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Immigration ’08

Rep. Crowley (D-NY) and 110 Members of Congres Deliver Letter to POTUS on Immigration Reform

Today Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) joined the growing chorus of voices calling for comprehensive immigration reform. In a telephonic briefing with New York and national advocates, including the New York Immigration Coalition, Crowley stressed the urgency of the issue, saying: “This is a moral imperative – the time is now.”

New York Times, New Website Reveal How To Waste Money And Ruin the Census

The New York Times editorialized today: “As required by law, the Census Bureau gave Congress the exact wording of the survey’s 10 questions in early April 2008 — more than 18 months ago. Changing it now to meet Mr. Vitter’s demand would delay the count, could skew the results and would certainly make it even harder to persuade minorities to participate. It would also be hugely expensive. The Commerce Department says that redoing the survey would cost hundreds of millions of dollars…”

October 13th National Day of Action: 6 ways to help!

Cross-posted from Reform Immigration For America: “Tuesday, October 13th is a big day in the fight for immigration reform. Thousands of community leaders will be gathering in Washington, DC to speak face-to-face with members of Congress, asking for their support of comprehensive immigration reform.After hitting the halls of Congress, their will be a vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol, calling for family unity.”

Extreme Groups Push Amendments to Bar Legal Immigrants, Block Millions from Buying Insurance

Today the Senate Finance Committee is considering several key amendments on immigration to the current health insurance reform legislation. The worst amendments are sponsored by Senators Kyl (R-AZ), Grassley (R-IA) and Ensign (R-NV). Check out this alert by reform advocates working on the intersection of healthcare and immigration policy — please take a moment to call your Senators now to oppose amendments that are bad policy for all Americans.

Rhode Island GOP Assemblyman Quits, Citing Joe Wilson Outrage as Last Straw

Faiz Shakir of Think Progress is reporting today in “Rhode Island GOP assemblyman quits party following embarrassment of Wilson’s ‘you lie’ screed:” Ivan Marte, the ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly, has announced that he’s quitting the Republican Party because he was embarrassed by Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst at President Obama: “I do not want to continue being a member of a party in which the members of the party express themselves in that way,” said Marte, 59, of Cranston. In a phone interview, he called Wilson’s behavior “shameful” and “uncivilized.”

On Citizenship Day, Cong. Gutierrez Announces Major Immigration Reform Plans

Yesterday Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) spoke at the National Citizenship Day celebration in Washington, DC, in front of hundreds of community leaders and Members of Congress, who urged him to introduce real immigration reform legislation, real soon. To an eager crowd, Rep. Gutierrez announced that he would introduce such comprehensive immigration reform legislation this Fall, and in a press statement late yesterday, said:

White House Joins Democratic Senators to Appease Joe Wilson

On Friday I explained how Rep. Joe Wilson’s controversial heckling during President Obama’s joint Congressional address last Wednesday laid bare the ugly-as-ever, Republican illegal immigration wedge strategy for the nation to see. What’s more astounding, I argued, was that key Democrats, Senators Baucus (D-MO) and Conrad (D-ND) to be specific, seemed to be validating Wilson’s outburst. Republicans were scaring up a fake bogeyman – the undocumented immigrant who would benefit from taxpayer funded health insurance – and rather than pushing back with the facts, Baucus and Conrad told the American public to take them seriously.

When Wilson Defines Debate, Democrats Squander Chance to Set Record Straight

Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during the President’s joint Congressional address on Wednesday has exposed—for the entire nation—one of the Republican Party’s favorite political plays: the illegal immigration wedge strategy. What’s more astounding, however, is that key Democrats, Senators Baucus (D-MO) and Conrad (D-ND) in this case, seem to be going along. Republicans were scaring up a fake bogeyman – the undocumented immigrant who would benefit from taxpayer funded health insurance – and rather than pushing back, Baucus and Conrad seem to be taking them seriously.