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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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Immigration Reform Advocates To Lose Champion With Harry Reid Retirement

(25) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 6:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Friday morning was strange for Astrid Silva, a 27-year-old undocumented immigrant in Las Vegas. Just before 5 a.m. PST, her longtime pen pal, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), announced plans to retire from the Senate at the end of his term.

She started getting text messages...

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Tension Brews Between ICE And Immigration Advocates Over Deportation Policies

(257) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last Friday, immigration advocates met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña and brought up some concerns, including a surprising statement she made the day before that seemed wholly at odds with the administration's policies.

Saldaña...

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Chris Christie Joins Legal Fight Against Obama Immigration Programs

(55) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 3:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- After months of staying out of the legal battle over the president's executive actions on immigration, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) finally -- but quietly -- waded in this week.

Christie joined Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Dennis Daugaard of...

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Religious Leaders Seek Relief For Immigrants Living In Churches To Avoid Deportation

(16) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Over the past year, 10 undocumented immigrants have entered sanctuary in churches across the country to avoid deportation. Eight of them have since received temporary deportation relief and rejoined their families in the outside world.

But the final two are still living inside the churches,...

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House GOP Faces Test On Budget Priorities

(568) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are hoping they can bring deficit hawks and defense hawks together this week to support a budget -- and avoid an embarrassment if the conference fails to present a unified front on its priorities for the country.

They expect to pull off getting a budget through,...

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Iowa Pastor Max Villatoro Deported After Community Rallies To Keep Him In U.S.

(159) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Iowa Mennonite Pastor Max Villatoro was deported to his native Honduras on Friday, despite efforts from hundreds of clergy members and immigrant advocates to keep him in the U.S. with his wife and four children.

The news was disturbing to many in the immigrant rights community who...

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Immigration Official Walks Back Support For Mandating That Police Hold Immigrants (UPDATE)

(117) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 5:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- The director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that she would support a law to require local law enforcement to hold immigrants for ICE even if they oppose doing so -- seemingly flying in the face of recent efforts by the Obama administration to mend relationships with...

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House Republican Committee Approves Bills To Increase Deportations

(488) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 6:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are moving forward with bills addressing the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, including unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally -- but in a way that would force more of them out.

The House Judiciary Committee approved two bills on Wednesday related...

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Republicans Ask Court To Keep Obama Immigration Programs Stalled

(82) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 3:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of Republican lawmakers are urging an appeals court not to let the Obama administration expand deportation relief and work authorization for undocumented immigrants with long-standing ties to the U.S.

The Republicans -- Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and...

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House Republican: Balanced Budget Promise Is 'Hooey'

(433) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 6:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- House conservatives seemed unenthused on Tuesday with the safety net-cutting budget plan put out by their conference. They said they were concerned with "gimmicks" used to add money to defense without violating budget caps, and skeptical of the promise that the budget would be balanced in...

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Jerry Brown: Opponents Of Obama's Immigration Programs Are 'Declaring War'

(312) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- As a lawsuit from 26 states continues to stall President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, officials from other states are becoming increasingly fiery in the president's defense.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told reporters on Friday that the states that sued the federal government to halt...

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With Relief Programs Stalled, Immigration Activists Keep Focus On Deportations

(19) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 6:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two of the most heralded aspects of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration are stalled in the courts, which means activists' efforts to sign up undocumented immigrants for relief are on hold as well.

It's a setback, but immigration advocates are determined to make sure the...

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DOJ Asks Appeals Court To Lift Order Blocking Immigration Programs

(134) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to lift an "unprecedented and wrong" order by a federal judge that halted the president's latest executive actions on immigration.

President Barack Obama's new relief program for parents of U.S. citizens and of legal permanent residents and...

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Judge Keeps Obama Immigration Policies On Hold

(595) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 7:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's policies to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. hit another snag on Monday.

Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, announced that rather than granting or even rejecting the administration's request to move forward with Obama's 2014...

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House Releases Hostage, Approves Funding For DHS Without Immigration Measures

(554) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 2:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- The grudge match between Republicans and Democrats over the president's immigration policies and funding the Department of Homeland Security ended Tuesday -- with a win for Democrats.

House Republicans approved $39.7 billion in funding for DHS without any measures to block President Barack Obama's executive...

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John Boehner Blinks, Will Allow For Clean Funding Of Department Of Homeland Security

(737) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The House will finally vote on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security without immigration measures, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference at a meeting on Tuesday.

The vote will come after the House narrowly averted a shutdown last Friday when the House GOP...

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Senate Democrats Put DHS Funding Pressure Back On John Boehner

(437) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 4:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans attempted last week to kick the issue of funding for the Department of Homeland Security over to the Senate. On Monday evening, Senate Democrats kicked it back, putting the heat on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to avert a DHS shutdown.

The Democrats blocked the...

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House Republicans Call One-Week Timeout On DHS Shutdown Drama

(973) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Friday night to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, so they can come back and have the same fight in a week.

The vote was the result of a divide between Republicans in the House and Senate over whether to...

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House Can't Even Agree To Fund DHS For 3 Weeks

(1031) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 4:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- A House Republican effort to punt on Department of Homeland Security funding failed on the floor Friday, leaving the GOP leadership in a bind on whether to throw in the towel and pass a budget bill without immigration measures.

It's back to the drawing board with only hours...

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Senate Passes DHS Funding As House GOP Kicks Can Down The Road

(235) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved funding for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning, less than 24 hours before a shutdown.

But the shutdown has not been averted quite yet. At the same time as the Senate approved its bill, House Republicans proceeded with a bill...

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