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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

Newt Gingrich: Obama Refusing To Defend Borders, Flying In New Immigrants

(42) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich accused the president in a robocall to conservatives of putting America at risk through his immigration policies -- including what seems be a reference to a new policy that will help refugee children.

The call went out to...

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After Becoming Part Of A Family In The U.S., Honduran Immigrant Teen Has To Leave

(107) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 2011, a then-14-year-old orphan fled Honduras for the U.S., fearful that gang members would come after him after he had refused to join them. He'd grown up in an orphanage and on the streets, and thought that if he stayed in Honduras, he would be killed. He'd...

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Immigrant Families Fleeing Violence 'Should Not Be Treated Like Criminals': Democrats

(292) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Top Democratic senators wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday to question his department's massive expansion of immigrant family detention, a practice that allows women and children seeking asylum to be locked up and potentially puts them at risk of abuse.

"Mothers and their children who...

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U.S. Deportation Practices Put Asylum Seekers At Risk, Human Rights Watch Says

(27) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Border agents are failing to identify people who could have credible claims to asylum, allowing them to be deported to face possibly dangerous conditions in their native countries without a more substantial screening, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch.

The report...

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Progressive Group MoveOn Demands Alison Lundergan Grimes Remove Immigration Ad

(361) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is in deep water with progressives and immigration advocates after her campaign ran an ad calling undocumented immigrants "illegal aliens" and bizarrely accusing her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), of being soft on immigration.

On Tuesday, progressive group Political Action...

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Groups Raise $1.5 Million To Help Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids

(46) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 7:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- Organizations and individuals have raised more than $1.5 million to help unaccompanied minors who came to the U.S. from Central America at crisis levels over the past year, including many who fled violence and now face deportation.

The effort was started by the California Endowment, a health...

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Joni Ernst: I Would Not Try To End Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

(24) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said Saturday that she wouldn't try to do away with a policy that helps young undocumented immigrants, even though she's previously criticized her Democratic opponent for opposing efforts to end the program.

During a debate with Democratic candidate Rep. Bruce Braley...

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Most People Caught Crossing Southwest Border Last Fiscal Year Weren't From Mexico

(95) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Over the last fiscal year, there has been a shift in the nationalities of people apprehended crossing the southwest border: for the first time in history, a majority of them were from countries other than Mexico, according to a new report.

The analysis, published Thursday...

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Jeh Johnson: Politicians Shouldn't 'Feed The Flames Of Fear' Over ISIS, Ebola

(10) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson shot down claims on Thursday that a "porous" U.S. southern border is allowing terrorists, Ebola and a surge of unaccompanied minors into the country, despite claims to the contrary by some politicians.

Johnson tried to dispel rumors and dial back fears during...

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Latino Group Accuses Kay Hagan Of Betrayal On Immigration

(62) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Latino group Presente Action is going after Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina in new Spanish-language radio ads on Thursday that accuse her of helping to block relief for undocumented immigrants.

Presente Action has been critical of vulnerable Senate Democrats for urging President Barack...

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Immigration Advocates: ICE Is 'Out Of Control'

(244) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:03 AM

WASHINGTON -- Advocates are alleging that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is "more out of control than ever," going after immigrants aggressively ahead of potential executive action from President Barack Obama that could shield some of the immigrants from deportation.

A report released Wednesday by the National Day...

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Cory Gardner Won't Give Direct Answer On Climate Change

(36) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 9:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Colorado Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner repeatedly refused on Tuesday to answer yes or no to whether he believes humans contribute to climate change.

Gardner was asked during a debate in Denver with Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to give a simple answer as to whether "humans are...

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Obama Heckled Defending Immigration Action Delay

(109) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama attempted on Thursday to reassure and re-energize Latinos who are frustrated, angry and disenchanted after his decision to delay executive action on deportations that could shield millions from being expelled from the U.S.

Some of that frustration burst through during his speech at the...

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Complaint Alleges Sexual Abuse In Immigrant Detention Center

(68) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 7:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Legal groups alleged this week that employees of a family immigration detention facility in Karnes City, Texas, harassed and sexually abused female detainees who had been caught crossing the border illegally.

The complaint, based on interviews with women in the Karnes City facility, alleges that...

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GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana

(727) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Voter Summit.

During a conference mostly focused on religious liberty, abolishing the IRS and promoting small government, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) delivered a full speech on...

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Texas Lt. Gov.: National Guard Troops Still Needed At Border

(26) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) said Friday that even though illegal border crossings are down, the state has no intention of recalling its National Guard troops from the border.

Troops will be there "until the federal government wakes up, steps in, increases the size of the...

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Ted Cruz: Democrats Are An 'Extreme, Radical Party'

(576) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:24 AM

WASHINGTON — In front of a highly supportive crowd at the Values Voter Summit, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused Democrats on Friday of being an “extreme, radical party” intent on taking away the rights of Americans.

“These are dangerous, radical times,” Cruz said at the conservative conference, where he...

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Honduran Mom Fleeing 'Horrific Acts Of Harm' Wins U.S. Asylum With Daughters

(66) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:10 PM

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An immigration judge granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, threatened and raped at gunpoint by her husband before fleeing to the United States.

The woman, whose attorney asked be identified by her initials, D.M.L.,...

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Congregations Open Doors To Undocumented Immigrants

(16) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- After President Barack Obama decided to delay executive action that could prevent some undocumented immigrants from being deported, congregations around the country are opening their doors in hopes they can shield community members from removal.

Faith groups on Wednesday announced a coalition to provide sanctuary to undocumented...

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Nancy Pelosi: 'Republicans Get Off The Hook' When Immigration Activists Target Democrats

(148) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that immigration activists would be letting Republicans off easy if they made Democrats and President Barack Obama the focus of their ire come Election Day.

"I think that the anger is not placed in the right direction, and Republicans...

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