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.
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November 8, 2013 |
California voters are generally welcoming toward immigrants who are in the country illegally, but a wide gap exists between whites and Latinos on some new laws hailed by Gov. Jerry Brown when he signed them last month, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The groups differ most on allowing immigrants without legal status to obtain driver's licenses and practice law. Nearly 69% of Latino voters but only 44% of whites support the new driving privilege law. The split was sharper on whether those who are in the country illegally should be allowed to become attorneys, with 65% of Latino voters in favor but only 26% of whites.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Ever heard of David Valadao? Exactly. The soft-spoken freshman congressman may be little known outside his district in California's Central Valley, even to many of his House Republican colleagues. But he is emerging as a leading voice in urging GOP leadership to schedule a vote this year on an overhaul of immigration legislation. It's no surprise that Valadao joined Democrats this week on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. After all, he represents a district that is 71% Latino and relies on immigrants to pick crops.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As a comprehensive immigration overhaul stalls in the House, two border-state lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would tackle one aspect of the issue -- making it easier to unite American families split apart by past immigration law violations. The effort from Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) could provide common ground among Democrats and Republicans, an opportunity to ease into a debate over what to do with one subset of the estimated 11 million people living in the United States without legal status.
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 in the country illegally. "Immigration reform in the House cannot wait," the freshman lawmaker said in a statement. Valadao follows Rep. Jeff Denham, 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.
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.
October 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California Rep. Jeff Denham is the first House Republican to join Democrats in co-sponsoring a broad immigration overhaul bill that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. "We can't afford any more delays," the Central Valley lawmaker said in a statement Sunday. "I support an earned path to citizenship to allow those who want to become citizens to demonstrate a commitment to our country, learn English, pay fines and back taxes and pass background checks.
October 27, 2013 |
With the government shutdown finally concluded, the threat of a strike on Syria on the back burner and no serious chance that the U.S. will default on its debts for at least the next 3 1/2 months, perhaps Congress can pull itself together and get back to work on stalled legislation. It should begin by tackling comprehensive immigration reform. After all, much of the heavy lifting on this complicated and controversial issue has been done. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan bill that calls for allowing more high-skilled and low-skilled workers into the U.S. while also establishing a new guest-worker program that includes additional protections for farm workers.