The pro-immigration reform movement came out in full force this week, delivering a clear and loud message to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and his Republican caucus: we’re not backing down on immigration reform.  From protests to rallies to “special” House deliveries, activists and immigration advocates from across the spectrum joined forces to show the ever-growing… Continue »

This week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) proved that he is setting the GOP agenda on Immigration.  King’s comments comparing young undocumented DREAMers to drug mules put a spotlight on the quandary facing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as he tries to improve his Party’s badly tarnished brand with Latino voters and quiet the extremists in his caucus. However,… Continue »

With immigration reform having passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote, attention is now focused on the House of Representatives.  Pundits are immediately jumping to the question, “how will immigration reform pass the House?”  However, an equally important question is “what happens if the House blocks immigration reform?” While there is much discussion of… Continue »

The prospects for passing immigration reform improved markedly this week. A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows that immigration reform grows the economy and reduces the deficit.  The latest Gallup poll shows broad and deep support for reform that includes a path to citizenship.  And an over-the-top bipartisan deal in the Senate more than… Continue »

The Senate immigration reform debate began this week, ushered in by a resounding 84-15 vote on the Motion to Proceed.  Buoyed by polls that show broad bipartisan support for reform with a path to citizenship from the American people and intense support for reform from Latino voters, many believe that a strong bipartisan vote in the Senate is… Continue »

After months of anticipation, the full Senate debate on immigration is kicking off with a series of procedural votes on Tuesday and then the start of amendments.  While there is always high drama around anything Congress does, including the immigration issue, there’s also a palpable sense that politics, policy, and momentum are on the side… Continue »

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Gang of 8’s immigration bill with a bipartisan vote (13-5), clearing the first official legislative hurdle for final passage in 2013.  After a robust debate featuring over 200 amendments—141 of which were adopted—the bill heads to the Senate floor with the core provisions intact.  At the same… Continue »

Former Senator and current Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint appears set to launch a new attack on immigration reform in the hopes of derailing it entirely.  Just like he used his super PAC to keep Republicans in the dark ages and out of power in the Senate, — thanks in large part to DeMint’s PAC… Continue »

Following introduction of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill the legislative debate kicked in quickly, giving a glimpse into how members from both sides of the aisle are lining up to support or oppose reform.  Spurred in large part by historically low levels of support from Latino voters in the 2012 elections, some members of the… Continue »

A range of developments this week underscore the momentum behind immigration reform, while highlighting the newfound support for reform from both traditional and non-traditional backers.  Even the spate of stories last week that asked if business and labor disputes would help scuttle the overall reform effort were overblown, as the talks there are still moving… Continue »