Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said today, that while the House GOP is still trying to figure out a way forward on immigration reform, “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.” The day after the 2012 election, Speaker Boehner said we have to get comprehensive immigration reform… Continue »

This morning, two young immigration activists, Carmen Lima, 13, from California, and Jennifer Martinez, 16, from Washington state, ran into Speaker John Boehner at a breakfast spot in DC. Here’s the release from Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) – the video is below, as is the transcript: This morning, a group of immigrant children, in… Continue »

Talking Points Memo by Sahil Kapur: GOP Nixes Immigration Reform In 2013 — And Probably 2014 Too National Journal by Marin Cogan: No, the GOP Is Not About to Capture Latino Voters International Business Times by Laura Matthews: Why Immigration Reform May (Or May Not) Die In 2013 Las Vegas Sun by Tovin Lapin: Immigration… Continue »

Via Elise Foley at Huffington Post, we learned of a new poll of 20 GOP House districts, which found strong support for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship: A majority of likely voters in 20 Republican-represented swing congressional districts support the broad outlines of comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, according to a… Continue »

While much of the Beltway coverage of immigration reform focuses on the latest timing excuses from House Republicans to justify their continued inaction, the pro-reform movement continues to escalate. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: What will ultimately get immigration reform over the finish line is outside pressure, not insider conventional wisdom.… Continue »

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada) By Sean Whaley, Laura Myers, Ed Vogel, and Ben Botkin: Political Eye: Heck targeted on immigration reform NBC Latino By Suzanne Gamboa: Immigration advocates press on despite House GOP No. 3 nixing legislation for the year International Business Times By Laura Matthews: Immigration Reform News: Advocates Say Bill Isn’t Dead ‘Until We Say So’… Continue »

Igor Volsky at Think Progress writes: “House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told immigration advocates that lawmakers will not take-up immigration reform this year. As a result, an amendment to deport DREAM-eligible immigrants — which passed with overwhelming GOP support in June — will be the only immigration measure to have received a vote on… Continue »

This weekend, our allies at the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform held a meeting in Virginia to plot their strategy to push reform. Via John Stanton at Buzzfeed: Immigration activists may have found an unusual ally in the daunting bid to convince Republicans that comprehensive immigration reform must happen: the nation’s 40 million Irish-Americans. “We… Continue »

Rachel Maddow talks to Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim about immigration reform — and the bogus excuse from GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy that the House didn’t have enough time to take up reform this year:

On Friday night, after House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy announced there would be no votes on immigration reform this year, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did a couple of segments on the issue. She talked to our friend, Jose Antonio Vargas, who has been traveling the country building support: