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Congress Passes a Budget, But a Government Shutdown is Still Possible

Written by on November 3, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Passes a Budget, But a Government Shutdown is Still Possible

Last week Congress passed and on Monday the President signed a two year bipartisan budget agreement that also raised the debt ceiling through March 2017. The two year budget sets federal spending through the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years (FY), and lifts spending caps by providing an additional $80 billion, split evenly between military and […]

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Congress Narrowly Avoids Shutdown, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Written by on October 1, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Narrowly Avoids Shutdown, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Just hours before the federal government was set to shut down on Wednesday, Congress passed a continuing resolution, a stop-gap measure which continues funding the government at current levels and keeps the government open. The continuing resolution passed easily by large majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate and will last for 10 […]

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House Funds Homeland Security Through September

House Funds Homeland Security Through September

The House voted to approve a measure Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September, the rest of the fiscal year. The bill, which originally passed the Senate on Friday, is a “clean” funding bill without any amendments attempting to defund President Obama’s executive actions. The House vote was 257-167, with only Republicans […]

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

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Executive Action, Legislation 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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Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Written by on November 12, 2014 in Executive Action, Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress and Obama Plan Their Next Moves on Immigration

Although Congressional Republicans will not take control of both chambers of Congress until next year, the new power structure is leading to more aggressive attacks against President Obama’s plan for executive action.  President Obama has said he will offer a temporary fix to help some undocumented immigrants remain in the U.S. while they wait for […]

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More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Written by on July 31, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Positive changes are happening at the local level throughout the country. A growing number of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas get that welcoming immigrants for better and more comprehensive integration is good for their communities. Just within the past week, for example, the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Springfield officially decided to become more immigrant-friendly. […]

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House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
House and Senate Face Stalemate over Proposals to Fund Border Challenges

Members in the House and Senate are offering competing proposals to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone, but it could be difficult to reconcile the two plans before the August recess. The Obama administration requested $3.7 billion in additional funding earlier this month. If Congress fails to pass the additional […]

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How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

Written by on July 8, 2014 in Enforcement with 1 Comment
How $3.7 Billion for Border Humanitarian Situation Would be Spent

The Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address humanitarian needs as child migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Congress must approve the funding that, according to news reports, would speed up removal proceedings to decide if the children can stay in the U.S. or if they will be sent back to Central […]

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Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Executive Action, Reform with 7 Comments
Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources […]

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House Inaction Escalates Community’s Demands for Immigration Reform

House Inaction Escalates Community’s Demands for Immigration Reform

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reassured a few die-hard anti-immigration reform activists when he said he would never agree to a conference to reach agreement on a House immigration bill and the Senate’s bipartisan immigration that passed in June. But his comments fired up those who want to see Congress improve the nation’s broken immigration […]

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