12:55 PM EDIT: Business Insider is now retracting their quote from Priebus.  They originally reported that Preibus said “when someone makes those comments” about self-deportation, “obviously, it’s racist.”  Their correction now has his quote reading “obviously, it hurts us.” For too long, the Republican Party has been controlled by its harsh anti-immigrant wing. That crowd adopted the… Continue »

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells CNN this morning, “Last year, almost everybody in my conference would have agreed with me on this immigration issue…This year it seems after the presidential election a spell has been cast over a good number of Republicans and they seem to think the presidential election was about immigration.  I’d ask them:… Continue »

In an article titled, “Immigration Overhaul Advocates Make Big August Push,” Holly Yeager of the  Washington Post writes: “An unusual alliance of advocates — including Internet moguls and evangelicals, representatives of big business and labor unions — is working across the country during the August congressional recess in an all-out push for immigration reform.  The broad… Continue »

Anti-Immigrant Event Targeting Cantor and Featuring Steve King Fizzles; Event in McCarthy’s District Promoted by Pro-Reform Movement Set for Tomorrow Will Sizzle  For all the talk of the vaunted anti-immigrant movement’s ability to mobilize opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, their big event in Richmond, VA yesterday turned out to be a big bust. Embarrassed by… Continue »

Steve King held what was supposed to be a major rally against immigration reform yesterday in Richmond, Virginia.  Nobody came, but that didn’t stop him from spouting more of his usual anti-immigrant babble. In particular, he attacked immigrants from Latin America and claimed that populations get more violent the further south one moves in Latin… Continue »

The demographics in two southern states that have been safe bastions for the GOP are changing. And those changes will impact elections and the immigration reform. Virginia is considered a purple state at the presidential level. In 2012, President Obama carried the state and former Governor Tim Kaine was elected to the United States Senate.… Continue »

The Senate’s leading anti-immigrant voice, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), predicted to the New York Times in June, “The longer it lays in the sun, the more it smells, as they say about the mackerel.” Sessions’ pungent quote was in reference to the immigration legislation which at that point was pending in the Senate, prior to its overwhelming bi-partisan passage by the… Continue »

Cross-posted at Huffington Post: Rep. Steve King, arguably the loudest and most offensive anti-immigrant voice in the GOP, has long been a thorn in our side. He has steadfastly opposed immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, strongly supported self-deportation and been instrumental in the GOP’s lurch to the right on immigration… Continue »

NPR: Texas Congressman Pulled In Two Directions Over Immigration By David Welna Victoria Advocate (Texas): Congressman Farenthold on health care, immigration (video) By Elana Watts Houston Chronicle (Texas): Ad links Blake Farenthold to embattled Iowa Republican Steve King Longview News-Journal (Texas): As state’s Hispanic minority grows, GOP faces challenge By Glenn Evans Greely Tribune (Colorado): March, rally press Gardner on immigration reform By Trenton… Continue »

On NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) once again tried to defend and justify his recent claims that most DREAMers are actually drug smugglers with “calves the size of cantaloupes.”  This time, however, GOP strategist Ana Navarro was there to take him to task for his views, and suggested he need… Continue »