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Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

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President Barack Obama is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies and also faces potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies and also faces potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Possible immigration rift for Obama with some Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
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House OKs bill to block Obama deportation relief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have passed legislation to shut down a program by President Barack Obama granting deportation relief to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that would clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Gov. Jerry Brown, left,  and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena talk during a luncheon held by the California Chamber of Commerce  Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena talk during a luncheon held by the California Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."

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El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, left, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Honduran President Juan Hernandez discuss THE immigration and border crisis.(AP Photo)
El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, left, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Honduran President Juan Hernandez discuss THE immigration and border crisis.(AP Photo)
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Border crisis: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.

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Elsa Ramirez, 27, deported from the United States July 18, stands just inside the doorway of her mother's home, in Tocoa, Honduras.  (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Elsa Ramirez, 27, deported from the United States July 18, stands just inside the doorway of her mother's home, in Tocoa, Honduras. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

TOCOA, Honduras (AP) -- Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.

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Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico July 12. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico July 12. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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House GOP border plan: Cut budget request, send troops

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

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Tobias Titz, Getty Images
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Should NJ house illegal immigrants?

Governor Christie has expressed that he feels the country needs to secure its borders, and limit illegal immigrants from moving in. He stated that there could be a chance that these immigrants will be housed in New Jersey.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Lawmaker: Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border, a local lawmaker confirmed Monday.

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