Meet the 2016 GOP Candidates For President — and Their Positions On #Immigration

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Meet the 2016 GOP Candidates For President — and Their Positions On Immigration

All the Resources You Need Ahead of Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit
Washington, DC – This weekend, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is gathering a majority of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls at the Iowa Freedom Summit, where the likes of Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and many more will come to kiss King’s ring and attempt to build up a base in Iowa for their upcoming campaigns.

Not all the 2016 Republican potentials are coming — citing scheduling conflicts — although it may just simply be that they don’t want the photo-op with Steve King.  But as the potentials gather this weekend, and many more times in the next year and a half, America’s Voice is releasing a new research guide on each candidate’s history on immigrants and immigration reform.  It’s available here.

Additionally, in advance of the summit, DREAMers and local leaders are mobilizing to set the record straight when it comes to Iowa and immigration.  Earlier today, advocates held a press call to highlight the release of a new Des Moines Register print ad and op-ed explaining where the majority of Iowans stand on this key issue.  At the summit, DREAMer activists will also be publically confronting 2016 hopefuls, calling on them to define their immigration positions.

All the resources you need are available here:

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Do Republicans have grandparents too?

Originally posted on Neil Steinberg’s blog.

BY NEIL STEINBERG
This is my grandfather, Irwin Bramson. I don’t believe his picture has ever appeared in a newspaper before. He would be delighted to see it here.
My grandfather was not famous, or successful, beyond supporting his family, working in a factory in Cleveland that made machine parts. He eventually owned his own house, on Rossmoor Road in Cleveland Heights. He was very proud of that.
My grandfather was born on a farm in Bialystock Poland, in 1907 and was sent to this country because things were very bad there and he had a relative, a distant cousin in Cleveland who owned an automobile parts factory and would employ him. He left at 16 and never saw any of his family again; they were all murdered, man, woman and child by the Nazis and their henchmen.
When he got here, he no doubt faced the scorn of those who felt that America was being corrupted by racially inferior immigrants such as himself that all manner of subhumans and Jews, were poisoning American blood, that they were constitutionally different and would never fit in.
But he did fit in. He never went to college, but he met my grandmother, got married—they went to the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago on their honeymoon in 1934. They had three daughters, my mother being the eldest. Had they been born in Poland, they all would have been murdered too.
All of my memories of him involve him sitting in a green Barcalounger, watching “The Price Is Right.” He smoked cigarettes and drank bourbon. He sucked Luden’s Cherry Cough drops for his throat—he would die of emphysema in 1981.
He taught me chess. He would give me a dollar if I won and a dollar if I lost. He took me to my first baseball game. There was nothing mean or difficult about him. He did not complain. He asked nothing of anybody. In fact, he rarely spoke. He was a simple man, and I loved him.
Everyone in the United States, unless they are a Native-American, has a person like my grandfather in their past, someone who came over here to escape hardship or horror and make a life. Whether it was 5 or 50 or 500 years ago, the story is the same. They came over and the country let them in.
My grandfather became a citizen, not because he was a genius, not because he was harder working or smarter or better than any Mexican fording the Rio Grande. But because he could back then. There was an Ellis Island and a system that worked. Today Ellis Island is a shrine to ideals that half the country doesn’t believe anymore, who adopt the cruel role of the Americans who harassed their own forebears.
I thought of my grandfather, after I watched Barack Obama’s brief speech Thursday night—lucky I have cable because none of the networks, the supposed mainstream media supposedly in his thrall, bothered to show it. He announced his changes to immigration policy, to allow undocumented immigrants who have been here longer than five years to “get right with the law,” register and not fear deportation.
Before Obama even spoke, the Republicans, who oppose everything the president has done, is doing, or will do, made a show of opposing this too, a rare trifecta blending economic myopia, longterm political suicide, and lack of basic human decency. Only time will tell if they respond by trying to impeach him, shut down the government or some new strategem. The only thing that they are certain not to do is pass the comprehensive immigration reform which, announcing his stopgap, Obama called for.
That this is the right thing, that it is long overdue, that it will help the United States economy, that to do otherwise is cold hypocrisy and a denial of their own family, an insult the memory of my grandfather and theirs and the millions like him, never wrinkles their brow.
My wife and I watched the speech.
“He looks tired, frustrated,” my wife said.
“He’s trying to talk sense to idiots,” I said.
I’m glad I saw the speech, because I was starting to think very little of Obama, just by osmosis, just by living in a country where he is so despised. I wish he had done this three months, six months, a year ago. Not doing so was the kind of small, mean political calculation that has hobbled his presidency. The Democrats got drubbed anyway.
But now I realize, the bottom line with Obama is: he did what he could do. He didn’t waste effort trying the impossible. Even his narrowed options were tough to manage.
The good news is, he’s already won.
As with gay marriage, the notion of no longer keeping millions who came to this country illegally in rightless limbo forever will seem an impossibility until suddenly it doesn’t and everybody wonders what took us so long to do the moral thing. Then the people who are castigating the president now will be hard to find. Cornered, they will shrug off their fanatical opposition to people just like their own grandparents with some easy rationalization. What really struck me about the president’s speech is he could speak the words at all, that he somehow found the stamina to present a cogent argument to rabid enemies who stopped listening long ago. There is a nobility to that.

