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Lawmakers Want to Deport Central American Kids Faster, and Obama Agrees

A year after President Obama launched his failed campaign to pass sweeping immigration reform that would have granted millions of people a path to citizenship, Congress is preparing a bill that will do just the opposite. A bipartisan proposal by two Texas lawmakers would accelerate the deportations of tens of thousands of Central American children. Read more >

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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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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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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 >

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 >

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