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  • Republicans: Immigration reform is more likely to happen if we take the Senate

    10/16/2014 10:36:01 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 122 replies
    Key House Republicans say congressional action on immigration is much more likely if Republicans take control of the Senate. The effort, two Republicans say, would likely involve individual measures rather than a broad, comprehensive bill favored by Democrats. "I actually think it's more likely, if we take the Senate, that we will have immigration reform," said Rep. Raul Labrador. "We will be able to do it on a step-by-step approach like most Republicans have been asking to do and I think the American people want." Labrador, who was a member of the bipartisan House group working on the issue before...
  • GOP cancels spending in Michigan Senate race

    10/07/2014 9:27:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 11:37 AM EDT | David Eggert
    Republicans are canceling TV ad spending planned for the final two weeks of Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, signaling that the GOP is investing in other races in its drive for the Senate majority. The National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled nearly $1 million in ads for the weeks of Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, according to a political operative who tracks ad spending. Democrat Gary Peters leads Republican Terri Lynn Land in Michigan. …
  • House GOP Plan for September: Shame the Senate

    09/04/2014 1:30:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 3, 2014 | Emma Dumain
    Speaker John A. Boehner outlined the September legislative agenda in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with House Republican lawmakers, describing a scheduled 12-day session that will be “brief, but busy.” The most pressing item on the agenda is a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown on Sept. 30, but Boehner also spoke strongly and at length, according to a read-out from a source on the call, in favor of using the remaining legislative days before the November elections to draw “a very stark contrast between ourselves and the Democrats who run Washington.” The Republican-led House, Boehner said, “is...
  • Boehner: Obama Could Get Immigration Reform 'Next Year'

    09/02/2014 6:32:29 PM PDT · by maggief · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 2, 2014
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that President Barack Obama should “continue to follow the law” in order to help “create an environment where you could do immigration reform in a responsible way next year” on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”
  • Pro-Amnesty Groups Sue U.S. Gov’t for Pushing Illegals through ‘Deportation Mill’

    08/29/2014 7:46:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2014 - 4:50 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    The ACLU, the American Immigration Council and other pro-amnesty groups filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government because they claim the Obama administration’s policies are unconstitutional. The groups filed on behalf of mothers and children deported from a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico for policies that would ensure “rapid deportations” and create “countless hurdles” according to the ACLU for people who illegally crossed the border. …
  • The Tea Party Is Abandoning Paul Ryan

    08/22/2014 6:04:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 08/22/2014 | Danny Vinik
    When Mitt Romney chose Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate in the 2012 presidential election, the tea party was ecstatic. "It's a big step toward what the tea party has been trying to accomplish," Matt Kibbe, the president and CEO of FreedomWorks, said at the time. "It gives people a reason to be more enthusiastic about the Republican ticket." But just two years later, Kibbe and his fellow tea party activists are singing a different tune: Ryan has betrayed the movement. The first significant break between Ryan and the tea party came at the beginning of this year, when...
  • Glenn Beck Rips Conservatives In The Huffington Post

    08/21/2014 6:51:34 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/21/2014 | John Nolte
    In a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman, Glenn Beck took the opportunity to again blast conservatives critical of his decision to greet the recent wave of underage illegal immigrants with toys and hot meals. "I don't understand those who cannot see the plight of children," Beck told HuffPo. The border issue is one example. Beck took heat from fellow conservatives for his decision to distribute large amounts of relief supplies through churches and other organizations in McAllen, Texas, to undocumented children caught at the southern border. Sen. Cruz was at his side. Beck's view is that the...
  • Obama Has Room to Maneuver on Immigration Changes

    08/02/2014 5:23:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 2, 2014 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    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 efforts to deport millions of immigrants already in the U.S. illegally, and it could give them official work permits that would allow them to legally find jobs, obtain driver's licenses and pay income taxes. Here is what Obama could not do without approval from Congress:...
  • Illegal immigrant kids exposed fed agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis & chicken pox, report says