What the #Immigration Executive Actions Mean for You and Your Family: 8 Things You Need to Know

Originally posted on Huffington Post

Last week President Obama announced he will take series of executive actions designed to strengthen the border, hold undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents accountable by giving them a chance to register, pass criminal background checks and pay taxes. The Administration also plans to use the existing immigration law to promote investment and make the immigration system work better until Congress finally passes immigration reform.

1. There’s Nothing to Apply for Yet And Immigrants Should Be Careful Not to Get Scammed.

While the President has a released a broad outline of his immigration executive actions, the details, including the application process, have not been finalized. In other words, there is nothing to apply for yet and potential applicants should heed the warning posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s website:

Important notice: These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam.

2. The Deferred Action Program Will Apply Only to The Undocumented Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.

Perhaps the most dramatic of the executive actions is the President’s decision to offer a temporary deportation reprieve — formally known as Deferred Action — to undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children.

The intent is to give parents a chance to come out of the shadows and get right with the law — register, pass criminal background checks and pay taxes.

To qualify an applicant will have to show, among other things, that he/she has been in the U.S. since before January 1, 2010, and is the parent of a citizen or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20, 2014. The Administration hopes to have the application process in place within 180 days.

3. DACA Will Be Expanded To Make More DREAMERs Eligible.

Two years ago Mr. Obama offered a temporary deportation reprieve to qualified undocumented youth who had arrived in the U.S. as children. The process, known asDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, brought hundreds of thousands of DREAMERs out of the shadows so they could work and study. To be eligible a DREAMER had to show, among other things, that he/she had arrived before June 15, 2007 and been in the U.S. and under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012. While the process was a game changer for many DREAMERs, others did not qualify because of the entry deadline and age cap.

The executive actions will extend the entry requirement to June 1, 2010 and remove the age cap, permitting many more DREAMERs qualify for a temporary 3 year reprieve from deportation.

While the expanded DACA program is not yet in place, it is expected that the USCIS will begin receiving applications within 90 days.

4. Provisional Family Unity Waivers Will Be Expanded to Included the Undocumented Husbands and Wives Of Lawful Permanent Residents.

Most people think that if an undocumented immigrant marries a U.S. citizen or lawful resident he/she can get a green card. That’s both right and wrong. Many undocumented immigrants who qualify for a visa must apply at a U.S. consulate abroad, not from within the US. But when they leave the U.S. to apply, another part of the law bans them from returning for up to ten years.

The pain of this legal Catch-22 was eased somewhat in 2013 when the Obama Administration tweaked the application process so that undocumented husbands and wives of U.S. citizens could apply for family unity waivers before traveling abroad. The change spared many American families from prolonged separation from their loved one she traveled abroad and waited — sometimes for years — for the waiver to be processed.

The executive actions announced last week tweak the Family Unity Waiver process a bit more by a permitting undocumented spouses of lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to apply for waivers before departing the U.S, shielding many more American families from the pain of prolonged separation. The change will also save tax dollars by making the visa processing system more efficient and reducing the burden on government agencies.

5. Family Unity Will (Hopefully) Become the Rule Rather Than the Exception.

Some immigrants that are eligible for green cards first have to prove that their deportation would impose “extreme hardship” on their U.S. citizen or lawful resident spouse, parent or child.

The executive actions promise a new interpretation of “extreme hardship” which, hopefully, will recognize that separating parents from (American) children or spouses from (American) spouses is, by nature, an “extreme hardship.” A pro-family interpretation of the standard would ensure that, absent negative factors, more families remain whole.

