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Flood of child migrants a neglected challenge

As Congress dithers over immigration reform, the children of Central America aren’t waiting.

The past few years have seen a steady rise in the number of teenagers and younger boys and girls crossing the Southwest border unaccompanied by their parents or adult relatives. Many are fleeing drug and gang-related violence in nations like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. But many also have family in the United States, and sometimes walk across the long land bridges with phone numbers in hand. Read more >

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Meet The Companies That Just Promised To Pull 60 Million Dollars From Private Prisons

Three investment groups announced this week that they will divest from the two major private prison corporations that constitute a massive share of America’s prison-industrial complex. Read more >

Probe: DHS watchdog cozy with officials, altered reports as he sought top job

The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to a new report from a Senate oversight panel.

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More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show

With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.” Read more >

Under Operation Streamline, fast-track proceedings for [sic] illegal immigrants

TUCSON — Eight men in clothes dirtied by their desert journey rise from their seats and approach the bench.

They wear no belts or shoelaces. They are chained around the waist, shackled by their ankles, cuffed at the wrists. They pad across the gray carpet under the recessed lighting in the William D. Browning Special Proceedings Courtroom. Read more >

Boehner Doubts Immigration Bill Will Pass in 2014

WASHINGTON — The yearlong effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, which had the support of President Obama, Republican leaders and much of American business and labor, was seriously imperiled on Thursday when Speaker John A. Boehner conceded that it was unlikely he could pass a bill.

His pronouncement, amid mounting resistance from conservatives, significantly narrowed the window for success this year and left it to Mr. Obama to win the trust of balking Republicans. Read more >

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For Obama, Congress, a last grasp at immigration

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. Read more >

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California's 'Trust Act' Goes Into Effect, Limiting Deportations of Undocumented Immigrants

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The "Trust Act" law approved in California in 2012 finally went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 in what many have described as one of the most significant victories for the Latino community in the U.S. Read more >

Amid Steady Deportation, Fear and Worry Multiply Among Immigrants

NEW ORLEANS — Karen Sandoval’s promising life in this city fell apart in one day last summer when she went to buy school supplies for her two daughters. Read more >

Boehner hires well-known immigration policy expert

December 3, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced a series of moves among his junior staff Tuesday, including the addition of an immigration policy analyst who has worked for Republicans that have supported allowing undocumented immigrants to earn U.S. citizenship. Read more >