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New Central American Refugee Program Receives Tepid Response From Lawmakers

The Obama administration announced it will expand the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to help vulnerable Central American families -- a move that already received mixed support from lawmakers.
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Latino Leaders, Immigrant Children Call for Family Detention Closures

Latino leaders and children gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to once again call for the end of family detention.
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Bill Allows Undocumented Immigrants to Access Obamacare

Pope Francis’ historic visit to the U.S., including his address to Congress, appears to have resonated with Latino congressional lawmakers. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., introduced the Exchange Inclusion for a Healthy America Act, which provides people access to the Affordable Care Act, regardless of an individual's immigration status.
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Improved Immigrant Rights Bills Introduced After Pope Francis Congress' Visit

Following Pope Francis' message for cooperation and legislators to represent the people, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., announced the introduction of two bills providing improved treatment for immigrants.
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Pope Francis Speech to Congress: Latino Lawmakers React to Historic Address

Following Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint-meeting of Congress, Latino lawmakers are responding to his call to act on important issues.
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Pope Francis Visit 'Critically Needed' in Congress

Latinos from all walks of life are observing Pope Francis’ U.S. visit, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a coalition of Latino lawmakers who anticipate his address to Congress scheduled on Thursday.
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Latino Congressional Politicians Celebrate District Judge's Anti-Immigrant Detention Ruling

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee's ruling against the detainment of immigrant women and children was met with acclaim by many Latino congressional lawmakers.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Reforms to Release Hundreds of Detained Mothers, Children

The U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, one of three federal-immigration agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), released approximately 200 immigrant detainees from its family detention centers, and lawmakers and civil rights advocates have commended the decision.
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House Democrats' Concern of Immigrant 'Prison Camps' in Texas Continues

Eight congressional Democrats have returned from visiting two immigrant detention centers in Texas, and they agreed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to improve the detainees’ living conditions.
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Announces 'Substantial Changes' in Immigration Detention Policy

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson said he understands the "sensitive and unique nature of detaining families" but continued to defend the practice.
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House Democrats To Visit Two Texas Immigrant Detention Centers

Eight Democratic congressional lawmakers will enter two private family detention centers in Texas to speak with detained mothers and children awaiting resolutions of their asylum claims.
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Immigration: 136 House Democrats Pen Letter to Homeland Security Secretary to End Immigrant Family Detention

After voicing their concerns about immigrant family detention, House of Representatives Democrats have written a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on the issue.
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus React to Fifth Circuit Court's 'Huge Blow' on Latino Community

President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice encountered a setback in lifting the temporary injunction on his immigration executive actions, and Latino congressional lawmakers are disappointed with the "huge blow" delivered to the Latino community.
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Honduran Immigrant, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Call Immigrant Family Detention 'Unconscionable'

Latino congressional lawmakers have again called for the end of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) immigrant family detention program.
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Immigration News Today: ICE Announces Oversight on Detention Centers; Lawmakers Call For Facilities' Shutdown

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a "series of actions" to enhance the agency's oversight on family residential facilities, also referred to as detention centers. ICE’s announcement comes as congressional lawmakers called for the end of such detention facilities.
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U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra Receives NALEO Award for Public, Latino Service Nationwide

U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra this week received the Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service, an honor for individuals who have committed themselves to public service across the U.S. and the Latino community.
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