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Senate Passes Bill to Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday passed a bill to finance the Department of Homeland Security, sending the legislation to the House with just hours to avert a partial shutdown of the agency at midnight.

The spending bill, which removed restrictions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration that were included in a bill passed by the House, easily passed the Senate, 68 to 31. Democrats also blocked a separate bill to undo the president’s action. Read more >

Inmates riot at for-profit Texas immigrant detention facility

At least 300 inmates were transferred from a Texas prison on Monday after a riot broke out in the facility — which holds mostly immigrants detained for crossing into the United States illegally — leaving it "uninhabitable," according to authorities. Read more >

Seven things to know about uprising at Texas private prison for immigrants

This weekend, a private prison incarcerating immigrant prisoners in Willacy County, Texas erupted into a major uprising. Read more >

Over 150 Organizations Send Joint Letter to Congress in Opposition to HR 399 Border Bill

A broad cross-section of organizations nationwide has signed a letter opposing HR 399, the "borders first" bill authored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). The bill itself, which was marked-up and passed by the House Homeland Security Committee (which McCaul chairs), has been delayed before consideration by the Rules Committee. Read more >

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