    08/01/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jana Winter
    Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities. The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona...
  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    07/28/2014 4:44:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    msn news ^ | 7/28/14 | ERICA WERNER of Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed. Yet there's little sign that...
  • Cornyn, Cuellar push bipartisan border bill (Amnesty weasel John Cornyn alert)

    07/28/2014 11:55:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/28/14 | RJ Marquez
    Pair proposed Humane Act to handle influx of minors at border The deadline is looming for a solution to the illegal immigration surge at the border. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, continued to pitch their bi-partisan proposal on Sunday. The pair proposed a bill called the Humane Act, which they say could mean a quicker resolution for many unaccompanied minors crossing the border. Under the bill, U.S. Border Patrol agents would be allowed to ask children from Central America whether they choose to return home, the same question they ask those from Mexico. That question is...
  • George Will: Let Illegals Stay; 'Preposterous' US 'Can't Assimilate These 8-Year-Old Criminals'

    07/27/2014 3:44:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Fox News Sunday, Republican writer George Will said that America should let all of the illegal immigrant juveniles from Central America remain and ensure they are allowed to "go to school and get a job." "My view is that we have to say to these children, 'Welcome to America. You're going to go to school and get a job and become Americans,'" Will declared. "We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 per county. The idea that we can't assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous." Will was asked to respond to Republicans...
  • John Boehner forms group to address child migrant crisis

    06/24/2014 3:35:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he has appointed a “working group” of House Republicans tasked to respond to the border crisis involving the surge of unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States illegally. (SNIP) Members of the working group include Republican Reps. John Carter of Texas, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Kay Granger of Texas, Michael McCaul of Texas, Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Matt Salmon of Arizona. Granger chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for the State Department and foreign operations.
  • RUPERT MURDOCH: Here's Why 'My Heart Sank' When Eric Cantor Lost

    06/19/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato/Jessica Rinaldi
    News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch Rupert Murdoch said his "heart sank" after he learned of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning Republican primary loss last week, because he believes Congress needs to tackle the issue of immigration reform this year. Murdoch, the chair of News Corp., has an op-ed in Thursday's Wall Street Journal in which he argued immigration reform "can't wait." After Cantor's loss, immigration reform was almost universally pronounced dead as a possibility this year, as it was perceived to be one of the issues on which Cantor lost favor with his Republican constituents. But Murdoch,...
  • US VP Biden: Germany is 'xenophobic'

    06/12/2014 4:06:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Local ^ | 6/11/2014
    US Vice President Joe Biden suggested Germany was hostile towards immigrants in a speech on Tuesday, in which he described the US as the only "non-xenophobic" major economy in the world. In the speech in Washington DC at the National Association of Manufacturers' annual summit, Biden said the US needed to reform immigration policy to maintain its competitive edge. “We have to pass an anti-immigration bill. Look at Germany. Look at the rest of the world. We're the only non-xenophobic nation in the world that's a major economy,” he said. However, the facts would seem to disagree with Biden's thoughts...
  • White House: Immigration Didn’t Sink Cantor

    06/10/2014 7:39:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 89 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 6/10/14 | Joel Gehrke
    A spokesman for President Obama rushed to assure House Republicans that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) didn’t actually lose because of his gestures toward Democrats on immigration reform. “Cantor’s problem wasn’t his position on immigration reform, it was his lack of a position,” Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer tweeted, citing the success of Senator Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.). “Graham wrote and passed a bill and is winning big.” Cantor’s campaign sent out direct mail pieces ahead of the election maintaining that he was ”stopping the Obama-Reid plan to give illegal aliens amnesty,” but challenger Dave Brat accused him of supporting
  • Rand Paul: "Chamber of Commerce" Republican Can't Win.

