January 28, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama urged Congress in his State of the Union speech to “fix our broken immigration system,” saying both political parties stood to gain by helping millions of undocumented immigrants get a legal foothold in America. “Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades,” he said. “And for good reason: When people come here to fulfill their dreams - to study, invent and contribute to our culture - they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone.” But Obama, aware that House Republicans won't appreciate any hectoring from him, didn't set out any legislative markers, including requiring a pathway to legal status and ultimately citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In a potential breakthrough for long-stalled immigration legislation, House Republicans will consider a proposal this week that would allow millions of immigrants in the country illegally to gain legal status and, in some cases, to eventually become citizens. House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is expected to issue a list of broad immigration "principles" to fellow Republicans during a three-day retreat that begins Wednesday at a Chesapeake Bay resort. For the first time, the list will include a narrow path to citizenship as well as tighter border security and new visas for foreign workers.
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.
January 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to make an overhaul of immigration laws a priority, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Wednesday that he would soon release a document of conservative "principles" on the issue intended to prod Republicans to pass a series of bills this year. The high-profile promise from the Ohio Republican, who is drafting a one-page list with his leadership team, comes as he is eager to press ahead on a topic that is important to his party's political future. But the speaker faces continued resistance from powerful conservative groups and an intractable flank of House Republicans who oppose citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
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.
December 15, 2013 |
Let's say the improbable happens and Congress passes immigration reform. However it's packaged - one bill or many - you can be sure it will focus on "sticks," not "carrots. " That's what is required to secure the cooperation of the "anti-amnesty" contingent in the House and the Senate: They demand a highly militarized border and "enhanced" internal enforcement as the price for a years-long, expensive, hurdle-filled "pathway" to citizenship. There is an alternative to such an expensive, punitive approach.
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December 13, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined a group of other newly elected mayors in a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Friday, looking for ways they can work together to promote common priorities such as job creation and immigration reform. Garcetti expressed eagerness to work more with the other mayors "to find the best ideas for L.A. " The group included mayors and mayors-elect, mostly Democrats, from a dozen states, including New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh.
December 5, 2013 |
Last month in San Francisco, President Obama called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. His speech was novel in many respects: The president used the backdrop of a community center in Chinatown to remind voters that immigrants are racially diverse. Also, for the first time in prepared remarks, the president signaled that he would consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform long favored by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. What got the most attention, however, was an unscripted exchange between Obama and Ju Hong, an undocumented UC Berkeley graduate who interrupted the president, calling on him to use his executive authority to halt all deportations.
December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After 21 days without eating, three protesters who want House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill ended their fast Tuesday by sharing a loaf of bread and a cup of organic apple juice at the steps of the Capitol, but other protesters immediately began fasting in their place. The three, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, said that they drank only water over the last three weeks and that each lost more than 20 pounds. Dae Joong Yoon, a Korean American community leader from Los Angeles, was hospitalized briefly Sunday for low levels of sodium but kept fasting until Tuesday.
December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- After 21 days without eating, three protesters hoping to press House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill ended their fast Tuesday with a loaf of bread and a bottle of organic apple juice at the steps of the Capitol. The fasters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, drank only water over the last three weeks and each lost more than 20 pounds. Dae Joong Yoon, a Korean American community leader from Los Angeles who has been fasting with Medina, was hospitalized briefly Sunday because of low levels of sodium in his body.