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New Anti-Immigrant GOP Judiciary Committee Readies Itself for Loretta Lynch Hearing

 Will Senate GOP Really Turn Critical Hearing on Attorney General Nominee into Anti-Immigrant Brawl? In Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans have been busy in the new year burnishing their anti-immigrant brand image.  In Washington, most of the anti-immigration action has taken place in the House of Representatives, where the GOP passed legislation straight from the top of the … Continue reading »

Stark Contrast Between Opening Statements Of Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley

The mark up of the Senate immigration reform bill is underway. At the start of their meeting today, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and the Ranking Republican, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), gave opening statements that set the tone for what’s to come. Leahy, who is a champion for immigration reform, made … Continue reading »

Senate Judiciary Committee Continues Hearings on Immigration Reform

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its third hearing on “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744.” The only witness today is Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. We’ll be livetweeting from @americasvoice, as will many of our colleagues and allies, using the hashtag #SJC.  You can watch the hearing … Continue reading »

Senator Schumer Points Out Extreme Positions of Anti-Immigrant Witnesses

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the immigration reform legislation drafted by the “Gang of Eight.” As we noted in the post below, the anti-immigrant Senators, led by Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and leader of the “Gang of Hate” Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL) on the panel invited several witnesses from the Tanton … Continue reading »

Senator Patrick Leahy on CNN: "The Time Is Now" To Pass Immigration Reform With Citizenship

This weekend, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the key players in the effort to pass immigration reform, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union. He expressed hope that a reform bill can be passed, noting “The time is now.”  Chairman Leahy is a longtime immigration reform champion … Continue reading »

GOP Senators Sessions and Vitter Will Lead Fight Against Immigration Reform

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on immigration reform. We’ve noted many times that the momentum is on our side. The 2012 elections changed the game on this issue. Our press release from earlier today title,d On Immigration Reform, The Tide Has Turned, makes four key points: The Pro-Reform Side is Strong, Growing, and … Continue reading »

Sen. Blumenthal Smacks Down CIS: "You're Very Pessimistic…We Are In A Different Time"

As a general rule: there is no reason, ever, for a member of Congress to ask a question at a hearing of the witness from the Center for Immigration Studies. (And there’s always a witness from the Center for Immigration Studies.) But this exchange, led by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, is definitely the exception to … Continue reading »

SOTU Response Gives Marco Rubio Opportunity To Lay Out His Immigration Views In English and Spanish

Tomorrow night, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union. After he’s finished, Senator Marco Rubio will deliver the Republican response in both English and Spanish. We are, of course, interested in what both have to say about the prospects for real immigration reform this year. Two weeks ago, the President laid out his … Continue reading »