    06/08/2014 11:06:01 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | June 7, 2014 | Katie Glueck
    Rand Paul told GOP activists Saturday that the GOP can’t nominate another “Chamber of Commerce Republican” and expect to win the presidency in 2016. It’s time, he said, for a “libertarian moment.” “Chamber of Commerce is fine, I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, but a Chamber of Commerce Republican is not going to win a national election,” Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian-leaning senator and likely presidential contender, said. “I’m not saying we give up on what we believe in, but we have to expand what we believe in.” His comments came during an address to the Republican Liberty...
  • DHS Secretary Sees 'Legal Ambiguity' in Status of Illegal Aliens

    05/31/2014 2:12:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 30, 2014 | Susan Jones
    "We have to accept the fact that we have 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in this country," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. "We have to deal with that. I don't think we should allow them to exist in a state of legal ambiguity or in a dark hole." Johnson noted that some states now issue drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants, and he also mentioned that they can practice law in California. "So they're not going away. They're not going to self-deport. I would rather see us reckon with this population than continue in the...
  • Obama Gives Boehner One More Chance to Pass Immigration

    05/27/2014 7:10:14 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Sreve Dennis
    President Barack Obama won’t act to reduce deportations on his own until the end of the summer — giving Speaker John A. Boehner one more chance to vote on an immigration overhaul. Two administration officials confirmed that the president has directed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to hold off on releasing the results of his review of immigration policy in the meantime. The hope in the White House is that once Republican primary season largely wraps up June 10, Boehner, R-Ohio, will have the political space to get something done.
  • Luis Gutierrez: Without Amnesty George W. Bush Last Republican President

    05/20/2014 2:31:39 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who suggested on Monday that "every institution" in America should ignore the nation's immigration laws until Congress passes amnesty legislation, said President George W. Bush will go down as the last Republican president in history if Congress does not act on immigration. "I give you George W. Bush--the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history," Gutierrez said Tuesday on the House Floor. He added: If you do nothing on immigration, I guess you can take comfort in knowing that from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush, you had...
  • National Park Employee Brutally Beaten by Illegal Alien and Left for Dead (Video)

    05/17/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-17-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA park employee left for dead at the Chiricahua National Monument is speaking out about her attack.Karen Gonzales, 60, was viciously beaten in broad daylight in one of the park restrooms.She suffered a brain injury and is now walking with a limp. She tells News 4 Crime Trackers, “I will never forget his face coming at me.”Gonzales was cleaning the women’s restroom at the Faraway Ranch Campground when she heard a noise, looked up, and saw her attacker come at her with a rock.The DNA evidence left behind identified 33-year-old Gilbert Gaxiola as her attacker. The...
  • Sen. Rand Paul, in Ohio, urges more GOP outreach

    05/17/2014 9:44:20 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    Times Union ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | DAN SEWELL
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Potential Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Friday in a visit to swing state Ohio that the GOP needs to broaden its appeal.The Kentucky senator was the featured speaker Friday evening for the Hamilton County Republican Party's annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner. Paul took part in school choice discussion earlier Friday at a Cincinnati public charter school, and later said that the GOP needs to try harder with every ethnic group."The Republican Party needs to be bigger, bolder and better," Paul told reporters. "I think we can be all of those things. We have to reach out...
  • California Republicans stress immigration support

    05/17/2014 9:19:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2014 11:19 AM EDT | Kevin Freking
    Republican Rep. David Valadao says he’s not worried that Congress’ failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California’s agricultural heartland. Same goes for GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, who represents a neighboring district in the state’s San Joaquin Valley. Still, the California congressmen are making sure voters know they support an immigration overhaul. They’re aware that Democrats will try to turn the congressional gridlock into an advantage during this year’s midterm elections. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $300,000 on television ads in Valadao’s district, noting that he is the son of immigrants....
  • Retreat: Cantor blocks DREAM Act for military enlistees from defense bill

    05/16/2014 3:34:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/16/14 | Allahpundit
    Proof that the GOP’s terrified of an immigration backlash from the right in November? Or proof that Eric Cantor in particular is terrified of losing his primary? I’ll accept “both” as an answer. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will block attempts next week to include a measure on a must-pass defense policy bill that would legalize young undocumented immigrants who serve in the military. A spokesman confirmed Friday that the legislation, known as the Enlist Act, will not be among those debated with the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. Rep. Jeff Denham...
  • Jeb Bush: Opposing Amnesty 'Makes No Sense to Me'

