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Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Although Congressional Republicans will not take control of both chambers of Congress until next year, the new power structure is leading to more aggressive attacks against President Obama’s plan for executive action.  President Obama has said he will offer a temporary fix to help some undocumented immigrants remain in the U.S. while they wait for […]

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Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action, Republicans with 1 Comment
Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Before adjourning for their summer recess a month ago, the House passed a partisan supplemental spending bill that had no hope of making it through the Senate. First, it did not provide anywhere near what the White House was requesting in order to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors. It also attempted to gut […]

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House Uses Unaccompanied Kids as Excuse for More Enforcement, Less Due Process

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Border, Congress, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
House Uses Unaccompanied Kids as Excuse for More Enforcement, Less Due Process

Congress adjourned last week without passing a supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of managing the influx of unaccompanied minors and families in the Rio Grande Valley. If the issue had simply been one of how much of President Obama’s $3.7 billion request actually would be appropriated, there might have been a compromise. The […]

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House Fails to Address Problems While Stripping Deportation Relief for Immigrants

Written by on August 1, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action with 1 Comment
House Fails to Address Problems While Stripping Deportation Relief for Immigrants

The House of Representatives approved two bills Friday night, one that allocated only a fraction of the funds needed to address the humanitarian situation surrounding unaccompanied children and another that strips deportation relief for more than half a million young immigrants. Both passed on largely partisan lines. The funding bill only provides $694 million out […]

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Central American Children’s Testimony Humanizes Debate Around Unaccompanied Minors

Written by on July 30, 2014 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 14 Comments
Central American Children’s Testimony Humanizes Debate Around Unaccompanied Minors

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus convened a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to add another dimension to the the ongoing debate around unaccompanied children from Central America arriving in large numbers at our southern border. Three children, who were once unaccompanied minors from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, testified to the violence they […]

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House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

Written by on July 29, 2014 in Children, Hearings with 1 Comment
House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

In the last week before the August recess, House and Senate members are trying to finalize vastly different bills that would provide additional funding to address the government agency needs associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The House’s $659 million bill falls short of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion […]

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House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Border, Congress with 0 Comments
House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Members in the House and Senate are offering competing proposals to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone, but it could be difficult to reconcile the two plans before the August recess. The Obama administration requested $3.7 billion in additional funding earlier this month. If Congress fails to pass the additional […]

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Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response. In the case of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, this would include decent food, shelter, and medical attention while in U.S. custody. Even more crucial, it would include careful screening of each child’s case to determine if he or she […]

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HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Border, Children, Congress with 3 Comments
HUMANE Act Fails to Address Humanitarian Challenges

Texans Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) and Sen. John Cornyn (R) will soon introduce a bill that expedites the removal of unaccompanied children from Central America. Their measure, the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, is a legislative attempt to change U.S. policies so that children from countries like Honduras and Guatemala who […]

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Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Border, Children, Hearings with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing Debates Enforcement-Focused Solution to Humanitarian Challenge

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the Administration’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to address the humanitarian situation as children and families flee violence in Central America. While the committee nominally addressed only the funding request, the president’s stated intention to ask for more “discretion in processing” children also was a […]

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