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Pope Should Remind Congress That Values Matter in Immigration Debate

Written by on February 10, 2015 in Congress, Faith with 0 Comments
Pope Should Remind Congress That Values Matter in Immigration Debate

House Speaker John Boehner recently announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress during his first visit to the U.S. later this year. While we do not know if the Pope will share his views on U.S. immigration policy, if he does, it won’t be the first time […]

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Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

Written by on February 5, 2015 in Deferred Action, Economics, Executive Action, Hearings with 9 Comments
Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

The Senate Homeland Security committee on Wednesday held its first hearing about President Obama’s immigration executive actions. The hearing and the witnesses testifying focused on the “implications and unanswered questions” about the deportation relief offered to some undocumented immigrants included in the president’s actions. First, the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary, Stephen C. Goss, provided testimony […]

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Senate Shoots Down House’s Bad Homeland Security Funding Bill

Senate Shoots Down House’s Bad Homeland Security Funding Bill

The House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security—and the anti-executive action amendments that were added—failed to advance in the Senate on a procedural vote. Senators voted 48 to 51, with Republican Dean Heller (NV) joining with the Democrats to vote against the measure. Because it was a procedural vote, the bill needed more […]

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Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ New ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

Written by on January 29, 2015 in Congress, Myths, Republicans with 10 Comments
Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ New ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

The newly installed chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), wasted no time in advertising his antipathy towards immigrants. Shortly after assuming his post, Sessions released an “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority” that, in only 23 pages, managed to distill just about every fact-free sound bite ever conceived by the nativist […]

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House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Border, Congress, National Legislation with 1 Comment
House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399, the “Secure our Borders First” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “operational control”—defined as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”—of high traffic areas within two years, and the entire Southern border within five. DHS Secretary Jeh […]

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House Approves DHS Funding With Anti-Immigration Executive Action Amendments

House Approves DHS Funding With Anti-Immigration Executive Action Amendments

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, including five amendments that attacked parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The 236-191 vote for the spending measure passed essentially along party lines, although 2 Democrats […]

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House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

House Begins Debate on Anti-Executive Action Amendments to DHS Funding Bill

After the House Rules Committee on Monday night sent a bill that continues funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the year. Five amendments were attached as the House of Representatives began debating the measure on Tuesday. A vote is expected Wednesday. In December, Congress only approved funding for the […]

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Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

This year, the narrative on immigration swung from hope that the House of Representatives would follow the Senate’s lead and act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation to hopelessness when Republican leaders refused to act. Then attention turned to anticipation of the President’s announcement of temporary executive actions to improve the nation’s immigration system. Also, over […]

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Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

Following the close vote in the House last week, the Senate passed a spending bill 56-40 on Saturday to fund most of the government for the next year and avoid a government shutdown. Excluded from that full-year deal is the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded until February 27 under the so-called “cromnibus” […]

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Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Children, Congress, Executive Action, Hearings with 1 Comment
Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

When the 113th Congress kicked off nearly two years ago, hopes were high that this would be the Congress to pass lasting immigration reform. “I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” […]

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