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  • Exclusive — Sen. Tom Cotton: Time to Cut Immigration Levels, Shift Focus to Helping American [Trun]

    02/07/2017 10:28:35 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Feb 2017 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is introducing legislation on Tuesday with Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) designed to cut the level of immigration into the United States in half, with the express intent of refocusing the nation’s immigration policy onto helping American workers instead of foreigners first. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday morning, Cotton explained that the legislation will cut the number of green cards given out every year from about a million a year down to about half a million a year—all designed to help the forgotten American worker who has gotten a “raw deal” thanks to...
  • Perdue, Cotton File RAISE Act to Reform Outdated Immigration System, Protect American Workers

    02/07/2017 1:47:32 PM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | NEIL W. MCCABE
    Two Republican senators took up the baton for populist immigration reform Tuesday when they announced their Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, or RAISE Act, designed to raise wages for ordinary Americans, restore legacy immigration levels, and reset family and worker visa programs. “We are taking action to fix some of the shortcomings in our legal immigration system—returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages,” said Georgia’s Sen. David A. Perdue Jr., who served on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee and was one the first and foremost Senate supporters of...
  • GOP Judiciary Chair Won’t Answer Questions on GOP Plan to Ensure Illegals Aren't Deported

    02/05/2015 3:06:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 5, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes & Michael W. Chapman
    Video at link. ( -- Despite House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions' (R-Tex.) statement on Dec. 3 that he and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were working together to “push a bill” on immigration that would not “remove any person that might be here unless they were dangerous to this country and committed a crime,” Goodlatte would not confirm or deny such a proposal, or discuss the issue of immigration when questioned on Wednesday, Feb. 4. sent Goodlatte's office via email four question related to Sessions' assertion. On Feb. 5, a spokesperson for Goodlatte’s office told said Goodlatte “has...
  • [Lindsey] Graham floats 2016 White House bid

    10/03/2014 10:41:34 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 (10:29 am) | Ben Kamisar
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) says he could be a presidential candidate in 2016. The outspoken two-term Senator, known as a foreign policy hawk, told the Weekly Standard that if the hawks aren't well-represented when the 2016 fields begin to solidify, he might throw his hat into the ring. ... When the Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes asked Graham if he'd back a run by Sen. Marco Rubio, he took a shot at the Florida Republican whom he worked with on the Senate immigration bill. "He's a good guy, but after doing immigration with him - we don't need...
  • Obama vows to 'act alone'

    08/01/2014 1:14:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2014 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama on Friday vowed to “act alone” if Congress fails to pass a supplemental funding bill to deal with child immigrants crossing the border. Obama said federal authorities don’t have the resources to deal with the wave of unaccompanied children unless action is taken. "I'm gonna have to act alone because we don't have enough resources. We're going to run out of money," he said. He also ripped into Republicans for failing to approve legislation. The House is set to consider a $694 million funding bill later today — far less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama. Obama...
  • GOP to try again on border

    08/01/2014 7:39:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will try again on Friday to pass legislation responding to the wave of child immigrants crossing the border. A day after pulling a $659 million measure from their schedule, Republicans emerged from a conference meeting saying they expected the House to vote on two separate bills Friday to address the border crisis. The House was scheduled to begin a five-week recess on Thursday night, but members were abruptly called back after rank-and-file lawmakers said the chamber should not adjourn without voting on legislation. The Senate has begun its recess after failing to approve its own $2.7 billion border...
  • ‘Dead’ Border Bill Not Fully Dead Yet

    07/31/2014 1:18:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The supposedly dead GOP border bill isn’t fully dead. GOP leaders are deciding whether “to twist arms or to let it die,” a Hill aide told The Daily Caller. According to congressional staffers, GOP leaders are trying to rewrite the complex, immigration-boosting text so that enough GOP conservatives agree to back the bill. Earlier Thursday, it was defeated when numerous conservative legislators declined to back the leadership’s bill, which would have widened a controversial 2008 loophole and allowed many Mexican youths to apply for green cards. The bill also would not have stopped the inflow of Central Americans adults, youths...
  • Advocates see last window for immigration bill

