Archive for June, 2013

Spotlight Moves to House After Senate Approves Immigration Bill

Spotlight Moves to House After Senate Approves Immigration Bill

Now that the Senate has passed a sweeping measure to improve U.S. immigration policies, the attention turns to the House of Representatives, where it is unclear exactly when or how they will take up an immigration bill. The Associated Press reported that President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy [...]

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Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

The Senate approved a massive overhaul of the nation’s immigration policies today in a historic vote. They voted 68-32 to approve S. 744, the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform measure that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed in May. Immediately after the vote, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Gang of Eight and sponsor [...]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Affirms Immigration Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Affirms Immigration Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case United States v. Windsor, striking down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, on the basis that it violated equal protection under the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. DOMA established an exclusively heterosexual definition of “marriage,” and denied same-sex couples [...]

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Beyond the Border Surge, What Else Is In the Senate Compromise?

Beyond the Border Surge, What Else Is In the Senate Compromise?

On Monday, the Senate voted 67 to 27 to invoke cloture on Leahy 1183, an amendment to substitute the current version of the Senate’s immigration reform bill, S. 744, with a revised version of the bill that includes a host of amendments that have been referred to as the Corker/Hoeven compromise—or, more simply, the border [...]

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Nativist Group Fears an Immigration Tsunami Under Senate Immigration Bill

Nativist Group Fears an Immigration Tsunami Under Senate Immigration Bill

Throughout its history, the United States has benefited in innumerable ways from immigration. Men and women from every corner of the globe, with every conceivable skill set and educational background, have come here and added value to the U.S. economy and U.S. society. Likewise, the arrival of every new “wave” of immigrants has elicited shrill [...]

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Is a Border Surge the Only Way to Pass Immigration Reform and Ensure Legalization?

Is a Border Surge the Only Way to Pass Immigration Reform and Ensure Legalization?

During the second full week of debate on S. 744, momentum towards passage increased with a positive CBO score, the defeat of several poison-pill amendments, and the announcement of a Republican border amendment that is thought to bring ten to fifteen Republicans to “yes” on final passage. A series of critical cloture votes is likely [...]

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Immigrants and Their Children Fill Gaps Left by Aging American Workforce

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Immigrants and Their Children Fill Gaps Left by Aging American Workforce

Over the next two decades, as the baby boom generation continues entering retirement, we will experience the largest exodus from the workforce by any generational cohort in American history. This wave of retirees will create a labor force deficit among the millions of jobs baby boomers depart from on top of new job growth industries [...]

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CBO Gives High Marks to Senate Immigration Bill

CBO Gives High Marks to Senate Immigration Bill

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its much-anticipated “scoring,” or cost estimate, of the Senate immigration bill. Overall, the numbers are good. Very good. The CBO projects 20 years ahead and predicts fiscal savings in the amount of roughly $1 trillion. In addition, the CBO explained in a separate report that the bill would [...]

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How the Senate Votes On Amendments

How the Senate Votes On Amendments

The Senate voted on four amendments to the immigration reform bill today, starting the ball rolling on what is likely to be a series of amendment votes over the next few days. The Senate rejected two votes requiring more enforcement at the border as a condition of implementing or completing a legalization program: Vitter 1228, [...]

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Happy Birthday DACA!

Happy Birthday DACA!

A year ago, President Obama announced the DACA program from the steps of the White House Rose Garden. The announcement marked a victory for thousands of undocumented immigrant youth whose courage and activism inspired the Administration to take action.  Since that day, over half a million young immigrants have come forward under DACA to seek [...]

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