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Central American immigrants just released from U.S. Border Patrol detention wait at the Greyhound bus station for their continued journey to various U.S. destinations on July 25, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigration Courts Speeding Up Hearings For Tens Of Thousands Of Immigrant Children Caught At Border

Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

9 hours ago

House Speaker John Boehner answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 24, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House GOP Schedule Companion Vote On Bill To Block Obama From Extending Deportation Relief

House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

9 hours ago

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid answers reporters' questions during a news conference to announce that Democrats will fast-track new legislation to prevent for-profit employers from refusing to cover health benefits for religious reasons at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Border Money Bill Appears Headed For Procedural Defeat In Senate

A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis.

07/30/2014

Central American immigrants await transportation to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the Texas on July 24, 2014 near Mission, Texas. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Poll: 52 Percent Of Americans Believe Immigrant Children Should Not Be Treated As Refugees

Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

07/30/2014

Concerns about undocumented immigrant children at the border have prompted protests, like this one on July 4 in Murrieta, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Guatemalan President: ‘I Would Not Find A Reason To Treat Some In One Way, And Others Differently’

Pilot program would give refugee status to young people from Honduras.

07/24/2014

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to members of the media after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon July 8, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Cornyn: ‘It Looks Like We’re On A Track To Do Absolutely Nothing’

Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, but they’re unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers.

07/23/2014

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arrive by bus to a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox on Feb. 27, 2014 in Fort Knox, Ky. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

Pentagon: Fort Knox Was Initially On Short List To House Immigrants Before It Was ‘Taken Off The Table’

A federal agency said Monday it has no plans to use Fort Knox as a temporary shelter for migrant children, offering assurances after U.S. Sen. Rand Paul signaled that the Army post has been considered as a possible site to house some of the young immigrants pouring across the U.S. border with Mexico.

07/22/2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks as he takes part in a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Jan. 2, 2014. (credit: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Graham: The 2008 Law ‘Doesn’t Make Sense When You Talk About 50,000 Unaccompanied Minors’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.

07/22/2014

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks at the annual Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner on Oct. 25, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa. (credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Iowa Governor: I Do Not Want To House Immigrant Children In My State

Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he does not want Iowa to host any of the thousands of children from Central America who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone.

07/14/2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warns that some parents of Central American children attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally already know of the risks, noting that some girls are given birth control “in case they’re raped along the way.”  (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Homeland Secretary: Immigrants Told Detention Facility Staff They Were Surprised to Be Detained

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited a New Mexico detention facility housing 400 Central American women and children Friday and warned immigrants that “we will send you back” if they try entering the country illegally.

07/14/2014

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