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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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Critics See Chance To End Family Immigrant Detention Entirely

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Family immigrant detention was dealt a major blow last week in court, and critics are hoping to build on the ruling's momentum to kill the practice entirely.

Immigration attorneys filed on Tuesday for multiple immigrant women and children to be immediately released from detention facilities...

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Family Immigrant Detention Ruling Already Having A 'Groundbreaking' Effect For Women And Children

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 5:41 PM


Immigration judges in Texas have begun ordering the release of women and children from detention without bond following a court ruling on Friday that advocates said they hope will end family immigrant detention.

All nine women and their children who appeared for bond...

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House Republicans Vote To Penalize Local Law Enforcement Over Immigration Policies

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- If House Republicans get their way, cities and counties would either need to cooperate fully with immigration enforcement or lose federal grants for their police forces.

The House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday to block law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities. The vote...

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Congress Threatens Sanctuary Cities With Loss Of Law Enforcement Funds

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sheriff Richard Stanek of Hennepin County, Minnesota, is a Republican with a long career in law enforcement. He has no problem cooperating with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and allowing immigration agents to pick up criminals from his jails.

He is also one of...

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Families Of People Killed By Undocumented Immigrants Make Emotional Plea For Congress To Act

(21) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Laura Wilkerson, whose 18-year-old son was killed by an undocumented classmate in 2010, said Tuesday that business mogul Donald Trump provided her some comfort with his controversial comments calling some Mexican immigrants criminals.

"It feels good to be heard, whether you love him or you don't. I felt...

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More Than 2,000 Central Americans Applied For Refugee Status To Come To The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:01 PM

U.S. officials created the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program to discourage children from taking the dangerous trip through Mexico to the U.S. In this July 12, 2014, photo, Central American migrants climb on a north-bound train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

WASHINGTON -- There's less...

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Filipino World War II Veterans Will Get Easier Path To Reunite With Family

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Filipino-American World War II veterans who have been waiting for years to bring their family members to the U.S. will soon be able to do so through a new policy, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday.

The policy, announced along with a spate of...

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Republicans Urge Obama Administration To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of putting Americans at risk by allowing localities to opt out of enforcing federal immigration laws.

The House Judiciary Committee hosted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for a hearing that largely focused on a shooting in San Francisco...

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ICE Begins Freeing More Mothers, Children From Immigrant Detention

(16) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 11:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and children seeking asylum or other relief in the U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun reviewing the cases of families being held at its detention...

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Hillary Clinton On Donald Trump: 'Basta! Enough!'

(171) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 6:32 PM

Hillary Clinton summed up her feelings toward Donald Trump in one word Monday: "Basta."

The Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state used the Spanish word for "enough" while discussing Trump, the GOP hopeful who recently said Mexican immigrants are often criminals, rapists and drug smugglers.


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Martin O'Malley: 'Real Problem' With Republicans Goes Beyond Donald Trump

(97) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Donald Trump is "a hate-spewing character" and the rest of the GOP field isn't much better, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Monday.

O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland, is making immigration central to his campaign platform for the Democratic nomination. In a speech at the National Council of...

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Even Immigration Hardliner Tom Tancredo Is Giving Donald Trump Some Grief

(78) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Donald Trump's comments on immigration went too far -- at least in tone -- for one of the most hardline anti-unauthorized immigration Republicans, former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo.

The Republican presidential candidate "needs to be a little bit more artful" when discussing immigration, Tancredo told the Denver...

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Undocumented Immigrants Rally In New Orleans, Waiting For Relief

(257) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 7:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of immigration advocates, some of them undocumented, waited hours outside a New Orleans courthouse on Friday as a federal appeals panel heard arguments on President Barack Obama's deportation relief.

And now they must wait as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit...

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Why Some Cities Don't Rush To Turn Over Undocumented Immigrants To The Feds

(50) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 5:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- In March 2007, while Ron Teachman was serving as the chief of police in New Bedford, Massachusetts, immigration enforcement carried out one of its largest workplace raids in history.

Hundreds of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and police raided the Michael Bianco Inc. leather goods factory on the...

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We Asked Members Of Congress With Mexican Heritage What They Think Of Donald Trump

(174) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 1:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) was a child, he remembers walking through the grocery store with his mother as judgmental whispers were directed her way.

Both his parents were Mexican-born and they had 11 children, which made them the objects of derision in certain parts of the...

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Jeb Bush, Other Republicans Go After Funding For Sanctuary Cities

(34) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 5:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Funds should be withheld from jurisdictions that don't work with immigration agents, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday in the wake of a fatal shooting, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco.

Bush said San Francisco is "the worst form" of a sanctuary city for...

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Hillary Clinton Piles On San Francisco Officials, Putting Sanctuary Cities Under Even More Heat

(106) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 8:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- After a deadly shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by a man who had been deported five times, lawmakers are calling on the county to drop its policy against cooperating with immigration enforcement.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became the most high-profile Democrat to wade into the debate on...

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

(399) 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

(2861) 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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