Confusing and lenient U.S. policies pushed illegal immigrants to cross the border, and watchdogs say President Obama's 2012 deportation amnesty for so-called Dreamers did entice some of the surge.
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Hispanic rights advocates are protesting the government's plans to revoke amnesties for potentially hundreds of illegal immigrants who refuse to return their erroneous three-year work permits, saying that the illegal immigrants shouldn't be punished for the Obama administration's mistake.
A federal judge's ruling presaging the release of the largest number of illegal immigrant mothers and children from U.S. detention centers has erased the last get-tough immigration policy of the Obama administration, leaving the law even more of a mess and authorities with even fewer tools to try to deter another surge of border crossers.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley on Friday blasted Texas for denying birth certificates to some U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants without valid identification documents, declaring that "citizenship is a human right."
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Friday hinted at a "merit system" for some of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the country while saying that "we take the bad ones and get 'em the hell out."
A Texas Republican congressman has introduced legislation that would force the District of Columbia to share more readily with federal authorities information about illegal immigrants arrested in the city with the goal of increasing deportations.
The House voted Thursday to punish sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants from deportation, moving swiftly to crack down on San Francisco after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle's killing this month elevated the issue to the forefront of the immigration debate.
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Thursday there is a "tremendous danger on the border" with illegal immigrants coming into the country, that Border Patrol agents need to be allowed to do their jobs, and that he's the Republican to take down former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The federal government doesn't follow up with the vast majority of the illegal immigrant Central American children it caught at the border and released into communities over the last two years, leaving them to uncertain care and potential abuse in their new homes, according to a new report Thursday from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
The White House vowed Thursday to veto a bill to punish sanctuary cities, instead calling on Congress to legalize illegal immigrants as the way to solve the problem of criminals who shouldn't be on the streets.
Businessman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.
Choking back tears, parents whose children were slain by illegal immigrants said Tuesday the federal government and so-called sanctuary cities both share blame for their children's deaths, and pleaded with Congress for an all-out effort to secure the border and deport those who already snuck in.
The House will vote this week on legislation to punish sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, moving quickly to force the Obama administration to take action as victims of crime linked to illegal immigrants come forward to tell their stories.
Businessman Donald Trump said Monday that illegal immigrants get treated better than many of Americans' veterans and that the press is twisting recent comments he made about Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
The Justice Department announced a deal Friday requiring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to provide services in Spanish to his jail inmates, settling part of a two-year-old discrimination complaint the Obama administration filed against the man known as "America's Sheriff."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she supports San Francisco's sanctuary city policy even after authorities say it may have directly led to the murder of a young woman in the city earlier this month.
Goosed into action by an angry federal judge, federal immigration authorities will go door-to-door demanding illegal immigrants return the three-year amnesty approvals the Obama administration issued to them in defiance of a court order.
Immigration officials did contact the family of Kathryn Steinle to offer their condolences on her murder, the Homeland Security Department said in a statement Wednesday, a day after Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wasn't aware of whether any contact had been made.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's new immigration plan would extend Obamacare privileges to illegal immigrants, including those here under President Obama's deportation amnesty, allowing them to use their own money to buy in the health exchanges.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted Tuesday that the administration goofed in releasing an illegal immigrant to sanctuary city San Francisco ahead of a shocking murder earlier this month, but said there's little the government can do to pressure sanctuary communities to change their minds.
More than 1,000 of the criminal aliens immigration authorities released into the community while awaiting deportation in 2014 were then convicted of still more crimes ranging from kidnapping and sexual assault against a child to vehicular homicide, according to statistics released Tuesday.
Those who have suffered at the hands of illegal immigrants have been invited to testify to the Senate next week on the crimes they or their families faced, as GOP lawmakers in Congress try to refocus the immigration debate away from legalization and toward enforcement.
Former Gov. Martin O'Malley blasted "hate-spewing" GOP presidential candidates Monday as he made his own appeal to win over Hispanics, vowing to expand on the record he amassed in Maryland, where he said he "forged a new consensus" behind pro-immigration policies.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Monday the issue of legal immigration must be front and center in the 2016 GOP nomination race, arguing that working-class Americans have suffered from the influx of millions of immigrants over the past two decades.
More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump told a crowd in Las Vegas on Saturday that he "loves" Mexico and China, but that both countries pose a threat to the United States and again called for the securing of U.S. borders.
An illegal immigrant from Mexico, serving time in a federal prison for unlawfully reentering the U.S., will appear before a judge next week over his alleged involvement in the killing of a homeless woman 18 years ago in California.
Embattled GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump held a press conference in Los Angeles on Friday night featuring family members of individuals who were killed by illegal immigrants.
Fox News' Megyn Kelly gave an impassioned rebuke of the Obama administration's silence on the killing of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle, 32, a woman shot by an illegal immigrant while she walked along San Francisco's waterfront on June 30.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would "win the Latino vote" if nominated, despite being at odds with the community over negative comments he made about Mexico and illegal immigration.
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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.