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McCaul's Border-First Bill is Pulled — We're Betting It's Not Because of Weather

Update: Rep Salmon says border bill lacked votes. “God bless the weather” he says on leadership excuse for pulling. — Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 27, 2015 House Republicans have pulled the controversial McCaul border bill, which was scheduled to be voted on later this week.  The GOP is citing inclement weather conditions, but considering the bill … Continue reading »

Advocates Slam GOP Efforts to Attack Immigrants

Tonight and tomorrow, House Republicans are expected to once again shoot themselves in the foot by pandering to their base and attacking immigrants.  The legislation and amendments they are pushing would overturn President Obama’s recent executive action as well as the hugely successful DACA program begun in 2012.  Republicans are, of course, trying to claim … Continue reading »

So Much for Responsible Governance: GOP Kicks Off New Congress with Attacks on Immigrants

Next Week GOP Moves to Do Away With Fixes to Our Broken Immigration System  That didn’t take long.  With all the happy talk inside the beltway regarding bipartisan legislative progress, one of the top priorities of the Republican leadership is to take action on legislation that would maximize deportations of immigrants, remove protections from long-settled … Continue reading »

With House Immigration Vote, Message Sent and Message Received

GOP is Now the “‘Get Out’ Party” to Latino, APIA, and Immigrant Voters Today, by a 219-197 margin, House Republicans approved legislation by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) aimed at preventing the new Obama Administration immigration policy from taking effect.  In addition to cementing the GOP’s anti-immigrant brand, today’s vote also provided an ugly glimpse into … Continue reading »

Advocates React to GOP's Vote Today for Mass Deportation

View the America’s Voice statement here.  Below, check out what other organizations are saying: Sen. Harry Reid: Instead of voting on the Senate’s bipartisan bill to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system, House Republicans voted once again to deport DREAMers and their families. I will not bring this bill up for a … Continue reading »

As House Republicans Gear Up to Vote on New Deportation Bill, Colorado Groups Call on Senator-Elect Gardner to Vote ‘No’

If House Has Time for Show Vote on Subjecting Immigrants to Deportation, They Can Vote on Bipartisan Bill That Would Undo Obama Action and Provide Permanent Solution After two years of failing to take up any attempt at meaningful immigration reform in the House, now Republicans have announced that in response to President Obama’s executive … Continue reading »

Kevin Drum: One Man Should NOT Control Immigration Policy — That's Why Boehner Should Allow a Vote

Check out this brilliant piece by Kevin Drum at Mother Jones.  Republicans have been complaining about President Obama’s executive announcement on immigration, saying that Obama is behaving like a “tyrant” and that one man should not be in control of the nation’s immigration policy.  On the latter part, Drum completely agrees.  One man should not control US … Continue reading »

Think Immigration Reform Has a Chance in the Next Congress? Listen to Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions to Understand Why it Doesn’t

As they were scuttling action on immigration by the President “by the end of summer,” Senators like Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Angus King (I-ME) and others said reform should be worked out in Congress.  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) picked up the mantle, asserting that the House of Representatives could pass … Continue reading »