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 |
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.
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 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After months of insisting the House should take up the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, President Obama changed tactics Thursday and said he might consider GOP proposals to overhaul separate parts of the immigration system. The White House is hoping that public anger at the 16-day government shutdown has so badly damaged the GOP that House Republican leaders will consider immigration reform as a way to improve their popularity with moderate voters.
September 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington, his first time there in three years, to make the case for immigration reform. After meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Facebook chief executive was interviewed onstage for about an hour at the Newseum by James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic. "The purpose of this trip is largely for immigration and not for Facebook," Zuckerberg said. With the launch of its political advocacy group Fwd.us, Zuckerberg has assumed a much larger role in national politics.
September 17, 2013 |
The San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo is probably best known for throwing the final pitch that helped the Giants win the 2012 World Series. But the Giants' closer is also earning a reputation for his political activism. At the team's victory parade, Romo sported a blue T-shirt that read “I just look illegal ” -- a cheeky comment on how the debate over immigration reform is all too often reduced to ethnic stereotypes. Now, Romo is reported to be joining forces with the Three Twins Ice Cream company to develop Sergio Romo's Mexican Chocolate.
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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.
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September 8, 2013 |
In a homily stressing the need for immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said Sunday that immigration is not only a political issue, but also a spiritual one that is at the root of what it means to be a Catholic. The Mass was part of a nationwide effort by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to show Congress that there is broad support in the Catholic community for legislation that would include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million men, women and children who are in the country illegally.
September 7, 2013 |
TUCSON - In recent years, the Roman Catholic Church has taken a more active role in pushing for an immigration overhaul that would legalize the millions of men, women and children who are in the country illegally. Clergy have preached from the pulpit about welcoming "the stranger. " Church leaders have staged fasting and prayer events to spotlight the plight of the immigrant. They've even created prayers for "safe migration" to be said out loud by the congregation during Mass - all in hopes of persuading parishioners to support what they call a humanitarian cause.