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Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Elections, Republicans with 0 Comments
Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

This week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) became the latest candidate to announce his 2016 presidential bid, which he did from the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida. Known as the Ellis Island of the South, Freedom Tower served Cuban refugees seeking political asylum from 1962-1974 and his presence there sought to highlight his immigrant roots, his […]

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Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Nativists, Republicans, Rhetoric with 3 Comments
Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Nativist ideology is filled with falsehoods, half-truths, and distortions. From the impact of immigrants on the economy to the pace of their integration into U.S. society, the nativist creed more often than not gets it wrong. For example, consider the current chairman of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). In an opinion piece […]

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Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Written by on April 9, 2015 in Elections, Republicans with 4 Comments
Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has entered the 2016 presidential race with the campaign slogan “defeat the Washington machine.” Yet his views and past legislative actions on immigration show that he is more likely to maintain the status quo of leaving reform in limbo rather than push forward meaningful reforms that harness the skills and talents […]

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House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Written by on March 19, 2015 in Deportation, National Legislation, Republicans with 2 Comments
House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Although comprehensive immigration reform was not brought to a vote by House of Representatives, the public still overwhelmingly and consistently supports reform.  Yet yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would take the opposite approach—not only repealing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but imposing the most draconian immigration enforcement scheme in America’s history. Immigration […]

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Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Most Americans want immigration reform. President Obama’s executive actions took temporary steps to provide relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have spent years here, but it is up to Congress to pass legislation that would comprehensively improve the immigration system. According to a February poll from Public Religion Research Institute, nearly three-quarters of Americans […]

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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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What Potential GOP Candidates Said on Immigration at Steve King’s Rally

Written by on January 26, 2015 in Republicans, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
What Potential GOP Candidates Said on Immigration at Steve King’s Rally

Although the 2016 presidential elections are two years away, early entrants into the Republican presidential field have apparently decided that immigration is a topic that can safely be exploited. Similarly, congressional Republicans, particularly newly appointed Senate Immigration Subcommittee chair, Jeff Sessions, is offering up a game plan that seems designed to pit immigrants against American […]

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Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action, Republicans with 1 Comment
Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Before adjourning for their summer recess a month ago, the House passed a partisan supplemental spending bill that had no hope of making it through the Senate. First, it did not provide anywhere near what the White House was requesting in order to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors. It also attempted to gut […]

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Representantes Republicanos Presentan Principios para la Reforma Migratoria

Representantes Republicanos Presentan Principios para la Reforma Migratoria

En el día de ayer, miembros republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes dieron a conocer los principios generales sobre los que basarán su propuesta de reforma migratoria en dicha Cámara. El documento de una página, divulgado durante el retiro anual de los representantes republicanos en Cambridge (Maryland), aborda temas que van desde la seguridad fronteriza […]

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Are GOP Immigration Standards Enough to Shake Up the Conversation?

Are GOP Immigration Standards Enough to Shake Up the Conversation?

Reactions to the release of the House GOP leadership’s principles for immigration reform ranged from ecstatic to furious yesterday—and that was just within the Republican Party. Outside the tortured world of House politics, reactions tended more toward cautious praise for releasing something as a starting point, but with serious doubts about the shortcomings of the […]

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