Meanwhile, In the House Pelosi and Hoyer Challenge Republican Leadership on Inaction As advocates from around the country yesterday rallied for immigration reform and an end to record deportations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took to the Senate floor to deliver an impassioned speech directed at the House GOP.  He sharply criticized their failure to take up immigration reform legislation even though… Continue »

Earlier today, as we noted, Majority Leader Harry Reid said: I am concerned that some who oppose the very idea of reform see these triggers as a backdoor way to undermine the legislation. And I believe some Republicans with no intention of voting for the final bill – regardless of how it is amended –… Continue »

The critics of the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill incessantly – and mistakenly – claim that the proposed legislation doesn’t have enough teeth, doesn’t guarantee border security and won’t work to stop a new wave of unauthorized immigration.  Well, today, they were schooled by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). He took to the floor and… Continue »

Senator Jeff Sessions has established himself as one of the leading opponents of immigration reform. We expect him to put on quite a show against immigration reform as markup continues over the next few weeks. Today, Sessions began challenging Chuck Schumer over aspects of the “Gang of Eight” bill. But Schumer was having none of… Continue »

During a week in which House Republicans announced a plan to do immigration legislation piecemeal and some Senate Republicans, led by Jeff Sessions and Chuck Grassley, continue to insist that we must slow down immigration reform, Gang of 8 members Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) appeared at a Christian Science Monitor… Continue »

The Republican Party has embarked on a major overhaul of its recent anti-immigrant stance, spurred in large part by historically low levels of support from Latino voters in the 2012 elections.  Yet judging from the witnesses that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called at yesterday’s immigration hearing, not everyone in the GOP… Continue »

Yesterday we wrote about a New York Times story on immigrants in detention who are forced into solitary confinement for 22 to 23 hours a day and weeks on end.  The method of imprisonment—already considered a form of torture—is especially horrific when imposed upon immigrants, who are held for civil rather than criminal violations.  The… Continue »