Surprise, surprise.  Republicans who don’t want immigration reform to pass are now trying to “slow down” the process by complaining that the debate is moving too fast. Here’s what that really means: Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX)–are trying to stop… Continue »

The Republican National Committee took a serious step toward reclaiming its big-tent-party status today, when it announced that it will spend millions this year on minority outreach and endorsed comprehensive immigration reform.  It was a move toward reason and rationality, and a tiny hint that Republicans might be willing to make things work in Washington,… Continue »

It’s a shame that Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) showed up to bully the witnesses of today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the needs of women and families in immigration reform, because, as our own mothers always used to say, the worst thing you can do for a bully is give him… Continue »

You can’t make this stuff up. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been living in his anti-immigrant bubble for so long, he has no idea how much the world has changed. Further proof was provided today. On the very day that the Republican National Committee tried to distance itself from its anti-immigrant record, Senator Jefferson Beauregard… Continue »

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has an imaginary friend—and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wants everyone to know it. A few weeks ago, Cornyn tweeted about a “friend” of his who said that “300 ppl” were coming across his property every night: Friend on border sez 300 ppl coming across his property every night.And Napolitano sez… Continue »

Many members of Congress have been at home this week, meeting with their constituents and speaking about–among other things–immigration reform legislation currently being considered in Congress. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the most anti-immigrant members of the Senate, encountered some of his pro-immigration reform constituents yesterday, at a fish fry the Senator held in northern Alabama.… Continue »

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on immigration reform. We’ve noted many times that the momentum is on our side. The 2012 elections changed the game on this issue. Our press release from earlier today title,d On Immigration Reform, The Tide Has Turned, makes four key points: The Pro-Reform Side is Strong, Growing, and… Continue »

The big event tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union — and the rebuttal from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as the Tea Party rebuttal from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). But for immigration advocates, the real action begins in the Senate tomorrow morning when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its first immigration hearing. The momentum is… Continue »

With the immigration debate moving headlong into its legislative stage, the pressing question for Republican lawmakers remains – will most continue to side with the anti-immigrant voices in their midst?  Or will the GOP’s recent pro-immigration reform talk be followed with concrete action that demonstrates that the majority of the Party truly is charting a… Continue »