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Steve King’s Committee Continues Attack on President’s Immigration Actions

Written by on March 15, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Steve King’s Committee Continues Attack on President’s Immigration Actions

This week, the newly created “Task Force on Executive Overreach” and its Chairman Steve King (R-IA) held a sparsely-attended hearing on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, specifically related to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This was the first hearing by […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

Written by on April 28, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship with 22 Comments
Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Birthright Citizenship: Is It The Right Policy For America?” The hearing will question whether those born in America will automatically be citizens, as they have been for over 150 years. Undoubtedly, the hearing will feature the same counterproductive anti-immigrant rhetoric that nativists have trotted out before, […]

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

Written by on January 26, 2015 in Uncategorized 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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Homeland Security Secretary Makes the Case for Immigration Actions in House Hearing

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Executive Action with 2 Comments
Homeland Security Secretary Makes the Case for Immigration Actions in House Hearing

There are two competing and politically charged narratives about President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and what they mean for U.S. security and the U.S. economy. One of these narratives maintains that the President’s decision to defer deportations of many unauthorized parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents will enhance national security by bringing […]

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House Uses Unaccompanied Kids as Excuse for More Enforcement, Less Due Process

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
House Uses Unaccompanied Kids as Excuse for More Enforcement, Less Due Process

Congress adjourned last week without passing a supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of managing the influx of unaccompanied minors and families in the Rio Grande Valley. If the issue had simply been one of how much of President Obama’s $3.7 billion request actually would be appropriated, there might have been a compromise. The […]

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House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

Written by on July 29, 2014 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
House Hearing Exploits Children’s Misery, Highlights Ideological Differences

In the last week before the August recess, House and Senate members are trying to finalize vastly different bills that would provide additional funding to address the government agency needs associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The House’s $659 million bill falls short of President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Homeland Security Secretary Responds to House Republicans and Flawed Anti-Immigrant Report

Only days after President Obama asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to hold off his deportation review in order to give House Republicans space to move immigration reform negotiations forward, some of those same House Republicans in the Judiciary Committee held an “oversight hearing” of DHS. The hearing turned out to be little more […]

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Steve King’s Tall Tales About Immigrants and Crime Don’t Add Up

Steve King’s Tall Tales About Immigrants and Crime Don’t Add Up

There is no denying that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a vivid imagination. As he sits in Border Patrol vehicles at night, he apparently sees hundreds of DREAM Act-eligible drug mules with muscular calves hauling heavy loads of marijuana across the border. How does he know these drug mules would meet the rather stringent criteria […]

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House Republicans Show Uncertainty About Where the Party Stands On Immigration

Written by on February 6, 2013 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
House Republicans Show Uncertainty About Where the Party Stands On Immigration

For six hours on Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee tried to come to terms with a new landscape on immigration reform and where House Republicans will fit into the picture. Despite attempts by committee leadership to paint an earned path to citizenship as an extreme option and questions about whether citizenship was even necessary, […]

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House Subcommittee Hearing Underscores Problems with Secure Communities Program

Written by on November 30, 2011 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
House Subcommittee Hearing Underscores Problems with Secure Communities Program

Congressman Steve King (R-IA), Subcommittee on Immigration Policy & Enforcement. Today, the House Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing on the Secure Communities program (S-Comm)—an enforcement program that has been rife with controversy since its inception in 2008. Today’s hearing featured statements from a variety of witnesses and members of Congress which further underscored the problems […]

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