Stay tuned on this one.

6. Immigrants With Green Card Applications or Other Temporary Status May Travel Abroad With Greater Assurance of Their Ability to Return.

The legal Catch-22 that keeps husbands and wives separated from their families for up to 10 years after foreign travel can also bar immigrants with lawful green card applications or other temporary status — even if they traveled home to visit an elderly parent or attend a funeral with advance permission (parole) from the Department of Homeland Security.

The President’s executive actions will give greater assurances to immigrants that they will be permitted to return to the U.S. and complete their pending green card applications or continue their authorized presence after necessary foreign travel on advance parole.

7. Existing Law Will Be Used to Expand Opportunities for Business, Investment and Job Creation.

The executive actions will include efforts to strengthen the economy and create jobs for U.S. workers by enhancing options for foreign entrepreneurs, attracting investment and generating tax revenue to ensure economic growth and extending existing post-graduate training programs for science, technology, engineering and math graduates of U.S universities. The Administration will also look for ways to improve the legal immigration system by reducing government costs, reducing burdens on employers and families and eliminating fraud.

8. The President’s Immigration Executive Actions Are An Important First Step, But They Are Not A Substitute Congressional Action.

The actions Mr. Obama has taken to make the immigration system work better are a bold and courageous (and yes-solidly legal) use of his lawful authority as President of the United States. But only Congress has the power to fix the antiquated, rigid and outdated immigration policy that plagues this country, devastates families, stymies American business and inhibits job creation.

We can only hope that amid the calls for lawsuits and legislation to block the President’s executive actions Republican congressional leaders will find the guts to do the right thing by the American People.

This morning’s must read: @seungminkim’s Proxy fight–several GOP senators positioning themselves around an immigration fight

If the Senate GOP leadership permits Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to turn the Lynch Attorney General confirmation hearing into a proxy fight over the President’s authority to make the immigration system work better until Congress passes an overhaul of the dysfunctional law, it’ll be proof positive that the GOP has been gaming the country on immigration reform the whole time, that they never intended to do anything other than implement the nativists’ mean spirited call for “self deportation.”

Posted on Politico

By Seung Min Kim

11/10/14 11:24 PM EST

Updated 11/11/14 5:58 AM EST

Senate Republicans plan to turn the battle over attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch into a larger debate over immigration, using the confirmation hearings as a proxy war over presidential power rather than a debate over Lynch’s qualifications.

Lynch, who would be the first black female attorney general, is considered a strong nominee, with a long record as a federal prosecutor. That makes the political fight over Barack Obama and his executive powers a much better bet for Republicans who took control of the Senate riding the president’s unpopularity.
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The Republicans’ early strategy, according to comments from senators and several Republican aides close to the Judiciary Committee, centers on whether the president has the authority to bypass Congress on immigration — allowing Republicans to write their own narrative on the nomination.

“The president is increasingly on a smaller and smaller island if he goes forward with this action and the next item of business is the nomination of the attorney general,” one Senate Republican aide said Monday. “Don’t underestimate the capacity for that to become a major battle front.”

Several GOP senators are publicly positioning themselves around an immigration fight.
Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah have signaled that immigration will be a large part of their line of questioning against Lynch when her confirmation process begins, which they said should happen after the new Republican majority is seated in January.

“The nominee must demonstrate full and complete commitment to the law,” Cruz and Lee said in a joint statement. “Loretta Lynch deserves the opportunity to demonstrate those qualities, beginning with a statement whether or not she believes the president’s executive amnesty plans are constitutional and legal.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the strategy.
But Hill Democrats say the Republican plan could backfire.
“I don’t think that issue should be central to Loretta Lynch’s confirmation,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Monday, adding that he said he wanted to see Lynch considered and confirmed “promptly.”

Since Attorney General Eric Holder said in September he planned to step down, a handful of other Senate Republicans have signaled the issue of executive action on immigration would be a central issue in confirming his successor. For example, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama has, for weeks, been encouraging fellow senators to oppose any replacement for Holder who does not “firmly reject” Obama’s plan for executive action on immigration.

The chatter is preliminary — Congress is officially back in session Wednesday, and senators will have more time then to hash out a more formal strategy on Lynch’s nomination process. But key aides on Monday sketched out an initial strategy that centers on grilling Lynch — the federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York — over Obama’s pending immigration action and whether she backs it.