    05/14/2014 6:14:59 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 107 replies
    Bush addressed a Manhattan Institute crowd along with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has also embraced amnesty legislation, and doubled down on his support for an immigration reform bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers while not securing the border. "For the life of me I have a hard time understanding why people are fearful of our own heritage, our own history," Bush reportedly said. "The rules are you come to this country, you pursue your dreams, you create value for yourself and your families and others and great things happens to you...
  • Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard

    05/10/2014 8:25:18 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Jenna Portnoy
    Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican. They also elected one of their own to lead Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, turning their back on Cantor’s choice for a post viewed as crucial by both tea party and establishment wings in determining control of the fractured state GOP.
  • Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman, Attacks Republican Candidate Matt Bevin as "Fraud"

    05/08/2014 1:50:28 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    WSB Radio ^ | 05-07-2014 | Erick Erickson
    Jahan Wilcox is the rapid response director at the RNC. He’s charged with responding quickly to attack Democrats and rebut Democrat attacks on the GOP. Last night, Jahan Wilcox responded quickly to Thom Tillis’s victory in North Carolina by declaring that next would be to defeat Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate in Kentucky, who Wilcox called a “fraud.”
  • The GOP’s foot-shooting addiction

    05/08/2014 11:42:57 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 8 2014 | Aaron Blake
    The Republican Party has a big financial advantage heading into the 2014 election, thanks in large part to the growing presence of conservative outside groups. But just looking at raw dollars spent by these groups misses a key point: A huge chunk of that money is being used to tear down fellow Republicans. According to a great new study from the Center for Public Integrity's Dave Levinthal, conservative super PACs and other outside groups this year have spent nearly three times as much money directly attacking fellow Republicans ($9.7 million) as directly attacking Democrats ($3.7 million).
  • GOP Wants More Control Over Picking 2016 Nominee

    05/07/2014 10:55:47 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 71 replies
    AP ^ | 5/7/2014 | Phillip Elliot
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican National Committee wants to take more control over how the party picks a White House nominee. The RNC was to meet Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, to choose members who will effectively set the calendar for 2016's long list of potential presidential contenders. If the party's chairman, Reince Priebus gets his way, the GOP will pick its nominee more quickly than during past contests and have fewer debates in which candidates could criticize each other. The RNC also was expected to put penalties in place for candidates who don't follow the committee's plans. RNC officials described...
  • Boehner Mocks Conservative Colleagues On Immigration

    04/27/2014 10:20:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    While speaking in his home district, House Speaker John Boehner made fun of his GOP colleagues for their unwillingness to deal with immigration policy.
  • Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year

    04/18/2014 8:22:31 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 50 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Tony Lee
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress.
  • O’Reilly: If GOP Doesn’t Compromise on Immigration, ‘Say Hello to President Hillary Clinton’ in 2016

    04/10/2014 7:06:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Apr 09 2014 8:50 Pm
    Bill O’Reilly weighed in on immigration reform in tonight’s Talking Points Memo, arguing that a hard-line stance by the GOP will help Democrats. […] “The Republican Party must compromise on the immigration issue or it will lose the presidency again in 2016,” O’Reilly said. He noted that Mitt Romney only got 27 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012. “If that happens again, you can say hello to President Hillary Clinton,” he said. …
  • New Congressman McAllister supports Amnesty for illegals

    04/08/2014 5:59:22 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Nov 2013 | Tony Lee
    Vance McAllister, the Louisiana Republican who got elected to Congress on Saturday after being endorsed by Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, supports amnesty for all of the country's illegal immigrants. “We have to secure the borders, but (citizenship) has to be attainable for those people already here,” he told Thetowntalk.com before the election. “It has to be a tough path, but it has to be attainable.”
  • Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal to join forces in ad

    04/04/2014 7:29:44 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, support a super PAC that is the brainchild of Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child’s school, and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Bush says to the camera at...
  • Rand Paul: GOP Must Get the ‘Door Ajar’ for Minorities, Not be ‘Party of Deportation’

