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With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico.
An agreement to vastly increase fencing, patrols and high-tech monitoring along the U.S.-Mexico border was formally unveiled in the Senate Friday, providing powerful momentum to a far-reaching immigration bill backed by the White House.
During the weeks preceding the formal unveiling of the ludicrously named Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2103, S. 744, the Gang of Eight authors dominated the headlines with their empty promises.
WASHINGTON — Four senators working on a sweeping bipartisan immigration bill plan to travel to the Arizona border next Wednesday to view conditions there as they try to finalize their legislation.
WASHINGTON — Side by side, leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged Monday to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.
U.S. senators may get a chance to hear about SB 1070 from an Arizonan — but not from the person the subcommittee chair originally sought.
The head of a U.S. Senate subcommittee wants Gov. Jan Brewer to tell him and his colleagues why she thinks Arizona needs its own law aimed at illegal immigration.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday acknowledged serious mistakes in an arms trafficking probe that allowed AK-47s and other weapons to leak into the black market, but he insisted the Justice Department was taking steps to ensure that never happens again.
WASHINGTON – Immigration officials announced that they deported nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants in fiscal 2011, setting a record for a third consecutive year under the Obama administration.
Joe Guzzardi, guest commentary
WASHINGTON — The nation faces a crushing burden of debt and is on course for an economic disaster without dramatic action to wrestle the budget deficit under control, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON — Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.
Transcript of President Barack Obama's address Thursday at the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C.:
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed immigration policy gridlock on "political posturing and special interest wrangling."
WASHINGTON — A prominent Senate Democrat asked Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to put off her state's controversial immigration law to give Congress a chance to act. Scant time passed before Brewer's answer came back: No.
WASHINGTON — Advocacy groups say President Barack Obama has assured them that he remains committed to a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. But what can be accomplished on the issue this year remains unclear.
WASHINGTON — The system Congress and the Obama administration want U.S. employers to use to help curb illegal immigration is failing to catch more than half of the unauthorized workers it checks, a research company has found.
Tom Patterson: You’ve probably heard the Senate Finance Committee recently conducted hearings on the health reform bill sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. As every student of government knows, that’s the crucial step in drafting legislation. It is when committee members drill down into the details to make sure the bill does what it’s supposed to do, right? Well, not exactly.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Joe Barton had a plane to catch, but he wanted to give college football officials a warning before leaving the highly publicized hearing.
Austin Hill: Gov. Jan Brewer is "moderate" and "nonpartisan" like President Barack Obama, and that's why she's advocating for a statewide tax increase. Right?
WASHINGTON — Senators are looking closely at the records and writings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Republicans seeking any detail that might slow her march toward confirmation and Democrats trying to bolster their case that she's a moderate who puts the law above her beliefs and biases.
The position taken by letter writer Ken Campbell on Feb. 14, regarding “assisted suicide” is too dangerous to ignore.
WASHINGTON - Talking tougher by the hour, livid Democrats confronted beleaguered insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation.
A very old story is once again being retold, with a few of the characters' names updated to besmirch the innocent. In this story, conservatives are to blame for an economic crisis because they allegedly believe there is no role for government in the economy, and all economic crises are due to lax regulation of markets.
WASHINGTON - Homeowners threatened with foreclosure would in some instances get a 30-day reprieve under an initiative the Bush administration announced Tuesday. Critics attacked the proposal as far short of what is needed to resolve a serious financial crisis that is threatening millions of families with the loss of their homes.