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

(4) 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

(59) 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

(32) 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

(29) 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

(564) 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

(52) 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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House Republicans Still Hashing Out Details Of Border Crisis Plan

(23) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- With only a week to go before the August recess, House Republicans have yet to coalesce around the specifics of a bill to address the border crisis, but likely will approve less than a third of the funding the president requested.

Members said after meeting on Friday that...

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Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers

(273) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday called on the Obama administration to "wind down" a policy that has helped more than 550,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, an action that would restart deportations of young people who have lived here for years....

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White House Balances Conflicting Demands On Border Crisis

(27) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House is attempting to walk a fine line on how to change a 2008 anti-trafficking law that has become a flashpoint as Congress considers how to address the ongoing border crisis.

The law requires unaccompanied minors from countries other than Canada and Mexico to go...

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Senate Democrats Lay Out Plan For Border Crisis

(14) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Wednesday staked out a middle position on funding for the ongoing border crisis, announcing details of a plan that would provide $1 billion less than the president requested but $1.2 billion more than House Republicans have said they will support.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman...

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Boehner Won't Get Help Passing House GOP Border Bill, Top Dem Says

(81) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Moments after House Republicans unveiled the outlines of a bill on Wednesday to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors on the nation's southern border, Democrats signaled they would oppose the measure nearly en masse.

Speaking to reporters from his office on Capitol Hill, House Minority Whip...

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House GOP Would Solve Border Crisis By Sending In Troops, Speeding Deportations

(138) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are considering a roughly $1.5 billion package that would help deal with the nation's ongoing border crisis, but there will be strings attached that could threaten the bill's support from Democrats and the chance for resolution before members leave town in August.

Key to the plan...

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Harry Reid Blames House GOP's 'Crazy Ideas' For Stalled Border Bill

(81) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed Republicans in the House for stalling efforts of Congress to deal with the crisis of children flocking to the border, saying the representatives were hamstrung by their own "crazy ideas."

"I think that if you are focusing on the House, they...

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John Boehner: Obama, Democrats 'Jeopardizing Our Ability' To Resolve Border Crisis

(652) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Should Congress fail to approve funding to deal with the border crisis before the legislative recess in August, it will be President Barack Obama's fault, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday.

In a statement, Boehner said that a working group of House Republicans has completed its...

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Marco Rubio, Pro-Reform Republicans Take Up Hard-Line Rhetoric Amid Border Crisis

(140) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- In recent days, as concern and anger have spiked over the flow of undocumented children along the nation's southern border, Republicans have put increasing blame on President Barack Obama.

The culprit, they argue, is a 2012 Obama administration directive that gives relief to so-called Dreamers,...

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Rick Perry Sending Up To 1,000 National Guard Troops To Border

(1547) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced plans on Monday to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they will bolster security efforts to prevent criminals from taking advantage of the current crisis there.

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under...

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For Border Crisis, Many Bills But No Clear Answer

(10) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the days tick down until Congress leaves Washington, D.C., for the August recess, there are a number of proposals but no full consensus on how to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.

A handful of bills have already been introduced, with...

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Obama Tells Lawmakers He Won't Cave On Deportation Review

(301) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- As Republicans blame President Barack Obama's executive actions for the crisis along the border, the president assured members of his own party Wednesday that he won't back down from his plans to ease deportations.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, meeting at the White House with Obama and...

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Fault Lines Deepen On Funding Border Crisis

(37) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- With political pressure mounting over the wave of unaccompanied minors on the nation’s southern border, Democrats began showing signs of internal division on Tuesday over how to address the crisis.

Lawmakers in the party are grappling with how to handle a proposal pushed by Republicans and some...

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