GOP Leaders Continue to Hide Behind Lame Excuses to Avoid Voting on Immigration Reform House Republican leaders are concocting more and more excuses for their legislative inaction on immigration reform.  Unfortunately for them, the excuses don’t even pass the laugh test. Yesterday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) issued a statement full of righteous indignation that President… Continue »

It’s Always About Getting to “No” Without Plotting a Way to Get to “Yes” Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has consistently said that immigration reform “needs to get done.”  Yet when it comes to turning rhetoric into action, Boehner the rest of Republican leadership always find a way to get to “no.” According… Continue »

What an Ex-Minuteman, Tom Tancredo, and Eric Cantor Have in Common Washington, DC – So much for the modernization of the Republican Party. In California, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has a very real chance to win the state’s Republican primary in early June.  Donnelly is a former Minuteman, who once likened unauthorized immigration to a war, and… Continue »

Cantor Shuts Down Simplest Reform on Defense Bill Last year House Majority Leaders Eric Cantor (R-VA) spoke of how the party needed to champion a measure – the KIDS Act, he called it – that would put young undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship.  But last Friday, Cantor made clear that he would block attempts to include… Continue »

Latino and Immigrant Leaders Protest Mike Coffman, John Boehner and Eric Cantor at Denver Fundraiser for Holding Immigration Reform Vote Hostage Outside a fundraiser headlined by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) today, local leaders staged a rally to protest the fact that these three… Continue »

Check out this new video from the Jews United for Justice–one of the many groups working to push immigration reform forward this year. The video is from Jesse, who grew up attending the BBYO Jewish youth group with Eric Cantor’s kids.  Rep. Cantor (R-VA) wrote his college recommendation letter, and once hosted Jesse when he… Continue »

When it comes to having decent interactions with immigrants and advocates, House GOP leaders are not having a great week.  They’ve already locked visitors out of their (public) offices and cut off a 9-year-old girl who tried to ask Eric Cantor if he could help with her dad’s deportation (“I can’t help you.  Nice to see you,”… Continue »

Speaker Boehner and GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy are locking their doors to immigration reform supporters, and now Majority Leader Eric Cantor is dismissing advocate kids. Yesterday, nine-year-old Liz Marquez–whose father is facing deportation–tried to ask Rep. Cantor to help her dad, but he blew past her and said: “I can’t help you.” “Nice to see you,”… Continue »

House Republicans’ Strategy on Immigration Is Clear: Do Nothing But Try to Avoid Blame Washington, DC – When it comes to immigration, it’s become clear that House Republican Leadership’s primary objective is not to pass legislation, but avoid blame.  Earlier this week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters that while the House… Continue »

While much of the Beltway coverage of immigration reform focuses on the latest timing excuses from House Republicans to justify their continued inaction, the pro-reform movement continues to escalate. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: What will ultimately get immigration reform over the finish line is outside pressure, not insider conventional wisdom.… Continue »