August 19, 2013 |
Just as the Affordable Care Act was the signature piece of legislation of President Obama's first term, the top achievement of term two is supposed to be immigration reform. And, for a while, with Republicans freaked out by the ground they have lost among Latino voters, such legislation looked unstoppable. But now, not so much. On Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform, but the version of reform they want provides only renewable work permits, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents of the U.S. That is not what Obama and the Democrats have called for, nor what Republican Sens.
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August 14, 2013 |
A caravan of protesters departed Los Angeles Wednesday morning , bound for a march in Bakersfield that organizers are billing as one of the largest protests in the nation in support of an immigration overhaul. The march, which is expected to draw thousands of activists from across the state, was organized by a coalition of labor, religious and immigrant rights groups that support a bipartisan Senate bill that would grant a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people estimated to be living in the United States illegally.
July 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Reps. Jeff Denham and Dana Rohrabacher are California GOP colleagues usually on the same side of issues - except immigration. Denham, who represents District 10 in the Central Valley, supports legislation that would grant millions of immigrants legal status and says an overhaul of immigration laws is important to the state's economy and the Republican Party's future. The issue is personal, too. He is married to the daughter of a legal Mexican immigrant. His sister married an immigrant who entered the country illegally but now has legal status.
July 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Future illegal immigration to the U.S. could be cut in half by the Senate-approved bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, according to a new analysis Wednesday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The new estimate reflects changes in the bill made last week, including the $46-billion “border surge” amendment proposed by Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) which won over several Republican senators. The Senate's final version of the legislation would cut federal deficits over the next decade by $135 billion as immigrants and their employers pay new fees and taxes, the budget office estimated.
May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Sen. Orrin G. Hatch took his seat on the dais for the Senate Judiciary Committee's debates on the immigration reform bill, the 79-year-old was not just one of 18 senators. He was the most sought-after vote. A towering but genteel figure, Hatch was seen as the potential Republican domino - the first GOP senator beyond the four in the bipartisan group that crafted the immigration bill to join the effort. A yes from Hatch, the bill's supporters hoped, would heighten the odds of support from the GOP as the bill moved to the full Senate.
May 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senators pushed forward Monday with changes to a sweeping immigration overhaul over the objections of a union of immigration officers that announced its opposition to the bill. The legislation, written by a bipartisan group of senators, has largely withstood challenges and is on track for a key vote this week as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to pass the measure to the full chamber. As the committee convened for its fourth day of hearings, the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, which represents about 12,000 employees at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced its opposition, saying provisions in the bill could lead to fraud.
May 17, 2013 |
TONATICO, Mexico - Armando Guadarrama was navigating his taxi through the narrow streets of this central Mexico pueblo on a recent Saturday morning, some 2,000 miles from the Beltway. But like many here, Guadarrama was up-to-the-minute with the immigration reform push that is the talk of Washington. When he spoke of its odds, the 40-year-old could sound like a hard-bitten D.C. veteran, grumbling over a scotch at the Old Ebbitt Grill. He sniffed incredulously at President Obama's statement, a day earlier, that he was "absolutely convinced" that reforms would pass this year.
April 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The background of the Boston bombing suspects quickly emerged Friday as a potential hurdle to immigration reform, as renewed fears of terrorism gave conservative opponents a fresh argument against a proposed new law. "Given the events of this week, it's important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system," Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said at a...
April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Tuesday that the immigration legislation drafted by a bipartisan group of senators is “largely consistent” with the principles he has laid out, and he pledged his support to help pass comprehensive reform. After a White House meeting with Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama issued a statement suggesting the measure is a bipartisan deal he can get behind. “This bill is clearly a compromise,” Obama said in the statement, “and no one will get everything they wanted, including me.” The proposal “is largely consistent with the principles that I have repeatedly laid out for comprehensive reform,” the president said.
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March 30, 2013 |
Rodolfo Bravo, a native of Baja, Mexico, crossed the border illegally when he was 24. He found work at a Los Angeles-area tire shop. He had two children, Stephany and Rodolfo. Over two decades passed. Stephany is now 21 and a student at UC Santa Barbara. Rodolfo Jr. is 13. Bravo still works at the same tire shop. And he and his wife are still in the United States illegally. Stephany applied for permanent residency for her parents as soon as she turned 21. But the process, if successful, will take years.