    05/04/2014 9:35:55 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2 2014 | AP Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are mounting a final push to persuade the House to pass immigration legislation this summer, seeing one last window to act that will soon slam shut for good. If they don't succeed by August, most say any chance of legislation will be over for the year, and all eyes will be on President Barack Obama to see if he acts on his own to curb deportations and accommodate some of the 11.5 million people here illegally. -SNIP- Boehner has shown little appetite for standing down this faction, instead swiftly...
  • Even NYT 'Conservative' Ross Douthat Calls GOP Establishment Immigration Push 'Perverse'

    02/04/2014 12:39:22 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 4, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat could hardly be considered a conservative in the mold of, say, a Ted Cruz. Most often he has reflected the "conservativism" of fellow New York Times columnist David Brooks who last summer came out in strong support for the Senate immigration bill. Therefore it was a very pleasant surprise that Douthat broke with his fellow "conservative" columnist by recently denouncing the Republican establishment push to pass an immigration bill this year as "perverse": ...the bills under discussion almost always offer some form of legal status before enforcement takes effect, which promises a replay of...
  • White House seeks Republican immigration help

    11/11/2013 10:08:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/10/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN and SEUNG MIN KIM
    President Barack Obama hasn’t given up on immigration reform, but he still needs a way to break through with House Republicans. The White House has reached out to former George W. Bush administration officials, conservative business leaders and selected House members, all in search of a way to hone a message that can move House leaders without scaring them off. -snip- Conservatives sympathetic to the immigration reform effort, including former Bush Cabinet secretaries Michael Chertoff and Carlos Gutierrez; Carl Thorsen, former general counsel to ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay who is now working for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s immigration...
  • Obama, McCain to huddle on immigration strategy and other issues

    11/07/2013 10:11:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7, 2013 | Alexander Bolton with Justin Sink
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform. McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging. McCain and Obama need to shore up the support of wavering allies such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has backed off the push to overhaul the nation's immigration laws in a 1,200-page comprehensive bill. Rubio has said the Senate should not try to merge its comprehensive bill with a piecemeal measure coming out of the House. McCain's ally,...
  • Obama Lures Republicans Into His Immigration Trap

    11/04/2013 12:02:34 PM PST · by zeestephen · 20 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 29 October 2013 | Jon Feere
    Mr. Obama needs Republicans in the House of Representatives to initiate an immigration bill. Why? Because the Senate bill raises revenue and the Constitution requires all bills raising revenue to originate in the House, not the Senate.
  • 3 Republicans Sign Onto Democratic Immigration Bill

    10/31/2013 5:02:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/30/13 | Matt Fuller and Emma Dumain
    Rep. David Valado is the third House Republican in four days to sign on to co-sponsor a Democratic comprehensive immigration bill. While the House isn’t likely to take up that measure, Republicans signaling support for such legislation could pressure leadership to address the issue. On Wednesday, the California Republican became the latest GOP lawmaker to co-sponsor the Democrats’ bill, which is similar to a bipartisan measure creating a pathway to citizenship that passed the Senate earlier this year. Republican Jeff Denham of California was the first to attach his name to the bill sponsored by Florida Democrat Joe Garcia. On...
  • Obama: End Shutdown So We Can Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (double backstab?)

