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Jul 25, 2014

Obama immigration funding request languishes in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress on Friday struggled to bridge internal differences over how to deal with a flood of child migrants at the southwestern border, mulling proposals likely to be rejected by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

The confrontation between the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate increased the risk that no compromise will be reached ahead of lawmakers’ summer break, which is set to begin at the end of next week.

Jul 24, 2014

Honduran president links border crisis to U.S. policy divide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers’ inability to reach an agreement on immigration policy is at least partly to blame for a crisis that has seen thousands of children flee Honduras for the U.S. border, Honduran President Juan Hernandez said on Thursday.

Human and drug traffickers are “perversely” exploiting confusion about U.S. immigration policy, Hernandez told reporters on Capitol Hill, flanked by Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, before a meeting with House Democrats.

Jul 22, 2014

Insight – Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama’s steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said.

“We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it,” said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.

Jul 22, 2014

Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama’s steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said.

“We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it,” said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.

Jul 17, 2014

Top GM lawyer, Delphi CEO to face Senate on deadly ignition flaw

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two more major figures in General Motors Co’s safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the automaker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw.

Michael Millikin, the general counsel of GM, and Rodney O’Neal, the chief executive of Delphi Automotive, the maker of the defective part, are due to testify before a Senate Commerce subcommittee.

Jul 8, 2014

Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion for immigration crisis

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – The White House asked the
U.S. Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending on Tuesday
to address a cross-border surge of children from Central America
that is taxing public resources and causing a political headache
for President Barack Obama.

It was Obama’s most substantive response to date as he
struggles to gain control of a humanitarian crisis along the
Texas border with Mexico. The money would both pay to care for
the children and accelerate a return to their home countries.

Jun 27, 2014

Calls in U.S. Congress for refugee status for Central American kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some leading members of the U.S. Congress are calling on the Obama administration to consider launching an emergency refugee program for Central American children as one way to address a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border with Mexico.

Tens of thousands of children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are showing up illegally, often without any parents or relatives, at the Texas border. Their numbers could reach 90,000 this year and grow to 150,000 next year – up from only about 6,000 in 2011, according to government estimates.

Jun 16, 2014

White House moves on funding for possible Iraq action: congressional aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is putting together a proposal to shift some money that had been designated for use in Afghanistan for possible military operations in Iraq, congressional aides said on Monday.

As they formulate a response to the Iraq crisis, White House officials have told lawmakers they will submit this week or next a request to Congress for “Overseas Contingency Operations” funding, carving out some money for Iraq that had previously been anticipated for use in Afghanistan.

Jun 15, 2014

Defeated U.S. Congress leader Cantor leaves political options open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional leader Eric Cantor took to the airwaves on Sunday to try to rebuild his political reputation after a stunning primary election loss that has shaken the Republican Party, and refused to rule out a future run for public office.

The House of Representatives majority leader, who since 2011 has held the No. 2 job in the 435-member chamber, will step down on July 31 after losing his bid to be his party’s candidate for an eighth two-year term as a congressman from Virginia.

Jun 12, 2014

House Republican No. 2 Cantor to step down after election shock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A shock primary election defeat for Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, left his political party in chaos on Wednesday as financial markets worried the shakeup might renew budget fights that in the past have caused government shutdowns and near credit defaults.

Cantor, who has served as House Majority Leader since 2011, unexpectedly lost in Tuesday’s vote to college economics professor David Brat, an activist in the Tea Party movement, which wants to reduce federal government spending and taxes and advocates for a smaller government.

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