Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain
July 14th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
3 months ago

Bipartisan border bill unveiled, prospects uncertain

(CNN) – Bipartisan legislation to curb the flood of unaccompanied minors at the southern border was unveiled Monday by two lawmakers from Texas.

Sponsors believe the compromise could lead to a quick exodus for most young migrants from Central America, as demanded by Republicans, while offering an appeals process for those who may be eligible to stay, which is supported by many Democrats.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
White House reaches out to Hispanic lawmakers during border crisis
July 14th, 2014
04:42 PM ET
3 months ago

White House reaches out to Hispanic lawmakers during border crisis

(CNN) – Obama administration officials will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this week to discuss mounting concerns about the fate of the unaccompanied minors fleeing to the United States from Central America.

"Administration officials will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday," a White House official said Monday. The official said more details about the meeting would come later.

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Democrats continue to pile on Obama for skipping the border
July 13th, 2014
06:19 PM ET
3 months ago

Democrats continue to pile on Obama for skipping the border

Washington (CNN) – Yet more Democrats are piling on President Barack Obama for skipping a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas.

"I wish he would have come to the border,' said U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley. "It would have sent an important message to the rest of the country about how seriously he takes this issue beyond the spending request he sent to Congress last week."

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Filed under: Beto O'Rourke • Immigration • Joaquín Castro • Luis Gutierrez
Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal
July 13th, 2014
02:53 PM ET
3 months ago

Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal

Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he won’t encourage his state’s congressional delegation to approve President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to mitigate the border crisis.

“The President doesn't have to have this big amount of money,” Perry told Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume. “He could pick up the phone today, call the (Defense Department) and direct them to have the 1,000 National Guard troops on the border.”

After meeting with Perry last week in Texas, Obama said he had asked the Texas governor to use his influence to urge the Texas congressional delegation to support the emergency funding request.

Obama requested the money to deal with a growing number of undocumented children and youths arriving in the U.S. illegally and overwhelming federal facilities. While many have been released to family pending deportation hearings, others have been detained by authorities amid a growing backlog of pending cases.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
July 13th, 2014
12:58 PM ET
3 months ago

McCain: Stopping child immigrant nightmare must include returning children, securing border

Washington (CNN) – As thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America enter the U.S. along the southern border, Sen. John McCain believes any multi-pronged approach to the crisis must include two key elements: sending the children back to their home countries and securing the border.

"There has to be a halt to this … and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to the country of origin and their families," the Arizona Republican told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Immigration • John McCain
July 12th, 2014
01:28 PM ET
3 months ago

Is law to protect children causing human flood at border? GOP sponsor stands by it

Washington (CNN) - Is a law designed to protect children from human trafficking actually causing a humanitarian crisis along the U.S. southern border, allowing thousands of children to illegally surge into the United States?

Amid the crisis and calls to change the law, one of its chief backers defends it.

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Filed under: House • Immigration
O'Malley: U.S. shouldn't send immigrant children back to 'certain death'
July 11th, 2014
07:50 PM ET
3 months ago

O'Malley: U.S. shouldn't send immigrant children back to 'certain death'

(CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley advocated for sympathy for the surge of young Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. southern border, arguing that to turn the children away without due process would be un-American given what violence awaits in their home countries.

"We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death," he told reporters Friday at a National Governors Association meeting in Nashville.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Martin O'Malley • President Obama
Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration
July 10th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
3 months ago

Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration

(CNN) - An unlikely trio is pushing for an end to the deadlock in Washington over immigration reform.

Sheldon Adelson, a casino mogul and major Republican donor, teamed up with tech billionaire Bill Gates and investor icon Warren Buffett, both supporters of President Barak Obama, to urge Congress and the White House to find common ground on immigration reform.

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Filed under: Immigration
House GOP backer of immigration reform throws in towel
July 10th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
3 months ago

House GOP backer of immigration reform throws in towel

Washington (CNN) – You know immigration reform is truly dead on Capitol Hill when Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart throws in the towel.

Diaz-Balart has been one of staunchest immigration reform advocates in Congress.

Thursday morning he made one final push in a meeting with Speaker John Boehner to get a House vote on a targeted reform bill he crafted with a small bipartisan group, but he was shut down.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Immigration
July 10th, 2014
05:57 PM ET
3 months ago

Anti-deportation activists protest outside Obama’s Austin speech

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the Paramount Theatre in Austin on Thursday, rallying against President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

The group was trying to send a message to the President, who was speaking inside, asking him to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Texas
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