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Humane Act would fast track 'voluntary returns'

In response to the border crisis, a movement is underway in Congress to put Central American children on a fast track out of the United States by allowing them to return home voluntarily. But critics of the policy say it would return these children to dangerous conditions without fully informing them of their options.

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Immigration crisis on southern border? Maybe not

Everybody knows there is a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. A record number of unaccompanied children is crossing into the United States, and this flood of kids, most of whom are from Central America, could reach 90,000 by the end of the year. But is the overall number of people trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally up? In a word, the answer is  no .  

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Gun rights advocates are winning

If you have the urge to stroll in an American city where it isn’t legal to carry a gun around, you’d better come to Washington, D.C., pronto. The District’s ban on having a firearm outside of the home is one of the last, and it was overturned this week by a federal judge.  

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