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John Boehner forms group to address child migrant crisis

Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he has appointed a “working group” of House Republicans tasked to respond to the border crisis involving the surge of unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States illegally.

In a statement, Boehner (R-Ohio) outlined no specific duties for the seven-member group aside from advising lawmakers and keeping them in the loop on the escalating humanitarian crisis. Read more >

Obama administration acts to ease immigration legal crunch at border

Facing pressure to address a widening crisis on the Southwest border, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to detain, process and ultimately deport the growing numbers of Central American children and families who already are overwhelming most existing federal detention facilities. Read more >

Mass graves of migrants found in Falfurrias

Unidentified migrants who died entering the United States were buried in mass graves in a South Texas cemetery, with remains found in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags, or no containers at all, researchers discovered.

In one burial, bones of three bodies were inside one body bag. In another instance, at least five people in body bags and smaller plastic bags were piled on top of each other, Baylor University anthropologist Lori Baker said. Skulls were found in biohazard bags — like the red plastic bags in receptacles at doctors’ offices — placed between coffins. Read more >

Border Children Tell Their Stories: Why We Came to the US

Cesar was four years old when a group of men in his tiny hometown killed his father. He was a teenager when he says the same group of men began to threaten his older brother.

At age 17, tired of hiding in his house, Cesar left the poverty, violence and drug gangs of Guatemala behind and set out for the U.S. Read more >

From Cantor to college, don't forget the immigrants in the US immigration fight

Personal piece by Cristina Henriquez

My father left Panama, the country where he was born and raised, to come to the United States. He came, in 1971, to study chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. When he landed (in New York, where the school had mistakenly sent him), he had a suitcase, he spoke halting English, and he didn't know a soul. Read more >

Cantor Loss Upends Republicans, Dims Immigration Bill

Note: The latest news report is that Eric Cantor will resign his post as House Majority Leader effective July 31

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic loss in yesterday’s Virginia primary sent shock waves through the Republican Party, creating an opening for a Tea Party-backed candidate to vie for a leadership post and likely cementing Washington gridlock for years. Read more >

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