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Jay Carney: "Pretty Amazing" That House GOP Is Targeting DREAMers Again

Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave extended remarks on the GOP failure to pass immigration reform — and their foolish double-down on anti-immigrant policies like the bills to curb prosecutorial discretion being considered today.  Below is a transcript and video: Q    And then separately on immigration, House Republicans have introduced a couple of proposals … Continue reading »

Third Immigration Strike for GOP? House Republicans Set to Vote Today to Block Executive Action that Could Help Immigrants

After Voting to Gut DACA for DREAMers and Slamming the Brakes on Common Sense Immigration Reform, House GOP Now Gearing Up Vote to Deny Ability of the President to Use Executive Authority Yes, it’s gotten this bad.  After more than a year of head fakes and false starts on immigration reform that would combine smart … Continue reading »

There They Go Again: House Republicans Teeing Up Vote to End Programs Like DACA for DREAMers

Tomorrow, House Republicans are planning floor action on the ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973).  Both bills seek to strip the President’s executive authority.  In case there was any confusion about the intentions and implications of these bills, the House Judiciary Committee explicitly cited the Deferred Action … Continue reading »

House GOP: No to a Vote on Common Sense Immigration Reform This Year, Yes to a Vote on an Anti-Immigrant Bill Next Week

Well, it’s (semi) official.  At the markup of Rep. Diane Black’s (R-TN) anti-immigrant bill yesterday, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte indicated that the legislation will be moving to the House floor next week. Per an assessment by Donna Cassata of the Associated Press: The first immigration bill in the House this year would prohibit … Continue reading »

After Hitting the Brakes on Immigration Reform, House GOP Gives Green Light to Silly Bill High on the Anti-Immigrant Wish List

With Backing of Hardline Anti-Immigrant Movement, House Judiciary Committee Set to Mark Up Rep. Diane Black’s Bill to Eliminate Outreach Position Speaker John Boehner’s recent assertion that the House likely would not address immigration before the 2014 midterms generated widespread attention and condemnation.  Yet as the Judiciary Committee schedule makes clear, Speaker Boehner’s assertion needs … Continue reading »

Washington Legislature Passes State Dream Act, 75-22

Last night, the Washington state legislature passed a financial aid bill for DREAMers when it approved the state senate’s version of the Real HOPE Act (also known as the Washington DREAM Act) in a bipartisan 75-22 vote.  The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee (D)’s desk, and he is expected to sign it. As Gov. … Continue reading »

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Continues Attack on Little DREAMers Started by Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL)

New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte is still trying to punish little DREAMers — following the path of Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. Last month, Ayotte tried to attach an amendment to an extension of unemployment benefits, proposing to offset the unemployment insurance extension by eliminating the child tax credit for certain immigrant families. That didn’t work. But, … Continue reading »

Arizona GOP Rep.'s Bill Would Prohibit Certain Immigrants from Accessing Public Roads, Other Public Services

Currently, House Republicans are in the process of kicking the immigration reform can down the road, refusing to bring 11 million people out of the shadows or address their Latino vote problems because they’re still too afraid of their base to tackle legislation.  As all of these commentators have pointed out, not taking advantage of … Continue reading »

Will Fremont, Nebraska Go the Way of Alabama and Arizona?

As we pointed out last week, we are a long way from 2010.  States, rather than passing ugly anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, are signing in-state tuition bills, allowing immigrants to legally drive, and passing measures that would give families some protection from deportation. So why then, is a small … Continue reading »

Congressional Budget On Immigration Funds Enforcement-Only Status Quo

Americans on the Hook for $18 Billion, a “Mindless Waste of Taxpayer Money” This week, congressional negotiators agreed on the details of an omnibus spending bill to fund federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year. In absence of broader immigration reform, the immigration-related details amount to an endorsement of the enforcement-only status quo.  The overall … Continue reading »