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?
July 18, 2013 |
Reports of the death of immigration reform are greatly exaggerated. The debate isn't over. Reform isn't tanking. It's alive and well, with the Republican-controlled House preparing to take up where the Democratic Senate left off a few weeks ago. Yes, the debate in the lower chamber will be very different than it was in the Senate. House Republicans are divided, with some, including many in the House leadership, eager to move ahead with reform, others adamantly opposed and yet others still uncertain.
March 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley turned out in force on Capitol Hill to push its high-tech immigration reform agenda. In a rare show of unity, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer were among a coalition of high-profile executives and venture capitalists to send a letter on Thursday to President Obama and congressional leaders pressing for a fix to restrictive immigration laws by year's end. ...
January 9, 2014 |
For the second time in a week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker publicly expressed her support for immigration reform. "Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list," Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that was attended by consuls general from Mexico, France and the United Arab Emirates as well as local city leader Jan Perry. Pritzker, whose great-grandfather immigrated from Russia at the age of 10, told the Los Angeles Times that immigration reform is a "moral, as well as an economic issue" and one that holds "economic opportunity" for the country.
December 26, 2009
Comprehensive immigration reform emerged from the shadows last week when Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and a group of Democratic congressmen submitted a 600-page bill to jump-start the process. Many immigration advocates praised the opening salvo in what promises to be an epic battle on the order of healthcare reform -- if lawmakers can just be persuaded to turn their attention to the subject. Although President Obama promised on the campaign trail to shepherd immigration reform through Congress, the nation has been focused throughout 2009 on healthcare and the struggling economy, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and climate change; immigration reform never stood a chance.
December 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he wants to tackle small parts of immigration reform before addressing how to create a pathway to legal status for most illegal immigrants in the U.S. Rather than working on one comprehensive bill, Congress should pass a series of bills that help foreign entrepreneurs, technology workers, agricultural workers and those who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, Rubio said while speaking...
November 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama expects to see a comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced in Congress “very soon” after his inauguration in late January, he said during a news conference Wednesday. “I am very confident we can get immigration reform done,” Obama said. Obama said that White House staff has already begun conversations with members of the Senate and the House on how to line up the votes to get an immigration bill to his desk for signing. “We need to seize the moment,” said Obama, adding that he is “already seeing signs” that some Republicans are willing to discuss the immigration issue.