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Obama On Border Crisis: Let's Put Politics Aside And Get This Done

(582) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to quickly approve increased funding to deal with the crisis of immigrant children flooding across the border, as Republicans dig in their heels to demand he change his policies instead.

"The problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions...

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Republicans Threaten To Withhold Border Funds Unless Obama Ups Deportations

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama isn't likely to get an easy sign-off on the $3.7 billion in funding he requested to deal with a crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.

Republicans on Tuesday and Wednesday laid out a number of demands they want met before they approve...

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John McCain Criticizes Border Patrol For Banning Cell Phones

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) doesn't like it when the government tells him to leave his cell phone behind.

The senator grew heated at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee over guidelines for visitors at facilities that house unaccompanied minors who have recently crossed the border...

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Groups Sue Government For Putting Children In Immigration Proceedings Without Counsel

(20) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights and immigration groups on Wednesday filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government for failing to provide legal representation to thousands of minors in deportation proceedings, alleging that agencies are violating the due process clause of the Constitution and a law requiring fair hearings for immigrants....

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Rick Perry Agrees To Meet With Obama On Border Crisis

(93) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:42 PM

President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will participate in what's likely to be a tense meeting on Wednesday regarding the humanitarian crisis at the border, after the governor accused the president of causing the situation.

After initially turning down the White House's offer for Perry...

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Obama Requests $3.7 Billion To Deal With Border Crisis

(300) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking nearly double the expected figure to help deal with a crisis of unaccompanied minors at the border, in an effort to hasten removal proceedings that either allow children to stay in the country or send them back to Central America.

The significant...

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Los Angeles Stops Holding Immigrants For Deportation Without Court Review

(24) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti dealt another blow on Monday to the Obama administration's deportation programs, saying city police will no longer hold people at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement without judicial review.

"The federal government must enforce minor federal immigration violations, not force...

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Obama Announces Plans For Executive Action On Immigration

(550) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday he's done waiting for the House of Representatives to pass an immigration bill, and plans to take executive action to change deportation policies.

In remarks from the White House, Obama said that given the House's decision not to move forward with a...

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AFL-CIO Encourages Green Card Holders To Become Citizens

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO is teaming up with local immigration reform and labor groups this weekend to encourage green card holders to apply to be citizens, partly in the hope that getting more immigrants to the polls will help move immigration reform forward.

At a workshop in Washington, D.C.,...

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Bob Goodlatte: Dreamers Should Be Stripped Of Protections

(73) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) distanced himself on Thursday from previous discussions on allowing young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to become legal residents, and argued they should be stripped of any relief they have received from the government.

The congressman, who chairs the...

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Deportation Separated Thousands Of U.S.-Born Children From Parents In 2013

(903) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year carried out more than 72,000 deportations of parents who said they had U.S.-born children, according to reports to Congress obtained Wednesday by The Huffington Post.

The reports were sent by ICE in April to the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate...

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Nancy Pelosi Gives Rare Praise To President George W. Bush

(57) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- The current GOP rhetoric on immigration reform left House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) looking back fondly on the days of former President George W. Bush.

"He was so great on immigration, President George W. Bush," she said Wednesday at a weekly meeting with reporters. "He cautioned...

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Luis Gutierrez: House GOP's Time Is Up On Immigration

(240) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- The biggest advocate for comprehensive immigration reform put the final nail in its coffin on Wednesday, declaring on the House floor that House Republicans' time is up and that instead, the president himself should move to limit deportations.

"I gave you the warning three months ago, and...

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Darrell Issa Calls For Obama To Restart Deportation Of Dreamers

(48) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is asking colleagues to sign on to a letter to the president demanding he end a program that keeps young people with longstanding ties to the U.S. from being deported.

The letter, which was obtained by The Huffington Post and confirmed by two offices...

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GOP Congressman Says Obama Should Violate Law And Deport Minors At Border

(59) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) proposed a solution on Tuesday for dealing with the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the border: The Obama administration should violate the law and put them on buses back to Central America, he said.

The government is currently dealing with a massive increase...

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Democrats Call For Lawyers For Unaccompanied Minors Crossing The Border

(12) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats announced a bill on Monday that would prevent minors and people with mental disabilities from facing immigration judges alone.

"Under our laws, we give the right to legal counsel to the most dangerous, hardened criminals in America," Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) said at...

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DHS Secretary To Parents: Sending Children To The U.S. Illegally 'Is Not The Solution'

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson penned an open letter over the weekend to parents who may be considering sending their children across the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, telling them the journey is unsafe and that there are no "free passes at the end."

"I have one simple message:...

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Obama Administration To 'Surge' Immigration Enforcement On Border

(455) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to "surge" its immigration enforcement, open facilities to detain families and provide additional support to Central American governments in response to a massive increase of unaccompanied minors and others crossing the border, officials announced on Friday.

"We are surging our resources to increase...

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John Boehner: Send National Guard Troops To Border To Deal With Unaccompanied Minor Crisis

(51) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday blaming him for the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and calling for National Guard troops to go to the border to address the surge.

"The policies of your administration...

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Bob Menendez Urges U.S., Central America To Do More To Combat Humanitarian Crisis At Border

(29) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) unveiled a 20-point plan on Thursday for beginning to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Mexico, proposing specific measures to deal with the children already in the U.S. and the broader problems that bring them here.

"This is...

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