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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to respond to the proposals from President Barack Obama about confronting the new wave of terrorism. On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Republicans and Democrats in Congress voiced strong pre-election support Thursday for President Barack Obama's call for new authority to combat Islamic State militants in the heart of the Middle East. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Danger of shutdown recedes as GOP leaders reject immigration debate on spending bill

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

The danger of another government shutdown receded dramatically Tuesday when the House voted to begin debating a stopgap spending bill that bypasses the thorny immigration debate, leaving a few Republicans steaming. Published September 16, 2014

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Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Eyeing 2016, Sen. Rubio stresses border security

Associated Press

Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like her: immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Californians agree on legality path for immigrants

Associated Press

A new poll shows that despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the United States without proper documents.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage

Portland, LePage dispute over immigrants aid looms

Associated Press

The dispute between the city of Portland and the administration of Gov. Paul LePage over welfare benefits to some immigrants could heat up at the next city council meeting.

A group of illegal immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

Advocates: New York is leader for migrant children

- Associated Press

New York state is a national leader in helping thousands of unaccompanied migrant children who have fled Central America for the United States, but more funding is needed for services that would give them a normal life, advocates told state legislators Tuesday.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, a classroom door uses bilingual signage at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Back to school: even in Texas immigration prison

- Associated Press

In one classroom monitored by security cameras, third and fourth graders read in Spanish from a short story about mice. In another, an algebra teacher reminds high school students to always fully distribute both sides of an equation before solving it.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about that he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic state after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist and border security. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Reducing threats at the nation's borders

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent comments regarding the Islamic State penetrating the porous U.S. southern border should give pause to the ongoing border-security debate.

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**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders

- The Washington Times

The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.