Obama caught in border photo-op catch-22, White House says
July 10th, 2014
02:12 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama caught in border photo-op catch-22, White House says

(CNN) - Damned if he does. Damned if he doesn't.

That is essentially the White House explanation for why President Obama opted against a visit to the country's besieged southern border during his trip to Texas this week.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
July 9th, 2014
08:00 PM ET
1 month ago

Gutierrez on Crossfire: 'Bothered' that Obama won't visit border, has 'serious questions' about border proposal

(CNN) – Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, said that he's disappointed in President Barack Obama's refusal to visit the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

"It does bother me,” he said on CNN’s “Crossfire” about Obama not visiting the border. “I wish the President of the United States were going down [to the border] and visiting the children and visiting the site tonight."

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Filed under: Immigration
Booker, Paul take a selfie; talk criminal justice reform, technology and show tunes
July 9th, 2014
06:48 PM ET
1 month ago

Booker, Paul take a selfie; talk criminal justice reform, technology and show tunes

(CNN) - An unlikely political duo, Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker have teamed up in a bid to reform the criminal justice system for non-violent offenders.

Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, and Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, discussed a wide range of topics Wednesday at a Politico “Playbook Cocktails” event in Washington.

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Filed under: Cory Booker • Immigration • Justice Department • Rand Paul
Obama border proposal won't get speedy vote in House
July 9th, 2014
01:16 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama border proposal won't get speedy vote in House

(CNN) – House Republicans are making it clear there won't be a speedy vote on President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency proposal to address the immigration crisis on the southern border.

They believe less money is needed and more should be done to strengthen enforcement along the border, which has experienced an unexpected surge of children from Central America. Many of them are unaccompanied.

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Filed under: Immigration • John Boehner • President Obama
July 9th, 2014
06:21 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama offered pot during night out in Denver

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(CNN) – "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge.

It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Colorado • Immigration • John Hickenlooper • Marijuana • President Obama
July 8th, 2014
07:21 PM ET
1 month ago

Coburn: Obama's border funding 'wrong approach,' offers first class seat home to every child

(CNN) – Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.

"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."

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Filed under: 2014 • Crossfire • Immigration • President Obama • Tom Coburn
July 8th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
1 month ago

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

The Republican firebrand wrote in a an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative website Breitbart that "(Obama's) unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • Mike Huckabee • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Texas
July 8th, 2014
08:20 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama invites Perry to meeting on border crisis

Washington (CNN) - The political sparring over the border crisis intensified Tuesday as the White House released a letter accepting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's invitation to President Barack Obama for a meeting on the issue during his trip to Texas Wednesday.

The letter from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was in response to Perry's letter to the President, released Monday evening, that turned down an offer to greet Obama on the tarmac when he arrives in Austin, with the suggestion of a more “substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.”

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Rick Perry
July 6th, 2014
12:54 PM ET
2 months ago

Border-state Democrat: Obama 'one step behind' on immigration

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is facing fresh criticism for its handling of the immigration crisis from two voices at the center of the debate.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Mayor Alan Long of Murrieta, California - the small town that rose up in protest after federal officials bused illegal immigrants to a facility there - both criticized the administration for failing to fix a broken system and address what they called a foreseeable problem.

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Filed under: Immigration
Homeland Security chief: ‘We’re going to stem this tide’ of illegal immigration
July 6th, 2014
11:16 AM ET
2 months ago

Homeland Security chief: ‘We’re going to stem this tide’ of illegal immigration

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Sunday the Obama administration will take steps to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, even without the help of Congress.

“There are a number of things that the President and I, within the confines of the law, can do to fix the broken immigration system, and we will,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Filed under: Homeland Security • Immigration
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