Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reiterated that he's got the votes to move immigration reform forward, and soon. Today MSNBC's Mark Murray reports: Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, said it was smart policy and smart politics to take up immigration reform. He noted that... Continue »
On June 25th, President Obama is convening a bi-partisan meeting to discuss the prospects for moving on comprehensive immigration reform later this year. If he asked me about the politics of immigration reform in this economic climate, this is the memo I would send to him: "Reform advocates point... Continue »
Just in case there was any doubt the first time around... In "Reid claims he has votes for reform," Politico's Alex Isenstadt reports: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said once again Tuesday that he has the votes to pass comprehensive immigration reform." As Thursday's White House meeting on... Continue »
I just came back from attending a graduation ceremony organized by United We Dream, a coalition of student advocacy groups from all over the U.S advocating for the DREAM Act. What's the DREAM Act you say? Each year about 65,000 U.S.-raised students, who would qualify for a status-adjustment under... Continue »
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has come out swinging in support of moving comprehensive immigration reform this year, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seems equally determined to lower advocates' expectations in advance of this Thursday's big White House immigration meeting. Continue »
Irony of ironies- it turns out, according to Think Progress' Lee Fang in "Under Misspelled Banner, Buchanan And White Nationalist Brimelow Argue For English-Only Initiatives," that American Cause luminaries actually convened under a misspelled banner to promote their hardline, English-only agenda. For more, check out our background briefing on... Continue »
The AP reports in "Obama says immigration overhaul is essential:" WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he is committed to a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a way for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens. Continue »
For those of us who cover immigration issues and deal with the extremists all the time, none of this is new. Nor is the fact that so-called "legitimate" spokespersons deliver hate-filled messages that show up in angry faxes to Congress, the Ku Klux Klan and even Minuteman leader Shawna... Continue »
On May 30, 29-year-old Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia Flores were shot to death, purportedly by a group of far-right anti-immigrant activists who broke into the Flores home by posing as police officers. On Friday, Shawna Forde, anti-immigrant activist and Executive Director of the Minutemen American Defense,... Continue »
Almost a full week since local Arizona media and progressive and pro-migrant bloggers began covering the horrific story of Brisenia Flores and her minuteman killers, the story is finally catching the eye of the mainstream media. Turns out the point-blank murder of a little nine-year-old-girl by anti-immigration extremists is... Continue »