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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

Students Want Their Classmate Released From Immigrant Detention

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wildin David Guillen Acosta wants to graduate high school. He said earlier this month that he thought he might be able to pull it off...

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Here’s Why Atlanta Is One Of The Worst Places To Be An Undocumented Immigrant

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 5:40 PM

ATLANTA -- After immigration agents picked up 336 undocumented immigrants -- many of them Central American teenagers who came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors -- in a series of raids earlier this year, advocates sprung into action. They started petitions and called federal authorities. They emailed reporters...

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Judge Wants Government To Hand Over Names, Addresses Of Thousands Of Dreamers

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:28 AM

About 108,000 young undocumented immigrants received three-year protections and U.S. work permits in a several-month period in late 2014 and early 2015. They hadn't done anything wrong -- they just applied for a government program in the same way hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers have...

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U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Has Never Endorsed A Presidential Candidate. Now It's Picking Two.

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:52 AM

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce threw its weight behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate John Kasich in dual endorsements on Thursday -- the first time the Latino business group has ever endorsed in the presidential election.

"We should...

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This Republican Once Said Helping Refugees Made Us A 'Better Nation.’ But Now He’s Done.

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 4:24 PM

Fifteen years ago, then-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) gave an impassioned speech in support of refugee resettlement. He called helping and taking in refugees "some of the most noble and...

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'Orange Is The New Black' Star Tells Her Own Moving Story To Change Minds On Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Actress Diane Guerrero didn't expect to publish a memoir at the age of 29. But she didn't expect to feel that it was necessary -- not until the push for immigration reform failed and the demonization of undocumented immigrants hit a fever pitch in the 2016 presidential race.


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Bernie Sanders Says It's 'Time To Shut Down' Pennsylvania Family Immigrant Detention Center

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 11:59 AM

The fight to shut down a controversial family immigrant detention center in Pennsylvania received high-profile support on Thursday from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who mentioned the issue during a campaign event ahead of the state's primary.

Sanders, a Vermont independent senator,...

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Republicans Want To Force The Library Of Congress To Use 'Illegal Alien'

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans want the Library of Congress to keep using the term "illegal aliens," whether it wants to or not.

The subcommittee tasked with the library's appropriations approved a measure on Wednesday that would effectively force the library to use the term in its subject...

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Undocumented Immigrants Watch As Supreme Court Considers Case That May Change Their Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Marly Arevalo, 21, has been outside the Supreme Court many times. She lives about 30 minutes away, in Riverdale, Maryland, and often participates in rallies with the immigrant rights group CASA de Maryland. 

Monday morning, she stepped inside the Supreme Court...

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Supreme Court Doubts Texas Has A Legal Right To Challenge Immigration Policy

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- An eight-member Supreme Court appeared skeptical on Monday that President Barack Obama’s decision to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants could be subject to a multi-state legal challenge in a court of law.


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Hillary Clinton Vows To Create An Office Dedicated To Helping Immigrants

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 7:59 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced on Wednesday that she will do something new as president: create a national office dedicated to immigrants and refugees.

She unveiled her plan for an Office of Immigrant Affairs while receiving an endorsement from...

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Three Mothers Are Fighting For Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants At The Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 11:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- For about 10 minutes next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear from several million undocumented immigrants, all of them potential beneficiaries under President Barack Obama’s stalled executive actions on immigration.

They won't all be there, of course, and the vast majority are probably unaware that...

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How Volunteers Helped Families Trapped In Immigrant Detention Centers

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 4:28 PM

Until last August, Andrés Abella had never been away from his children for more than two days. He hadn't visited a family immigrant center, and, as a journalist by training who now works for a nonprofit, is not an attorney.

But he felt drawn...

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Ben Carson Is Terrible At Being A Donald Trump Surrogate

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has been doing a fair amount of press to talk up current GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump since endorsing him last month. Much of it has been strange.


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Lawsuit Aims To Keep Immigrants From Being Stuck In Detention Because They Can't Afford Bond

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:02 AM

Some asylum-seekers and immigrants in deportation proceedings are granted bond to leave detention while they seek relief to stay in the U.S. -- something that allows them to rejoin family and more easily find attorneys. It's a policy that costs taxpayers a lot less, and one...

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Mexican Nationals Say They Were Deported Without Their IDs, Money And Possessions

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 12:43 PM

Twenty-six Mexican nationals say the U.S. government deported them without their identification, money, cell phones and other possessions, putting them in danger by making it difficult or nearly impossible to contact family or get back to their home cities.

Their allegations are detailed...

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Connecticut Senator Not Happy With Bernie Sanders' View On Sandy Hook Lawsuit

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 12:15 PM

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' views on allowing victims of gun crimes to sue manufacturers effectively disqualified him from the Democratic nomination.

Murphy, who has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, posted a series of...

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Family Seeks Justice At Human Rights Panel For Man Who Died After Border Patrol Altercation

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- Bernardo Hernández Rojas' brother, Anastasio, died in 2010 after border patrol agents used a Taser on him and struck him with a baton repeatedly as he cried out for help -- caught on tape by witnesses -- and took him...

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Donald Trump Goes Full Anti-Woman, Suggests 'Punishment' For Women Who Abort

(5) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 3:35 PM

APPLETON, Wis. -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that there "has to be some form of punishment" for abortion if it were banned in the U.S. -- as he says it should be...

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90 Big-Name Business Leaders Just Took A Stand Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 4:54 PM

The fight against North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law gained some high-profile support on Tuesday, when more than 90 prominent business leaders signed a letter calling for a full repeal.

"Discrimination is wrong, and we believe it has no place in North Carolina...

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