House Democrats elected their leadership yesterday – and one of our strongest allies in Congress, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), will chair the House Democratic Caucus. Via Adriana Maestas from Politics365: On Thursday morning, Congressman Xavier Becerra, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1993, was elected to Chair the House Democratic Caucus. This positions… Continue »

In the first vote on an immigration bill since this month’s election, the Republican-controlled House rehashed an old policy and passed a version of a bill that already failed earlier this year, 245-139.  Twenty-seven Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the legislation. The STEM Jobs Act, sponsored by anti-immigrant Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), would increase visas… Continue »

Could some in the non-extremist wing of the GOP be slowly starting to “get it” on immigration?  Yesterday, the Huffington Post reported that the state of Nevada—led by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval—is the latest to confirm that it will allow DREAMers recognized by President Obama’s deferred action (DACA) program to apply for driver’s licenses.  From the Elise Foley: Receiving… Continue »

Hasn’t Rep. Steve King (R-IA) gotten the memo yet? While Republicans of all stripes are busy agreeing that the GOP must start doing better with the Latino vote and immigration reform, anti-immigrant Rep. King is—as Sen. Lindsey Graham would say—digging the hole deeper.  King went on talk radio this week to claim that GOP efforts… Continue »

Some Republicans get it.  Because of the party’s historic losses among Latino voters in the 2012 elections they are calling for the GOP to adopt a new brand image on immigration.  Some still don’t get it.  These Republicans seem to hope that they can do something that looks like immigration reform and address their demographic and political problems. For example,… Continue »

Half-Measures and Pretend Solutions Won’t Solve the GOP’s Problem   Some Republicans get it.  Because of the party’s historic losses among Latino voters in the 2012 elections they are calling for the GOP to adopt a new brand image on immigration.  Some still don’t get it.  These Republicans seem to hope that they can do something… Continue »

La medida, conocida por su sigla en inglés STEM, fue presentada por el legislador republicano de Texas Lamar Smith y cuenta con el respaldo de otros 68 legisladores. No obstante, la iniciativa afronta la oposición de los legisladores demócratas y de la Casa Blanca, porque consideran que lo que el Congreso debe hacer, en cambio, es… Continue »

En la demanda se argumenta que la orden ejecutiva de la gobernadora republicana está en conflicto con la Constitución porque el gobierno federal es quien tiene la jurisdicción para regular el campo de la inmigración y no el estado. Por otra parte, los demandantes también sostienen que Brewer está violando la Décimo Cuarta Enmienda de la… Continue »