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  • Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

    May 26, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the 2-1 ruling Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice had asked the court... more »
  • Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

    April 17, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal appeals judges peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday held a special hearing in a closely watched case that is holding up Obama's... more »
  • Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration action

    March 19, 2015 3:39 PM

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted... more »
  • Google exec says immigration changes would help economy

    March 18, 2015 5:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The executive chairman at Google is urging Congress to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on. Eric Schmidt spoke Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute. He says he believes the United States is better off... more »
  • 9 arrested in La. as part of nationwide ICE sweep

    March 10, 2015 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Immigration authorities said agents recently arrested nine people in Louisiana who were suspected of being in the U. S. illegally as part of a nationwide immigration sweep. Homeland Security said the operation, called "Cross Check," targeted convicted criminals who were illegally in the country during the... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding

    February 26, 2015 5:17 PM

    OXON HILL, MD - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for fellow Republicans who control Congress: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke critically of his party's leaders in Washington on Thursday during a turn before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As he spoke to CPAC, House Republicans were considering... more »
  • McConnell: Strip immigration issue from Homeland budget bill

    February 24, 2015 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - With a partial shutdown looming, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is offering to allow a vote on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security - stripped of immigration-related measures that many conservatives have been demanding. The Senate would still vote separately on a proposal to overturn one... more »
  • US seeks stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

    February 23, 2015 11:00 AM

    HOUSTON - The federal government has filed a notice of appeal of a ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The three-page notice was filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The appeal will be handled by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • DOJ to seek stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

    February 20, 2015 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will seek a stay of a federal judge's decision temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the paperwork will be filed with the court by Monday. Earnest said Friday that the decision to... more »
  • Guard troops to stay on border

    February 20, 2015 2:09 AM

    McALLEN, Texas - On the highway that hugs the southern stretch of the Texas-Mexico border, law enforcement is everywhere, patrolling the pavement, pulling over vehicles and even keeping watch from a helicopter over the Rio Grande. Less visible are hundreds of Texas National Guard troops who arrived last summer and... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Cassidy supports Texas Judge against immigration reform

    February 18, 2015 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with the federal judge in Texas who struck down President Obama's immigration reforms. Cassidy says the President's policies only encourage more illegal immigration. "Literature clearly shows, that when people come here illegally, they both take jobs and depress wages for people who were... more »
  • Feds stop prep for challenged immigration program

    February 17, 2015 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his agency will stop working on the program to... more »
  • House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

    January 27, 2015 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans plan to vote to authorize legal action against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday. He told them GOP leaders are finalizing plans to authorize litigation to block Obama's... more »
  • House heads to vote on border security bill

    January 22, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House will vote next week on a border security bill as Republicans try to show they can chart their own course on immigration - not just oppose President Barack Obama. The bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee late Wednesday on a party-line vote of 18-12.... more »
  • Republicans try to chart path on immigration moves

    January 16, 2015 2:52 AM

    HERSHEY, PA - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's going to try to push a House-passed bill to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies through the Senate. But neither McConnell nor other members of his leadership - and not even senior House Republicans - predict success for the plan that... more »
  • House votes to overturn protections for young immigrants

    January 14, 2015 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. The measures were part of a $39.7 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The vote was 236-191. The legislation faces tough... more »
  • House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

    January 14, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are advancing sweeping legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. The votes will come Wednesday on legislation to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year. Republicans will... more »
  • Obama threatens veto on immigration, regulatory bills

    January 12, 2015 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Another week, another round of veto threats from President Barack Obama. The White House says Obama would veto legislation backed by House Republicans that would undo the immigration executive orders the president issued late last year. The GOP wants to include provisions blocking the executive actions in a... more »
  • GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

    December 24, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Homeland Security Department is using GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to keep track of some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally. The pilot program comes months after officials found that 70 percent of immigrant families disappeared after they were released into the U.S. with instructions to report back... more »
  • Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

    December 22, 2014 12:47 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama rang in 2014 as a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he'd act alone. On immigration, climate change and U.S.-Cuba relations, at least,... more »
  • A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

    December 18, 2014 4:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using a streak of recent activism to shake up the governing status quo and create a new normal for his successors. Obama has taken aggressive steps on immigration, Internet access, climate change and Cuba. With them, he is laying down a foundation that while... more »
  • US judge says Obama immigration action invalid

    December 16, 2014 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of... more »
  • Vitter to sit on Judiciary committee in US Senate

    December 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he has been appointed to sit on the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee - placing the Republican Louisiana politician in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress: Fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general and... more »
  • Vitter opposing Obama's pick for attorney general

