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July 10th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Boehner: Border crisis is "president's own making"

House Speaker John Boehner is continuing his sharp criticism of the president on the issue of immigration.

"This is a problem of the president's own making," Boehner said. "He's been president for five and a half years. When is he going to take responsibility for something?"

The president is fighting back slamming House Republicans for not taking up a bill on immigration reform.

"The House Republicans, they haven’t even called the bill," Obama said. 'They won’t even take a vote on the bill. They don’t have enough energy or organization or I don’t know what to just even vote no on the bill. And then they’re made at me for trying to do some things to make the immigration system work better. So it doesn’t make sense."

OutFront, Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California.


Filed under: Border Crisis • Immigration • News • Politics
July 9th, 2014
09:05 PM ET

President Obama addresses border crisis: "Is Congress prepared to act?"

Texas Governor Rick Perry, one of Obama's chief critics, met privately with the President over the escalating border crisis.

Perry previously declined an official invitation to greet President Obama when he arrived at the airport in his home state. But late Wednesday afternoon, Perry changed his mind and met with Obama, riding with him aboard Marine one.

The two made their way to a meeting with local officials and faith leaders to discuss the issues. One of the officials at the meeting, Dallas County's top elected official Judge Clay Jenkins is OutFront.


Filed under: Immigration • News
July 8th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

Undocumented family speaks: We can't go back

A surge of undocumented immigrants are pouring into the United States. It's a situation that is fast becoming one of the biggest political challenges President Obama has ever faced.

Obama made an emergency $3.7 million funding request to handle the crisis - almost twice as much as what the administration had previously signaled it needed.

One reason this crisis is so dire is a historic flood of children are being caught crossing the Southwest border.

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In 2009, about 3300 children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were caught by Border Patrol agents, according to the Department of Homeland Security. So far, this year, 40,000 children were caught.

CNN's Kyung Lah is at the border with the story of one Guatemalan family and the frightening world they left behind.


Filed under: Immigration • International • News
July 8th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

Sarah Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over immigration crisis

(CNN) – Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

The Republican firebrand wrote in a an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative website Breitbart that "(Obama's) unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"

Calls for impeachment are coming from the President's harshest critics on the right and have intensified over the new immigration crisis. However, such a step is far-fetched, especially with Democrats currently in control of the Senate.

In the blistering op-ed, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee accuses Obama of intentionally allowing immigrants into the United States, hampering American job opportunities.

"President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here," she wrote.

"It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment."

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Filed under: Immigration • News • Politics
June 27th, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Immigration mandate requiring U.S. to detain 34,000 immigrants costs taxpayers $2 billion

The gridlock over immigration reform in Washington is forcing President Barack Obama to issue this warning on ABC, to the parents of children who are jamming the U.S. border with Mexico:

"Our message is absolutely don't send your children, unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers," Obama said. "That is our direct message to families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."

While America struggles to cope with that sudden surge, another immigration policy is garnering attention - one put forth by Washington lawmakers that few people know about even though it's costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

It's a requirement that orders immigration officials to have at least 34,000 undocumented immigrants in custody at all times.

But is worth the price?

Deborah Feyerick has this OutFront Investigation.


Filed under: Immigration • International • News • Politics
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