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  • Illegal immigrant charged in bloody beating death of former roommate

    August 11, 2017 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A 19-year-old was arrested for his former roommate's death, deputies said Friday. David Bueso was charged with second degree murder. Investigators said Bueso beat Jhoel Brizuella, 22, to death in early August inside a Gardere-area apartment. In records filed at the jail pertaining to the... more »
  • Trump joining with GOP senators to push immigration changes

    August 2, 2017 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says proposed legislation to limit legal immigration would be the most significant change to the system in half a century. Trump says the measure would make the system more "merit based" for skilled English speakers. White House officials say the bill will aim... more »
  • Trump says dreamers should 'rest easy'

    April 21, 2017 2:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says young immigrants shielded from deportation - often referred to as "dreamers" - should "rest easy" about his immigration policies. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says he is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals." He says "that is our... more »
  • Judge to hear arguments against Trump sanctuary city order

    April 14, 2017 8:02 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick has scheduled a hearing on Friday on San Francisco's request for... more »
  • Immigration judges to be sent to border detention centers

    March 17, 2017 3:46 PM

    SAN DIEGO - The Justice Department says it will temporarily transfer immigration judges to six detention centers near the border with Mexico in an effort to put President Donald Trump's immigration directives into effect. The department's Executive Office for Immigration Review said the transfers to four locations in Texas and... more »
  • Trump budget calls for border wall, border prosecutions

    March 16, 2017 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's budget proposals on immigration enforcement read like a wish list for his most ardent supporters. The budget requests for the Homeland Security and Justice departments call for billions of dollars for some of Trump's most high-profile and contentious campaign promises, including a $2.6 billion down... more »
  • Officials: New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

    March 1, 2017 12:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban. Four officials say the administration's decision follows pressure from the Pentagon and State Department. They had urged the White House to reconsider Iraq's... more »
  • Trump says he's open to 'compromise' immigration bill

    February 28, 2017 9:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he's open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The... more »
  • La. National Guard not contacted for Trump immigration roundups

    February 17, 2017 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security says it was an idea that was never seriously considered. Still, staff members say that as recently as last Friday, there was discussion of a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. The idea... more »
  • Rights group files petition to join suit against travel ban

    February 11, 2017 9:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. - An immigration rights group has filed a petition to join a lawsuit by Washington and Minnesota states against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed the petition Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The... more »
  • Trump says 'no doubt' he'll win immigration case

    February 10, 2017 1:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he has "no doubt" that he will prevail in the federal court case over his travel ban. He also promises to take additional steps to improve U.S. security. Trump commented a day after a San Francisco-based U.S. appeals court refused to reinstate his temporary... more »
  • Protesters gather outside federal court in downtown BR Friday

    February 3, 2017 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A few dozen protesters stood outside the federal courthouse in downtown Friday afternoon, protesting presidential orders about immigrants and refugees. Most protesters were holding signs out front of the post office, looking across the street toward the courthouse. A few others were on the courthouse side... more »
  • Officials: Legal residents of the US can return

    January 29, 2017 5:25 PM

    The White House is trying to tamp down concerns about President Donald Trump's sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some Republicans in Congress urged him to proceed with caution in the face of legal pushback. Top congressional Republicans, however, remain largely behind the new president. Trump's... more »
  • Tears and detention for US visitors as Trump travel ban hits

    January 29, 2017 5:21 PM

    NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's plan to fight terrorism by temporarily stopping citizens of seven nations from entering the country has gotten off to a chaotic start. Family reunions were blocked on Saturday, refugees from war-torn countries were turned away and border agents detained scores of unsuspecting travelers at... more »
  • Overnight protests at some airports target immigration

    January 29, 2017 11:01 AM

    NEW YORK - Overnight, groups of people gathered at major airports rallying against immigration policies President Donald Trump has put in place. The president's executive order suspends immigration from countries with ties to terror, including Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya, for a time period of 90... more »
  • Trump suspends Syrian refugees program