A slew of other hot-button issues are sure to surface during Lynch’s confirmation hearings, such as the Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, the contentious debate over voter ID laws and executive overreach, Republican aides added.

“Decisions and actions by President Obama and Attorney General Holder have made the proper bounds of executive power a critically important issue for this confirmation process,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Monday, signaling that will be a priority in deciding whether to confirm Lynch.

But the dominant issue will be immigration — and President Barack Obama’s looming executive action that could potentially halt deportations for millions of immigrants here without legal status. Obama has promised to keep his pledge to Latino and immigration advocates to act on deportations by the end of the year.

Senate Democrats don’t think the strategy will work.

“With Republicans on these issues, they always run the risk of overreach,” added a Senate Democratic leadership aide. “She’s not tied to the administration, she hasn’t had a tie to any of these past executive actions. … Efforts to tie her down to that stuff would come across as overly political.”

No decisions have been made on when the Senate will take up Lynch’s nomination to be the nation’s chief law enforcement official, officials said Monday. But one Democratic leadership aide said senators were leaning toward installing Lynch in the new Congress, when the GOP will be in control of the chamber.

Senate Democrats are banking on the view that the twice-confirmed Lynch, who would be the nation’s first black female attorney general with the Senate’s blessing, would be qualified enough to be confirmed under a Democratic- or GOP-led chamber.

“She should have no difficulty whatsoever on the merits,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Monday. “There is not a scintilla of factual basis to challenge her.”
The lame-duck session leaves an already truncated timeline to handle a high-profile nomination such as attorney general, and Congress is already buried under other must-do legislative priorities. The process to confirm Lynch has barely started on Capitol Hill — the Judiciary Committee has yet to receive Lynch’s paperwork, an aide said — and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has made National Security Agency reform his top priority in the lame-duck session.

Republicans prefer to leave the task of confirming Lynch to the new Congress. Presumptive incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last week that Lynch should be “considered in the new Congress through regular order.”

Incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has pledged a “very fair, but thorough” vetting, noting that U.S. attorneys are “rarely” promoted straight to the attorney general spot.
“So I look forward to learning more about her, how she will interact with Congress and how she proposes to lead the department,” he said.

In theory, the Senate could begin the nomination process in the lame-duck session under Leahy and continue in the new Congress under Grassley, Democratic aides said. When the Senate considered the nomination of John Ashcroft for attorney general in 2001, a handful of the hearings were held under Leahy and later under Hatch, who assumed the Judiciary chairmanship in late January 2001.

But that option doesn’t appear to be under serious consideration for now, and Republicans are sure to gain seats on the Judiciary Committee in the new Congress. If the process begin during the current Congress and continues into the next, new Republican members may not get the opportunity to question Lynch.

Still, other Senate Democrats want to clear her nomination quickly. In an interview Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said confirming Holder’s successor should be done as soon as possible, pointing to the continuing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as one area that awaits the incoming attorney general.

“I believe we have an obligation to confirm the attorney general as quickly as we can,” McCaskill said. “I think we need to do our work, unless there’s a problem with this woman’s background.”

Burgess Everett contributed to this report.

In #Immigration Reform, “Citizenship Matters”

Reblogged from thehill.com Congress Blog

As Congress reconvenes this week perhaps the thorniest question–in an immigration policy debate full of thorny questions–is whether the House, like the Senate, should include a special path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants as part of an immigration reform package.  Or, given the political realities of the GOP-dominated House, is a special path to citizenship worth conceding if it leads to some form of lawful status for undocumented immigrants who qualify?

Some, including even some supporters of immigration reform, argue that access to U.S. citizenship isn’t important.  Undocumented immigrants, they say, just want to live, work, and raise their children without fear of deportation.  If they had to choose, so the argument goes, most would opt for legal immigrant status over citizenship.

There may be some truth to that. But the choice between legal status and citizenship is a false one.

A homeless person asked to choose between regular food and shelter or the opportunity to eventually own a home is likely to opt for the warm meal and a place to sleep every night.  His choice of temporary shelter doesn’t mean he will not dream of one day owning his own home.  To the contrary, once he’s warm and satiated he (and society as a whole) will be better off if he begins to pursue opportunities that lead to home ownership.

