Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to ignore immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, California, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the votes exist to pass… Continue »

While He Tells Hometown Media He is Trying to “Move” Immigration Bill, Wall Street Journal Reports He’s Working Behind the Scenes Against It Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was the key voice among House leadership urging inaction on immigration reform in 2014.  After stating that Speaker of the House… Continue »

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is urging his Party to delay action on immigration reform until at least 2015. According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: Coming from California, you’d think Rep. Kevin McCarthy would get the politics of immigration better than some others. … Continue »

In advance of a House Republican summit and statement of principles on immigration that is expected to mention legalization — but not citizenship — for undocumented immigrants, one House Republican is firing back against the idea of preventing people from becoming citizens. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) told Jorge Ramos yesterday that “you have to have some type… Continue »

Yesterday, on Human Rights Day, 70 activists with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor joined members of the Bakersfield Hispanic Chamber of Commerce outside GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s Bakersfield office, to once again demand that their Representative help move immigration reform forward.  As expected, McCarthy’s office was locked, and the constituents were prevented… Continue »

President Obama came to San Francisco, California today to deliver a speech on the importance of immigration reform, where he applauded the contribution of immigrants and chided House Republicans for refusing to take action and pass legislation.  He also gave a shout-out to the #Fast4Families, Eliseo Medina, and others who have been going without food in… Continue »

Yesterday, a group of immigrant women with We Belong Together and CHIRLA successfully forced a meeting with GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, who came to meet with them shortly before midnight, after they’d spent hours engaging in an act of civil disobedience that left them locked in his office without food, water, or medication. A group… Continue »

Today, hundreds of activists in Chicago, Illinois and Bakersfield, California stepped up their tactics to pressure Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. In Chicago, more than 500 people from faith, labor, elected officials and community organizations, including many undocumented families, joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) for… Continue »

Last week, three Republicans came out in support of the House immigration bill HR 15, including two Californians, Reps. Jeff Denham and David Valadao.  Commentators praised their bravery for taking a stand—the “embrace of immigration reform eases path for California Republicans,” the LA Times noted, while Buzzfeed invited readers to “meet the Republican sticking his… Continue »

Reps. Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California have both cosponsors of the House immigration bill, HR 15.  But why haven’t more of these House Republicans done more to help pass immigration reform?  See the polling here.