    January 27, 2017 7:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is indefinitely suspending the United States' Syrian refugees program. Trump signed a presidential executive order Friday that declares the entry of "nationals of Syria as refugees" is "detrimental to the interests of the United States." Trump is suspending the program until he says their admission... more »
  • Trump to take action on immigration Wednesday

    January 24, 2017 9:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with plans for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and other enforcement measures, according to two administration officials. Trump is also expected to roll out plans for restricting refugee flows to the U.S. later... more »
  • Trump to focus this week on trade, immigration

    January 22, 2017 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, is saying that President Donald Trump's first full week in office will include action on trade, immigration and national security. Priebus suggested Trump will sign some executive orders to order some of the President Obama's policies but did not outline specifics.... more »
  • Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

    December 9, 2016 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's business community has begun to pressure Donald Trump to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy. The push is led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and... more »
  • Woman from Guatemala dies while in ICE custody in Arizona

    November 28, 2016 9:19 PM

    ELOY, Ariz. - A woman from Guatemala died Sunday while in immigration detention in Arizona, marking the third in-custody death nationwide for Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Oct 1. ICE announced Monday that 36-year-old Raquel Calderon de Hildago died at a hospital near the Eloy Detention Center after suffering a... more »
  • Trump stance on illegal immigration may aid private prisons

    November 23, 2016 11:22 AM

    BOISE, Idaho - President-elect Donald Trump's promise to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally and his selection of tough-on-crime Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general could mean big money for the private prison industry. Some analysts believe the prison population could jump under the Trump administration, and... more »
  • Protests continue in Philadelphia, LA, more

    November 13, 2016 6:47 PM

    NEW YORK - Immigrants and their advocates are continuing to march in Manhattan to protest Donald Trump's presidential election win. Organizers say they're speaking out against Trump's support of deportation and other measures. Demonstrations throughout the country - and the world - entered a fifth day Sunday. Several hundred protesters... more »
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump on immigration

    September 1, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - Wednesday was supposed to be the day Donald Trump clarified his immigration stance. But in a key speech on that subject, he misstated facts about immigration policy, life for those in the country illegally and their impact on the U.S. economy. A look at some of his statements... more »
  • Trump's immigration speech signals sharp shift

    September 1, 2016 11:24 AM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric on illegal immigration has obscured a potentially historic policy shift. The Republican presidential nominee is the first major party candidate in modern memory to propose limiting legal immigration. In his speech on immigration late Wednesday, Trump capped a list of steps to combat... more »
  • Trump to visit Mexico before immigration speech

    August 30, 2016 10:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump will be taking his first foreign trip as the Republican presidential nominee on Wednesday, making a quick visit to Mexico, a nation he derided as the home of rapists and criminals as he launched his campaign. The meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto, who earlier this... more »
  • Senate blocks bill on barring money for sanctuary cities

    July 6, 2016 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a measure that would bar federal funds from sanctuary cities, a contentious election-year vote on immigration. The vote was 53 to 44, shy of the 60 votes required to move to a final vote on the legislation. The bill would withhold some money from... more »
  • Obama's legacy: immigration stands as most glaring failure

    June 30, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Immigration overhaul will stand as the most glaring failure in President Barack Obama's 7 ½-year effort to enact his vision of social change. Despite two campaigns full of promises and multiple strategies, Obama imposed only incremental, largely temporary changes on the immigration system. He leaves behind a system... more »
  • Homeland Security head: US will meet Syrian refugees goal

    June 30, 2016 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he believes the government will meet its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. Johnson tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that approximately 5,000 refugees have been approved for settlement, and an additional 5,000 to 6,000 have been conditionally approved, pending security... more »
  • US immigration agency arrests dozens in Kansas, Missouri

    June 18, 2016 7:34 PM

    WICHITA - Federal immigration authorities recently arrested dozens of people in Kansas and Missouri as part of a monthlong operation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says in a release that the agency arrested 31 people in Kansas and 34 in Missouri during the investigation, which began in May and ended... more »
  • Attorney general questioned as 'sanctuary city' bill delayed

