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Online Ads Urges Senators Heller, Hoeven, Donnelly and Pryor to Back the Path to Citizenship

Wednesday night, you may have seen this tweet from Jon Ralston. We sure did: The @LasVegasSun site has been temporarily turned into a huge ad to pressure @SenDeanHeller on immigration. Wow: Wow indeed. — Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 19, 2013 Wow indeed. This is what the front page of the Las Vegas Sun looked … Continue reading »

Senator Leahy Opposes Unfair Amendments Proposed by Senator Hatch

As the second week of debate on the Gang of 8 immigration bill got underway today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, began his floor speech outlining the week ahead. As he said, “I hope we can make more progress on this vital legislation.” Leahy went on to explain several of the … Continue reading »

Blocking Immigration Reform is the Obsession of Sen. Jeff Sessions

This week, the Senate began debate on the immigration reform bill. If you’ve been watching, you’re seeing just how complicated the process in the Senate can be. It’s subject to a lot of delaying tactics and procedural games. As you can imagine, opponents of reform–led by Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL)–are using every possible … Continue reading »

Senator Mike Lee Invokes Discredited, Toxic Heritage Report to Oppose Immigration

Today, on the Senate floor, we saw something we hadn’t seen yet in the immigration debate: A Senator actually invoked the Heritage Foundation’s infamous anti-immigrant report. Sure, Rep. Steve King has cited the report, but he’s so extreme we’d expect it from him. But Utah’s Mike Lee seemed unfazed by the controversy surrounding Heritage.  As he said today … Continue reading »

Schumer: We Know Cornyn's Game, Won't Let His Poison Pill Stop Immigration Reform

Earlier today, as we noted, Majority Leader Harry Reid said: I am concerned that some who oppose the very idea of reform see these triggers as a backdoor way to undermine the legislation. And I believe some Republicans with no intention of voting for the final bill – regardless of how it is amended – … Continue reading »

June 11: President Obama Speaks on the Need for Immigration Reform

Watch this morning’s speech below: Here’s the transcript of the President’s remarks on immigration reform: 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Welcome to the White House.  It is a pleasure to have so many distinguished Americans today from so many different walks of life.  We’ve got Democrats and Republicans; we’ve got labor and … Continue reading »

Will John Cornyn Extend His Losing Record From NRSC to Entire GOP?

Once again, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is leading the charge to undermine immigration reform. As our Executive Director here at America’s Voice Frank Sharry has noted, Cornyn has played that role before, the last time immigration reform legislation was debated in 2006-2007. This time, Cornyn is planning to introduce a “poison pill” amendment that would undermine … Continue reading »

Greg Sargent: Senate Democrats Will Reject Cornyn's Poison Pill Amendment To Immigration Bill

There’s been a lot of news about Senator John Cornyn’s plans to introduce a poison pill border security amendment when the Gang of 8 immigration bill hits the floor next week. This afternoon, Greg Sargent reports on a very important development: Senate Democrats aren’t going along with Cornyn. They will not accept language that undermines … Continue reading »

Markos: "Reid Confident in 60 Immigration Votes, So Why Give in Even More?"

Yesterday at DailyKos, Markos Moulitsas took a look at the amendments Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is proposing to the Senate immigration reform bill. Markos examines Hatch’s strategy in relation to the GOP’s fumbling attempts to attract Latino voters, and concludes that Hatch’s amendments could have negative impact on the GOP effort: So the hope is that by … Continue reading »

Must Read News On Immigration Reform, May 29, 2013

Roll Call: Reid: 60 Votes on Immigration ‘Pretty Easy’ By Niels Lesniewski Wall Street Journal: Immigration Bill Slow to Stir Foes’ Passion By Miriam Jordan US News and World Report: Anti-Amnesty Groups Face Mounting Odds in Immigration Fight By Lauren Fox Bloomberg: Senate Democrats Plan June 10 Start on Immigration Bill By Kathleen Hunter Daily Kos: Dear GOP, … Continue reading »