    December 10, 2014 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he'll oppose President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general because of his disapproval of the president's executive actions on immigration. The Republican senator announced Wednesday that he won't support the nomination of Loretta Lynch during the Senate confirmation vote, which is expected... more »
  • 3 states join 17 states fighting immigration order

    December 6, 2014 10:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Three more states have joined a Texas-led multistate coalition suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. The addition of Arizona, Florida and Ohio brings to 20 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville. Many top Republicans... more »
  • Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

    December 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is leading a multistate coalition in suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. Many top Republicans have denounced the president's unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect... more »
  • Immigration hardliners push to oppose Obama

    December 3, 2014 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Immigration hardliners in Congress are mounting a challenge to House Republican leaders' plans for legislation to keep the government running. They are insisting that the funding bill include explicit language to block President Barack Obama's move to extend deportation relief to millions here illegally. Sen. Ted Cruz of... more »
  • Homeland Security chief faces GOP critics on immigration

    December 2, 2014 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON- The House will vote this week to go on record as disapproving President Barack Obama's executive actions to curb deportations for millions of immigrants here illegally. Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with House Republicans Tuesday morning, along with plans to vote next week on... more »
  • Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

    November 26, 2014 2:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration have left out some of the business community's top priorities. That's disappointing executives who might have stepped up to defend the policies in face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make... more »
  • Obama defends moves on immigration

    November 23, 2014 10:29 AM

    HENDERSON, Nev. - President Barack Obama is dismissing criticism that he overstepped his authority by acting unilaterally to shield millions of immigrants from the threat of deportation. Obama says in an interview broadcast nationally Sunday that presidents use "prosecutorial discretion" all the time. He says it was important to prioritize... more »
  • 5,000 illegals in BR could get reprieve under president's plan

    November 21, 2014 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city has an estimated 10,000 undocumented immigrants; half could qualify to stay under plans announced by the president Thursday. President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration allows those living in the U.S. illegally to remain in the states risk-free if they register, pay taxes and... more »
  • Landrieu splits with Obama on immigration action

    November 21, 2014 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties. By executive order, Obama extended legal protection to keep nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Landrieu said while... more »
  • Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration

    November 21, 2014 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is "damaging the presidency itself" with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen. But the Ohio Republican offers no hint of what steps the House might take to block Obama's... more »
  • Locals split on Obama's immigration changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People around Baton Rouge have mixed feelings about President Obama's expected changes to immigration policy. Legal immigrants we spoke with say the new policy gives them and their family members hope. "It's a great opportunity. Everyone is waiting for that, and it's been so long... more »
  • Obama to announce immigration steps

    November 20, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The steps being announced tonight by President Barack Obama on immigration could mark the start of one of the fiercest partisan confrontations of his presidency. His measures could make as many as 5 million people eligible for work permits, shielding them from deportation. But none would have a... more »
  • Obama to announce immigration plans Thursday

    November 19, 2014 12:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - People familiar with White House planning say President Barack Obama will announce on Thursday executive action on immigration that will sidestep Congress and shield potentially millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. The administration is considering steps that would provide work permits for up to... more »
  • Sources: Executive order to affect millions

    November 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is poised to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House. The estimate includes extending deportation protections to parents of U.S.... more »
  • Incoming GOP Senate chairman plans border bill

    November 10, 2014 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal... more »
  • La. leaders meet as Ebola and immigration loom check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2014 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and local leaders met Thursday to discuss solutions to hot button issues affecting Louisiana On the agenda was immigration along the U.S. - Mexico border and Ebola. After three hours of discussion, though, no hard and fast solutions materialized. Lawmakers say the border issue... more »
  • US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

    September 26, 2014 3:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others would say only that they faced deportation. It turns out that tens of... more »
  • Lawmakers call for action on released fugitive

    September 23, 2014 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of Louisiana state legislators sent a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal recently, asking him to act "forcefully" after a fugitive from Mexico who was recently from released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison due to a clerical error. Bernardo Gomez, who authorities said has... more »
  • Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

    September 11, 2014 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House chief of staff is assuring frustrated Latino lawmakers that President Barack Obama will take executive action by the end of the year to address the nation's flawed immigration system, and do as much as he can under the law. Chief of staff Denis McDonough met... more »
  • Obama to delay immigration action

    September 6, 2014 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - White House officials say President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections. The officials say Obama believes taking steps on his own during the midterm campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad... more »
  • First National Guard troops at Texas-Mexico border

    August 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    HIDALGO, TX - The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force says "several dozen" soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops... more »
  • Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

    August 13, 2014 2:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An internal Homeland Security Department report says immigration officials decided on their own, strictly for budget reasons, to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013. Without consulting then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano or the White House, the agency ultimately freed 2,228 people. The lack of... more »
  • Jindal goes to Mexico border for firsthand look

    August 4, 2014 7:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited Texas' border with Mexico to get a closer look at the nation's immigration crisis. The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate is getting a helicopter view of the area Monday, taking a boat tour up the Rio Grande River and speaking... more »
  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    August 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
  • Jindal wants details on immigrant children in La.

