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The Problem With Rep. Lamar Smith Claiming to Defend American Workers

The August 15 start date for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to begin accepting DREAMer requests for deferred action is fast approaching.  While many supporters and advocates are putting all hands on deck in order to help DREAMers fill out their paperwork and avoid scammers, others are still insisting that allowing young immigrants to continue contributing to … Continue reading »

With English-Only Hearing, House GOP Embraces an Organization Once Shunned by Republicans and Proves They’ve Adopted Extremists’ Agenda As Their Own

Tomorrow’s House Constitution Subcommittee hearing on Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’s English Language Unity Act—a bill that would mandate “English-only” government documents and services—is hardly the first indication that the House GOP is taking its cues on immigration from the anti-immigrant movement’s playbook, but it might be the most brazen. Since returning to power in 2011, … Continue reading »

In “Analysis” of New CRS Memo, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is Up to Old Tricks

No Wonder Latino and Other Voters Are Rejecting GOP Washington, DC –  With his sensational spin around a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is proving once again that he sees “immigrant” as synonymous with “criminal”—and showing why the Republican Party is having such a hard time courting Latino voters and … Continue reading »

In "Analysis" of Congressional Memo, Rep. Lamar Smith is Up to Old Tricks

With his sensational spin on a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is proving once again that he believes “immigrant” to be synonymous with “criminal”—and showing why the Republican Party is having such a hard time courting Latino voters and others with immigrant roots. Smith is the leading lawmaker behind the … Continue reading »

Immigration Policy Center Report: "Who and Where DREAMers Are"

Yesterday the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) released a treasure trove of data on DREAM Act-eligible youth, including where they come from and where in the US they tend to live.  The report, entitled “Who and Where the DREAMers Are: A Demographic Profile of Immigrants Who Might Benefit from the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Initiative,” is … Continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Finds Obama's DREAM Relief Right and Legal; Lamar Smith Misleads From the Start

US News and World Report offers two members of Congress with opposing views on President Obama’s bold move to provide relief to DREAMers. On one side is Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who supports the President’s action: If anyone still had any doubts about the legal ground on which the president stands with his recent announcement, he … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: "Romney is 'caught between a nativist rock and a demographic hard place'"

Post-health care decision analysis from Francis Wilkinson at Bloomberg notes that the ruling might provide a short respite for Romney from his ongoing immigration debacle: The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act has saved the Romney campaign from its recent message muddle. Romney ran into turbulence as soon as the U.S. Department of … Continue reading »

According to Romney Co-Chair Ray Walser, Mitt Would Rescind the New DREAM Relief Policy

Via Judd Legum at Think Progress, we learn what many of us thought, but hadn’t quite heard from anyone inside the Romney campaign — until now: Ray Walser, a co-chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign for issues pertaining to Latin America, finally spilled the beans: …Mr Walser, told The Daily Telegraph: “My anticipation is that he would probably rescind this … Continue reading »

Ignoring Reality, Boehner Has the Audacity to Blame Obama for Failing to Pass DREAM

For the past eighteen months, Speaker  John Boehner has entrusted immigration policy to three of the most anti-immigrant voices in the GOP caucus: Lamar Smith, Elton Gallegly and Steve King. That trio has held one immigrant bashing hearing after another. Of course, all three of them — and Boehner — voted against the DREAM Act … Continue reading »

Hill GOP Leaders Silence Rep. Lamar Smith, Mostly Mum on Obama's DREAM Move

Yesterday, we got word that Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the leading anti-immigrant voice in the House of Representatives, had scheduled a press conference on immigration. That wasn’t a surprise. In the wake of President Obama’s bold action to protect DREAMers, we expected the usual backlash from Smith. After all, his partner in immigrant-bashing, Rep. Steve … Continue reading »

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