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  • 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 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 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 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 »
  • Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats

    February 7, 2013 2:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues ranging from the economy to immigration to guns. Obama is meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Va., one day... more »
  • Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

    January 29, 2013 6:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is reviving his stalled proposals for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, calling for a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, improvements to the legal immigration system and more effective mechanisms for helping employers verify the status of workers. The president will launch his... more »
  • Senators reach deal on immigration

    January 28, 2013 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. The deal being announced Monday covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in... more »
  • Republicans stepping in own way on immigration

    November 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - After Mitt Romney's presidential election loss, Republicans quickly identified one of their mistakes as the party's dysfunctional relationship with Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama. But early GOP immigration reform efforts on Capitol Hill seem to miss the mark. A pair of bills offered by... more »
  • Obama: Immigration reform to start early next year

    November 14, 2012 2:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says America must "seize the moment" to seek an overhaul of the immigration system and he expects that work to start soon after his inauguration for a second term. In his first news conference after winning re-election, Obama says conversations are already taking place among... more »
  • Judge: Police to enforce Ariz. immigration law now

    September 18, 2012 3:29 PM

    PHOENIX - A judge has ruled that police in Arizona can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law. The ruling on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton marks the first time police can carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other... more »
  • Judge OKs contentious part of Ariz. immigration law

    September 6, 2012 7:12 AM

    PHOENIX - A federal judge has ruled that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision. The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the... more »
  • DHS launches new immigration program

    August 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security is releasing for the first time details on how illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children can apply to avoid deportation and receive a work permit. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services, said people who qualify for the... more »
  • Federal hotline set up on Arizona immigration

    June 25, 2012 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons. The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov. The Supreme... more »
  • Mexico laments part of US immigration ruling

    June 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government says it's disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld part of an Arizona law requiring police check the immigration status of anyone they stop. Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary notes that Monday's ruling set aside as unconstitutional three parts of the controversial law, including the... more »
  • Baton Rouge residents react to immigration change Play Video

    June 15, 2012 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama's announced change to U. S. immigration policies could potentially impact hundreds of people living and working in Louisiana. The change would allow certain young undocumented immigrants to stay in the U. S., if they came into the country while they were younger than... more »
  • Romney says immigration decision complicates issue

    June 15, 2012 5:32 PM

    MILFORD, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama's decision to stop deporting some younger illegal immigrants will make it harder to solve the country's larger immigration problems. He did not say he would reverse the decision if elected. Romney said Friday that that the plight of... more »
  • New Obama policy will spare some from deportation

    June 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system "more fair, more efficient and more just." The president says it "makes no sense to expel talented young people" who are essentially Americans. He says... more »
  • Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law

    April 25, 2012 9:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The fate of Arizona's tough immigration law is in the balance as the Supreme Court hears its final day of arguments for the current term today. The Obama administration challenged the law in federal court soon after Arizona's governor signed it two years ago. Five other states have... more »
  • Immigration officials arrest more than 3,100

    April 2, 2012 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal officials say they arrested more than 3,100 immigrants convicted of serious crimes and fugitives in a six-day nationwide sweep. Officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the sweep included every state and involved more than 1,900 of the agency's officers and agents. More than 1,000 of the... more »
  • GOP 2012 candidates walk tightrope on immigration

    November 29, 2011 3:08 PM

    AMHERST, N.H. - Republican candidates for president are tying themselves in knots over immigration. Newt Gingrich has called for a "humane" approach but has been defending that stance from attack by his opponents since he took it. On Monday, he endorsed a South Carolina measure allowing police to demand... more »
  • New laws impact abortion clinics, sex offenders

    August 15, 2011 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 230 new laws take effect Monday after being passed by legislators earlier this year. Among the changes, abortion clinics must post new signs about adoption options and child support. Certain sex offenders have to shut down their Facebook and MySpace pages. Hunters can shoot wild pigs... more »
  • Second lawmaker tables sweeping immigration bill

    June 13, 2011 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Belle Chasse legislator has withdrawn his broad immigration bill, similar to an Arizona law being challenged in the courts. Independent Rep. Ernest Wooton says his bill would help secure the borders. But critics say the measure's $11 million estimated cost would strain state and local... more »
  • Lawmaker defers controversial immigration bill

    May 25, 2011 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican lawmaker has withdrawn his sweeping immigration enforcement proposal from debate this session. After hearing testimony Wednesday against the bill from law enforcement and immigrant rights advocates, Rep. Joe Harrison, of Napoleonville, deferred his proposal. The measure would have required providers of public benefits... more »
  • Immigration check in public works goes to La. House

    May 10, 2011 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House transportation committee has approved a proposal to require contractors doing business with state government to verify that their employees are U.S. citizens. The bill was amended Tuesday to remove any liability a contractor might face for refusing to hire an illegal immigrant. Rep.... more »
  • Police arrest four as a result of ongoing investigation

    April 28, 2011 8:45 PM

    HOUMA- Four people are behind bars after police investigated illegal criminal activities. Police say 34-year-old Benjamin Martinez-Correa and 27-year-old Oscar Uliser-Bortillo were arrested for possession of fraudulent documents for identification purposes. An immigration hold was placed on Martinez-Correa and Uliser-Bortillo. Two more men are also behind bars as... more »
  • Authorities seize items at BR flea market

    March 17, 2011 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal and state authorities seized merchandise and arrested several people at a Baton Rouge flea market this morning. Agents with Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the EBR Parish Sheriff's Office were seen taking boxes of purses, wallets and other items from the Number One... more »
  • Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

    July 28, 2010 3:04 PM

    Arizona's new immigration law will go into effect tomorrow without its key parts. A federal judge has put the most controversial sections of the law on hold until the courts resolve the issues, in what could be a long legal battle. Gov. Jan Brewer calls today's ruling by... more »
  • Business group warns of immigration inspections

    March 30, 2010 5:40 AM

    The National Federation of Independent Business says the federal government will inspect hiring records of 180 employers in five states including Louisiana. Homeland Security's division of immigration customs enforcement will check for compliance with immigration laws and regulations. Technical violations carry fines of up to $1,100 each. Knowingly hiring an... more »

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