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  • July 14, 2014

    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. Continue reading

  • July 11, 2014

    President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won’t approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. “It’s too much money. We don’t need it,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters.
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  • July 10, 2014

    Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. The top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them.

    “It’s not a deal-breaker,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.” Continue reading

  • July 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials defended their response to the immigration crisis on the Southwest border Wednesday and pledged to get control of the flood of unaccompanied children arriving from Central America.

    “We believe we will stem this tide,” the officials said in a joint statement prepared for a Senate hearing. Continue reading

  • July 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama faced immediate demands for bold action to stem deportations Tuesday, a day after declaring immigration legislation dead and announcing plans to act on his own.

    At the same time GOP opposition to the president’s go-it-alone strategy mounted, setting up an election-year clash with no certain outcome. Continue reading