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Marco Rubio Remains Tone Deaf On Immigration

Immigration became a big point of discussion during last night’s Republican debate, a discussion that Marco Rubio was able to avoid. Despite Rubio’s pivotal role in the “Gang of 8” Senate bill in 2013 and his subsequent reversal, he wasn’t asked about immigration by the debate moderators. Rubio, however, has been busy in the post-debate … Continue reading »

5 Fact Checks & Reactions to Immigration in Last Night’s GOP Debate

Below, we offer some reactions and fact-checking about the immigration-related parts of last night’s debate: The Focus of the “Mass-Deportation” Discussion Was on the Impracticality of Donald Trump’s Plan – Not Its Morally Abhorrent, Un-American Vision:  During the immigration-related parts of last night’s debate, most of the candidates who reacted to Donald Trump’s vision to expel 11 … Continue reading »

Trump & GOP Field Insist on Building Berlin-Style Wall Despite Net Zero Unauthorized Migration

  Eduardo Porter of the New York Times Explains Idiocy of This Approach As Donald Trump continues to steal the immigration spotlight on the campaign trail, Eduardo Porter, Economic Scene reporter for the New York Times, marshals the real facts on immigration.  While Republicans insist on “border security first,” before any immigration reform plans can be enacted, … Continue reading »

USA Today Editorial: “Getting To 100% Border Security Sounds Good Only On The Campaign Trail”

GOP Contenders Talk Walls and Fences While Majority of Americans Want Common-Sense Comprehensive Reform Leading GOP candidates – and political journalists covering them – would be wise to read the just-published USA Today editorial entitled, “Lost immigration lesson: Getting to 100% border security sounds good only on the campaign trail.”  It takes down the myths behind the … Continue reading »

While Donald Trump Goes to the Border, the Trump Effect is on Display in Congress

If We Are Going to Have a Debate on Immigration Policy, Let’s Move from Gotcha Politics to Real Solutions While the Donald heads to the border today, the Trump Effect is on display in Washington.  The GOP is following Donald Trump’s lead by staging votes on piecemeal anti-immigrant measures in Congress while blocking a comprehensive solution … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Facing the Facts on Illegal Immigration”

Albert Hunt of Bloomberg View Sets the Record Straight on the Republican Meme that the Border is Out of Control In a piece entitled, “Facing the Facts on Illegal Immigration,” Hunt takes on the notion that is repeated ad nauseum in the Fox News/GOP bubble: “the border is out of control, it’s Obama’s fault, and we have … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary: Unauthorized Migration Across Southern Border On Track To Be Lowest Since 1972

Unauthorized migration across the US/Mexico border is on track to be the lowest since 1972, said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson earlier this week. “The bottom line of all this is, in recent years the total number of those who attempt to illegally cross our southwest border has declined dramatically, while the percentage of those who … Continue reading »

Santorum & Walker Advancing Anti-Immigrant Movement’s Cruel Wish-list as Rest of GOP Field Waffles on Immigration Reform

On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Rick Santorum responded to a question regarding what to do about 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in America by rejecting the notion of a path to legalization and saying, “You just use E-Verify.  You require E-Verify.” While Santorum was careful not to use the infamous Mitt Romney phrase “self-deportation,” this is … Continue reading »

The Border Is The Most Secure Its Been In Decades — But Don’t Expect To Hear That From Republicans

Continued Republican claims about an unsecure border — including recent fearmongering about a possible ISIS infiltration from Presidential candidate Rand Paul — just got doused with a cold bucket of reality. In a front page story earlier this week, the Washington Post’s Jerry Markon writes that “illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level … Continue reading »

WaPo: Unauthorized Immigration Across Border at Historic Lows; GOP: Secure the Border First

Washington Post Exposes the GOP’s “Secure the Border First” Mantra as Fact-Free A new front-page story in the Washington Post by Jerry Markon finds that “illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades.”  It quotes Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as saying “we have seen tremendous progress…the border … Continue reading »