January 30, 2013 |
In Arizona, a state long at the forefront of immigration enforcement, President Obama 's immigration reform plan is welcome news to some, and old rhetoric to others. Community leaders on both sides of the immigration debate, however, agreed that the president's plan didn't stray much from a proposal outlined Monday by a bipartisan group in the Senate. The fate of any sort of immigration reform will rely on the fine print, which is yet to be sorted out. Obama said he wants a program that would create a path to citizenship . One key difference between both plans is that the Senate proposal says the federal government must first certify that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure before there is a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million who are in the country illegally.
January 28, 2013 |
In my Sunday column , I suggested that Republicans in Congress have begun to evolve in a more pragmatic, less ideological direction after their losses in last year's election. As evidence, I noted that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) backed off last week from a threatened showdown with President Obama over the federal government's debt ceiling. Today brings another sign that the GOP is determined to change its image, at least on some issues: the bipartisan agreement among eight senators on basic principles for comprehensive immigration reform.
January 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators said Sunday they were ready to announce the outline of a broad immigration reform bill that would include a path to “earned legalization” for immigrants living illegally in this country. “We can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been working on the immigration proposal. “We cannot forever have children who were born here, who were brought here by their parents when they were small children, to live in the shadows as well.” McCain and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
November 11, 2012 |
Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York said Sunday that he and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are revisiting their comprehensive immigration plan that was shelved two years ago, a sign, he said, that prospects for a major immigration overhaul were good. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Schumer said he and the senator from South Carolina "are talking to our colleagues about this right now, and I think we have a darn good chance, using this blueprint, to get something done this year.
July 16, 2013
Re "A friendship of note," Column One, July 12 The heartwarming story of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and illegal immigrant Astrid Silva, who was brought to the U.S. as a child and wrote letters to Reid telling him of her life, shows why personal experiences are a terrible basis for legislation. The moving story of one person could end up affecting every person in the U.S. The absurdity of allowing the personal to dictate the political would be obvious if the story were about, say, how some politician's views on this issue were affected by the fact that a close loved one had been killed by an illegal immigrant.
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.
January 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - House speaker John A. Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks. Boehner made the remarks Wednesday during the first private meeting of House Republicans in the new year. House Republicans have struggled to respond to the Senate's immigration bill that passed in June, which would create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.
January 29, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- President Obama on Tuesday outlined his vision for reforming the nation's immigration policy, calling for a clear path to citizenship for illegal residents who pay their taxes, learn English and abide by the law. In a speech at a high school here, Obama urged his audience to keep the pressure on lawmakers to end the years-long deadlock on the issue and finally fix what he called a "broken" immigration system. "This time, action must follow," Obama told a cheering crowd at the Del Sol High School.
January 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senators from both parties are expressing enthusiasm for pushing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system. But while immigration politics appears to have changed in the wake of sweeping Republican rejection by Latino voters last year, the math in the Senate may remain a challenge. Fifty-four current senators were in office in 2007, the last time the chamber came close to advancing major immigration legislation. Of those, opponents of the 2007 reforms outnumber supporters 31 to 23. On the Republican side, just two senators who supported the 2007 legislation remain in office - Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
August 12, 2013 |
Imagine a major Christian leader citing Scripture while writing about marriage, abortion, divorce or sexual abstinence in a commentary published by a mainstream newspaper. Imagine him encouraging reforms that "reflect biblical principles," noting that "nations will be judged," that Christian lawmakers should "let personal faith replace political fear. " Imagine him arguing that a specific reform "will honor our American values, our biblical values and our God. " Hard to imagine a mainstream, secular publication featuring such a piece, isn't it?