Boehner Better Not Be Relying on This Guy to Get Immigration Reform Done  Is Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) trying to blow up immigration reform?  Sure looks that way to us.  At a town hall held in his Western Virginia district last evening, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) showed why the House Republican leadership… 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 »

The following is a press release from United We DREAM: Broad Coalition Rejects Efforts That Would Lead to Second-Class Status for Millions As the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on immigrant youth, a diverse range of advocates for immigration reform joined DREAMers and Members of Congress to denounce legislative proposals that fall far short… Continue »

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee meets for a hearing that will discuss the KIDS Act, a DREAM Act-lite proposal that some Republicans are considering taking up instead of immigration reform for the 11 million.  As Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) recently said, “We’ve been there, we’ve done that, that’s so yesterday.  [That’s] last century’s conversation on immigration.”… Continue »

In a new piece posted at The Atlantic’s website, Republican strategist and former House leadership aide John Feehery tells political reporter Molly Ball that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “ought to ditch the Hastert rule.” As the article details: Feehery actually wrote the speech in which Hastert laid out the rule that bears… Continue »

On the Sunday shows, Boehner’s Lack of Leadership Leaves Steve King As the Defining Voice of the Caucus Judging by this weekend’s Sunday shows, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is now “the man” when it comes to House Republicans stating a clear position on immigration policy. On the popular Sunday show called “Al Punto,” hosted by… Continue »

In the fight for immigration reform, two of the political incentives for House Republicans to vote for a bill involve constituent breakdown: how “purple” their district is politically, and how Latino it is demographically. That’s what the scatterplot below shows, for many (not all) of the House Republicans who have the most important roles in… Continue »

Steve King “Hell No” Caucus Small and Embattled; A Group in the Middle that is Likely to “Vote No, but Pray Yes”; and an Unknown Number of Reformers Depending on which article you read about the House Republican immigration meeting yesterday, you come away with a different take on where they are heading. For us,… Continue »

As immigration reform advocates, we’re used to the pessimism of “conventional wisdom” and we’re used to conventional wisdom being wrong.  Rahm Emanuel once said that immigration reform was the “third rail of American politics,” yet the illegal immigration wedge strategy was a bust in every recent election.  Tom Tancredo made it his pet issue, left… Continue »

Last Sunday, David Brooks of the New York Times had this to say on NBC’s Meet the Press: I’ve seen a lot of intellectually weak cases in this town.  I’ve rarely seen as intellectually a weak case as the case against the Senate immigration bill.  The Republicans say they want to reduce illegal immigration; the… Continue »