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Sen. David Vitter

On “Donald Trump Act” Vote, Senate Republicans Show Cowardice, Senate Democrats Show Courage

Washington, DC – Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on a Senator David Vitter (R-LA) sponsored bill (S. 2146) targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.”  The bill, which would erode community trust with local law enforcement and scapegoat immigrants and their families, failed on a cloture vote this afternoon. Following is a response from Frank Sharry, Executive … Continue reading »

Marco Rubio’s “Fall from Grace” on Immigration Now Complete

As Rubio’s Immigration Talking Points Get Picked Apart and Criticized, He Sides with Immigration Hardliners on Senate Show-Vote Inspired By Donald Trump Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate will take a procedural vote on a virulently anti-immigrant bill, sponsored by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and inspired by Donald Trump, that taints all immigrants as … Continue reading »

Obama Administration “Strongly Opposes” Vitter’s Anti-immigrant bill

This afternoon, the Senate will vote on S. 2146, which is David Vitter’s anti-immigrant bill. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, in a blistering floor statement, vowed the “vile” legislation would not pass: Today, the Obama administration indicated that even if this ugly legislation somehow did pass, the President would veto it. Here’s the Statement … Continue reading »

Senate Republicans Plan to Vote on Trump Anti-Immigrant Bill

Bumped this post as the Senate Republicans are expected to take up this ugly, anti-immigrant bill, sponsored by David Vitter, as early as Tuesday, October 21. Because Republicans just can’t seem to get enough of immigrant bashing, GOP Senate leaders are bringing yet another anti-immigrant bill to the Senate floor later this month. Seung Min … Continue reading »

Why is Jeb Bush Endorsing & Fundraising for Leading Anti-Immigrant Senator David Vitter?

Bush’s Appearance at Fundraiser Tonight for David Vitter Raises Troubling Questions  If Jeb Bush embodies many Republicans’ hopes to soften the GOP’s harsh brand image on immigration and expand the party’s competitiveness with Latino voters, then why is he endorsing and appearing at a political fundraiser tonight for the virulently anti-immigrant Senator David Vitter? Jeb Bush says he has … Continue reading »

Vitter: The "Law Should Be Enforced", DREAMers: "Oh, Really?"

Before the start of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing today, members of United We Dream confronted Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and asked them why the GOP wants to deport DREAMers and their families. Most Senators ducked the question, but when Washington Dream Act Coalition’s Moses Chege told Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) that he was a … Continue reading »

Hoeven-Corker Amendment Vote Exposes "No Reform EVER" Republicans

Yesterday, the Senate voted on the Corker/Hoeven “border surge” amendment.  As our Executive Director Frank Sharry noted:  The Corker-Hoeven border security amendment is terrible public policy and a bitter pill to swallow.  It would waste billions of dollars on useless border fencing and an excessive number of border patrol agents, without taking into consideration the views … Continue reading »

On Immigration Reform, Bipartisan “Gang of Eight” Steps Up, While “Gang of Hate” Stumbles

The Senate Gang of Eight, Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), will host a press conference this afternoon at 2:30 to discuss their newly introduced immigration legislation.  The Gang of Eight bill is a strong … Continue reading »

Self-Deportation Advocate Jeff Sessions Attacks Tom Perez Over Immigration Reform

You can’t make this stuff up. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been living in his anti-immigrant bubble for so long, he has no idea how much the world has changed. Further proof was provided today. On the very day that the Republican National Committee tried to distance itself from its anti-immigrant record, Senator Jefferson Beauregard … 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 »