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A vendor sells Rand Paul for President buttons outside the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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A vendor sells Rand Paul for President buttons outside the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Rand Paul Repelled by House Republican Border Plan

Sen. Rand Paul, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, did the old dine-and-ditch yesterday in Iowa, showing just how repellent the House Republicans’ border plan will be for those in the party trying to appeal to a national audience....

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $659 Million

A $659 million border-security and immigration proposal in the Republican-led House was pulled from consideration yesterday after party leaders couldn’t corral enough support to pass it. The legislation, meant to address a surge of undocumented children showing up at the...

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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator, left, face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California.

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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator, left, face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California.

Rubio vs. Bush: ‘Immigration Wars’

The humanitarian crisis that has emerged at the Southwestern U.S. border — a reflection of a refugee tide emanating from Central America more than any distinct border problem — has tested everyone’s stance on the broader question of a path...

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U.S. Census worker, Monique Stence, (L) gives census bags to Sandra Gutierrez (C) and Maria Martinez as they blanket a neighborhood during the 'March to the Mailbox' effort on April 10, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

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U.S. Census worker, Monique Stence, (L) gives census bags to Sandra Gutierrez (C) and Maria Martinez as they blanket a neighborhood during the 'March to the Mailbox' effort on April 10, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 54,071,370

That’s the estimated Hispanic population of the U.S. as of July 1, 2013, or 17.1 percent of the nation’s estimated population of 316,128,839. The Census Bureau today released population estimates for each race group and Hispanics, age groups and both...

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People march through downtown Los Angeles supporting immigrant rights during a May Day march on May 1, 2014.

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People march through downtown Los Angeles supporting immigrant rights during a May Day march on May 1, 2014.

Latino Job Growth Driven by U.S.-Born

For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants no longer account for the majority of Hispanic workers in America, a Pew Research Center report released today shows. That distinction comes as the Latino U.S.-born workforce continues to rapidly expand,...

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Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 29, 2012.

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Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 29, 2012.

New Mexico Primary: What to Watch

This year’s elections in New Mexico, beginning with primaries today, feature the latest effort by Democrats to dislodge Republican Rep. Steve Pearce from his majority-Hispanic district. Pearce’s 2nd District essentially takes up the southern half of the state, taking in...

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A march to the Metropolitan Detention Center during one a several May Day immigration-themed events on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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A march to the Metropolitan Detention Center during one a several May Day immigration-themed events on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Immigration Deadline: Aug. 1

Congressional Democrats are, by and large, just fine with the Obama administration’s decision to stall its review of deportation policies in an effort to give House Republicans room to act. But there’s a limit, and that deadline is August 1....

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Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, waves before speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Sept. 4, 2012.

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Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, waves before speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Sept. 4, 2012.

Castro’s ‘Bootstraps’: American Dream

When Julian Castro delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention two years ago, he didn’t talk about his role as an Hispanic leader in American politics. He spoke of being “a young American, a proud American, of a...

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