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Hard-right Immigration Bill Rejected by Republicans

The House of Representatives rejected a hard-right immigration bill on Thursday, and a planned vote on a bill, intended as more of a compromise, has been delayed by Republican leaders as lawmakers in the party continue to be divided over the contentious issue. 41 primarily moderate Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the conservative measure, …

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ICE Temporarily Closes Portland Office as Protests Grow

The temporary field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Portland, Oregon, has been closed temporarily, as protests outside the facility continue to grow. Last week, dozens of people began protesting outside the southwest Portland office about the zero-tolerance immigration policy adopted by the Trump administration. Some put up tents close to the front …

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Trump Ends Family Border Separations

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump elected to rescind, via executive order, the immigration policy that resulted in the separation of immigrant children from their parents when caught illegally crossing the border between the US and Mexico. This followed a wave of national and international criticism. Trump’s order will ensure that immigrant families taken into detention …

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End Zero-tolerance, Prosecutors Tell Sessions

A bipartisan group of over 70 former US Attorneys is urging Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to end the policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossers, calling it expensive, dangerous, and inconsistent with Justice Department values. In a post published on Medium on Tuesday morning, the prosecutors wrote that they were horrified that innocent children have …

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Hickenlooper Bans Colorado Resources Helping Immigration Policy

On Monday, John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado, signed an executive order to prevent any use of the state’s resources to help the Trump administration policy of separating undocumented immigrant minors from their parents after they illegally cross the US border. The Trump administration see the move as a rebuke, but it seems unlikely to …

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Representatives Talk Immigration

With debate continuing to heat up about the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Florida Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, hosted a roundtable discussion on Monday with other representatives and local leaders in Sunrise to discuss the controversial issue, particularly the separation of immigrant parents and their children. The Democrat lawmaker spoke with immigration attorneys, as well as …

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Republicans Risk Conservative Immigration Backlash

The push towards votes on immigration bills in the House of Representatives is increasing the divide in the Republican Party on one of their most contentious issues, fueling fears that a voter backlash could risk them losing control of the House in the midterm elections in November. Many conservatives view the compromise immigration proposal, released …

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Democrat Lawmakers Visit South Texas Immigration Centers

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley returned to South Texas border on Sunday, together with colleagues from the Democratic Party, to tour Rio Grande Valley processing centers belonging to US Customs and Border Protection. The lawmakers say they went to South Texas to gain more understanding of the way the agency processes undocumented immigrants coming into the …

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