In a critical blow to the GOP’s claim that it is capable of governing, the House just voted 203-224 against a short-term resolution funding the Department of Homeland Security for the next three weeks.  Fifty-one Republicans voted no.  Though House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said that more votes could follow tonight or this weekend, the GOP… Continue »

Today the Senate approved a clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill, and Senate Democrats blocked a motion to proceed to a bill from Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would nullify the President’s immigration-related executive actions.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. In response to our movement’s relentless… Continue »

If the GOP Wants to Address Nation’s Immigration Problems, then They Should Give Up on Mass-Deportation Measures and Be Prepared for a Debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Today, the Senate voted to block debate on an extreme anti-immigration measure by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)—legislation designed to take away the President’s DAPA and expanded DACA programs… Continue »

In the latest update on the looming government shutdown, the House and Senate are poised to vote on a short-term continuing resolution funding DHS for all of three weeks….apparently so that the Republican intransigence and intra-party squabbling that’s been going on this past month can continue for a little while longer.  Politico notes that the Congressional calendar is… Continue »

Today the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off a multi-day event featuring a contingent of likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders, conservative activists and media observers.  Immigration is sure to be a dominant focus of both CPAC and the 2016 presidential cycle. During his town hall event last night in Miami, President Obama focused attention… Continue »

Just before midnight tomorrow, funding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out and the GOP will be responsible for yet another government shutdown, despite promises that they will use their 2014 majorities to govern.  And why are Republicans pushing for this standoff?  Because they want more deportations, and the Obama Administration isn’t giving… Continue »

In the post-2014 election afterglow, Republican leaders in both the House and Senate pledged that their newfound majority in both congressional chambers would demonstrate the GOP’s ability to govern in a responsible manner. With Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding set to expire in two days, it’s clear that this happy talk has run headlong into… Continue »

It’s three days before Republican intransigence will lead to yet another government shutdown, and the GOP state of play is a right mess.  Polls show that Republicans will be blamed for a shutdown, and it’s going to look pretty bad for the GOP and their promises to govern if this all goes down.  Mitch McConnell looks… Continue »

With the clock running out on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding, and pundits looking to see if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) can work themselves out of the corner they painted themselves into, our take is that they are not really the members of Congress driving the GOP strategy. … Continue »

Judge Hanen’s Decision Faces Withering Criticism Washington DC – In the wake of Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling on the Texas immigration lawsuit, many have been quick to blast Hanen’s poorly-reasoned and politicized decision to stop millions of immigrants from applying for long overdue relief. Today, respected legal scholar and University of Chicago Law school professor, Eric Posner writing in Slate, and Max Ehrenfreund of… Continue »