201503.06
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Child migrants face new crisis: Uneven justice

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After fleeing Central America, child migrants now face a very uneven brand of justice in U.S. immigration courts, where access to a lawyer and the location of the court itself are often the deciding variables in who stays and who does not. A POLITICO analysis of government data shows that fully 88 percent of the…

201503.06
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Central Valley congressmen epitomize California GOP’s immigration woes

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GOP lawmaker worked harder than Rep. Devin Nunes to distance himself from the right flank of his party when it risked shutting down a crucial government agency this week to fight President Obama’s immigration policy. In rebuking “a small group of phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy,” the…

201502.27
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Obama attacks Boehner on immigration reform

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President Barack Obama is calling out John Boehner for not bringing comprehensive immigration reform up for a vote in the House last year. “It’s very simple: The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, refused to call the bill,” Obama said in response to a question at an immigration town hall hosted by MSNBC’s José…

201502.27
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Democrats Won’t Debate Immigration Until DHS Funds Are Enacted

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(Bloomberg) — The Senate and House Democratic leaders stepped up pressure on House Republicans to fund the Department of Homeland Security, saying they won’t negotiate on a spending measure that also blocks U.S. immigration policies. “If they send over a bill with all the riders in it, they’ve shut down the government,” Senate Minority Leader…

201501.23
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House, Senate Republicans Meet in Secret to Discuss Border Security Bill

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Two days after Sen. Jeff Sessions bashed a House border security bill, Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul crossed the Dome Thursday to clear the air and try to secure the support of one of Congress’ most ardent immigration critics. McCaul — with Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and freshman Gary Palmer of Alabama in tow — met with Sessions, the…

201501.23
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Immigration Activists Take On Steve King Over Iowa Conservative Event

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An Iowa immigration activist says he wants Republican candidates to show up to the Iowa Freedom Summit that Rep. Steve King has organized for this weekend and champion immigration reform. “Not going is the easy way out,” Matt Hildreth, an activist based in Iowa who works for pro-immigration reform group America’s Voice, said Thursday in…

201501.23
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Immigration agents rip GOP border bill

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The National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, a group representing 12,000 immigration agents, is criticizing a new House GOP border security bill that it says does not do enough to combat illegal border crossings. The group released a statement Thursday raising concerns about legislation drafted by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) that is…

201501.16
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No Immediate Ruling on Blocking Obama Immigration Orders

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A federal judge in South Texas on Thursday pushed an attorney representing the federal government to explain the legal authority behind President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which a coalition of 25 states has sued to try to stop. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen heard arguments during a hearing on a…

201501.16
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Immigrant Identification Card: New York’s ID Program Watched By Immigration Reform Advocates Across Nation

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NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in New York City will soon have access to basic services such as housing, bank accounts, legal services and cultural institutions under a new identification card program billed as the most ambitious effort of its kind in the United States. The municipal identification card program launched this week by…