Reconciling is in style. In Congress, budget reconciliation is at the center of the debate, as a mechanism to advance legislation through a simple majority, rather than with the sixty votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the face of zero Republican collaboration. And, there is a real effort to attach legalization measures for undocumented… Continue »

Washington, DC – Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) appeared on Fox News yesterday, hyping fears over the border and warning that the “crisis is about to get a lot worse” if Democrats “include a massive amnesty” in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill.  Expect to hear a lot more of this kind of bullying from Republicans and… Continue »

If Donald Trump’s Republican Party is engaged in a full-frontal assault on democracy, against minorities’ right to vote, and against the protection of this right for their own citizens, can anyone expect, then, that they would want to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, especially if said legalization confers the right to vote as soon as… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “Democrats want to build back better. Republicans want to tear down Democrats…Blow past the rightwing noise machine and get it done, Democrats.” Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the truth. He  declared, “100% of my focus is on stopping this new administration.” Earlier, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), who is the GOP… Continue »

Greg Sargent: “Does anybody imagine there will come a point when Republicans will say, ‘Okay, Biden’s totally got the border under control now, so let’s get serious about working with Democrats on legalizing a lot of immigrants’?” The idea of using reconciliation as a vehicle for enacting long overdue citizenship legislation is gaining a whole… Continue »

How many times can the Democrats trip over the same stumbling block when it comes to immigration? How long will they allow Republican anti-immigrant extremists to intimidate them, to the point of forgetting that a majority of the population and a majority of the people who vote for them in elections support a path to… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “Mr. President, this is the year, now is the time, the power is in your hands. Let’s join together to get this done.”   This Politico story is important: Biden’s open to doing immigration through reconciliation, Hispanic lawmakers say. …During Tuesday’s meeting, members of the CHC asked for Biden’s ‘unequivocal support for immigration… Continue »

President Biden and Democrats are going big, delivering results, and changing lives. Meanwhile, Republicans are stoking fear and furiously trying to distract from the Democrats’ successes and to scuttle progress by deploying strategic racism.  As Biden signs the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 package into law and charts an ambitious schedule for vaccine delivery, Democrats are… Continue »

A recording of the call is available here.   Earlier today, Georgia organizers discussed their efforts that led to record-breaking voter turnout from BIPOC communities, which delivered the control of the Senate to the Democratic party with the historic wins of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate. Organizers’ efforts to register and… Continue »

First published June 13, 2019; last updated January 16, 2020 The 2020 Democratic primary has in general not been marked by major policy differences, and immigration is no exception. On immigration, the candidates’ plans are in near-consensus, with differences found only in degree and emphasis. Each plan recognizes the urgent need to create a pathway… Continue »