    10/12/2013 2:19:42 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 48 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 10/12/212 | Tony Lee
    In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Barack Obama said the government shutdown needed to end so Congress could work on comprehensive immigration reform. Obama rejected a House Republican proposal that would have re-opened the government and raised the debt-ceiling for six-weeks in return for an agreement on a "framework" on negotiations on more long-term budgetary issues. He said "this Republican shutdown" had to end "because there is so much else we should be focusing our energies on right now" and cited immigration as one of the things the government had to "fix." "We’ve got to create more jobs,...
  • “GOP Immigration Plan Devised by Communist Party”

    07/11/2013 7:13:33 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies ^ | July 9, 2013 | Trevor Loudon/ James Simpson
    The U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration-reform plan, as well as a strikingly similar plan now being backed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and a bi-partisan House “Gang,” both offer the “roadmap to citizenship” originally conceived and carefully developed by members of the Communist Party USA working within the Democratic Party and the radical left activist network for the purpose of using amnestied illegals to build a “permanent progressive majority.” That is the inescapable conclusion readers will draw after reading the forthcoming book by acclaimed researcher and blogger Trevor Loudon, titled “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the...

    10/01/2013 1:50:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/1/2013 | Tony Lee
    In the midst of the government shutdown debate, House Republicans are "quietly" working to advance immigration reform "beneath the radar."  "Don't start an obituary for immigration reform just yet," Fox News Latino declared on Monday.  "Despite the appearance that would suggest everyone in Washington is focused on one thing, work is going on on other issues beneath the radar," said Tamar Jacoby, head of ImmigrationWorks USA, which is described as "a coalition of small businesses that supports comprehensive immigration legislation."According to Fox News Latino, "while the spotlight on Congress is on the partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack...
  • White House preps fall immigration push

    09/28/2013 4:48:37 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 27, 2013 | REID J. EPSTEIN and JONATHAN ALLEN
    The White House is getting ready to launch a major fall blitz for immigration reform... While Washington may be consumed in the latest continuing resolution crisis and debt ceiling drama, it’s also just days away from massive new push on an issue many had written off months ago. [snip] The political imperatives driving the latest immigration effort are clear: Obama can’t just abandon an issue that he promised to deliver on during his last campaign without suffering a major backlash from activists who helped elect him, and congressional Democrats are anxious to make sure Latino voters are motivated to punish...
  • House Republicans Work Immigration Behind Scenes

    09/30/2013 4:10:26 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/30/13 | ERICA WERNER
    Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama's health care law.
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Immigration a ‘priority’ for this year (GOP Amnesty Follies )

    10/07/2013 9:23:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/7/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    A top House Republican says in an upcoming interview that the chamber will take up immigration reform in 2013, insisting that “there’s still time” for a comprehensive rewrite despite the rapidly dwindling time left on this year’s calendar. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said during an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto” that top leaders are still discussing when to bring immigration bills to the House floor. Speaker John Boehner “over the last few weeks has continued to talk about the importance of the House moving forward on immigration reform,” McMorris Rodgers said, according...
  • How Steve King Will Kill Immigration Reform

    10/02/2013 9:24:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 10/2/13 | Fawn Johnson
    There's no telling when an immigration bill will come to the House floor, what it will say, or who will support it. Only one thing's for sure: Steve King will vote no. And he's not alone. The Iowa Republican has organized a small but growing number of conservatives who are committed to voting against any House immigration bill – no matter what it says – because they fear that the Senate will inevitably find a way to add "amnesty" to the equation. King won't say how many members he's got on board, except that it reached "fairly deeply" into the...
  • House immigration group loses more Republicans

    09/20/2013 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/20/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Two House Republicans who had been trying to craft a comprehensive immigration package said Friday they were dropping of bipartisan negotiations. In a joint statement, Texas Republican Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson said that they had “reached a tipping point” in the talks and “can no longer continue” working on a “broad approach” to a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws. “We want to be clear. The problem is politics,” they said in a joint statement. “Instead of doing what’s right for America, President Obama time and again has unilaterally disregarded the U.S. Constitution, the letter of the law...
  • Mark Zuckerberg in Washington to lobby for immigration reform

    09/18/2013 5:15:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 18, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
    After meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Facebook chief executive was interviewed onstage for about an hour at the Newseum by James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic. "The purpose of this trip is largely for immigration and not for Facebook," Zuckerberg said.
  • Boehner Super-PAC Aides Push Senate Immigration Bill

