House Democrats today urged President Barack Obama to do more right now to help illegal immigrants — even while he's pushing Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Obama said he is making immigration reform a priority in a speech May 10 in El Paso. Rep. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.,... Continue »
The easiest way to delegitimize your opponent's argument in a debate is to concoct wild exaggerations about it, then make the exaggerations the fulcrum of the debate. To see this tactic at work, just look at how the word "amnesty" accompanies any discussion about comprehensive immigration reform. Continue »
As the regular session of the Texas Legislature draws to a close, the House is churning out plenty of signature bills from the Republican supermajority — some of it bad. It will be up to the Senate to improve legislation when possible and stop it when not. Continue »
Texas State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) used a procedural tactic to derail an anti-immigration bill that was moving in that state's legislature. The bill could be brought back, but time is running out. The legislative session ends on May 30th. Continue »
Hispanic lawmakers in the Texas Senate are bracing for a bitter fight over one of the session's flashpoint immigration issues: the so-called sanctuary cities bill that one legislator called a "hate-mongering" and racist measure. Continue »
Following a series of meetings with immigration stakeholders, celebrities, and members of Congress, President Obama is continuing with his most focused push on immigration reform to date this week, flying to El Paso, Texas, to visit the border for the first time as President. Obama is expected to... Continue »
Facing a re-election campaign next year, the White House is embarking on a public relations effort to reassure Latino supporters who say they are frustrated by the president's failure to deliver on his immigration promise. Continue »
President Barack Obama is making his first trip as president to the U.S.-Mexico border, using the setting to sharpen his call for a remake of the nation's immigration laws and try to cast the GOP as the obstacle standing in its way. Continue »
President Barack Obama will use the Texas-Mexico border as a backdrop on Tuesday to call again on Congress to fix the nation's broken immigration system and address the 11 million immigrants in this country illegally - including 1.6 million in Texas. Obama is traveling to El Paso, across the... Continue »
House Democrats temporarily derailed a key GOP-backed plan Friday night that aimed to crack down on illegal immigration in Texas by requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws. Continue »