April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to overhaul immigration laws and provide a path to legal status for an estimated 11 million people who overstayed their visas or illegally entered the United States, Senate aides said. The far-reaching legislative package would tighten border security, increase visas for foreign workers and toughen penalties against American employers who hire undocumented workers. Immigrants without legal status who have not committed a serious crime and meet other criteria would be able to obtain work permits and eventually apply to become permanent residents and U.S. citizens.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The ranking Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee both urged the Obama administration Thursday to exert more pressure on behalf of the rebels in the Syrian civil war. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee's chairman, prodded the White House during a hearing to begin providing arms to rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, a step the administration has so far refused to take because it fears the weapons could someday be used against the United States or its allies.
March 18, 2013 |
Congressional backers of a proposed Smithsonian-affiliated museum devoted to the history and culture of American Latinos didn't succeed the first time around, so they're trying again. The bipartisan bills resubmitted Friday in the U.S. House and Senate aim to designate an unused, 132-year-old Smithsonian building on the National Mall in Washington as the future site of an American Latino Museum. If passed, it would not commit the federal government to build and fund the museum.
January 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senators from both parties are expressing enthusiasm for pushing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system. But while immigration politics appears to have changed in the wake of sweeping Republican rejection by Latino voters last year, the math in the Senate may remain a challenge. Fifty-four current senators were in office in 2007, the last time the chamber came close to advancing major immigration legislation. Of those, opponents of the 2007 reforms outnumber supporters 31 to 23. On the Republican side, just two senators who supported the 2007 legislation remain in office - Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
November 8, 2013
Re "The answer on Iran? Yes.," Opinion, Nov. 6 Doyle McManus is right that we should be willing to take "yes" for an answer when it comes to negotiating with Iran. Members of Congress such as Sens. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) who advocate more sanctions must face the real choice they are foisting on the American public: If they push through unnecessary, punitive policies that could torpedo talks with Iran, they are saying yes to another military intervention.
July 31, 2012 |
Democrats might have selected the keynote speaker at their convention to rally Latino voters, but the pick also illuminated the fact that as far as young Latino politicians go, the party doesn't have a very deep bench. The Democratic National Convention Committee selected San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, 37 -- whose twin brother, Joaquin, will almost certainly be elected to Congress from Texas in November -- as its keynote speaker in Charlotte, N.C. Though San Antonio has a population of 1.3 million, Castro is still a local officeholder.
January 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators said Sunday they were ready to announce the outline of a broad immigration reform bill that would include a path to “earned legalization” for immigrants living illegally in this country. “We can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been working on the immigration proposal. “We cannot forever have children who were born here, who were brought here by their parents when they were small children, to live in the shadows as well.” McCain and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
September 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate took a crucial step Wednesday toward authorizing a punitive strike on Syria but deep reluctance was evident in the House, where lawmakers questioned whether the U.S. was in danger of being drawn into another Middle East war. President Obama, who announced Saturday that he would seek legislative backing for military action in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, sought to raise the pressure on Congress as...
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March 23, 1998
As the recent papal visit to Cuba continues to reverberate in Washington, the Clinton administration has taken a few modest but positive steps to reverse isolationist policies that benefit no one. The measures proposed Friday by the president would streamline medical aid to Cuba, authorize direct humanitarian flights from the United States and legalize limited remittances from Cuban Americans to relatives in Cuba. Another measure would seek ways to ease restrictions on food shipments to Cuba.
November 14, 2006 |
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), a prominent Latino who previously served in President Bush's Cabinet, will assume the high-profile post of Republican National Committee general chairman, GOP officials said Monday. Martinez, 60, will remain in the Senate when he takes the reins of the RNC in January, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement.