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Immigration State of Play: Five Things That Matter Moving Forward

After several productive weeks for immigration reform in the Senate Judiciary Committee and ahead of a busy legislative push in both chambers in the coming weeks and months, this week’s congressional Memorial Day recess offers a chance for pause and reflection about immigration’s legislative state of play. Here are five observations about the prospects and … Continue reading »

National Immigration Experts & Advocates Preview Road Ahead as Landmark Bill Advances to Senate Floor

The following is a press release from the Alliance for Citizenship: Leaders from the Alliance for Citizenship, a national campaign working with hundreds of groups across the country to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a direct and inclusive path to citizenship, previewed the next steps to advance S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration … Continue reading »

Immigrant and Ally Groups, Editorial Boards, React to Senate Judiciary Committee Vote on Immigration Reform

Last night, the immigration reform world cheered as the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Gang of 8 immigration reform bill out of markup on a 13-5 bipartisan vote.  As our own executive director Frank Sharry said: Today immigration reform took a giant step forward.  The Gang of Eight bill is a carefully balanced piece of … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Immigration Reform Takes a Giant Step Forward with Passage of Bill from Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the immigration legislation by a bipartisan vote (13-5).  The vote concludes the committee markup process in the Senate and signifies the clearing of the first official legislative hurdle for immigration reform’s passage in 2013 (see here for a list of “good and bad” amendments added to the Senate bill … Continue reading »

Ted Cruz's Amendment 3 Gutting Citizenship Now in Markup

Update: Cruz 3 has just been rejected on a 5-13 vote. Senators supporting a permanent, second-class status: Sessions, Lee, Grassley, Cruz, Cornyn. Right now the Senate Judiciary Committee (#CIRmarkup) is considering Sen. Ted Cruz’s amendment 3, one of the worst amendments that has been proposed to the Senate Gang of 8 immigration bill.  Cruz seems … Continue reading »

Senate Immigration Bill – Path to Citizenship Remains Intact as Markup Reaches Home Stretch

Having worked through a majority of its amendments, the Senate Judiciary Committee is in the final stages of marking up the bipartisan immigration reform bill.  According to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who led the process thoughtfully and fairly, the markup is likely to finish today. The biggest takeaway?  Although some call the path … Continue reading »

Day 5: Markup of Senate Gang of 8 Immigration Bill

Watch live-stream here. Here’s what happened today in the Senate Judiciary Committee markup, from the Senate Judiciary Committee majority staff: Day Five Recap: Committee Concludes Consideration of Immigration Reform Bill The Senate Judiciary Committee today completed consideration of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  The immigration reform bill will make the … Continue reading »

Day 4: Markup of Senate Gang of 8 Immigration Bill

Watch live-stream here. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #CIRMarkup. 9:15 PM: the following is a press release from the Senate Judiciary Committee majority staff: Day Four Recap: More Than 165 Amendments Considered to Immigration Bill The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday continued consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  The … Continue reading »

Amendments that Matter: The Path to Citizenship–"Criminal" Bars

If you think the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of the Gang of 8 bill has been intense so far, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As the SJC moves into Titles II and III of the bill—which cover everything from E-Verify to detention policy to family immigration to agricultural workers, not to mention the path to … Continue reading »

The Center is Holding on Immigration Reform

As the Senate Judiciary Committee completes its second week of markup and we head into the final week of committee consideration, the heart of the legislation remains intact.  And, despite the sideshows and attempts by the far right to derail the effort entirely, the bipartisan center continues to hold and strengthen.  The tide of bipartisanship … Continue reading »