June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One is a former farm state governor, one of only two mustachioed men in the Senate. The other is a self-made millionaire whose Southern drawl belies an impatience with the slow-moving Congress. These two senators, an odd couple of sorts, have emerged as unlikely players in the immigration overhaul. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) quietly orchestrated the "border surge," a bipartisan compromise that may bring enough Republican support next week to pass a sweeping immigration overhaul - and its path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in this country without legal status.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Some Republican senators said Thursday that they could support a new compromise border security plan but civil rights groups were outraged at a proposal they said would “militarize” the border with Mexico as a trade-off for GOP votes on the immigration overhaul. As many as 20,000 new Border Patrol officials, 700 miles of fencing and more surveillance drones would protect the border under the tentative $30-billion-plus deal reached with Republicans. Budget hawks were stunned at the hefty price tag, even though the extra costs would be paid for with new taxes and fees on immigrants and employers seeking guest-worker visas.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The sweeping immigration overhaul bill received a boost Tuesday as senators appeared to narrow their differences on border security and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that newly legal immigrants would provide more than enough new tax revenue, fees and economic growth to offset the bill's costs. The budget report gives momentum to the legislation and could be particularly important in attracting Republicans in both the Senate and House who have made spending issues a priority.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the first and only vote Thursday on the immigration bill, senators turned back a Republican measure that would have delayed a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally until after the border with Mexico is fully secure. Republicans still plan to offer several other measures to enhance border security, but this one, from Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, was one of the most hard-line of the proposals. The 57-43 vote to defeat the amendment offered an imprecise test of whether the Senate will find the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With an overwhelming vote, the Senate on Tuesday launched debate on an ambitious overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, as Republicans, most of whom have not yet embraced the effort, declined to stand in the way of bringing it to the floor. But continuing doubts within the GOP about some of the bill's central elements, particularly on border security, could doom the effort. Republicans in the Senate and House want tighter control of the border with Mexico before the estimated 11 million people who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas would be allowed to gain permanent legal status.
June 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate immigration bill is poised to undergo a decidedly rightward shift in an attempt to attract more Republican votes, but that threatens to erode bipartisan consensus. Democratic and Republican authors of the bill have expressed a willingness to make changes and toughen the border security provisions as the sweeping immigration overhaul heads to the floor next week. But a debate has emerged over how much is too much. Leading the effort to engage Republicans is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)