Immigration

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration’s record number of […]

For Obama, a mixture of fundraising and immigration

For Obama, a mixture of fundraising and immigration

President Barack Obama is blending an aggressive fundraising schedule for Democrats with a pitch for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, mixing a powerful issue within his party with the inevitable financial draw of an incumbent president. Obama’s first event Monday is a stop at a San Francisco recreation center that serves a primarily Chinese community. […]

Republican immigration plan: Citizenship only for children

Republican immigration plan: Citizenship only for children

House Republicans who want to close the door to most immigrants who cross America’s borders, think children should have a path to citizenship while sending adults home with a message to “don’t look back.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, both Virginia Republicans who answer first to the tea party […]

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, the House of Representatives “leader” who refuses to lead, avoided taking a stand again Sunday by refusing to stake out a position on the controversial immigration bill. While the Democratic-led Senate managed, somehow, to pass a comprehensive, and some say sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill that provides, among other things, […]

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they’re already losing the fight. Congress’ monthlong August recess could be crucial and supporters aim to exert influence in dozens of congressional districts home to Republican House members seen as open […]

Uncertain future for immigration bill in House

Uncertain future for immigration bill in House

The immigration debate is shifting to the Republican-led House, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for the large-scale, comprehensive approach their Senate colleagues embraced last week. The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a “special pathway to citizenship” for those in the United […]

Senate passes immigration overhaul bill

Senate passes immigration overhaul bill

With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America’s shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico. The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Barack […]

Can the rabid right-wing GOP stop immigration reform?

Can the rabid right-wing GOP stop immigration reform?

Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week’s end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party’s ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters. To some Republicans, the strength of Senate GOP support for the bill is all […]

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Republicans continued their march towards irrelevancy Tuesday by passing strict abortion-restricting legislation that will never become law and reiterating their opposition to relaxing laws against immigration. As America moves towards the moderate center and embraces gay marriage, open borders and freedom of choice for women, the rabid right-wing that controls the GOP continues to fly […]