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Progressive Caucus: Don't Take Protections Away From Kids To Address Border Crisis

Progressives in Congress are fighting back against growing calls to change laws meant to protect unaccompanied minors, but are up against a president, Republicans and even some Democrats who say doing so may be necessary to solve the current border crisis. Read more >

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U.S. Sued for Not Providing Attorneys to Children in Immigration Court

Immigrant advocacy groups sued the federal government on Wednesday for what they say is a failure to provide legal representation for immigrant children facing deportation.

In a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle, attorneys for the groups allege that the government is violating due process by allowing some children to navigate the complex immigration legal system alone. Read more >

Obama's Warning: 'Right-Size' Immigration Expectations

Just after President Barack Obama had finally soothed frustrated immigrant-rights activists by vowing to use his executive power to patch the immigration system, he issued a plea of his own to the group assembled at the White House.

“We need to right-size expectations,” Obama said before stepping into the Rose Garden last week to announce that he had given up on Congress, according to multiple attendees. Read more >

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Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Eleven-year-old Luisa was too young to apply on her own for a visa to come from Guatemala to the United States where she hoped to be reunited with her mother. But since federal immigration authorities detained her last year in Texas, Luisa has learned that she is apparently not too young to act as her own lawyer as federal immigration officials move to deport her back to her native Guatemala. Read more >

Republicans Threaten To Withhold Border Funds Unless Obama Ups Deportations

President Barack Obama isn't likely to get an easy sign-off on the $3.7 billion in funding he requested to deal with a crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.

Republicans on Tuesday and Wednesday laid out a number of demands they want met before they approve funding to deal with the influx in illegal border crossings. For many, the issue boiled down to the same talking points GOP members have been using for months on immigration reform: Obama isn't enforcing the law, they said, and they can't work with him on anything until he does. Read more >

How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

The Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Congress must approve the funding that, according to news reports, would speed up removal proceedings to decide if the children can stay in the U.S. or if they will be sent back to Central America. Read more >

UN Enters Immigration Debate, Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees

United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Read more >

Obama Seeks Nearly $4 Billion for Immigration Crisis

President Obama is requesting almost $4 billion in emergency funding from Congress to confront an immigration crisis from a wave of unaccompanied children surging across the southern border of the United States, White House officials said Tuesday. Read more >

Court Blocks Arizona on Immigrant Driver's Licenses; Dreamers Rejoice

In a sharply worded opinion, a federal appellate panel struck down an Arizona policy that prohibits young immigrants known as Dreamers from getting driver’s licenses.

The case has been closely watched since it pits the Obama administration’s effort to help the Dreamers, part of the immigrant-rights movement seeking federal action on a range of issues. On the other side is Arizona, one of the states that has been most vocal in opposing the national effort. Read more >

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Oklahoma Town Divided on Influx of Immigrant Kids to Army base

It was noon on Sunday when Jose Luis, a 38-year-old construction worker who stopped for lunch at Aranda’s Mexican Grill, finished his menudo, a traditional Mexican stew of beef tripe in a red chili pepper broth. Mexican music blared from a corner jukebox. Jose Luis, an undocumented immigrant who declined to provide his last name, said he first crossed the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas, when he was 19. He has since crossed more times than he can remember. Read more >