November 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg brought undocumented immigrants to Silicon Valley to "hack" for immigration reform. Twenty immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children began taking part in a 25-hour "hackathon" Wednesday at LinkedIn's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The young software programmers broke into small groups to spend all night coming up with new applications as part of an effort to put the spotlight back on what they say is an urgent need for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
November 11, 2013 |
Like many Republicans - what's more, like many Americans - I regard Ronald Reagan as my political hero and inspiration. For conservatives who came of age in the 1960s and '70s, President Reagan offered a principled and compassionate argument for individual freedom and an equally compelling case for personal responsibility. In 1989, Reagan described his view of America "as a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.
November 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The banking industry's top lobbyist urged GOP lawmakers to support the bipartisan Senate immigration reform legislation as essential for business and the "most Republican of causes. " Frank Keating, a Republican and former Oklahoma governor, said Monday in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece that "it's time to open the doors to immigrants to boost the economy. " Keating, head of the American Bankers Assn. trade group, is the latest GOP businessman to call on his compatriots in Congress to adopt the overhaul, which is a priority of President Obama.
November 9, 2013 |
Past and perhaps future presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pressed Congress on Saturday to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which has been bottled up in the Republican-held House. “You go around the world, we are so lucky as a nation that we have the talents of people from everywhere,” she told hundreds of people packed into a sold-out brunch benefiting the Mexican-American Leadership Initiative at USC. “Our diversity is one of our great strengths, and part of the obvious argument for immigration reform is that we are a country of immigrants, and we should be celebrating that rather than fearing it.” The event was attended by Latino leaders from across the nation, including three former Cabinet members -- Henry Cisneros, Carlos Gutierrez and Hilda Solis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday became the second California Republican to join Democrats on a broad immigration bill, increasing pressure on GOP leadership to schedule a vote on a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally. "Immigration reform in the House cannot wait," the freshman lawmaker said in a statement. Valadao, of Hanford, follows Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock, another Central Valley Republican with a heavily Latino district that relies on immigrants to pick crops, in signing on to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The measure is similar to a Senate bill passed in June.
October 28, 2013 |
You know a bill is in trouble in Congress when its opponents come up with increasingly infantile reasons for killing it. That's the coming fate of immigration reform in Washington. To hear House Republicans talk, it's worth killing because (a) passing it would give President Obama a victory when he's already had too many, (b) he's just using it to hurt the GOP, (c) it may or may not, but probably will, lead to "amnesty," and (d) Obama wants it to happen. Yes, obviously a, b, and d are basically the same thing, but the point is that a tolerably powerful cadre of House Republicans don't want immigration reform to happen.