    May 17, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has postponed a vote on a bid to penalize jurisdictions that don't align with federal immigration law, after some senators questioned whether the proposal gives the attorney general too much power. Attorney General Jeff Landry testified in favor of the House-approved bill that... more »
  • GOP takes on Library of Congress on immigration terminology

    April 22, 2016 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress may not be able to overhaul the immigration system, fix the broken tax code or even pass a budget. But it's telling the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally. That's how conservative Republicans are responding to a move by the library... more »
  • Bill to criminalize 'sanctuary cities' advances in La. House

    April 21, 2016 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to criminalize jurisdictions that don't follow federal immigration law has advanced in the House, and turned lawmakers' attention to New Orleans. The bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs Republican, targets so-called "sanctuary cities" - jurisdictions that don't enforce immigration law without court... more »
  • Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

    April 18, 2016 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears divided over Obama administration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally. The administration's best hope for a favorable ruling after 90 minutes of arguments at the high court Monday appeared to rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.... more »
  • GfK Poll: Clinton has edge over Trump on range of issues

    April 11, 2016 6:39 AM

    WASHINGTON- A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans trust Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton more than Republican leader Donald Trump to handle a wide range of issues, from immigration to health care to nominating Supreme Court justices. Even when asked which of the two candidates would be best at... more »
  • GOP-led House backs legal challenge to Obama on immigration

    March 17, 2016 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to embrace the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's actions on immigration. It's part of an election-year fight over executive authority and the 11 million immigrants living in the United States that has roiled the Republican Party. Republicans says Obama exceeded his constitutional authority... more »
  • Pope on Trump: Anyone who wants border walls isn't Christian

    February 18, 2016 12:12 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Asked about Donald Trump's views on immigration, Pope Francis says anyone who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border isn't Christian. Trump has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are... more »
  • US program aims to get immigrants into court to track cases

    January 21, 2016 2:25 PM

    LOS ANGELES - With tens of thousands of Central American immigrants arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years, federal authorities are launching a program to encourage more of them to show up for immigration court. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has hired a contractor to help some... more »
  • Deal rescinds order preventing Syrian refugee resettlement

    January 4, 2016 2:28 PM

    ATLANTA - Georgia's governor has withdrawn an executive order trying to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees after the state's attorney general ruled he didn't have that authority. Gov. Nathan Deal rescinded the order Monday, five days after Attorney General Sam Olens issued an official opinion that the state could not... more »
  • US agents round up Central Americans slated for deportation

    January 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - A federal official says immigration agents conducted raids in several states over the weekend and detained 121 adults and children who have been slated for deportation. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday that those detained in the raids in Georgia, Texas... more »
  • Lawmakers: Remove Donald Trump's name from NY state park

    December 17, 2015 3:04 PM

    ALBANY - Two Democratic New York lawmakers say an undeveloped state park named after Donald Trump should be rechristened because of what they say are discriminatory proposals from the Republican presidential candidate. State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Charles Lavine say they'll push legislation to rename Donald J. Trump State... more »
  • US looking at ways to better screen would-be immigrants

    December 14, 2015 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants and its policies on accessing social media. The Homeland Security Department says it is reviewing policies on looking at social media posts to vet would-be immigrants applying for certain visas. Certain DHS officials are now allowed... more »
  • New Orleans mayor slams Trump's remarks about Muslims

    December 8, 2015 5:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has joined other critics in condemning GOP presidential contender Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. In a statement Tuesday, Landrieu said Trump's comments are "absolutely disgraceful." Landrieu says Americans "must reject his poisonous rhetoric, which is reminiscent... more »
  • Trump calls for 'complete shutdown' on Muslims entering US

    December 7, 2015 4:48 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he is calling for a "complete and total shutdown" on Muslims entering the United States. Trump says in a statement released by his campaign Monday that his proposal comes in response to the level of hatred among "large segments of... more »
  • Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October

    November 25, 2015 11:57 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics show nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in October, almost double the number from October 2014. Immigration experts say the numbers, released Tuesday, show that the flow of immigrants from Central America has remained high... more »
  • 5 Syrian refugees turn themselves in at US-Mexico border

