About Marriage, So We Did

(211) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- In his dissent in the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage throughout the country, Justice Antonin Scalia rested part of his case on the notion that marriage was inherently a self-limiting proposition. Rather than expanding intimacy, as the majority of justices concluded, marriage restricted it. And if...

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Obama Heckled By Undocumented LGBT Activist Protesting Deportations

(884) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was heckled Wednesday during a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month by an undocumented LGBT activist protesting his administration's policies on deportation and undocumented LGBT immigrants.

"Not one more deportation!" Jennicet Gutiérrez shouted, before being escorted from the room by Secret Service agents.


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Democratic Members Say Reforming Family Immigrant Detention Isn't Enough

(11) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- Under intense scrutiny from congressional Democrats and human rights groups, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced plans Wednesday to make reforms to the family immigrant detention system to shorten the period women and children are detained.

If he was hoping to quell criticism, though, it didn't...

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Bernie Sanders: It's Time For Immigration Reform

(197) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:22 PM

After being criticized for staying quiet about immigration, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed on Friday that if elected president, he would push for immigration reform and go even further than President Barack Obama in expanding deportation relief.

"Despite the central role that undocumented workers play in our economy and...

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Critics Say Amenities Don't Make Up For Psychological Damage Done At Family Immigrant Detention Centers

(13) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 1:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sister Kathleen Erickson remembers watching a soccer game at a family immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas, while a detainee recounted watching the dead bodies of her mother and brother being taken out of a house after they were killed by gang members in Honduras.

At the...

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Hillary Clinton: U.S. Must 'Face Hard Truths' On Race And Violence

(32) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:23 PM

A day after nine people were shot and killed in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged the country to "face hard truths about race, violence, guns and division," including hateful rhetoric directed at immigrants.

"When I hear words of hatred and...

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Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Donate $5 Million For Scholarships For Dreamers

(18) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced Wednesday that they donated $5 million to give scholarships to undocumented young people in the Bay Area.

The donation will fund scholarships for more than 400 so-called Dreamers, who are in the U.S. without authorization after coming...

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Infants And Toddlers Are Coming To The U.S. To Work, According To Border Patrol

(143) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 9:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security argued that deportation proceedings should continue against a child because she "illegally entered the United States by wading across the Rio Grande River near the Presidio, Texas Port of Entry on January 15, 2015 with the intention of going to...

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U.S. Deports Tens Of Thousands Each Year For Minor Drug Crimes, Human Rights Watch Says

(94) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people are deported each year for minor drug offenses, even if they served their time long ago, because of draconian U.S. drug laws, according to a report released Tuesday by the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch's 93-page...

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Jeb Bush Goes Off Script To Promise Immigration Reform

(253) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Newly announced GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush went off script on Monday to pledge to pass immigration reform, in one of the most surprising moments of his announcement speech.

He wasn't initially planning to mention immigration, which underscores how difficult an issue it is for him in the primary,...

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Mexico Is Now Detaining More Central Americans Than The U.S.

(23) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- The crisis of Central Americans fleeing to Mexico and the U.S. hasn't ended, despite smaller numbers of migrants making it across the U.S. border. It's just that more people are being apprehended in Mexico than in the U.S., according to a report released Thursday by the...

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Immigrant Mother Attempts Suicide At Family Detention Facility

(39) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- An immigrant woman being held at a family detention facility in Karnes City, Texas, attempted on Wednesday to commit suicide after being denied parole and asylum, according to an attorney and an immigration advocate working on her case.

The woman, 19-year-old Lilian Yamileth, was detained last October with...

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Martin O'Malley Sees A Clinton Weak Spot On Immigration. Can He Get Anyone Else To Notice?

(90) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 9:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Martin O'Malley campaign knows most voters don't know who Martin O'Malley is.

So O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who entered the Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, is putting his record on immigration front and center.

The calculation is twofold. The Latino community...

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Backlash Against Mass Family Immigrant Detention Grows As Senate Democrats Pile On

(132) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- A majority of Democratic members in the House and Senate have now signed on to letters rebuking the Obama administration for expanding the practice of detaining immigrant women and children.

On Monday, 33 of the 44 senators in the Democratic caucus wrote to Homeland Security...

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Supreme Court Reverses Deportation Ruling For Man Who Used A Sock To Hide Prescription Pills

(26) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 6:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Turns out, you shouldn’t get deported over possession of a sock -- even if that sock is hiding prescription pills.

The Supreme Court reversed an appeals court decision Monday in a case brought by the Obama administration against a man who was deported over using a sock to...

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Democrats Vow To Not Rest Until Family Immigrant Detention Is Stopped

(86) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 5:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to stop detaining mothers and children is growing, with 11 House Democrats gathering on Thursday to promise they won't let up until the practice is ended.

"This has to stop. ... We will not rest until we succeed in this...

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