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Markup Fact Check #1: Sen. Grassley Ignores Reality on the Border

When Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said the security provisions contained in the bipartisan Senate bill are “weak” in his opening statement today, he completely ignored reality and the real state of border security: As a nation, we have mounted an aggressive “enforcement-first” strategy for the past 20 years.  Currently, according to the Migration Policy Institute, we … Continue reading »

Senator Schumer Points Out Extreme Positions of Anti-Immigrant Witnesses

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the immigration reform legislation drafted by the “Gang of Eight.” As we noted in the post below, the anti-immigrant Senators, led by Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and leader of the “Gang of Hate” Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL) on the panel invited several witnesses from the Tanton … Continue reading »

Updated: Today's Senate Judiciary Hearing to Feature FIVE Tanton-Network Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Edit: Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies testified today as well.  That makes THREE CIS-related witnesses, and two other Tanton-network witnesses, for a total of five. Today’s Senate Judiciary committee hearing on immigration and the bill released last week will be a jam-packed event, featuring four panels filled with business owners, former elected officials, … Continue reading »

Anti-Immigrant Senator Sessions Is Leading The Gang of Hate. Who Else Will Join Him?

Yesterday, the Senate Gang of 8 introduced its long-awaited bipartisan immigration bill. Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on the bill, with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The hearing will probably double as our first chance to see the anti-immigrant “Gang of Hate” in action on the Senate bill. … Continue reading »

Using 2007 Strategy, Cornyn, King, Kobach Already Scheming To Kill Immigration Reform

Some people never learn. After the 2012 elections, in which Republicans lost Hispanic voters by more than a 3-1 margin, many Republicans started coming around on immigration reform and accepting the need to move forward on legislation.  The Republican National Committee admitted the party needed to rebrand itself with Latinos and released a whole “autopsy” … Continue reading »

Chuck Grassley Calls for More Immigration Hearings, Then Uses Them to Troll Immigrants

Flip back the count.  It’s been zero days since Congressional Republicans last called a CIS witness to a hearing. All over Washington, Republicans are deciding that getting with the program on immigration reform and shutting up about their nativist tendencies is the best way to go.  The RNC released a whole report that talks about … Continue reading »

Senators Opposing Immigration Reform Want to Oppose It More Slowly

Surprise, surprise.  Republicans who don’t want immigration reform to pass are now trying to “slow down” the process by complaining that the debate is moving too fast. Here’s what that really means: Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX)–are trying to stop … Continue reading »

Sens. Grassley, Sessions Skip Reading RNC Outreach Report, Instead Spend Time Attacking Immigrants at Senate Hearing

The Republican National Committee took a serious step toward reclaiming its big-tent-party status today, when it announced that it will spend millions this year on minority outreach and endorsed comprehensive immigration reform.  It was a move toward reason and rationality, and a tiny hint that Republicans might be willing to make things work in Washington, … Continue reading »

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Immigration: Do These Wingnuts Still Set the GOP Agenda?

The big event tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union — and the rebuttal from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as the Tea Party rebuttal from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). But for immigration advocates, the real action begins in the Senate tomorrow morning when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its first immigration hearing. The momentum is … Continue reading »