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.
October 24, 2013 |
After months of being relegated to the back of the legislative line, immigration reform is back in the spotlight. On Thursday, President Obama gave a speech urging the Republican-led House to move quickly to fix the nation's dysfunctional immigration system. But is Obama's speech likely to help or hurt such efforts in the House? According to some GOP conservatives and tea party members, the more the president talks about the need to overhaul the immigration system, the dimmer the chances a compromise bill will be passed in the House.
October 28, 2013 |
Two Republican congressmen from California have reiterated their support for immigration reform in recent days. Expect that to continue, if there is to be a GOP presence in most of California down the road. Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock signed on over the weekend to a comprehensive immigration measure that has gone nowhere in the Republican-led House. (The measure is a tinkered-with version of a bill that passed in the Democratically-controlled Senate.) Denham thus became the first Republican to publicly support the comprehensive House measure, though support for immigration reform is not a new thing for him . Some of it is personal: His wife is the daughter of a legal immigrant from Mexico.
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September 9, 2013 |
On issues such as raising wages for hotel employees, business and labor are often on opposite sides. But on Monday, Gary Toebben of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, joined forces to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country without legal status. The news conference on the steps of the Chamber's Los Angeles office came as prospects for immigration reform are looking increasingly dim. As lawmakers return from the August recess to focus on the federal budget and a response against Syria, immigration may be pushed back until next year.
February 2, 2013 |
At Chandler Farms, just outside of Selma in the San Joaquin Valley, about three dozen workers are needed each season to pick acres of delicate peaches, plums, nectarines and citrus. In recent years, however, owners Carol and Bill Chandler have struggled to find laborers as immigration from Mexico has slowed to a near standstill. "When the crops are ripe, we need a reliable labor force," she said. "That's what we're worried about going forward. " U.S. immigration law: Decades of debate The Chandlers are among the state's farmers who welcomed a move this week by Congress to make immigration reform a legislative priority this year.
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March 30, 2013 |
Rodolfo Bravo, a native of Baja, Mexico, crossed the border illegally when he was 24. He found work at a Los Angeles-area tire shop. He had two children, Stephany and Rodolfo. Over two decades passed. Stephany is now 21 and a student at UC Santa Barbara. Rodolfo Jr. is 13. Bravo still works at the same tire shop. And he and his wife are still in the United States illegally. Stephany applied for permanent residency for her parents as soon as she turned 21. But the process, if successful, will take years.
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. ...
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.