August 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When television ads aired in South Carolina this spring attacking Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for supporting immigration reform, a GOP group came to his aid. So did the other team. "We came up with the money," said Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America's Voice, a Washington-based group with close ties to the Obama White House. "We were just frustrated that nobody was doing anything, and Graham was under attack. We said, 'Fine, we will put money in.'" Sharry's group, knowing an ad sponsored by a left-leaning advocacy group could hurt Graham, donated $60,000 to Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC started by President George W. Bush's former Commerce secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, and GOP fundraiser Charlie Spies.
August 8, 2013 |
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. On July 25, 300 evangelical Christians from 27 states had 110 meetings with their mostly Republican representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to let personal faith replace political fear. Republican leaders told us we represented a "new factor" in the debate on immigration, a grass-roots constituency for reform that can influence the political right.
July 24, 2013 |
A federal appeals court Monday struck down a controversial ordinance that sought to ban landlords in the Texas community of Farmers Branch from renting to immigrants who are illegally in the country . The 2008 ordinance, which never took effect, required renters to obtain a city license verifying they were in the country legally, and made it a crime for a landlord to rent to anyone without a license. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling is hardly surprising, given that Farmers Branch officials argued that the law wasn't trying to regulate immigration; rather, they said, it was merely an attempt to regulate housing.
July 10, 2013 |
As Congress begins to deliberate overhauling the nation's immigration policy, several California Republicans are being eyed as persuadable targets by those supporting legalization for the millions of people who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas. Reps. Gary Miller of Diamond Bar, Howard “Buck” McKeon of Santa Clarita, and Jeff Denham and David Valadao of the Central Valley are frequently named as potential supporters of a comprehensive immigration package, in part because of the make-up of their districts.
July 4, 2013 |
In many respects, immigration to the United States today is quite unlike that of the early 20th century, when it was overwhelmingly legal, documented, lightly regulated and European in origin. Millions of newcomers then were readily absorbed into a prosperous economy, and the main objection was not that the system was broken but that it was working too well at filling American cities and workplaces with foreigners of unfamiliar tongues and customs. Immigration debates from the Ellis Island era nonetheless have a familiar ring today.
June 7, 2013 |
Last month, immigration reform advocates were optimistic about the future. And they had reason to be after the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its work on a bipartisan bill that would provide sweeping changes to the current immigration system. Now, however, the mood is less optimistic. One reason is that the more conservative House of Representatives is gearing up for its own discussion of immigration reform. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to take up border security next week. Another reason for concern is Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King's amendment to the Appropriation Act that passed this week.