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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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House Republicans Call One-Week Timeout On DHS Shutdown Drama

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:58 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

(1024) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:19 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

(234) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 11:54 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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Pete Sessions: Obama Accountable For Murders 'Every Day' By Undocumented Immigrants

(736) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) accused President Barack Obama and Democrats Thursday evening of continually releasing undocumented immigrants who are murdering Americans.

"Every day, all along border states, maybe other places, there are murders by people who have been arrested coming into this country, who have been released by...

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House Republicans Not Ready To Cave On DHS Funding

(858) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 8:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans inched closer to embracing a stopgap measure to prevent a Department of Homeland Security shutdown on Thursday, a day before the agency runs out of money.

GOP leaders huddled with their conference behind closed doors to gauge support for a three-week continuing resolution that would keep...

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Senate Conservatives Say They Won't Hold Up DHS Funding

(254) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 3:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Another potential roadblock to the Senate quickly passing funding for the Department of Homeland Security was cleared Thursday.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the most adamant opponents of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, indicated he is not planning to hold up a vote on...

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Democrats Defiant On DHS Funding As Shutdown Looms

(276) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats indicated on Thursday that they won't give House Speaker John Boehner much room to maneuver on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, including on a possible short-term bill to avert a department shutdown.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she told Boehner...

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Ted Cruz Would Normally Probably Criticize What Ted Cruz Just Did In The DHS Fight

(175) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 10:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- For weeks, conservatives have been pushing their Republican colleagues to use any means necessary to leverage Department of Homeland Security funding to kill President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

They've called for the Senate to change its rules to pass a bill that Democrats oppose, and...

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Obama: 'They Can Have That Vote,' But I Won't Back Down On Immigration

(411) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Republicans can go after his immigration programs in the courts and in Congress, but his confidence will not be shaken.

"In the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the speaker of the House, John Boehner, want...

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Obama Tells Advocates He's Still Committed To Immigration Actions

(285) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama's immigration policies face threats from Congress and the courts, he met Wednesday with advocates to assure them he isn't going to bend on deportation relief for undocumented parents and those who came to the U.S. as children.

During a private meeting at the...

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Senate Democrats Agree To GOP Plan To Fund Department Of Homeland Security

(679) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 2:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made its first move on Wednesday to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, with just two days remaining until the agency runs out of money.

The upper chamber voted 98-2 on a procedural hurdle that would pave the way for a "clean" funding...

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John Boehner Shrugs On Possible DHS Shutdown: 'I'm Waiting For The Senate'

(531) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- With less than 48 hours left to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled Wednesday that he's got no plan for breaking the impasse and is leaving it up the Senate to figure it out.

"I'm waiting for the Senate...

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Senate Republicans Offer Deal On DHS Funding

(673) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Almost as quickly as it came about, a plan from Senate Republican leaders to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security has hit a snag.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday the chamber would move on a full-year DHS funding bill without measures...

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Obama To Meet With Immigration Advocates To Plot Path Forward

(97) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet Wednesday with immigration advocates to discuss plans for his executive actions, which are coming under heavy criticism from conservatives.

The private meeting, which has not yet been announced but was confirmed to The Huffington Post by multiple advocates, is part of the...

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Mitch McConnell Unveils Plan B Against Obama Immigration Actions

(443) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate finally appears to have a Plan B -- or at least the beginnings of one -- to break the standstill on funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Monday that the chamber will vote on a stand-alone bill to...

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Days Before DHS Funding Runs Out, The Post-Shutdown Debate Is Heating Up

(1186) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- TSA agents would remain in airports, patrol agents would still be manning the border and Coast Guard officers would continue monitoring the waters if the Department of Homeland Security were to shut down.

But out of the public eye, there would be major problems, DHS officials warned...

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Deporting Beneficiaries Of Obama's Immigration Action Would Cost $50.3 Billion: Report

(338) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Deporting the estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants who could benefit from deportation-relief policies that Republicans are trying to block would have a hefty price, according to a report released Monday from the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

The report estimates a cost of about $50.3...

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Obama Administration Moves To Overturn Judge's Immigration Ruling

(636) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice officially filed on Monday an appeal and a request for a stay of a judge's recent decision to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The appeal would overturn U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's order last week to halt...

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So That Happened: Elizabeth Warren Secretly Met People All Over Washington

(237) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, the fight over President Barack Obama's immigration policy returns to the halls of Congress, with opponents of the president's executive actions threatening to cease funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Is this a smart idea? Of course not. But we'll talk about...

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Obama Administration To Seek Stay On Immigration Ruling

(1087) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice will seek a stay on a federal judge's ruling that brought a temporary halt to immigration programs created by executive action, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. The federal government would like the programs to be able to move forward until...

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