    November 22, 2015 3:06 PM

    LAREDO - Federal officials say another group of Syrian refugees has turned themselves in to immigration authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Sunday that the group identified themselves to border agents in the South Texas town of Laredo on Friday. The group consisted of a... more »
  • Administration files immigration appeal with Supreme Court

    November 20, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court for a speedy decision on its plans to shield from deportation and give work permits to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. Legal papers filed with the court on Friday call for the court's "immediate review" of the... more »
  • Syrian refugees in US say yearslong process worth the wait

    November 19, 2015 3:13 PM

    DETROIT - Syrian refugees who have resettled in the United States say the yearslong process is arduous and thorough, but worth the wait for a better life. Nedal Al-Hayk moved to the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills with his wife and two young children seven months ago. They fled fighting... more »
  • 8 Syrian refugees turn themselves in at US-Mexico border

    November 19, 2015 3:09 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Federal officials say eight Syrians have turned themselves over to immigration authorities along the Texas-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that two families - two men, two women and four children - presented themselves Tuesday in Laredo and are being held by U.S. Immigration... more »
  • Study finds more Mexicans leaving the US than coming

    November 19, 2015 12:19 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A new study finds more Mexicans leaving the United States than coming into the country. That marks a reversal to one of the most significant immigration trends in U.S. history. The Pew Research Center has found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families left... more »
  • McConnell may put immigration on agenda amid GOP fight

    November 13, 2015 2:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed Democrats he may schedule a vote next week on a hard-line immigration bill pushed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate for president. The move could bring debate over immigration to the Senate floor just as it flares on the... more »
  • Appeals court rules against Obama's immigration action

    November 9, 2015 8:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally has suffered another setback in court. In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based judge's injunction blocking the Obama... more »
  • Hate crime charge for men who cited Trump's immigrant views

    November 6, 2015 12:35 PM

    BOSTON - Two brothers who claimed to be inspired in part by Donald Trump's views on immigrants have been indicted on hate crime charges for allegedly beating and urinating on a homeless Mexican man. The indictments announced Friday in Boston charge 38-year-old Scott Leader and 30-year-old Steve Leader with civil... more »
  • White House calls Ryan's immigration remarks 'preposterous'

    November 2, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Looks like the honeymoon's over for President Barack Obama and new House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just four days after Ryan took the helm in the House, the White House is accusing him of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says... more »
  • White House threatens to veto 'sanctuary cities' bill

    October 20, 2015 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is threatening to veto Senate legislation cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. The Senate is holding a procedural vote on the legislation Tuesday. The bill by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter would punish jurisdictions that prohibit the collection of... more »
  • Demonstrators: Appeals court delaying immigration ruling

    October 14, 2015 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Immigration activists are accusing the federal appeals court in New Orleans of delaying a ruling about President Barack Obama's immigration proposal in an effort to prevent it from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term. At a news conference Thursday, speakers with the Fair... more »
  • Pope crosses ideological lines in US

    September 23, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a single sentence, Pope Francis has shown how he transcends the ideological polarities of U.S. politics. In his address to bishops, the pope spoke out against abortion, an issue close to the heart of Republicans, and against environmental devastation, a surefire applause line for Democrats. He... more »
  • White House: 'Surprising uptick' in US border crossings

    September 21, 2015 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says there was a "surprising uptick" in the number of unaccompanied minors and families entering the United States illegally last month. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the increase was "concerning." He did not provide a reason for the increase, but noted that it's at odds... more »
  • Activists say La. immigration task force too narrow-minded Play Video

    September 3, 2015 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of a new immigration task force met Thursday to begin discussing how illegal immigration has impacted Louisiana's economy, but some activists are concerned that they're taking too negative a view on the situation. The task force met Thursday to discuss crunching the numbers and seeing how... more »
  • Appeals panel hears arguments on Obama immigration action

    July 10, 2015 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With hundreds of immigration activists rallying outside, a federal appeals court panel heard arguments on whether it should revive President Barack Obama's plan that could protect 5 million people living in the United States illegally from deportation. Republicans criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when... more »
  • 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 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 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 »

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