When Republicans want to hear “expert” testimony on anti-immigrant views, there is apparently only shop in town: the John Tanton network.  Tanton, of course, is the white nationalist who founded or helped found three key anti-immigrant groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (or FAIR, a hate group), the Center for Immigration Studies (the think tank),… Continue »

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on immigration reform and the President’s executive action for immigrants — and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) used his time to take apart the arguments of the anti-immigrant crowd. Watch the video below: Speaking for opponents for executive action were John Eastman, Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage, and… Continue »

Congressional Republicans clearly don’t care that the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a hate group or that its founder, John Tanton, is a white nationalist.  Why else would they hold two immigration hearings today (one by the House Judiciary Committee and one in the Senate) and invite not one, not two, not three, but four witnesses affiliated… Continue »

Hearing on Keeping Families Together: The President’s Executive Action on Immigration and the Need to Pass Comprehensive Reform DECEMBER 10, 2014 Washington, DC–We thank the Judiciary Committee for holding this important hearing today on the recent Immigration Accountability Action Initiatives.  This hearing rightly highlights the need to keep families together. The expansion of the Deferred… Continue »

With Congress back in session this week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is teeing up attacks on President Obama’s lawful use of executive action on immigration, with the House kicking things off with two hearings scheduled for Tuesday. If Republicans are actually serious about dealing with immigration and preempting President Obama’s executive action, they have… Continue »

Today, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus held an ad hoc hearing on Capitol Hill entitled “Kids First: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis.”  The members of Congress listened to testimony from children who had fled violence and experts who had worked with them, and one Congresswoman expressed her astonishment that this was the first time… Continue »

If you thought yesterday’s Homeland Security hearing on the children at the border was a long parade of Republican posture-taking, wait until today’s House Judiciary Committee spectacle, titled nothing less than  “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Minors.” Here are the witnesses: Mr. Tom Homan, Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S.… Continue »

At today’s Homeland Security Committee hearing (“Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border“), House Republicans demonstrated an insistence on using the children at the border story to score cheap political points, regardless of the facts. More than once, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson emphasized the fact that the children are refugees, and that the main… Continue »

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing where Republicans will grill DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.  The hearing will no doubt cover a range of immigration policy issues as Republicans see them, including Steve-King-caucus-priorities such as criminal activity by immigrants, the Obama Administration’s lack of respect for the law, criminal activity by immigrants, and the Obama… Continue »

House Republicans tried to make a gesture toward immigration reform—sort of—by holding an Immigration Subcommittee hearing on the KIDS Act yesterday, a bill that could grant DREAMers legal status but leave their parents vulnerable to deportation.  Some Republicans on the Committee tried to say nice things about DREAMers, while at the same time criticizing their… Continue »