Similarly, an unauthorized immigrant, living in constant fear of arrest, detention, deportation and banishment from his family, may long for a secure, lawful immigration status in the U.S., not necessarily U.S. citizenship.  But once he is permitted to come out of the shadows the contributions he will be able to make will increase as he will likely increase his income through legal work, participate openly in his children’s activities, and pay additional taxes on top of those he is currently paying.  Once he is able to do all of those things free from fear, when his immediate needs have been fulfilled, he may then want to become a U.S. citizen, taking on the responsibilities (like jury duty) along with the honor and privileges.

Nor is a path to citizenship just about what’s good for the immigrant.  It’s important to the Nation.  The naturalization process includes background checks and other examinations of an immigrant’s record in the U.S. Immigrants who choose to apply for citizenship must prove they have good moral character, demonstrate knowledge of civics and history, show English Language proficiency, establish attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution, and swear an oath of allegiance to the U.S.

Suppose immigration reform passes with no special path to earned citizenship?  What happens in 10, 20, or 30 years when millions of noncitizens living lawfully in the U.S. are ineligible for U.S. citizenship, not able to swear loyalty to a nation they call home?  Even the Supreme Court has long recognized the tenuous nature of legal residence without citizenship:

“Under our law, the alien in several respects stands on an equal footing with citizens, but in others has never been conceded legal parity with the citizen. Most importantly, to protract this ambiguous status within the country is not his right but is a matter of permission and tolerance. The Government’s power to terminate its hospitality has been asserted and sustained by this Court since the question first arose.”  Harisiades  v.  Shaughnessy, 342 U.S. 580 (1952)

Make no mistake, citizenship is much more than a legal status.  It’s an immigrant’s admission to the American family.  Naturalization ceremonies across the U.S. include a beautiful mosaic of people from different cultures, customs, backgrounds and experiences.  What binds these diverse individuals is a common belief in the promise of America and faithfulness to the principles upon which our country was founded.

In overhauling the immigration law, Congress should include a path to citizenship for those who choose to pursue it.  The Senate’s road will take 13 years for most immigrants; that is a huge investment of time and energy into the America we love.  Failure to do so risks creation of a subclass of people lawfully in the country but unable to reach the heart of the American Dream.

Allowing immigrants to become Americans is one aspect of immigration policy that we have gotten right, and it has served us well (in contrast to other countries that limit citizenship based on country of birth).

Immigration reform should build on what we have done well, not undermine it.

Leopold is former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Mr. Speaker, Please Don’t Let The ‘#Immigration Grinch’ Steal Christmas

Originally posted on Huffington Post

It’s almost Christmas, the House has left town for the holidays, and many American families are wondering whether they’ll get a visit from Santa Claus or the dreaded Grinch — that nasty old creature with a heart two sizes too small.

Every day the Grinch wreaks havoc on thousands of American families. Disguised as an unforgiving and inflexible immigration law, he thinks nothing of ruining lives, sometimes banging on the door of a home in the wee hours of the morning to take away a father, mother, sister, brother or grandparent who doesn’t have proper immigration documents or is unlucky enough to be at the wrong end of a deportation order. And he does so at the astounding rate of 1,120 deportations a day. In fact, if the Grinch is not stopped soon, he will have removed 2 million people by Christmas — many of whom came to America to build a better life for themselves and their children, like so many immigrants before them.

Sadly, before the House went home this week, there was someone who missed an opportunity to stop the Grinch this year. That man is Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House of Representatives. With the snap of his fingers, Mr. Boehner could have calmed the fears of millions of American families by allowing the House to vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill — one which was sure to have passed.

But Speaker Boehner refused to act, bowing to the will of extremists in his party — “the Grinches in the House” — who themselves offer no positive immigration solutions but are quick to obstruct any proposal that provides a safe, orderly, and fair immigration system for the nation.

Of course, the GOP leadership talked a good game as they turned out the lights at the Capitol to head home for the holidays. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said that immigration reform should be a priority for 2014. But the House GOP’s slow walking has contributed to nearly 200,000 deportations since the Senate passed its bipartisan immigration bill in June. This is unacceptable in a country that President Reagan once imagined would welcome “anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”

Happily, there is still time for Speaker Boehner to show real leadership, even before Congress returns next year. He can take immediate action to help ensure that millions of American families remain safe and together during the holidays while the nation waits for the House to pass immigration reform. As a show of good faith, Speaker Boehner should ask the administration to give a temporary deportation reprieve to all undocumented immigrants who would qualify for provisional immigration status under the House and Senate bills.

