Immigration

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the issue to House Republicans instead, despite mounting evidence they won’t address the millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. This week, lawmakers from both parties summarily […]

Hillary Clinton: Brat ‘ran against immigrants’

Hillary Clinton: Brat ‘ran against immigrants’

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “was defeated by a candidate who basically ran against immigrants.” In Chicago to promote her new book in a public discussion with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said a “negative attitude about immigration and immigrants” is playing out politically in […]

DHS Secretary wants review of immigrant releases

DHS Secretary wants review of immigrant releases

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is asking for an internal review of the Obama administration’s release of tens of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of crimes and facing deportation. He’s telling lawmakers he wants a deeper understanding of the issue. Federal data published this month showed that the Homeland Security […]

Republican House member pushes immigration vote

Republican House member pushes immigration vote

Defying House Republican leaders, a GOP congressman on moved toward forcing an election-year decision on his immigration legislation. Rep. Jeff Denham of California filed his bill, known as the ENLIST Act, as an amendment to the sweeping defense policy measure that the House will consider this week. The measure would create a path to citizenship […]

Another setback for immigration reform efforts

Another setback for immigration reform efforts

House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the dysfunctional system. The move came after a Republican congressman from California announced plans to try to force a vote next week, over strong conservative opposition, on his measure creating a path to citizenship […]

Obama’s new deportation policy: Lots of political risk

Obama’s new deportation policy: Lots of political risk

President Barack Obama’s decision on possible changes to U.S. deportation policy sets up an election-year skirmish that could help Democrats win points with their political base while irritating Republicans who are open to immigration reform. The Obama administration is expected to announce revisions in the coming weeks to policies that determine how undocumented immigrants are […]

Biden: Immigration ‘crucial’ to American innovation

Biden: Immigration ‘crucial’ to American innovation

Vice President Joe Biden extoled immigration as crucial to American innovation Saturday at a college graduation ceremony in South Florida. The Miami Dade College graduates from two campuses and their families, 2,000 strong, cheered as a procession of 39 flags from their home countries, entered the gym and opened the program. Biden acknowledged that he […]

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress gets back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. Forget immigration, a tax overhaul, stiffer gun checks. They’re all DOA. Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Nope. The only things likely to become law in a Congress […]