Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to get some pats on the back for saying he prefers a path to legalization over mass deportation. “I’m a person who believes that for the undocumented, we have to come up with a solution that doesn’t involve mass deportation, that involves people the opportunity to get right with the… Continue »

Lesson Is: Either Stand Up to Bullies, Or Get Run Over  With news of Speaker of the House John Boehner’s (R-OH) resignation from Congress, many are left to speculate on what this means for future leadership in the House as well as the Republican Party writ large. A new Ron Brownstein piece in the National… Continue »

Who knew Speaker John Boehner moonlighted as a comedian? During a Sunday morning show yesterday, Boehner said President Obama was the one to blame for the lack of immigration reform last Congress. “He’s stirred up the American people in such a way that it would almost be impossible to do immigration reform, given the environment… Continue »

Check out this brilliant piece by Kevin Drum at Mother Jones.  Republicans have been complaining about President Obama’s executive announcement on immigration, saying that Obama is behaving like a “tyrant” and that one man should not be in control of the nation’s immigration policy.  On the latter part, Drum completely agrees.  One man should not control US… Continue »

Speaker John Boehner posted some Republican talking points on his Facebook page re: President Obama’s executive action for immigrants, but the response is probably not what he hoped for.  Here’s what he posted: The president has said before that he’s not king and he’s not an emperor, but he’s sure acting like one.  Watch my video message… Continue »

As we wait for President Obama to announce his plans for executive action, the anti-immigrant rhetoric has been ratcheting up. Of particular note is the ugly tone adopted by Speaker John Boehner: The first, favored by the GOP leadership, would have Republicans denounce what House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has called “executive amnesty” and use… Continue »

As we wait for President Obama to announce his plans for executive action on immigration, anti-immigrant Republicans are in full battle mode. They are spitting out talking points designed to undermine the President — without taking any responsibility for their own failures on the issue. Some pundits still seem to think bipartisanship is possible — because… Continue »

In 2012, Republicans lost the White House in part because of their over-heated, anti-immigrant rhetoric. In 2014, they’ve doubled down on that strategy of attacking immigration reform. That was on full display yesterday as Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaigned for Scott Brown in New Hampshire and the Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)… Continue »

As two must-reads by Jim Newell of Salon and Dara Lind of Vox highlight, recent comments from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) suggesting the possibility of reform in 2015 are a trap designed to prevent the President from taking executive action that would protect millions of people.  Here’s why the President would be wise to blow past Boehner’s comments… Continue »

This week, both Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are warning President Obama not to take executive action on immigration reform — lest it ruin the chances for immigration reform next year. What chances?  Commentators have been noting that there’s little likelihood immigration reform will pass until at least 2017 — after Republicans have once again… Continue »