Republican Increase in Visas to Foreign Graduates at US Schools Comes With Reduction in Other Legal Immigration Programs

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 9:38 am

In one of their last acts before going home to campaign, House Republicans will pass a bill today that would increase the level of high-skill immigrants allowed to stay in the country. It would expand by 55,000 the visas granted to foreign graduates of US colleges and universities in what are known as the STEM [...]

Rep. Lamar Smith Tries to Downplay Deportations, Citing Technicalities

By: Monday September 3, 2012 10:47 am

This is pretty funny. Republicans are so desperate to paint President Obama as a soft-border friend to the undocumented, they’re trying to redefine the word “deportation.” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is accusing Obama and his administration of having “fabricated” and “falsified their record to achieve their so-called historic deportation numbers…illegitimately adding over 100,000 removals to [...]

Obama’s Comments on the Supreme Court Were Not a Threat

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 10:22 am

Before Republicans get around to whining about what Obama said about their budget, they have to complete their whine about what Obama said yesterday about the Supreme Court. The President intimated that the Justices would be engaging in “judicial activism” if they overturned the individual mandate and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Two [...]

PIPA Dead in its Current Form UPDATE: Postponed

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:23 am

PIPA will not survive next week. The latest whip count from Open Congress shows 45 Senators now opposed to the legislation, with 41 of those on the record in the media. That would be enough to stop the bill on the floor. Moreover, Mitch McConnell has asked Harry Reid to postpone the legislation, a pretty [...]

SOPA and PIPA Watered Down

By: Friday January 13, 2012 3:17 pm

In what looks like a victory for the grassroots anti-Internet censorship coalition, the sponsors of two bills moving through Congress, PIPA (Protect IP Act) in the Senate and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the House, have agreed to remove or water down controversial provisions that would require ISPs to block domain names that engage [...]

House Judiciary Adjourns Without Final Vote on SOPA

By: Friday December 16, 2011 2:15 pm

The House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned today without completing work on the Stop Online Piracy Act, an unexpected twist in the high stakes battle between Hollywood content providers and leading Internet companies. The committee’s chairman and chief sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), agreed to further explore a controversial provision that lets the [...]

House Judiciary Chair Rolls Back Many Elements of SOPA

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 9:35 am

Clearly responding to pressure from Internet giants and a growing coalition of activists, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) amended his legislation on Internet copyrights yesterday, rolling back some of the more dangerous elements. A HJC markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, will take place this Thursday. The original measure amounted [...]

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