    09/02/2013 7:43:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/21/13 | Jonathan Strong
    Senior GOP aides of a super PAC linked to Speaker John Boehner are lobbying House Republicans to pass the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, legislation that Boehner has said he will not bring to the House floor. The lobbying effort is coming under the umbrella of the American Action Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) “action tank” led by former senator Norm Coleman, which is touting the “major positive economic impact” of the Senate bill in e-mails sent to individual House Republican offices. AAN is housed in the same office as the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with Boehner,...
  • WaPo Understands Immigration Reform Is in Trouble

    08/29/2013 4:09:21 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 8/29/13 | Mike Flynn
    This week, the Washington Post began the process of informing its readers that the prospects of Congress granting amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants is fading. At its politics blog, The Fix, Post reporter Aaron Blake tried to explain "why immigration reform is in trouble." It turns out August has not been kind to the Senate's "Gang of 8" amnesty legislation. The Post article focuses on California GOP Rep. Jeff Denham. With a district that is 40% Hispanic, Denham has long been a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. Agriculture, which is often heavily dependent on immigrant labor, is a major...
  • 100 Page Bills Are Long Enough!

    08/29/2013 11:02:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/29/13 | Jerry Todd
    When Chief Justice Roberts asked if the defenders of Obamacare expected the Supreme Court to review all 2,700 pages of this overreaching law, he posed a question that should have been asked 100 years ago when the “progressive” movement started. It made no more sense to the Court than it did to Charlie Rangel or Nancy Pelosi who insists a bill must be passed so we can find out what’s in it! Tea Partiers formed committees to take on 20 pages each among them. It wasn’t pretty! Mz Nancy still claims her Congress took the Constitution into consideration. Now the...
  • ObamaCare II: Catholic Bishops pushing the poison pill of Immigration reform

    08/29/2013 9:14:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/29/13 | Jerry Todd
    Dear Excellencies, Reverends, Deacons and fellow Catholics - This morning I read in my Bakersfield paper that a group of Catholic Bishops and priests are planning to push the current immigration bill on 60 targeted Republican lawmakers, including my Congressman Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy has been trying to hold the fort against the complete collapse of the nation’s borders and taking flak for it from people who ought to know better. If “Obamacare II” – the draconian, poison-pilled immigration bill–is passed, all 1200 pages of it, kiss what’s left of the Republic good bye. Is Nancy Pelosi going to be here...
  • Immigration-overhaul advocates make big August push (Beware of invaders bearing "asylum" claims)

    08/13/2013 10:34:46 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-13-2013 | Holly Yeager
    An unusual alliance of advocates — including Internet moguls and evangelicals, representatives of big business and labor unions — is working across the country during the August congressional recess in an all-out push for immigration reform. Click here for full propaganda experience===================================================================== Beware of invaders bearing "asylum" claims The Obama administration and other amnesty pushers had been ridiculously claiming for some time that illegal "immigration" was down to almost zero. The amnesty crowd vociferously maintained that almost all illegal border crossings had dried up and thus the border was "secure". Obviously, they hadn't been to Southern California lately. The torrent...
  • Rubio: If we don't pass immigration reform, Obama might legalize illegals by executive order

    08/13/2013 3:40:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/13/13 | Allahpundit
    Skip to 3:45 for the key bit, in which a guy who’s willing to go nuclear in a quixotic bid to defund ObamaCare warns his party not to be too obstinate in resisting immigration reform — or else. Mark Krikorian summarizes his logic this way: Mark Krikorian @MarkSKrikorian Give your toddler all the candy he wants, because otherwise he´ll just take it anyway: … (Snip)In fairness to him, Rubio’s not making this up. Amnesty shills on the left have warned, with increasing volume lately, that King Barack might decide to grant de facto amnesty to illegals via executive order
  • White House: Pathway to citizenship would boost GDP by $1.4T over decade