    July 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is blasting President Barack Obama's administration for providing few details to Louisiana officials about the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors here. The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in... more »
  • Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

    July 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate. Senators voted 63-33 Wednesday to advance the $3.5 billion emergency spending bill over a procedural hurdle. But with Congress adjourning for the summer within days and Republicans opposed,... more »
  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2014 3:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate. It comes as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction, just a few days before Congress' five-week summer recess. Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill is designed to... more »
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    July 29, 2014 9:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • Central American leaders seek solution in US

    July 24, 2014 11:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Before meeting privately with House Democrats, President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala expressed hope of finding a solution to benefit all the countries involved.... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Lawmakers face long to-do list before break

    July 22, 2014 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things, such as overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics. Only two weeks remain before lawmakers' annual August... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »
  • Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

    July 21, 2014 2:11 AM

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala - Human smuggling is a high-risk, often high-yield business, with migrants in Latin America paying $5,000-$10,000 each for the long, illegal journey in the care of smugglers. Smugglers, known as "coyotes," say they must pay off officials, gangs operating on trains and drug cartels controlling the routes... more »
  • Senate chairman warns against border policy change

    July 17, 2014 9:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it's not acceptable to change U.S. policy to speed Central American kids home faster from the border without court hearings. Sen. Robert Menendez is a New Jersey Democrat. Menendez says the change would take due process rights away... more »
  • Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll

    July 16, 2014 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said immigration topped their list of concerns. The issue has gained prominence as a surge in unaccompanied minors... more »
  • Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

    July 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Texas lawmakers are teaming up on a bill to speed removals of the unaccompanied Central American kids who've been arriving by the tens of thousands at the U.S.-Mexico border. The legislation by Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Rep. Henry Cuellar (KWAY'-yar), a Democrat, would allow Border... more »
  • Possible compromise emerges on border request

    July 10, 2014 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill. They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The top House and Senate Republicans... more »
  • Obama: Congress can act now to fix border crisis

    July 9, 2014 6:18 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S. Obama spoke in Dallas after meeting Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry and other officials about the unaccompanied minors entering the country... more »
  • Boehner non-committal on Obama immigration plan

    July 9, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is criticizing President Barack Obama's plan to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border. But the Ohio Republican also is being noncommittal on whether the House would vote to approve the president's request. Boehner tells... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:15 AM

    TEXAS - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his... more »
  • Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

    July 8, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.8 billion to confront the influx of minors from Central America. The figure also includes extra money for fighting wildfires in the West. The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care... more »
  • Obama asks for more money to deal with border crisis

    July 8, 2014 6:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes... more »
  • Obama backs off border policy changes

    July 7, 2014 5:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster. The approach is a change from what the White House has signaled and follows criticism from immigration advocates who said the administration's planned approach was too harsh.... more »
  • California city is again immigration flashpoint

    July 4, 2014 3:44 PM

    MURRIETA, Calif. - Demonstrators on both sides of the immigration debate have again gathered outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California. It's the spot where demonstrators earlier this week forced the Border Patrol to turn back the buses that were bringing some immigrants for processing, after removing them... more »
  • Obama: US always has been a nation of immigrants

    July 4, 2014 12:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says 25 foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants. He says it's that rich diversity that makes the country the best in the world. To keep... more »
  • Obama to pitch immigration at citizenship ceremony

    July 4, 2014 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who are legal U.S. residents. Twenty-five service members will become U.S. citizens at a White House ceremony Friday. The group represents 15 countries... more »
  • Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

    June 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own. Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action. Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration... more »
  • Crime, belief they can stay drives migrants to US

    June 25, 2014 2:03 AM

    ARRIAGA, Mexico - Children and teenagers are flooding out of Central America and heading north to the Texas border, where their crossings in record numbers have sparked a bitter political debate in the United States. The Obama administration says crime at home is driving the migrants north. Congressional Republicans say... more »
  • Immigration a political quandary for Republicans

    June 13, 2014 2:39 AM

    DENVER, CO - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the GOP's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are... more »
  • Court: Children over 21 go to back of visa line

