February 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Just a week after Republicans raised hopes for a bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner all but abandoned the effort Thursday, saying it would be "difficult" to get any legislation approved this year by his GOP majority. Boehner's sudden shift, coming after his high-profile unveiling last week of Republican immigration principles that were partly embraced by the White House, left immigration advocates fuming and renewed speculation that the speaker's tenuous grip on a rebellious rank-and-file was slipping again.
February 6, 2014 |
Wait, the House isn't going to fix the nation's broken immigration system this year after all? Darn, and I had that square in my political Super Bowl betting sheet. Oh well, pass the chips and salsa, I guess. In what will probably come as a surprise to at least one or two Americans, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the Republican-led House probably won't be able to get around to immigration reform this session -- what with the Olympics going on, and March Madness coming up, and big-league pitchers and catchers about to report, and the cherry blossoms due to bloom soon in D.C., plus it's been cold and snowy and no one on Capitol Hill really feels much like working anyway.
February 5, 2014 |
House GOP leaders issued a set of standards last week for overhauling U.S. immigration law, but the ink had hardly dried on their one-page summary before conservatives starting pushing back - not against the leadership's ideas but against the idea of doing anything at all on such a controversial issue. Nevertheless, the House should press ahead. Resolving the many problems in the current system will only get harder if it misses the opportunity it has now. The leadership's standards represent an important shift in two areas.
January 30, 2014 |
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - A Republican blueprint for immigration reform offers legalization for some of the nation's 11 million people who are in the country illegally, but no special pathway to citizenship, except in the cases of children brought to the country illegally by their parents, according to a draft of the plan obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The much-anticipated blueprint, discussed Thursday during a Republican retreat at a Chesapeake Bay resort here, would offer legal status to immigrants as long as they admitted to wrongdoing, paid fines and taxes, submitted to a criminal background check and demonstrated a mastery of English and civics.
January 29, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Republican immigration proposals that would leave out a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally won't solve the GOP's problems with Latino voters, President Obama's pollster, Joel Benenson, said Wednesday. Republican leaders in the House plan to put forward an outline of an immigration package this week. A centerpiece of their plan would allow most of the estimated 11 million people who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas to remain and work without fear of deportation.
January 28, 2014
Re "GOP censures 'liberal' McCain," Jan. 26 The GOP keeps shooting itself in the foot. The Arizona Republican Party has formally censured Sen. John McCain because it says his voting record is "insufficiently conservative. " Apparently McCain has lent his support to issues associated with liberal Democrats, such as immigration reform. Way to go, GOP. That's the way to win Latino votes. Lorraine Knopf Santa Monica ALSO: Letters: For the 9/11 story, a hefty fee Letters: With the NSA, spying made easy Letters: Cash for Homeboy -- money well spent