Today’s Senate vote is a really, really big deal.  It’s the vote for final passage out of the Senate–a major step toward a bill becoming law. And, given the dysfunction in Congress, that doesn’t happen very often these days. We’re expecting to win by a solid margin: every Democratic Senator is likely to vote yes… Continue »

Update: the DOMA ruling has already had an effect.  From Think Progress: A New York City immigration judge immediately stopped the deportation proceedings of a gay Colombian man who is legally married to an American citizen soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for being unconstitutional, as was first reported… Continue »

In the 2007 Senate immigration legislative debate, only 34 of 48 Democratic Senators voted to support immigration reform.  In 2010, 5 Democratic Senators voted against the DREAM Act.  By contrast, today’s 67-31 cloture vote indicates that when this week’s vote takes place on the Senate immigration bill – a bill that includes a path to… Continue »

With the Senate clearing an important procedural hurdle on immigration reform yesterday and prospects looking good for a strong bipartisan vote on final passage later this week, attention is moving to the House of Representatives.  While the conventional wisdom among the commentariat is that the House will thwart immigration reform, that assumption vastly underestimates key… Continue »

Today the Senate cleared an important procedural hurdle.  The cloture vote on the amendment sponsored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) passed, by a 67-27 margin. A vote on passage of this amendment is now set to take place on Wednesday, followed by another crucial cloture vote and then final passage of… Continue »

Victory in the Senate Expected this Week, Challenge to the House Comes into Focus  Today, the Senate begins a series of votes that will determine whether immigration reform will moves toward final passage.  Should it pass as expected, the spotlight will turn to the House of Representatives to act on this historic opportunity.  Below is… Continue »

One-by-one, the major arguments and excuses used by opponents of immigration reform to justify their opposition are being demolished.  From the fiscal and economic arguments against immigration reform that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of the Senate’s immigration bill eviscerated, to the “not enough border security” excuse, answered by the extreme border security amendment… Continue »

Leaders in Florida, Texas and Illinois Target Senators with Ads, Polling, and Statewide Actions Listen to DRM Coalition’s new Spanish language radio ad targeting Senator Rubio here. As Senate leaders are set to announce an agreement on a border security deal, community leaders from key states are escalating pushback against Senators still seen as obstacles… Continue »

Right now, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to talk about immigration reform.  Immediately following the 2012 elections, Speaker Boehner said to ABC News “This [immigration] issue has been around far too long…A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself and others can find… Continue »

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of the Senate’s immigration bill: The CBO score shows that there are now 197 billion reasons for Congress to do the right thing and pass immigration reform this year, and 700 billion more reasons over… Continue »