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Maribel Hastings: Immigration Reform 2013 — Know the Players

Editor’s note: Maribel Hasting’s analysis of the key players in the immigration debate was originally published in Spanish at Univision. Below is an excerpt. Washington, DC – As Congress gets ready to debate immigration reform bills, the players that are part of the discussion are as diverse as their interests. In past debates this diversity … Continue reading »

Jeb Bush is Back: On Board With Immigration Reform That Includes Path To Citizenship (Again)

The past seven days have been quite a ride for Jeb Bush. He began the week by recanting his earlier support for immigration reform with  a path to citizenship.  That’s because Jeb wrote a book last year when it didn’t seem like a path to citizenship would be the mainstream Republican position. But, the 2012 … Continue reading »

Benjy Sarlin: Romney's Return Highlights GOP's Seismic Shifts on Immigration

This week, Mitt Romney returned to national attention with an interview on “Fox News Sunday”—his first public appearance since the 2012 election, and instantly made it clear that with him, nothing has changed. The man who promised to veto the DREAM Act, advocated for self-deportation, brought immigration advisors like Kris Kobach onboard, lost the Latino … Continue reading »

Maribel Hastings: Jeb Bush's NO to citizenship: What happened?

Editor’s note: This column by Maribel Hastings was originally published in Spanish at La Opinion and Huffington Post Voces. The Spanish language version can be viewed here. WASHINGTON, DC – In an interview on NBC’s Today Show Monday, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said it’s premature to declare whether he’ll aspire to the Republican presidential nomination … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin: “I’d Be Naive if I Didn’t Think Pressure From the Left Helps Us at the Bargaining Table"

This afternoon the Washington Post published an article “Immigrants, advocates grow impatient with Obama on pace of changes to laws“, which explores the frustration immigration advocates have for the Administration’s record-breaking deportations.  From the article: The anger at President Obama’s deportation polices among some of his otherwise most ardent allies could pose a surprising complication … Continue reading »

GOP Senators Sessions and Vitter Will Lead Fight Against Immigration Reform

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on immigration reform. We’ve noted many times that the momentum is on our side. The 2012 elections changed the game on this issue. Our press release from earlier today title,d On Immigration Reform, The Tide Has Turned, makes four key points: The Pro-Reform Side is Strong, Growing, and … Continue reading »

CREDO Action and DailyKos Add Progressive Muscle To Immigration Reform Effort

Today was another milestone in the fight for immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship. The U.S. Senate held its first hearing. And, the pro-reform side showed its political muscle with a massive petition drive whose names were inserted into the record at the hearing. Nearly 300,000 Americans made their voices heard, calling on … Continue reading »

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Immigration: Do These Wingnuts Still Set the GOP Agenda?

The big event tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union — and the rebuttal from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as the Tea Party rebuttal from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). But for immigration advocates, the real action begins in the Senate tomorrow morning when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its first immigration hearing. The momentum is … Continue reading »

The New Politics of Immigration Behind the New Prospects for Reform

With immigration reform moving to center stage, the political implications and motivations behind the debate are also moving into the limelight. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: While some observers remain stuck in the old conventional wisdom regarding the politics of immigration, most leaders and strategists in both Parties recognize the new … Continue reading »

The New Politics of Immigration Behind the New Prospects for Reform

With immigration reform moving to center stage, the political implications and motivations behind the debate are also moving into the limelight. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “While some observers remain stuck in the old conventional wisdom regarding the politics of immigration, most leaders and strategists in both Parties recognize the new … Continue reading »