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Obama largely avoids immigration in State of the Union

In his seventh State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Barack Obama largely avoided the topic of immigration reform, a top domestic priority during his first six years in the White House. Read more >

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Nativist Lawsuit on the Texas Border

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Michael McCaul to pitch border bill to Republican Study Committee

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul is headed to the Republican Study Committee next week to pitch his hot-off-the-presses border security bill to the core group of House conservatives.

An RSC spokeswoman confirmed that McCaul will speak at next week’s meeting, and the moves signal some sort of activity on the immigration front from congressional Republicans, aside from votes to gut President Barack Obama’s executive actions. McCaul has said he would do a border-security bill since last month. Read more >

Immigrants Can Now Get Mexican Birth Certificates in US

The Mexican government Thursday will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation. Read more >

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Syrian refugees face ‘abject poverty, dire living conditions,’ UN study warns

As the Syrian civil war continues to rage into its fifth year, large numbers of refugees fleeing the hostilities are steadily slipping into abject poverty due to the breadth of the crisis and “insufficient support” from the international community, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) warned today. Read more >

Immigration a major hurdle to Republican unity in Congress

As Republicans gather this week for a three-day strategy session at a Pennsylvania resort, the struggle over immigration is once again vexing their efforts to forge a unified front against President Obama. Read more >

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Queens Prosecutor Creates Office of Immigrant Affairs

The Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, announced on Tuesday the creation of a special office to help immigrants navigate the sometimes intimidating criminal justice system and to coordinate the prosecution of immigrant-related crime, including financial exploitation and violence. Read more >

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Undocumented immigrants in New York get ID cards to open bank accounts

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Lupe is a 35-year-old mother of three who immigrated to New York in 2003 from the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. On Monday, she says, “The system will acknowledge for the first time that I exist.” Read more >

Immigrant advocates prepare for tuition fight

Immigration advocates and critics alike are preparing for a legislative debate on a bill that would end in-state college tuition for students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally.

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