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Two California Republicans Offer Contrasting Models for Kevin McCarthy on Immigration

Will Kevin McCarthy Follow the Path of Pete Wilson or Ronald Reagan? Washington, DC – As a series of new reports capture, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) likely ascension to House Majority Leader will have important implications for immigration policy and moreover, the political future of the Republican Party.  And coming from California, no one should understand the politics … Continue reading »

Vox: Jerry Brown May Have Vetoed 2012 TRUST Act Because of ICE Lobbying

This is a pretty juicy, never-revealed before anecdote from Dara Lind at Vox today.  Apparently ICE, facing insubordination from localities over Secure Communities and police holds on immigrants, lobbied California’s Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the TRUST Act in 2012.  They tried to talk him into a 90-day “pilot program” for California, but talks eventually fell … Continue reading »

Even Pete "El Diablo" Wilson Understands How Bad Tim Donnelly Would Be for CA GOP

While Republicans in Colorado are deathly afraid of Tom Tancredo winning their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Republicans in California are voicing their opposition to a similar candidate — Tim Donnelly, a former member of the Minuteman Project. Donnelly, a Republican who once compared the defense of the US-Mexico border to “a war,” is running some 40 points behind the … Continue reading »

Costs & Consequences of Inaction on Immigration — California Republicans Should Know Better

Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to ignore immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, California, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the votes exist to pass … Continue reading »

Hypocrisy Alert: Is Kevin McCarthy Trying to Pass or Scuttle Immigration Reform?

While He Tells Hometown Media He is Trying to “Move” Immigration Bill, Wall Street Journal Reports He’s Working Behind the Scenes Against It Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was the key voice among House leadership urging inaction on immigration reform in 2014.  After stating that Speaker of the House … Continue reading »

Will Kevin McCarthy Do for National Republican Party what Pete Wilson Did to California GOP?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is urging his Party to delay action on immigration reform until at least 2015. According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: Coming from California, you’d think Rep. Kevin McCarthy would get the politics of immigration better than some others.  … Continue reading »

Rep. Jeff Denham: Legalization Without Citizenship is "un-American"

In advance of a House Republican summit and statement of principles on immigration that is expected to mention legalization — but not citizenship — for undocumented immigrants, one House Republican is firing back against the idea of preventing people from becoming citizens. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) told Jorge Ramos yesterday that “you have to have some type … Continue reading »

McCarthy's Bakersfield Office Locks Out Advocates for 8th Day in a Row

Yesterday, on Human Rights Day, 70 activists with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor joined members of the Bakersfield Hispanic Chamber of Commerce outside GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s Bakersfield office, to once again demand that their Representative help move immigration reform forward.  As expected, McCarthy’s office was locked, and the constituents were prevented … Continue reading »

President Obama Disrupted by Immigration Reform Advocates During San Francisco Speech

President Obama came to San Francisco, California today to deliver a speech on the importance of immigration reform, where he applauded the contribution of immigrants and chided House Republicans for refusing to take action and pass legislation.  He also gave a shout-out to the #Fast4Families, Eliseo Medina, and others who have been going without food in … Continue reading »

Immigrant Women Stage Sit-in At Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield Office, Force GOP Whip to Meet With Them

Yesterday, a group of immigrant women with We Belong Together and CHIRLA successfully forced a meeting with GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, who came to meet with them shortly before midnight, after they’d spent hours engaging in an act of civil disobedience that left them locked in his office without food, water, or medication. A group … Continue reading »