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On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

A year ago this week, senators introduced S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill, to much fanfare. It was a high point for the immigration reform movement, only to be eclipsed by the bipartisan vote to move the bill out of committee and then, in June 2013, final passage in the Senate itself. Thus far, [...]

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Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

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Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

There is an increasing number of people and groups of faith across the country pressing for humane immigration policies. In spite of the legislative standstill immigration reform is facing on Capitol Hill, the faith community continues to lift up the need for immigration reform through various events across the country including the ongoing Fast for Families [...]

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House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

The press is reporting that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will file a discharge petition to bring HR 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that has been languishing in the House since October, to the floor. A discharge petition is a procedural move that requires the signature of 218 House members; if successful it forces House [...]

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While Congress Recesses, Activists Organize for Immigration Reform

While Congress Recesses, Activists Organize for Immigration Reform

While Congress is on recess and members travel home to their districts to hear from their constituents on the issues that matter to them, immigration advocates are turning up the heat through a series of grassroots and netroots organizing events. Today, the Alliance for Citizenship is organizing a national digital day of action, encouraging supporters [...]

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President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

President Calls for Review of U.S. Deportation System

As the number of deportations under President Obama near the 2 million mark and Congress stalls on immigration reform legislation, President Obama said Friday that administration officials are reviewing what could be done to make the immigration enforcement system more humane. The announcement follows votes in the House of Representatives last week attempting to limit [...]

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House Limits Administrative Action Instead of Acting on Immigration Reform

House Limits Administrative Action Instead of Acting on Immigration Reform

Work on existing bills that lay out legislative options to fix the nation’s immigration system is languishing in the House while its members focus on legislation that rolls back the president’s power to help immigrants caught in the broken system. Following up on Wednesday’s vote to approve the ENFORCE Act (HR 4138), the House on [...]

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House Passes ENFORCE Act

House Passes ENFORCE Act

The House of Representatives today passed HR 4138, the ENFORCE Act, by a vote of 233 to 181. This bill would give either chamber of Congress standing to bring a civil action in U.S. district court alleging that “President, the head of any department or agency of the United States, or any other officer or [...]

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In First 2014 Immigration Vote, House Judiciary Committee Tries to Defund ICE Public Advocate

In First 2014 Immigration Vote, House Judiciary Committee Tries to Defund ICE Public Advocate

House members in the House Judiciary Committee voted on their first immigration bill of 2014 on Wednesday. But instead of considering existing bills that lay out legislative options to fix the nation’s immigration system, the committee approved a bill to prohibit funding for a public advocate position within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) [...]

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More Than 600 Businesses Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform

More Than 600 Businesses Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform

Immigrants are helping to grow the economy all across the nation. Take Charlotte, North Carolina for example, where immigrant restaurant owners have opened businesses across the city catering to increasingly eclectic tastes. Tacos El Nevado is one example. Heriberto Mali and Vianey Juarez, immigrants from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, opened the restaurant [...]

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House Members Question and Criticize Rather Than Act to Change Immigration Policies

House Members Question and Criticize Rather Than Act to Change Immigration Policies

Two hearings in the House of Representatives today were unfortunate examples of how the chamber is looking back rather than forward on immigration. In his first House hearing before the Homeland Security committee, Secretary Jeh Johnson laid out his vision for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees immigration enforcement among the many agencies [...]

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