August 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When television ads aired in South Carolina this spring attacking Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for supporting immigration reform, a GOP group came to his aid. So did the other team. "We came up with the money," said Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America's Voice, a Washington-based group with close ties to the Obama White House. "We were just frustrated that nobody was doing anything, and Graham was under attack. We said, 'Fine, we will put money in.'" Sharry's group, knowing an ad sponsored by a left-leaning advocacy group could hurt Graham, donated $60,000 to Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC started by President George W. Bush's former Commerce secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, and GOP fundraiser Charlie Spies.
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August 6, 2013 |
At a rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday a coalition of groups seeking to pressure the House of Representatives to act on an immigration overhaul put its message in terms politicians can understand: votes. House Republicans who refuse to take up a Senate bill that would create a path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country unlawfully “will be branded as anti-immigration and anti-Latino for a generation," warned Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
August 1, 2013 |
With public disapproval of the House of Representatives hovering somewhere around 77%, John Oliver joked on Wednesday's “Daily Show” that "Congress" is about to become “the English language's most offensive C-word.” And the House's do-nothing reputation isn't likely to improve, he argued, given that Republican leaders have refused to vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill already approved with bipartisan support by...
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to pressure the House to act on immigration reform, White House officials are launching a state-by-state campaign to convince voters that opening up the immigration system could be a boon to local businesses. On Thursday, the White House plans to release economic projections of how enacting the Senate immigration bill could boost state economies, create new jobs, increase tax revenue and bolster flagging home prices. “There is no question that common-sense immigration reform is just the right thing to do. But it is also very clear from a number of sources that it is the economically smart thing to do as well,” Gene Sperling, the director of the White House National Economic Council, said during a call with reporters on Wednesday.
July 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Reps. Jeff Denham and Dana Rohrabacher are California GOP colleagues usually on the same side of issues - except immigration. Denham, who represents District 10 in the Central Valley, supports legislation that would grant millions of immigrants legal status and says an overhaul of immigration laws is important to the state's economy and the Republican Party's future. The issue is personal, too. He is married to the daughter of a legal Mexican immigrant. His sister married an immigrant who entered the country illegally but now has legal status.
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.
July 17, 2013
Re "Foes of border bill focus on House," July 14 I chuckle when I see advocates of curbing immigration attacked for not being truly conservative. We're also attacked as just racists for not being truly liberal supporters of workers and the environment. In reality, immigration cuts across political lines. Some fiscal conservatives want mass immigration for cheap labor. Some social liberals want mass immigration for diversity or to help poor and oppressed foreigners. By contrast, some cultural conservatives want less immigration to preserve America from an unassimilable human wave.
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.
July 11, 2013 |
The fight for immigration reform has landed in the lap of House Republicans, which is a bad place for it to land. Though it's hard to see a way that Republicans can retake the White House as long as they remain intent on denying citizenship to Latinos and Asians who are in the country illegally, the House Republicans seem blissfully indifferent to political consequences. By controlling just one house of Congress, they have discovered, they can bring government either to a standstill or close to it, and increasingly, that seems to be their raison d'etre . The House Republicans have shown themselves to be indifferent not just to the needs of the nation but to the needs of their party and even the credibility of their own speaker.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Facing deep resistance among House Republicans to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, GOP leaders are trying to muster support for a stripped-down immigration reform bill that would offer citizenship only to those brought into the country as children. The plan, which would almost certainly be a nonstarter for President Obama and Democrats who control the Senate, makes clear there will be no quick agreement on a Senate-passed bill and illustrates how wide the gap remains over fundamental immigration reform.