The heady sense of victory immigrant rights activists had last year after President Obama announced his deportation amnesty has faded in recent weeks as the advocates sense they've lost ground among the very Democratic leaders they were counting on to deliver at the national and state levels.
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By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
The Senate approved non-binding language as part of its budget late Thursday calling for the law to be changed to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children from Central America — but fell just short of the 60 votes that would be needed to force a bill into law later. Published March 26, 2015
Catholic and Lutheran bishops on Friday urged the federal government to release illegal immigrant families who have been detained awaiting deportation, saying it is "shameful" for the federal government to keep them in detention.
A federal judge should have known Homeland Security was carrying out at least part of President Obama's new deportation amnesty beginning last year, department Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday as the administration continued to struggle with what's become a thorny legal issue.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he won't fire his deputy for showing favoritism to high-profile Democrats in key immigration cases, insisting that the problem lay not with Alejandro Mayorkas but rather with a broken visa program.
The White House Wednesday defended the actions of a top administration official who caved to political pressure to approve immigration applications from wealthy foreigners.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is planning to tour the U.S.-Mexico border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Friday, the Texas Tribune reported.
A top Obama administration official caved to political pressure to approve immigration applications from well-connected wealthy foreigners, ignoring warnings from career officers who said the investor visas should be denied, an inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bid for the White House on Monday, drawing praise from grass-roots conservatives but a fierce backlash from Hispanic groups that said they were appalled at the prospect of the first Hispanic to announce for president this cycle being such a firm champion of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
President Obama said Monday he'll direct the federal government to reform visa categories in order to attract more foreign workers.
President Obama's immigration policies suffered a rough week, faltering in the courts, taking fire on Capitol Hill, angering his political base and even having his own deportation chief undercut his message as he struggles to find a middle-ground path to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
The administration's deportation chief backtracked Friday, just a day after she pleaded with Congress to pass laws cracking down on so-called "sanctuary" cities and states — a stance that appeared to put her at odds with her boss, President Obama.
The illegal immigrant charged with killing an "America's Next Top Model" contestant was only in the U.S. because President Obama had granted him amnesty under the 2012 policy for so-called Dreamers, two senators revealed Friday afternoon.
Immigrant-rights advocates are mounting an all-out push to stop the deportation of a Mennonite Iowa pastor who sneaked into the U.S. illegally, arguing that his past immigration violations and criminal history should be forgiven if President Obama is really committed to keeping families together.
Nearly two dozen of the illegal immigrants picked up in a nationwide sweep for criminal aliens earlier this month had previously been approved for President Obama's deportation amnesty, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday.
Federal immigration officers released another 30,000 immigrants with criminal records last year, following the 36,000 it released in 2013, the government announced Wednesday — though it promised to take steps to cut down on the problem.
Speaking in the early presidential state of South Carolina on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended his views on immigration and said that if people want to consider running for office they need to "stop preying on people's fears" and "stop dividing us."
A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Sunday night after a Mexican man was found hiding in his trunk during a border inspection.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that President Obama is acting "wisely" with his executive action to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
A Nebraska senator will introduce a bill Monday that would deny Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants approved for President Obama’s new deportation amnesty, as a new congressional study finds that those granted work permits under the amnesty would be eligible for all Social Security benefits.
Homeland Security agents netted a suspected child pornographer this week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a plea asking the public for tips in locating a man captured on video abusing an 8-year-old girl.
The administration asked a federal appeals court Thursday to let President Obama's amnesty go into effect immediately, calling a lower judge's ruling halting the amnesty "unprecedented and wrong," and saying illegal immigrants will suffer until the policy begins.
The administration doled out about 90,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants in the first months of President Obama's first amnesty in 2012, according to two GOP senators who demanded Thursday to know how many since then have been granted, and whether any benefits are already being paid out.
Immigrants' birth rates have fallen precipitously in recent years, according to a report being released Thursday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which says the numbers undercut the argument immigrants are critical to ensuring the U.S. maintains its generous social safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
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Border Patrol agents' labor union announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP's new border security bill, calling it "window dressing" that doesn't add any new agents or updated their firepower to get the job done in sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border.
An overwhelming majority of Americans say they have deep worries that illegal immigration will erode the country's culture and economy, revealed a new poll.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that there's a "general consensus" in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country's immigration laws and that more specifics would be unveiled this week at House Republicans' annual retreat.
Calling it a “pivotal moment,” a band of Latino donors has launched a $20 million campaign to unseat those in the House who stand against President Obama’s immigration proposals and oppose Democratic Party reform bills.
The U.S. illegal immigrant population has begun to tick back up with the improving economy, rising to 11.7 million last year, according to the latest estimates Monday from the Pew Hispanic Center.
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.
The union that represents the people who would have to decide who gets legalized under any new immigration law said in a letter Tuesday that the Obama administration is not ready to handle the influx of applications.
The American business community weighed in Tuesday on immigration, firing off a letter to House leaders urging them to find the political will to pass an immigration bill this year.