The perfected art of delay, obfuscate and blame  Washington, DC – As leading Democrats from across the party express their support for the inclusion of pathways to citizenship in the budget agreement, Senator John Cornyn and Republicans are reacting in their predictable ways. Senator Cornyn tells CNN the following about the inclusion of immigration reform… Continue »

When it comes to immigration, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is, once again, running the “Cornyn Con.” It’s the same playbook he’s followed in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2018. It goes like this:  Step one: Cornyn positions himself as a player and a potential dealmaker in bipartisan immigration negotiations; Step two: Cornyn proposes the outline… Continue »

Democrats gear up to deliver a legislative breakthrough on citizenship Washington, DC – We’ve been calling for Democrats to use every ounce of their majority to deliver a long-overdue breakthrough on citizenship bills by using a 51-vote vehicle. It now appears that it’s game on. Pelosi: “There Ain’t No Infrastructure Bill Without the Reconciliation Bill” … Continue »

Will Congress enact legislation this year that will put millions of undocumented immigrants on pathways to citizenship? We believe they will. But only if Democrats use their power, blow past the bad faith of Republican posers, and include legalization measures on the next vehicle to go through on reconciliation.  Democrats gear up to get to… Continue »

Action, Direction and Legalization Required by Congress Washington, DC – June 15th is the ninth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The hundreds of thousands of Dreamers whose lives and futures have been enriched by DACA remind us why expanding opportunities for immigrants not only helps these individuals and their families,… Continue »

Washington, DC – Our memo below captures the latest action at the intersection of immigration politics and policy. Be on the lookout for more on the politics of immigration this week, as tomorrow’s Virginia primary elections set up a high-profile test case whether the GOP will again embrace nativism as Ed Gillespie infamously tried in… Continue »

We are watching the age-old Cornyn Con unfold in real time Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared with Democrats in Texas and Arizona to set up his favorite move – the Cornyn Con.  What’s the Cornyn Con? The silver-tongued, silver-haired Senator from Texas pretends he wants a breakthrough on immigration… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “Los demócratas quieren mejorar las cosas. Los republicanos desean derribar a los demócratas… ignoren el ruido de la maquinaria derechista y logren el objetivo, demócratas”. Ayer, el líder de la minoría en el Senado, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), dijo la verdad. Declaró: “El 100% de mi atención está dirigido a detener este nuevo gobierno”.… Continue »

Greg Sargent: “Does anybody imagine there will come a point when Republicans will say, ‘Okay, Biden’s totally got the border under control now, so let’s get serious about working with Democrats on legalizing a lot of immigrants’?” The idea of using reconciliation as a vehicle for enacting long overdue citizenship legislation is gaining a whole… Continue »

As Senator John Cornyn Re-Ups the “Cornyn Con,” Democrats Cannot Let the GOP’s Performative Bipartisanship Delay and Obstruct a Legislative Breakthrough Washington, DC – The New York Times reports today that if Republicans drag out and derail immigration reform legislation, Democrats are prepared to use their majority to deliver citizenship via budget reconciliation.  Luke Broadwater… Continue »