    08/13/2013 2:02:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The White House on Tuesday released a new report arguing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would add 2 million jobs to the economy and boost gross domestic product by $1.4. trillion over the next decade. The report, penned by Director of Domestic Policy Cecilia Muñoz and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, is the latest in a series of releases touting the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform as the White House pushes House Republicans to act on the issue. "We cannot afford a system that creates a group which can never...
  • Guest Post: 19 Illegal Immigration Facts You Won't Read In Mainstream Media

    08/11/2013 9:55:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/11/13 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Should we broadcast a message to the rest of the world that anyone that can find a way to enter this country and somehow get to a “sanctuary city” can sign up for a plethora of welfare benefits and live a life of leisure at the expense of hard working American citizens? Yes, this question sounds absurd, but what I have just described will essentially be official U.S. government policy if the immigration bill going through Congress becomes law. And unfortunately, Democrats now say that they have the Republican votes that...
  • Confirmed: Boehner Spokesman Mum on Last Week’s Obama-Boehner Immigration Talks

    08/11/2013 12:26:45 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | AUG 10,2013 | Jim Hoft
    White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner spoke last week about immigration and the budget. John Boehner’s spokesman refuses to provide any details on the discussions. The Daily Caller reported: President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner talked about pending political battles before the congressional recess, but White House officials declined to detail the conversation. Any contact between the two leaders could be critical, because they’re expected this fall to negotiate important budget deals, to clash over delays to Obamacare, and to kill or approve a controversial and transformative rewrite of the...
  • Sources: Large loophole allowing immigrants into the country

    08/08/2013 1:45:56 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies ^ | 08/08/2013 |
    SAN DIEGO - Team 10 learned of a loophole allowing hundreds of immigrants into the country from Mexico.
  • Someone is lying about the chances of the House granting amnesty; Dem. Gutierrez or Rep. Miller

    08/09/2013 12:10:09 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/9/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The battle over whether the Republican controlled House will grant amnesty to illegal aliens or push back the Democrat controlled Senate’s drive to create millions of new Democrat voters has heated up. Because the House is in recess and its members are back in their home districts, the psychological warfare operations phase of this battle has been ratcheted up by the Democrats. A new report from the leftist blog, “The Hill” tells us that Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez (Chicago – Mexico, Puerto Rico and South America) is crowing about personally knowing of between 40 and 50 House Republicans who are...
  • Dem Rep Gutierrez: I 'Absolutely' Have 40-50 Republicans Voting 'Yes' On Immigration Reform

    08/08/2013 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 59 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 8 Aug 2013 | Brietbart
    Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) made a dramatic declaration while talking to the Washington Post about the votes needed to pass immigration reform through the House.
  • Conservatives Fear 'Conference' May Transform House Immigration Bills to Senate's Amnesty

    07/22/2013 6:31:14 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 21 Jul 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    While House Speaker John Boehner is keeping a tight lid on his personal position on immigration reform, conservative activists and lawmakers fear the Republican leader may rubber-stamp Democrats' controversial legislation in a backroom deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Boehner declined to answer whether he supports what many on the left have come to term a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants during his appearance on CBS News’ Face The Nation on Sunday morning. For conservative lawmakers, that does not assuage fears that he and his deputies House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Budget Committee chairman...
  • Reform Immigration Gradually - The House Judiciary Committee is taking a step-by-step approach.

