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House Republicans Agree on Border Measures

House Republicans emerged from a closed-door emergency meeting Friday morning largely unified over how to handle the flood of tens of thousands of young migrant children from Central America pouring over the nation’s southern border.

Speaker John A. Boehner had called the meeting after conservative lawmakers, in an embarrassing rebuke to the new Republican leadership team, balked at passing a $659 million bill to address the crisis. Read more >

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No, National Parks Don’t Cause Problems For Border Control

The House decided not to vote on its controversial border bill due to lack of support Thursday, a move that means that the public lands along the border are, at least for now, safe from the interference the bill would have allowed. Read more >

On the Border, Who Gets to Be a Refugee?

A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute asked Americans whether they thought children illegally crossing the United States border from Mexico “should be treated as refugees and be allowed to stay.” Sixty-nine percent of respondents said “yes,” according to The New York Times’s Julia Preston, and “about a quarter of Americans in the survey, 27 percent, said the minors should be ‘treated as illegal immigrants’ and deported Read more >

House GOP Pulls Border Bill Rather Than See it Defeated

House Republican leaders pulled Speaker John A. Boehner’s slimmed-down legislation to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border rather than see it defeated, amid a conservative revolt that the $659 million proposal did not address the core issues. Read more >

New Report Details Prejudice and Pretext in Georgia's Hyper Immigration Enforcement

Federal ICE Access Programs and GA HB87 Driving Unprecedented Targeting and Deportation in the State

Today advocacy organizations publish a new report based on data made available through FOIA litigation with the state and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement that both outline the metastasizing growth of local police's involvement in immigration enforcement and the resulting patterns of prejudice and collateral deportation in local practice with little to no evidence of any relation to actual public safety efforts. Read more >

Immigration Crisis: Divided House Moves Toward Vote on Border Bill

House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to millions. Read more >

Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Reaches Fever Pitch Over Central American Child Refugees

The headline from the July 20 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette seemed innocuous enough: "Residents express concerns over arrival of child immigrants in Emsworth."

The story described the impending arrival of as many as 30 Central American refugees under the age of 12 at the Holy Family Institute, a Catholic-run orphanage. The children will be just a few of the estimated 60,000 undocumented, unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an executive order signed by President Obama last year. Read more >

Obama Weighs Fewer Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Living in U.S

For months, President Barack Obama said there were limits to his power to protect people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. Now, he is considering broad action to scale back deportations that could include work permits for millions of people, according to lawmakers and immigration advocates who have consulted with the White House. Read more >

Mother Sues Border Patrol Over Death Of Child Shot Multiple Times

The mother of a 16-year-old Mexican national shot at least 10 times is suing the Border Patrol agents responsible for his death, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

The civil suit filed by the mother of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez comes amid a long-running debate over the Border Patrol's use of force. Read more >

Why Some Immigration Activists Want To Stop Meeting With Obama

A coalition of immigration activists formed a picket line outside of the White House Monday to call for advocacy groups to stop meeting with President Barack Obama until undocumented immigrants are included in discussions on further immigration action.

As tourists stared, the protesters, some of whom said they are undocumented, marched in a circle just steps from the north entrance to the White House. They chanted "no more meetings about us, without us," and carried homemade signs with the faces of undocumented immigrants that read "I am my own best advocate." Read more >