    04/02/2014 8:05:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/02/2014 | RODRIGO SERMEÑO
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the future of the Republican Party depends on what the Republicans do to expand its appeal among Hispanic voters and show them that the GOP is not “just the party of deportation.” “I’ve been saying over and over that the Republican Party cannot win until it’s more diverse, until it looks like the rest of America,” he said. During a Tuesday symposium hosted by the Media Research Center (MRC) and the American Principles Project (APP), the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said that if the GOP wants to appeal to minority...
  • Maybe Bailing on Immigration Reform Actually Worked Out Well for Republicans

    04/01/2014 7:59:53 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    The Wire ^ | MAR 31, 2014 10:38AM ET / POLITICS | Allie Jones
    In June 2013, a bipartisan group of senators (including presidential hopeful Marco Rubio) passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that President Obama promised to sign. Since then, Republicans have worked hard to distance themselves from that bill — Rubio stopped talking about it altogether, and Speaker of the House John Boehner says he won't bring it to the House floor. Now many Latinos are so disillusioned that they don't want to vote at all, making Boehner and the gang's gamble all too worth it. The New York Times noted Sunday that "immigrant-rights advocates report mounting disillusionment with both parties among...
  • It’s time to start taking Rand Paul seriously

    03/18/2014 2:55:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Two things happened over the weekend in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. 1. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul led the field in a national poll conducted by CNN/ORC International. 2. Paul won the straw poll at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. 3. Those two events come just a week after Paul cruised to another 2016 straw poll victory at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Add those things up and it's quite clear that Paul is the candidate of the moment on the Republican side. There's no one -- not even Ted Cruz or Jeb Bush -- who has...
  • Catholics, Evangelicals Press GOP on Immigration

    03/12/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    AP ABC News ^ | 3/12/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    A group of Catholic bishops, evangelical leaders and advocates pressured top House Republicans to vote this year on overhauling immigration in a series of private meetings on Wednesday. With legislation stalled in the House and prospects dimming, proponents argued that action is a moral imperative and offered the unique, united front of Catholics and evangelicals imploring the House to move ahead. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle called it an "historic moment" and said they "reaffirmed that every day of delay, the consequences are separated families." The participants, who spoke to The Associated Press, said they received neither assurances of a...
  • Rand Paul RIPS Ted Cruz: Sometimes People Think They're The Next Ronald Reagan (video)

    03/10/2014 7:45:11 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 10, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    SEAN HANNITY: You're really taking on a lot of issues. One of them is outreach, the second one is the NSA, the third going after the president. Do you agree with Ted Cruz when he said Rand and I are good friends. Do you agree with that statement? SEN. RAND PAUL: We always have been good friends. I'm not real excited about him mischaracterizing my views and, you know, I won't let that pass. I think that, you know, sometimes people want to stand up and say, 'Hey, look at me, I'm the next Ronald Reagan.' Well, almost all of...
  • Some Republicans (Lindsey Graham) See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate

    01/30/2014 7:25:35 PM PST · by Qbert · 51 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/29/2014 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — For more than a year House Republican leaders have insisted the chamber would act on new immigration laws. And for more than a year, Republicans have done virtually nothing on the issue — despite intense pressure from activists, business groups, and the nation’s changing demographics. And although there are a variety of reasons for inaction, one Republican lawmaker recently offered a frank acknowledgement that for many House Republicans, there’s one issue at play that’s not often discussed: race. “Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I...
  • Top Republicans to Call for Legal Status for Some Immigrants (Leaks from GOP Amnesty Plan)

    01/28/2014 11:02:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/28/14 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
    The House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship. -snip- House Republican leaders will circulate it at a three-day retreat for their members that begins Wednesday on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Several pro-immigration organizations that have been...
  • A Signal From Central Valley That GOP May Act on Immigration

    01/26/2014 1:11:36 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    KQED ^ | 1/26/14 | Tyche Hendricks
    As House Republicans prepare to wrestle with their differences on immigration at an annual retreat next week, one GOP lawmaker from the Central Valley is signaling there may be movement on an issue that has split the party. At the same time, a high-profile group of bipartisan leaders met in Silicon Valley Thursday to unveil a report showing immigrants are key to a robust U.S. economy. The report by the Bipartisan Policy Center was released by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, both Republicans, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development...
  • Texas Business Groups Ally to Counter Tea Party Influence in GOP Primaries