Everyone agrees that the immigration system is broken and must be fixed. It’s unfair to continue destroying families just because the House hasn’t finished its job. And until it does, America’s leaders — in Congress and the White House — should work together to stop removing people who may not have the right papers but contribute to our nation’s social, economic and cultural fabric.

I’m willing to bet that if Speaker Boehner allows himself to feel the injustice and pain caused by America’s broken immigration system, then his heart, like the mean old Grinch’s, just might grow three full sizes. Maybe then he’ll do what’s in his power to make sure that Christmas is not once again stolen from the most vulnerable among us.

#Immigration Headlines for March 27, 2013

Huffington Post: Immigration Reform Advocates Struggle With Obama ‘Love-Hate’ Relationship

By Elise Foley

March 27, 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/immigration-reform-advocates-obama_n_2958688.html

 

Feet in 2 Worlds: Undocumented, Paying Taxes, Hoping for Immigration Reform

By Aurora Almendral

March 21, 2013

http://fi2w.org/2013/03/21/many-undocumented-immigrants-are-active-tax-payers/

 

San Diego Union-Tribune: What did immigrant advocates learn from LGBT?

By Elizabeth Aguilera

March 26, 2013

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar/26/immigration-lgbt-marriage-citizenship/

 

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Associated Press: McCain, 3 other senators to tour US-Mexico border ahead of immigration reform debate

March 27, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/mccain-other-senators-to-tour-us-mexico-border-ahead-of-immigration-reform-debate/2013/03/27/1843f8be-96c7-11e2-a976-7eb906f9ed9b_story.html

 

ABC News: ‘Gang of Eight’ to Tour Arizona-Mexico Border

By Jim Avila and Serena Marshall

March 27, 2013

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/gang-of-eight-to-tour-arizona-mexico-border/

 

The Hill: Gang of Eight to tour border in rush to finish immigration bill

By Daniel Strauss

March 26, 2013

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/290343-immigration-group-senators-to-tour-arizona-border#ixzz2Ok6F6VKB

 

The State: South Carolina becomes Republican’s immigration reform ‘test market’

By Noelle Phillips

March 27, 2013

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/27/3308978/south-carolina-becomes-republicans.html#storylink=cpy

 

Denver Post: Faith leaders petition Sen. Michael Bennet on behalf of immigrants

By Collen O’Connor

March 26, 2013

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22870104/faith-leaders-petition-sen-michael-bennet-behalf-immigrants#ixzz2Ok6i3lRb

 

Arizona Republic: McCain has tense exchange with ‘dreamer’

By Dan Nowicki

March 26, 2013

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20130326mccain-pushes-back-against-dreamer-protests.html

 

New York Daily News: Schumer to ICE: Limit Solitary Confinement or Congress Will

By Joseph Straw

March 26, 2013

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/2013/03/schumer-to-ice-limit-solitary-confinement-or-congress-will

 

Talking Points Memo: Napolitano: Border Security Trigger ‘Not The Way To Go’ In Immigration Reform

By Brian Beulter

March 26, 2013

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/napolitano-border-security-trigger-not-the-way-to-go-in-immigration-reform.php

 

Bloomberg: Electoral Demographics Open Door on Immigration, Napolitano Says

By Phil Mattingly

March 26, 2013

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-26/electoral-demographics-open-door-on-immigration-napolitano-says.html

 

Huffington Post: Janet Napolitano: Solitary Confinement To Be Reviewed

By Elise Foley

March 26, 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/26/janet-napolitano-solitary-confinement_n_2955065.html

 

The Hill: Napolitano coy on White House bid

By Jordy Yager

March 26, 2013

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/290285-napolitano-coy-on-wh-bid

 

National Journal: Why Immigration Reform Is So Hard

By Niraj Choksi

March 26, 2013

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/why-immigration-reform-is-so-hard-20130326

 

The Hill: White House mum on plan to link citizenship path to border security

By Justin Sink

March 26, 2013

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/290393-white-house-mum-on-plan-to-link-citizenship-to-border-security#ixzz2Og7GWWT9

 

The Hill: Obama to sit for immigration interview with Telemundo

By Justin Sink

March 26, 2013

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/290435-obama-to-sit-for-immigration-interview-with-telemundo#ixzz2Ojxvb8AV

