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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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Draft of GOP Principles on Immigration Reform Released

Draft of GOP Principles on Immigration Reform Released

A draft of the House Republican principles on immigration reform has been released as House GOP members gather for their retreat to discuss their position on a range of issues, including immigration. Standards for Immigration Reform PREAMBLE Our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington’s failure to fix them […]

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House Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Gives Hope to Immigration Activists

House Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Gives Hope to Immigration Activists

One day before Congress left town for the holiday recess, the House of Representatives approved a two-year budget deal by a wide margin. Despite some GOP opposition to the plan, House Speaker John Boehner allowed a vote on the plan, which passed with a majority of Democratic and Republican votes. The budget outline now heads […]

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Immigration Advocates to Take to the Streets in Series of Oct. 5 Events

Immigration Advocates to Take to the Streets in Series of Oct. 5 Events

Immigrant groups along with faith, labor, and civil rights organizations are planning hundreds of rallies, vigils, pilgrimages, and actions this weekend to call on Congress to pass immigration reform. For the National Day of Action for Dignity and Respect on Saturday, more than 130 major mobilization events will take place to send the message that […]

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Fight for Fairness and Justice in its Many Forms Far From Over

Fight for Fairness and Justice in its Many Forms Far From Over

Wednesday marks 50 years since more than 250,000 people joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and pushed the government to extend civil and economic rights to African Americans. A massive rally where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his historic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln […]

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Forging Consensus on Visa Program Critical to Crafting Effective Policy

Forging Consensus on Visa Program Critical to Crafting Effective Policy

A proposal being considered in the House revives the debate around the number of visas that would be allocated to less skilled workers, also known as “W” visas. In particular, Representatives Ted Poe of Texas and Raul Labrador of Idaho are working on an immigration bill that could double the number of visas of less […]

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Pressure Mounts on House To Tackle Immigration Reform

Pressure Mounts on House To Tackle Immigration Reform

As July comes to a close and August recess begins, prospects for immigration reform in the House of Representatives are looking up. While some saw the pronouncements from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that the House would not take up the Senate bill as a death knell, it looked […]

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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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Early Concerns With Senate Immigration Bill

Early Concerns With Senate Immigration Bill

The “Gang of Eight” officially introduced their comprehensive immigration reform bill—the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act—in the Senate today, capping off months of negotiations to craft a bipartisan solution. As many have said, it is not a perfect bill, but it is a good compromise that will go far in an attempt […]

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Senators Close To Introducing Immigration Reform Bill

Senators Close To Introducing Immigration Reform Bill

After months of negotiations, the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” is ready to introduce the Senate immigration reform bill this week. Details about the measure—like the billions it would earmark for border security and the new visa program it would create based on work skills—have been leaking ahead of an expected announcement. And the proposal would […]

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