    08/02/2013 9:10:28 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | August 1, 2013 | Rep. Bob Goodlatte
    During football season, the teams that win call the right plays from their playbook. And when it comes to immigration reform, Congress needs to make sure it makes the right calls. The House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over our immigration laws, is taking a step-by-step approach to immigration reform and building a strategic playbook that first strengthens border security and interior enforcement, improves our legal-immigration programs, and fairly deals with unlawful immigrants. A robust border-security and interior-enforcement strategy is the first line of defense for any successful immigration system. Strong border security not only reduces illegal immigration, it also...
  • Immigration Union Warns Republicans About Legalizing DREAMers (Cantor's KIDS Act)

    08/01/2013 9:56:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Univision ABC ^ | 7/31/13 | TED HESSON
    A union representing 12,000 federal immigration workers is warning top House Republicans against legalizing young undocumented immigrants. The union is made up of employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which handles immigration paperwork. In a letter sent on Tuesday to four Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Virginia) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin), the union expressed worries about a Republican bill that would legalize DREAMers. Since President Obama has already given deportation relief to young undocumented immigrants -- and bypassed Congress to do it -- the union worries he might similarly use his executive power to rework...
  • Votes Are There for Immigration Reform, Democrat Lawmaker Says (Only 23 GOP votes needed)

    08/01/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | 7/31/13 | Latin American Herald Tribune
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that comprehensive immigration reform has the support of dozens of members of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Among GOP backers of comprehensive reform he cited Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president. Gutierrez said 195 of the 201 Democrats in the House would vote for a reform bill similar to the one passed last month by the Senate, meaning that fewer than two dozen Republican votes would be needed to reach the magic number of 218 required to pass it.
  • Obama reassures Democrats on health care, immigration

    07/31/2013 11:12:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2013 | AP
    President Obama sought Wednesday to reassure Democrats nervous about the impact of his health care law and the prospects for immigration legislation, telling them "You're on the right side of history." In the first of two closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill, Obama focused on financial gains as the economy emerges from the worst downturn since the Depression. He was warned about nominating former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve and faced questions about his health care law. Some lawmakers complained that three years after its passage, the law still baffles many Americans. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo.,...
  • Homeland Security loses track of 1 million foreigners; report could hurt immigration deal

    07/31/2013 6:10:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies ^ | July 30, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The Homeland Security Department has lost track of more than 1 million people who it knows arrived in the U.S. but who it cannot prove left the country, according to an audit Tuesday that also found the department probably won’t meet its own goals for deploying an entry-exit system. The findings were revealed as Congress debates an immigration bill, and the Government Accountability Office’s report could throw up another hurdle because lawmakers in the House and Senate have said that any final deal must include a workable system to track entries and exits and cut down on so-called visa overstays....
  • McCain: Without Immigration Reform, GOP ‘Cannot Win a National Election'

    07/30/2013 5:37:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 96 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 30, 2013 | by Jim Avila
    WASHINGTON — Despite the Republican strategy of passing piecemeal immigration reform, Sen. John McCain predicted today that comprehensive legislation can pass the GOP-controlled House. “I think this fall is very important,” McCain said at a forum hosted by AFL-CIO and the Economic Policy Institute. “Let’s say we enact it, comprehensive immigration reform — I don’t think it gains a single Hispanic voter, but what it does, it puts us on a playing field where we can compete for the Hispanic voter,” McCain told PBS’ Gwen Ifill. “If we don’t do that, frankly, I don’t see — I see further polarization...
  • Immigration bill: John McCain says ‘border surge’ could be changed

    07/30/2013 3:26:47 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    Politco ^ | 7/30/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled Tuesday that the dramatic boost in border-security in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill could be one of the provisions that may be changed in a potential House-Senate compromise.
  • Karl Rove, 100+ GOP Donors Send Letter to Republicans Urging Immigration Reform

    07/30/2013 7:20:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Karl Rove, 100+ GOP Donors Send Letter to Republicans Urging Immigration Reform by Tony Lee 30 Jul 2013, 6:18 AM PDT post a comment Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are...
  • Why Are Republicans Bent on Pushing Amnesty Now?