 

Politico: Obama to talk immigration with Telemundo, Univision

By Jennifer Epstein

March 26, 2013

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-to-talk-immigration-with-telemundo-160266.html

 

The Atlantic: How Obama Could (but Probably Won’t) Stop Deporting Illegal Immigrants Today

By Keegan Hamilton

March 26, 2013

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/how-obama-could-but-probably-wont-stop-deporting-illegal-immigrants-today/274352/

 

Roll Call: Leahy Warns Sessions to Play Nice on Immigration

By Humberto Sanchez

March 26, 2013

http://www.rollcall.com/news/leahy_warns_sessions_to_play_nice_on_immigration-223458-1.html

 

Politico: Dean Heller’s extreme makeover

By Steve Friess

March 26, 2013

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/sen-heller-flip-flopping-and-proud-of-it-89360.html

 

The Hill: GOP confidence in Senate takeover grows as challenges mount for Dems

By Cameron Joseph

March 27, 2013

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/290489-gop-confidence-in-senate-takeover-grows-as-challenges-mount-for-dems#ixzz2Ok1zhPk2

 

National Journal: Big Labor and Big Business Have One Big Issue: Immigration Reform

By Fawn Johnson

March 26, 2013

http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/big-labor-and-big-business-have-one-big-issue-immigration-reform-20130326

 

Washington Post (Wonkblog): The AFL-CIO wants foreign workers paid more than native-born ones. Why?

By Suzy Khimm

March 26, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/26/the-afl-cio-wants-foreign-workers-paid-more-than-native-born-ones-why/

 

NBC News: SEIU launches first TV ad on immigration push

By Carrie Dann

March 26, 2013

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/26/17473022-seiu-launches-first-tv-ad-on-immigration-push?lite?ocid=twitter

 

The Hill: SEIU launches ad campaign urging immigration reform

By Justin Sink

March 26, 2013

http://thehill.com/video/policy-areas/290265-seiu-launches-ad-campaign-urging-immigration-reform

 

Washington Post (Blog): Why immigration reform may not help the GOP

By Jamelle Bouie

March 26, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/26/why-immigration-reform-may-not-help-the-gop/

 

The Hill (Opinion): Own immigration reform

By Dick Morris

March 26, 2013

http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/dick-morris/290465-own-immigration-reform

 

Fox News Latino (Opinion): Immigration Reform as an Opportunity for the Republican Party

By Rosario Marin

March 26, 2013

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/opinion/2013/03/26/immigration-reform-as-opportunity-for-republican-party/#ixzz2Og9ylYUz

 

Bloomberg (Opinion): Will Cheap Labor Kill Immigration Reform?

By Margaret Carlson

March 26, 2013

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-26/will-cheap-labor-kill-immigration-reform-.html

 

McClatchy Newspapers (Opinion): Reforming immigration is vital for both national security and economic growth

By Greg Brown

March 26, 2013

http://www.adn.com/2013/03/26/2840489/reforming-immigration-is-vital.html#storylink=cpy

 

Arizona Republic (Opinion): A myth about low-skilled workers

By Robert Robb

March 26, 2013

http://www.azcentral.com/opinions/articles/20130326robb-myth-about-low-skilled-workers.html

 

Politico (Opinion): Bipartisan coalition bolsters U.S. STEM

By John Sununu and Maria Cardona

March 26, 2013

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/bipartisan-coalition-bolsters-us-stem-89332.html

 

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Al.com (Alabama): Rep. Mo Brooks repeats concern about illegal aliens, says amnesty ignores immigration laws

By Paul Gattis

March 26, 2013

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/03/rep_mo_brooks_repeats_concern.html

 

Associated Press (Maryland): Md. House Committee to considers driver’s license measure for illegal immigrants

March 27. 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-house-committee-to-considers-drivers-license-measure-for-illegal-immigrants/2013/03/27/3e09cce8-96a6-11e2-8764-d42c128a01ef_story.html

 

NBC Chicago: Children Rally for Immigration Reform

By Natalie Martinez

March 26, 2013

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-loop-immigration-protest-200125271.html

 

Salt Lake Tribune: Utahn honored for work on Utah Compact immigration reform

By Emily Andrews

March 26, 2013

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56062958-78/compact-utah-immigration-mathis.html.csp

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