    01/05/2014 5:55:30 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 55 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2014 | Christy Hoppe
    Some of Texas’ biggest business trade groups are moving to counter tea party and anti-government forces that have dominated recent Republican primaries. The movement mirrors the schism happening nationally between hard right and establishment Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently pledged $50 million to back pro-business Republicans in U.S. Senate primaries and fight tea party insurgents. Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of the fiscal-hawk group Empower Texans said the Texas Future Business Alliance is nothing but a group of big-money interests wanting taxpayer dollars to flow into their pockets. “This is what we’ve come to expect coming out of the...
  • Paul Ryan Most 'Open Borders Person in Congress(backstabber alert)'

    12/06/2013 8:34:38 AM PST · by amnestynone · 17 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 6 Dec 2013 | Mathew Boyle
    Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) executive director Mark Krikorian said on Thursday that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is by far the most open borders-minded member of the U.S. Congress—even more so than Democrats like Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who is aggressively and publicly calling for President Barack Obama to halt deportations of illegal aliens. "Paul Ryan is probably the most ideologically committed open-borders person in Congress. I would say even more than the Democrats,” Krikorian said in an interview with American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios, One News Now reports. One News Now’s Chad Groening added that...
  • GOP Congresswoman: ‘Immigration Is Really a Woman Issue’ (Ros-Lehtinen)

    12/05/2013 7:16:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2013 - 1:11 PM | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), speaking at a forum on women leadership on Wednesday, said immigration is a woman issue, because the male has either been deported or the father “is not present.” “I think that folks who have dealt with refugees and immigrant families see how much it impacts women, because so often many times, the male is not there. Either he’s been deported or the dad is not present. And immigration is really a woman issue. It’s a family-centered issue,” Ros-Lehtinen said at the forum sponsored by Politico. …
  • Top Catholic bishop presses House on immigration

    11/07/2013 3:22:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:07 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is pressuring the House to act on immigration legislation before the end of the year, calling the issue “a matter of great moral urgency” that cannot wait. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said in a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday that he was troubled by reports that immigration reform is delayed in the House since lawmakers have a responsibility to resolve the issue. … “As a moral matter … our nation cannot continue to receive the benefits of the work and contributions of undocumented immigrants...
  • Obama: No Reason We Can’t Do Amnesty Before End of Year

    11/06/2013 3:45:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 6, 2013 - 5:46 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking to a group of business leaders at the White House on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he did not see any reason a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal aliens could not be enacted before the end of this year. To make his point, he argued that there are “some very conservative folks” who “believe that now is the time to get this done.” …
  • Darrell Issa to introduce immigration bill (House GOP begins Amnesty push next week...)

    10/23/2013 6:32:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 273 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/23/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday. Issa, an influential Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, described the legislation as a “come-from-the-shadows” effort that would allow the government to do a full accounting of those who are in the U.S. illegally. Immigrants in this new status would be able to travel to their native country while on this temporary visa, he said.
  • Rubio Defies Tea Party, Endorses Mitch McConnell For Reelection

    10/20/2013 11:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | October 20, 2013 | Doug Mataconis
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over his Tea Party primary challenger: Washington (CNN) - One-time tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Sunday he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid for re-election in 2014. McConnell is facing a primary challenge in his home state of Kentucky from businessman Matt Bevin, who was endorsed by the influential Senate Conservatives Fund on Friday. “Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country. He is not afraid to stand up to the...
  • South Tel Aviv in Angry Protest Over Illegal African Influx (Israel)

    09/17/2013 2:27:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2013, 9:38 PM | David Lev
    Dozens of residents of south Tel Aviv on Tuesday demonstrated, after the High Court on Monday declared the government’s policy on detaining illegal immigrants—under which illegals could be detained for up to three years—violated several Basic Laws. Some 2,000 illegal Africans are to be freed from an encampment in the Negev in the next 90 days, most likely heading to Tel Aviv, where there is already a large illegal African community. The government has the option to attempt to deport the illegals, but many of them claim that they are genuine refugees from political repression, so deporting them would likely...