Schumer, Graham Restart Immigration Reform Talks

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:13 am

Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Romney Outlines Immigration Plan

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 11:05 am

Mitt Romney just addressed the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando, and in tandem with the speech, his campaign released what they’re calling a “strategy for bipartisan immigration reform.” The campaign sought to erase lingering doubts about his response to the Obama Administration’s deferred action order for DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants. And I’m not [...]

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Drone Surveillance Comes to the US-Mexico Border

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 2:14 pm

After posting 1,200 National Guard troops at the US-Mexico border to stop crossings of undocumented immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security will draw down those forces by 75% and shift the mission considerably: The drawdown, which the department characterized as a “transition,” will begin in January and should be completed by March. Several lawmakers told [...]

Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform in El Paso

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:47 pm

The President’s remarks on immigration reform, happening live from El Paso, Texas right now, reflect a return to promises made during the 2008 campaign, with the experience of a Presidency that has focused on border and workplace enforcement and deportations more than building the coalition for reform. I’m going to put the entire, 3,300-plus word [...]

Anti-Immigration Groups Mum on GOP Border Security Cuts

By: Monday April 18, 2011 12:39 pm

The Tea Party is mainly a collection of conservative Republicans. And now we’re learning that anti-immigration Republicans are more concerned with being Republicans than they are with the issue of immigration: You might expect anti-immigration groups to be in an uproar over spending cuts contained in the recent budget deal, like a $226 million cut [...]

Obama Administration’s Deportations of Undocumented Immigrants Hit New Record

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 9:01 am

Many pundits think that the reason for President Obama’s softening numbers in the Latino community can be attributed to broken promises on immigration legislation. I think that’s unlikely, actually, and the fact that the DREAM Act got a vote at the end of the session at least can make a plausible case that Democrats tried. [...]

Record Deportations Not Changing Anti-Immigrant Outlook

By: Monday August 16, 2010 7:46 am

McClatchy reports on the long-acknowledged Obama Administration advance of deportations of undocumented immigrants. Though the White House claims that they give precedence to those who pass through the criminal justice system, the statistics show that 250,000 of the nearly 400,000 deportations this fiscal year have not been convicted of a crime, or were picked up [...]

Flash Session of Senate Passes Border Security Funding Bill

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 8:10 am

I blinked and missed the Senate session this morning, where they used unanimous consent to pass a $600 million dollar border security bill and a resolution honoring the late Ted Stevens. Only Ben Cardin and Chuck Schumer participated in the session, with Cardin presiding and Schumer offering the UC requests. Harry Reid sounded almost penitent [...]

Senate Will Reconvene to Quickly Pass Border Security Bill

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 10:44 am

We have a new trend in American politics – the brief return to session in August. The House just did it with a one-day session, passing a state fiscal aid package and a border security bill. The latter required further Senate action because they screwed up on how to properly pass the bill in the [...]

Senate May Return to Finish Off Border Security Bill

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 1:59 pm

In addition to passing the state fiscal aid bill today, the House passed a border security bill that was identical to what the Senate passed last week. But because the Senate used the wrong type of shell bill to pass it, there were constitutional concerns, so the House instead passed their own version, which will [...]

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