    07/24/2013 6:11:49 AM PDT · by xzins · 40 replies
    Red State ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Daniel Horowitz
    I understand what you are thinking. If you are watching the political process, you are probably thinking, as a sane person, that Republicans would completely ignore amnesty and focus on what’s important. After all, the country is focused on other trivial news, summer vacations, and the scandals. After August, the main fights will be over funding Obamacare, the budget, and the debt ceiling. So why on earth would Republicans push for amnesty, especially after the Senate bill has been ridiculed and repudiated? Why would they bail out Obama at his weakest moment? Why would they agree to the premise that...
  • 13 Year Old Gang-Raped by Illegals… Tell Me Again How Border Security is Not the Issue

    07/23/2013 10:01:16 PM PDT · by deandg99 · 12 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 07/23/2013 | Dean Garrison
    I am beyond angry. As a father of five girls I can not digest the horror of what I just read. I can not help but be angry at our Senators who had to hastily pass this immigration bill, that they did not have time to read, and neglect the major issue of securing the borders. I heard the fences labeled as too expensive or simply called “stupid.” Yet many of these same despicable men and women dare use another tragedy to continually push a gun control agenda. All I can say is that you are going to take the...
  • Senators cancel immigration meeting with lobbyists amid backlash

    07/23/2013 6:33:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | Rachelle Younglai and Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Architects of the Senate's immigration bill on Monday canceled a meeting that had been planned with business groups and other supporters to try to rally momentum for the legislation, in a sign of how difficult it will be to enact the reforms. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Republican Senator John McCain and other members of the "Gang of Eight" that shepherded a sweeping immigration bill through the Senate want to enlist business, labor and religious groups to help persuade members of the House of Representatives to back reform. All members of the bipartisan group of senators except Republican...
  • Pelosi: Dems may try to force House vote on Senate immigration bill

    07/23/2013 6:26:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 7/23/13 | Justin Sink
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told donors at an Organizing for Action event Monday night that Democratic leadership in the House was weighing a discharge petition that would bring the Senate immigration bill directly to the floor for a vote. Pelosi was asked about the legislative strategy during a dinner with about 70 supporters of the advocacy group, which grew out of the president's re-election campaign. She said leadership was still deciding to press forward with the legislative maneuver, noting that doing so would take 30 legislative days. With a discharge petition, Pelosi could force a House vote on the...
  • Dreamer groups reject Republican push to legalize them

    07/22/2013 2:24:28 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/22/13 | Liz Goodwin
    A Republican-led push to legalize young unauthorized immigrants has been met with stony resistance from groups representing the very "Dreamers" such a bill would help. Immigrant advocacy groups say the proposed "Kids Act" is a way to avoid a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, which would provide a pathway to citizenship to a much larger number of immigrants. The Kids Act, like earlier "Dream Act" proposals, would legalize young people who were brought to the country by their parents and meet certain requirements. "We will not stand for anything that separates our families," said Greisa Martinez, an organizer...
  • Senate immigration bill includes nearly $300 million in slush funds for immigrants' rights groups

    07/19/2013 8:27:35 PM PDT · by Baynative · 88 replies
    Daily Mail on line ^ | 7/19/13 | David Martosko
    A former senior policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza supervised the drafting of a U.S. Senate bill, passed on June 27, that would give an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if the House of Representatives goes along. And La Raza figures to enlarge its budget significantly, thanks to slush funds buried deep in the legislation. A bombshell report published Thursday by Investor's Business Daily shows that the immigration reform bill would set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for La Raza and other liberal immigrants' rights groups, which the federal government would contract...
  • Senate Immigration Bill Contains $20 Billion Medicaid Mandate

    07/19/2013 12:08:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 18 Jul 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    the Senate's controversial immigration reform bill passed in late June contains a Medicaid mandate similar to a provision found in the Affordable Care Act, known to its critics as Obamacare. A little-noticed part of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of S. 744 shows that it would in fact impose a $20 billion Medicaid expansion on states. According to the CBO score of the legislation, this provision would occur over a decade-long period after the President signs the bill. "In assessing the impact of the bill on the federal budget, CBO estimated its effect on federal and state spending for...