(CNN) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Monday for emergency funds, possibly more than $2 billion, as the United States grapples with a surge of undocumented children and adults crossing the border from Mexico.
A White House official told CNN the money will go to securing appropriate space for the detention of children but also stemming the tide of immigrants. The government hopes to increase its ability to investigate and dismantle smuggling organizations as well as quickly return children and adults to their home countries if they do not qualify for asylum.
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(CNN) – Both sides in the heated debate are marking the year anniversary of Senate passage of major immigration reform legislation.
Proponents of a comprehensive overhaul vow a weekend of activities trying to put pressure on the House, which has not followed the Senate’s lead, while opponents of that bill are promising to keep up their fight.
This comes as the Obama administration is trying to deal with an influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families that have streamed across the U.S. southern border.
(CNN) - Immigration may not have been "the paramount issue" in Eric Cantor's crushing primary loss, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday.
The Kentucky Republican, on a conference call with reporters, added that he's still in favor of immigration reform and partly blamed Republican gridlock over the issue to a misunderstanding over the word "amnesty."
Chicago (CNN) - Hillary Clinton took a break from her frenetic book tour on Tuesday and blasted people who opposed immigration reform during a speech to two food producing trade organizations in Chicago.
The speech to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute was dramatically different than Clinton's earlier book signing in New York City. At a Manhattan Barnes & Noble earlier in the day, Clinton was flanked by devotees who waited overnight for her to sign her new book. In Chicago, Clinton was met with a less enthusiastic crowd of mostly food company employees and representatives, some of whom left before he speech was over.
Washington (CNN) - Members of both parties on Thursday questioned the Obama administration's decision to delay a review of its immigration policies in the hope of helping to propel a reform package.
"We can only expect DHS's efforts to evade its immigration law enforcement responsibilities to escalate. President Obama asked Secretary Johnson to perform an inventory of the department's enforcement practices to see how it can conduct them more humanely. These are simply code words for further ratcheting down enforcement of our immigration laws," Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said at the opening of a Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Washington (CNN) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to be grilled on the administration¹s immigration enforcement policies when he testifies Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.
This comes as the political battle over immigration reform heats up.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The chances that any significant immigration legislation will be enacted before the midterm election grew more remote on Friday, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office said it would not allow debate on a narrowly crafted proposal sponsored by a fellow Republican.
President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats made a major push this week on the issue, hoping to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote before the August summer break.
But Boehner and other House GOP leaders have repeatedly rejected calls to vote on a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill. They insist the only way the House will act is using a step by step approach.
(CNN) – Bucking the general hesitation on the right to move forward with immigration reform in a midterm year, Sal Russo, a leading tea party activist, is making the case for conservatives to take the lead on the issue.
A co-founder for the Tea Party Express, Russo called on Congress to fix a "flawed and broken" system to keep pace with a growing economy.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his push on Tuesday for House Republicans to approve most of what exists in the Senate-passed version of comprehensive immigration reform. But he signaled a willingness to compromise.
At an event with law enforcement officials, Obama said he was "not hell-bent" on seeing every word from the Senate version in any immigration bill that might reach his desk.
The Obama drag: Republicans have a great advantage heading into the 2014 midterm elections, according to another poll. But this poll, conducted by the PEW Research Center and USA Today, suggests their advantage could be starker than it was even in 2010, when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.
In a generic question about whether a voter supports the Democrat or the Republican in their own district, Republicans got 47% and Democrats got 43%. That’s a switch from October, when Democrats held an advantage in a PEW poll.
More troubling, perhaps, for Democrats is that President Obama is not a draw for their voters. Just 31% of Democrats think of their vote as “for” the President. Four years ago, 47% of Democrats felt that way.
Numbers like these could have implications for Democrats in 2014, for sure. But they could also influence how Democrats run for president. Sixty-five percent of the people in the poll said they hope the next president has policies that are not similar to Obama’s.