“We have waited patiently for a workable solution to our immigration crisis to be taken up by this Congress and our President. The time for waiting is over. This bill will be presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year. It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. It is an answer to too many years of pain —mothers separated from their children, workers exploited and undermined security at the border— all caused at the hands of a broken immigration system. This bill says ‘enough,’ and presents a solution to our broken system that we as a nation of immigrants can be proud of.”
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano reiterated the Obama Administration’s plan to push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation early next year. In her opening statement, Napolitano said:”So I look forward to working with you, Mr. Chairman and Senator Sessions and others on this Committee to develop a path forward early next year to reform the immigration system as a whole.”
I’m not convinced Washington has awakened to the reality yet — but the 2010 Census is going to shake things up politically in this country, and politicians would do themselves a favor to wake up and smell the coffee in advance. This is about raw political power — something politicians of all stripes, understand. Washington Post: “The study’s authors note that most of the gains come in traditionally red or purple states as Latinos move beyond the nation’s largest cities into smaller, rural communities.”
Today America’s Voice released a report entitled, “The New Constituents… How Latinos Will Shape Congressional Apportionmention After the 2010 Census” at an event at NDN in Washington, DC. The paper examines the role Latinos will play in shaping the next Congress, after the 2010 Census. Projections show that nineteen states are poised to see changes in their Congressional representation: eight states will gain at least one House seat, while eleven states will lose at least one seat in Congress.
This morning, we’ll be live-tweeting this event at the Center for American Progress: A Discussion on Immigration Policy with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano brings to her job a deep understanding of immigration and border issues from her experience as Governor, Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney in the State of Arizona.”
In the aftermath of Saturday’s landmark passage of a health care reform bill in the House of Representatives, many Republican Members of Congress are scratching their heads and wondering how they could have allowed the bill to pass. They are questioning why their leadership didn’t agree to use the immigration issue to kill the bill by offering a tough anti-immigrant amendment at the end of debate.
Today conservative columnist Ruben Navarrette has a pretty simple message for Congress– it’s time to get out those calendars and set a date for immigration reform legislation. He also goes one step further and suggests that immigration reform advocates send calendars to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who stated earlier this year that he would have an immigration bill drafted by Labor Day. Navarrette argues: “I think immigration reform activists should flood Schumer’s office with thousands of 2009 calendars, each one with a red circle around Labor Day.”
We’ve all seen immigration play out as the hot-button issue that talk radio hosts love to flog, but today Joseph Boven has a thorough rundown of how immigration is actually playing out in elections — politicians beware. According to his piece in today’s Colorado Independent:”According to nonpartisan pollster Floyd Ciruli, however, illegal immigration merely rallies the base. He told The Colorado Independent that relative to other issues, immigration is a fairly stable policy topic. Politicians and voters know where they stand.
Is immigration reform back?
Hoping to jump-start a major legislative drive on immigration reform in the U.S. Congress, more than 100 pro-reform House Democrats signed a letter reminding President Obama of his administration’s commitment to overhaul immigration.
The Minutemen PAC, has gotten deeply involved in a New York Congressional race. Andrea Nill reports: “Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate for New York’s traditionally Republican 23rd District, has just won the right-wing support of the Minuteman Political Action Committee — the political action arm of a “nativist extremist” armed vigilante group. The Minuteman PAC is currently running Independent Expenditure radio spots and predicts that Hoffman is “positioned to win a landslide victory” over Republican Party nominee Dede Scozzafava.” The Minutemen came under increasing scrutiny several months ago when a Minuteman activist, Shawna Forde, was investigated for the alleged murder of nine-year-old Brisenia Flores.