    June 9, 2014 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says immigrant children who waited for years with their parents to obtain visas still have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. The justices on Monday sided with the Obama administration in ruling that immigration laws do not let children... more »
  • Official says immigration program up for review

    May 16, 2014 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is offering the first public hints of executive action the Obama administration might take on immigration. He says he'll be taking a fresh look at a program called Secure Communities that runs the names of people who are booked for local... more »
  • Child pornography suspect captured

    December 17, 2013 11:50 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A child pornography suspect has been captured in north Louisiana. The suspect was wanted by U.S. Immigration investigators. Federal authorities said the suspect was arrested Monday evening at a residence near Jonesboro. Nearly 50 tips to homeland security investigators helped lead to the arrest. more »
  • Advocates press Obama to act on immigration

    November 27, 2013 6:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - Advocates are frustrated with the failure of House Republicans to tackle immigration. Increasingly, their focus is on President Barack Obama. The outside groups are demanding that Obama use his powers as chief executive to stop deportations or provide some relief to many of the 11 million immigrants... more »
  • 22 arrests made in New Orleans immigration protest

    November 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - 22 arrests were made as a result of a protest in New Orleans by pro-immigration activists. Several hundred demonstrators blocked a downtown New Orleans intersection Thursday to protest the tactics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The protest was organized by the New Orleans Workers' Center... more »
  • McCain, Schumer express optimism on immigration

    July 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they're encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. Sen. Chuck Schumer says it seems that a "large percentage" of the House realizes that doing nothing on immigration is not an... more »
  • Senate passes immigration bill

    June 27, 2013 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border. The vote was 68-32, far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House. Prospects there are not nearly as good... more »
  • Report says immigration bill cuts deficit

    June 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says a sweeping immigration bill before the Senate would cut deficits by $197 billion over 10 years. The bill would add $262 billion in new spending and tax credits over 10 years, a sum more than covered by $459 billion in increased revenues, according... more »
  • Immigration splits GOP's national, House interests

    June 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican establishment hopes an overhaul of immigration laws will help the party run stronger presidential races. But that goal is about to hit big hurdles in the form of House Republicans. Many House Republicans are hostile to the bipartisan immigration bill before the Senate. Even substantial changes... more »
  • Boehner: Congress can do immigration this year

    June 11, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says he thinks there's a good chance that legislation overhauling America's immigration system can be signed into law "by the end of the year." The Ohio Republican gives his assessment hours before the Senate casts its first votes on a landmark bill that... more »
  • Senate moves toward votes on immigration bill

    June 10, 2013 4:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate is preparing to cast its first votes on a landmark immigration bill to remake the system and offer citizenship to millions. Two votes are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on moving forward with the bill. Ahead of that action, senators are appearing on the Senate floor to... more »
  • Coalition on immigration bill clears first tests

    May 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The bipartisan group of senators supporting a plan to overhaul immigration laws has been sticking together today, amid a critical series of early test votes. The coalition turned back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee worked to refine the legislation. It would secure the nation's... more »
  • GOP rep wants asylum review in immigration bill

    April 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he want to overhaul the way the U.S. grants asylum to immigrants after the Boston Marathon bombing. Rep. Bob Goodlatte is a Virginia Republican. He says U.S. authorities should consider whether asylum applicants are, quote, "engaging in aggressive tactics" in... more »
  • Senators wrap up work on immigration bill

    April 11, 2013 3:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Four Democratic and four Republican senators have reached agreement on all the major elements of sweeping legislation to remake the nation's immigration laws, and expect to unveil the bill next week. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says the bill probably will be rolled out on Tuesday. After... more »
  • Debate on immigration to get under way

    April 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week. Their plan is sure to open a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11... more »
  • GOP roadmap calls for immigration reform

    March 18, 2013 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is endorsing comprehensive immigration reform as part of a multi-step roadmap designed to improve the GOP's brand among minority voters who overwhelmingly backed Democrats last fall. The committee releases a 100-page report Monday outlining dozens of recommendations. The report says Republicans - quote -... more »
  • White House calls immigration proposal a backup

    February 18, 2013 9:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is downplaying its immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. Republican and Democratic lawmakers tell President Barack Obama that it won't be necessary. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says that Obama wants... more »
  • Senators take up immigration in first hearing

    February 13, 2013 7:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - An illegal immigrant and the secretary of Homeland Security will be among the witnesses as the Senate opens its first hearing on overhauling the nation's immigration laws. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday comes amid a concerted push on immigration reform from the White House to the Capitol.... more »

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