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Texas Dems say GOP stalling aided immigrant influx

Texas border Democrats are pushing back against Republicans who have said that current White House policies are responsible for the swell of Central American migrants breaching the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

City Council asks Obama, Congress to halt deportations

After a raucous call to the audience, the Tucson City Council agreed unanimously Tuesday to urge President Obama to use administrative action to stop the deportation of immigrants without serious criminal histories.... Read more»1

Emergency border funding request also asks for firefighting funds

The president’s request for $3.7 billion to stem the tide of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border included a request for $615 million to fight wildfires. Advocates say the firefighting money is needed, but some critics questioned its inclusion in the border request.... Read more»

White House: $3.7 billion needed for border security surge

The White House has requested an emergency supplement of $3.7 billion to support a “sustained border security surge” in response to a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley this summer.... Read more»

Analysis

Violence, not deferred action, behind border surge

Based on a statistical analysis of unaccompanied children arrivals data, border security statistics, and violence levels in Central America, it is clear that violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—rather than deferred action or lax U.S. border enforcement—is driving the increase in unaccompanied children.... Read more»1

Texas Gov. Perry and Obama will meet to discuss border crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the continuing crisis on the border, an aide to the governor confirmed Tuesday.... Read more»

Jones: Obama joins cartels, conducting 'coyote' operation

Republican candidate for governor Christine Jones attacked President Obama on Monday, accusing him of conducting “the biggest ‘coyote’ operation in history” and blaming the administration for the influx of illegal immigrants. Jones said a PR campaign to deter young immigrants from Central America is a waste of money.... Read more»1

El Salvador: Gangs kill teachers over as little as a failing grade

School violence is a factor driving young Central American migrants to the U.S. border.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, July update

Jobs, profits, guns and health insurance. FactCheck.org’s regular update of the statistics.... Read more»

Video: Texas gov implies 'conspiracy' on border crisis

On ABC News ‘This Week,’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry told host Martha Raddatz that the Obama Administration is failing on border security and that the President’s response is “about five years too late.”... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

The U.S. is among the world's worsening nations

Congress can’t get anything done. And 50 million people are living in poverty.... Read more»

Analysis

What the president can do on immigration if Congress fails to act

The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system.... Read more»

Obama says he'll act alone on immigration

As tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to flood Texas’ southern border, President Obama said that he will try to fix as much of the broken immigration system as he can without Congress’ help. U.S. Rep. Grijalva said the move is “a welcome first step,” but said Obama should “focus his efforts on protecting vulnerable families.”... Read more»

Obama to name former Proctor & Gamble chief to head VA

The president is expected Monday to nominate Bob McDonald to take over as head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald is a West Point graduate who served as the CEO of Procter & Gamble.... Read more»

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