The immigration reform movement is ready for the August recess.  Advocates are organizing events, gearing up for town halls and making sure members of Congress feel the heat.  The demand?  Give us a vote on citizenship.  The fact is that a bipartisan majority for immigration reform with an inclusive path to initial legal status and… Continue »

Boehner Calls Reform “More Difficult” in Light of Extremist Comments, When They Should Make Passing Reform More Imperative As anti-immigrant extremist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continues his media tour to defend his infamous comparison of DREAMers to drug smugglers, he has company – another high-profile Republican has joined Rep. King in comparing immigrants to animals.… Continue »

Boehner’s Apologies Not Enough; Only Swift and Bold Action will Stop the Slide Polling of Latino voters in 24 Republican-held battleground districts released by Latino Decisions and America’s Voice yesterday demonstrates the damage that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and his allies are inflicting on the Republican Party’s competitiveness among Latino voters.  Additionally, polling in Rep. King’s… Continue »

Today, Speaker John Boehner got a little huffy with reporters who keep asking why he’s taken a backseat role on immigration reform. “Nobody has spent more time trying to fix a broken immigration system than I have,” he claimed.  “I talked about it the day after the election.  And I’ve talked about it a hundred… Continue »

In a new piece posted at The Atlantic’s website, Republican strategist and former House leadership aide John Feehery tells political reporter Molly Ball that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “ought to ditch the Hastert rule.” As the article details: Feehery actually wrote the speech in which Hastert laid out the rule that bears… Continue »

On the Sunday shows, Boehner’s Lack of Leadership Leaves Steve King As the Defining Voice of the Caucus Judging by this weekend’s Sunday shows, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is now “the man” when it comes to House Republicans stating a clear position on immigration policy. On the popular Sunday show called “Al Punto,” hosted by… Continue »

The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent published an interview today with Jorge Ramos. If we worked for Speaker John Boehner, we’d make sure he sees this one. Ramos is pretty clear about Boehner’s role in immigration reform – and that Hispanic media is watching him – closely. Greg’s post is worth a read in its entirety, but… Continue »

With the Senate clearing an important procedural hurdle on immigration reform yesterday and prospects looking good for a strong bipartisan vote on final passage later this week, attention is moving to the House of Representatives.  While the conventional wisdom among the commentariat is that the House will thwart immigration reform, that assumption vastly underestimates key… Continue »

The final vote to pass the Gang of 8 immigration bill through the Senate is almost certain to come this week, and already many eyes are looking toward the House.  With Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicating that he will not break the Hastert rule to pass the immigration bill, observers are wondering how an immigration… Continue »

This week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has begun to talk tough about how he plans to move immigration through the House—with a majority of the majority, he says, and no violation of the Hastert rule. At a closed-door meeting with conservatives today and a press conference after, Boehner talked trash about the Senate immigration… Continue »