Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton bowed to pressure from Hispanic activists Tuesday and apologized for using the term "illegal immigrants" at a town hall earlier this month.
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By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times
Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he's "disappointed" with Republican front-runner Donald Trump's handling of immigration. Published October 26, 2015
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
Immigrants overall do rather well at assimilating into the U.S., but there are major differences — particularly for poor Mexican and Central American immigrants, whose families lag behind the kind of integration the U.S. has prided itself on for decades, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report Monday. Published September 21, 2015
The Southwest border has broken open in recent weeks, with non-Mexicans -- and illegal immigrant children in particular -- crossing at a record rate in October, according to Border Patrol statistics that suggest the administration's victory lap earlier this year was premature.
A new study finds more Mexicans leaving the United States than coming into the country.
NBC News President Deborah Turness sparked the ire of Hispanic lawmakers Wednesday after she used the term "illegals" during a meeting to discuss diversity efforts at the network in the wake of Donald Trump's recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign panned Sen. Ted Cruz's decision Monday to welcome an endorsement from one of the GOP's most adamant opponents of illegal immigration, saying it shows how "how extreme and anti-immigrant today's Republican Party has become."
Sparks flew Friday between Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio over the issue of immigration, as the rival 2016 GOP presidential candidates sought to convince voters that they are on the right side of a thorny issue that has become a litmus test for many voters.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn't oppose use of body-worn cameras but will hold off on deployment of the technology for now while studying its best use, the head of the agency said Thursday.
Sen. Marco Rubio says a main lesson he took away from his work on comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 is that Americans lack trust in the federal government to enforce the immigration laws in the country.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Thursday that while some illegal immigrants will have to be deported, it's unrealistic to think it can happen for all of the approximately 11 million in the United States.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says that Republicans will give up immigration as an issue in 2016 if they nominate a presidential candidate who has embraced "amnesty."
Immigration has surged back onto the political battlefield this week after Republicans exposed deep fissures on the issue in their debate Tuesday, and Democrats wasted little time in exploiting those divisions.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will become the first of the 2016 presidential candidates to sit down with illegal immigrants for dinner as part of activists' plan to try to drive the issue and further mainstream people living in the shadows.
The White House vowed Tuesday to appeal to the Supreme Court this week's court ruling blocking President Obama's deportation amnesty, and Hispanic voters said they'll make Republicans pay at the polls for supporting the lawsuit in which a three-judge panel ruled President Obama broke immigration law in granting tentative status to illegal immigrants.
Hoping to cash in on Hispanic voters' support, Democratic presidential candidates pushed President Obama Tuesday to speed an appeal of this week's decision blocking his deportation amnesty, saying they're confident he'll prevail at the Supreme Court.
The White House Tuesday blasted a federal appeals court's ruling that overturned President Obama's deportation amnesty action, and said the government won't step up enforcement of immigration law.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that she supports securing U.S. borders as well as enforcing labor laws for immigrants already here.
A federal appeals court said President Obama's own words claiming powers to "change the law" were part of the reason it struck down his deportation amnesty, in a ruling late Monday that reaffirmed the president must carry out laws and doesn't have blanket powers to waive them.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said he tried to produce the most conservative immigration bill that was possible in a Democratic-controlled Senate, and he thought a GOP-controlled House would make it even better, but that a lack of trust in the federal government helped doom the 2013 push on the issue.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders said Monday he would grant a blanket deportation amnesty to most illegal immigrants and welcome a new surge of illegal immigrants from Central America as he accused Republicans of "racism" for demanding stiffer immigration enforcement.
A Hispanic rights PAC is offering $5,000 to activists who disrupt Donald Trump during his appearance this weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
A California group has launched a ballot initiative to eliminate sanctuary cities, hoping to take power away from state and local lawmakers who have banned their police and sheriff's deputies from cooperating with federal deportation authorities.
Senate Democrats rejected an effort to push back against sanctuary cities Wednesday, denying a request by Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz to immediately begin debating a bill to impose mandatory minimum federal sentences on repeat-illegal immigrants.
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his re-election bid late Tuesday to challenger former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy after an uproar over his sanctuary city policy, which was blamed for the death of a woman in July at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
ANALYSIS: To hear political pundits tell it, Donald Trump has little chance to attract enough Hispanic voters to win the presidency in 2016 because of his plans to build a border wall and deport all illegal immigrants in America. Some pollsters and activists who have whipped up past Hispanic support for Republicans, however, see it differently.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is calling on NBC to disinvite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend over his "inflammatory remarks" about Mexican immigrants.
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A Hispanic rights advocate said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz's push to expand legal immigration by granting more green cards and student visas is spot on, but that the Texas Republican is missing the mark when it comes to dealing with the nation's illegal immigrants.
The U.N.'s top refugee official warned Western Hemisphere governments to prepare for a new surge of illegal immigrant women fleeing Central America and parts of Mexico, where they are being terrorized by gang violence.
The three teens police believe killed a high school student in Loudoun County last month all entered the U.S. as illegal immigrant children, were released into society and skipped their deportation court hearings, a top senator revealed Tuesday as he demanded answers.
