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Jul 31, 2014

House, Senate poised to pass rival border security bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress on Thursday is set to debate “emergency” border security legislation that lawmakers acknowledge will not be enacted but will enable them to campaign for re-election by arguing they worked to address a humanitarian crisis.

Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally.

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington.

Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral changes to his landmark healthcare law known as “Obamacare.”

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. lawmakers worry about border security without extra funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Border security will probably suffer if Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama’s request for extra money to cope with the explosion of child migrants into the U.S. Southwest, lawmakers and congressional aides warned on Tuesday.

Those concerns came as Republicans in the House of Representatives considered a severely scaled-back version of the $3.7 billion in emergency funding Obama has requested to deal with the border crisis.

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.

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