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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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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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Targeting Immigrant Taxpayers as a Matter of Course

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Targeting Immigrant Taxpayers as a Matter of Course

Unfortunately, there is a new fallback position for some members of Congress when it comes to finding ways to save money. That position is eliminating the Additional Child Tax Credit for immigrant taxpayers. This has been proposed in the past by other members of Congress; however, the latest iteration is in the form of an [...]

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House Hearing Misses the Mark on Asylum Claims

House Hearing Misses the Mark on Asylum Claims

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday about whether or not abuse of the asylum system is “overwhelming our borders.” What the committee ended up focusing on, however, was the alleged abuse of the credible fear screening process, a preliminary step in the application process for some asylum seekers. Although credible fear is different [...]

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Will New USCIS Memos Confuse House Judiciary Committee Again?

Will New USCIS Memos Confuse House Judiciary Committee Again?

One of the significant lessons of 2013 is that good immigration policy matters to the American public.  It’s unfortunate, then, that the House Judiciary Committee is choosing to end its year focusing not on immigration reform, but on how best to take the President to task for making use of executive authority.

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House Judiciary Chairman Says Immigration Bills Are ‘Ready To Go’

House Judiciary Chairman Says Immigration Bills Are ‘Ready To Go’

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has proven what a difference a few weeks can make for immigration reform. As Congress returns this week to a packed schedule, Goodlatte told WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi on Tuesday that congressional fights over Syria and the debt limit “should not deter us from getting to [immigration] as soon [...]

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Hearing Highlights Similarities Between Senate Immigration Bill and House Border Bill

Hearing Highlights Similarities Between Senate Immigration Bill and House Border Bill

Ostensibly, the July 23rd hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security was about the many differences between the Senate’s immigration-reform bill and the House’s border-enforcement bill. The hearing was even titled “A Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security.” However, while highlighting very real differences between the [...]

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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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House Immigration Bill Promotes Old Model Immigration Solutions

House Immigration Bill Promotes Old Model Immigration Solutions

Today the House held a hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (the SAFE Act), which is designed, as its name suggests, to be a lopsided, enforcement-only bill that imposes additional criminal penalties, border security, and detention and deportation, while encouraging discredited policies such as self-deportation and state interference with immigration law. [...]

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Procedural Path Of The Senate Immigration Bill

Procedural Path Of The Senate Immigration Bill

The Senate immigration reform debate has officially begun. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the motion to proceed Thursday on S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the first step to having the full Senate debate the measure after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it a few weeks [...]

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