A Honduran man who has entered the United States illegally three times kidnapped his estranged girlfriend and repeatedly raped her at knifepoint on a drive from Missouri to New Jersey, federal prosecutors said.
The surge of children and families crossing the southwest border illegally accelerated again in September, leaving fiscal year 2015 the second-worst on record, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Border Patrol.
San Francisco officials voted Tuesday to affirm their sanctuary city policy that shields illegal immigrants from being turned over to federal agents, pushing back against the national attention the city garnered after the July death of a woman at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
The Obama administration Tuesday pushed illegal immigrant youths to enroll in high school and college and announced a list of guarantees in schools and tips to help students apply for scholarships or financial aid.
The White House on Tuesday vowed to veto a bill designed to prevent sanctuary city deaths like the July killing of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, saying the solution is to legalize illegal immigrants, not to force cities and counties to cooperate in deporting them.
Kathryn Steinle's death in San Francisco in July has done little to break a years-old stalemate over sanctuary cities, which continue to operate under a haze of complex federal rules, competing court decisions and tricky political recriminations -- but without very much data on either side of the debate.
Most of the surge of children caught jumping the U.S.-Mexico border illegally over the past two years haven't even had their cases decided by the immigration courts, leaving them in a legal limbo as states and counties struggle to assimilate them into schools and health care systems, according to a report released Thursday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said Monday that his re-election last year is proof that Republicans can support "amnesty" for illegal immigrants without losing their jobs.
He's been one of the GOP's biggest backers of legalizing illegal immigrants, and his chief legislative accomplishments were deals to boost spending and give President Obama more negotiating powers in trade deals -- yet Rep. Paul Ryan has become House Republicans' consensus choice to lead them.
Nearly a third of the 6,000 inmates whom the Obama administration plans to release early from federal prisons across the United States this month are noncitizens, officials say.
A bill signed Saturday by California Gov. Jerry Brown aimed at improving voter turnout has critics predicting that it will ramp up voter fraud by making it easier for noncitizens to cast ballots.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was interrupted Thursday by an immigration activist protesting her campaign's acceptance of donations from corporations that run private prisons.
The list of sanctuary cities has grown to more than 340, and they shielded an average of 1,000 immigrants a month from deportation last year -- and more than 2,000 of those released have been arrested for yet more crimes, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Immigration Studies.
The U.S. Border Patrol is catching fewer illegal immigrants trying to cross the border, and immigration agents are arresting and deporting fewer people from the interior of the country, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday, calling those the successful outcomes of President Obama's immigration policies.
Chef Jose Andres called GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump a "clever maniac" Wednesday, saying Mr. Trump's immigration plans would deprive the U.S. of the labor force that staffs restaurants.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said nonviolent illegal immigrants are here to stay and trying to deport them would cause "sheer panic" among Hispanics, saying Tuesday that the U.S. must find a way of legalizing them.
The director who oversees the Texas' Troopers says the southern border is leaving Americans open to a jihadist attack, saying people from countries known to have a "terrorism presence" have been caught infiltrating the Texas-Mexico border.
In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States, according to estimates in a new immigration study.
Immigrant-rights advocates scrambled Friday to plead with House Speaker John A. Boehner to bring an immigration legalization bill to the floor before he leaves office next month, fearing his replacement will show even more antipathy toward their agenda.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday continued to go after 2016 GOP rival Marco Rubio, calling the Florida senator a "clown" who's weak on immigration.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed Friday to pursue immigration policies that protect American workers, while warning voters that some of his GOP rivals have embraced a much softer approach to the issue.
Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church -- he's also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world.
As tens of thousands of people gathered on the West Front of the Capitol to glimpse Pope Francis, a group of activists chanted and sang in support of citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The way the government detains illegal immigrants often breaks fundamental constitutional guarantees, and holding whole families in detention is a particularly harsh abuse of human rights, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said in a controversial new report Thursday, wading deeply into the immigration debate.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Tuesday night that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a "sick message" about combating illegal immigration.
Democrats have become far more open to legalizing illegal immigrants over the last decade, while Republicans remain adamantly opposed, according to extensive new polling by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that helps explain the rise of businessman Donald Trump within the GOP presidential field and the dim hopes for getting anything done in Congress.
President Obama sought to inject himself into the 2016 presidential race Monday, criticizing Republicans on immigration and education on a trip to Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
The Latino Victory Fund, the political action arm of a high-profile group co-founded by actress Eva Longoria to help boost Hispanics in office, rescinded its backing Monday of a Virginia Republican because he opposes President Obama's deportation amnesty.
A conservative immigration group is pushing back against calls to end birthright citizenship and for the mass deportation of people living illegally in the United States.
Donald Trump is the "number one topic in Latino neighborhoods," a top Hispanic lawmaker said Wednesday as he warned Republicans to put distance between themselves and the billionaire businessman who is seeking Republicans' presidential nomination.
Less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under "operational control," and one out of every five illegal immigrants caught there has a criminal record, the chief of Border Patrol agents' labor union told Congress Wednesday when detailing violence that increasingly spills over the international boundary.
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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.