After vacation, Obama facing many challanges

President returns to immigration problems, racial issues and much more

After vacation, Obama facing many challanges

While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, “What is it about August?” Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President Barack Obama, who returned to Washington Sunday from a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation, what […]

Beleaguered Obama faces problems with Democrats

Several Democratic lawmakers have said Obama should act with caution

Beleaguered Obama faces problems with Democrats

President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies. If Obama takes the broadest action under consideration — removing the threat of deportation for millions of people in this country illegally […]

Failure to commicate over planned immigrant releases

Failure to commicate over planned immigrant releases

Government officials decided to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 strictly for budget reasons and didn’t tell the Homeland Security secretary about the plan, according to an oversight report. The lack of communication led the Obama administration to wrongly deny for weeks that 2,228 immigrants facing deportation had been released, according to […]

Republicans still groping for immigration resolution

Immigration managed to bedevil the party again last week

Republicans still groping for immigration resolution

Republicans can’t figure out what to do about illegal immigration as the 2016 presidential campaign is starting to heat up and just three months before midterm elections. After the GOP’s 2012 presidential loss, it was the one problem the party declared it must resolve to win future presidential races. Immigration managed to bedevil the party […]

Obama can do a lot on immigration without Congress

'There is prosecutorial discretion which can be exercised in these sorts of situations'

Obama can do a lot on immigration without Congress

What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. There are some limits under federal law, and anything the White House ultimately decides to do may be challenged in court as unconstitutional. But leading legal experts say the White House almost certainly could delay indefinitely […]

GOP leaders suffer defeat on immigration bill

The Senate also blocked its version of the border bill late Thursday,

GOP leaders suffer defeat on immigration bill

House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of acting to address the crisis. In a surprising setback, the leadership on Thursday was forced to abandon a vote on the slimmed-down […]

Americans uneasy about border-crossing children

More than half, 52 percent, say children are fleeing gang violence

Americans uneasy about border-crossing children

Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally. The new poll found 53 percent of Americans believe the United States has no […]

Senate immigration bill expected to fail

Hundreds of millions to fight wildfires or provide aid for Israel's defense won't work

Senate immigration bill expected to fail

A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress’ five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats’ $3.5 billion emergency spending bill designed to help deal with tens of thousands of young migrants crossing […]