As House Clock Runs Out, Immigration Reform Looms

"Lawmakers have come under an unprecedented wave of lobbying from immigration-reform supporters on the right and left in recent days, keeping hopes for the legislation alive in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. A small legion of pro- reform business, religious and law-enforcement...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part I)

"[I]n a series of interviews with The Hill over the past two months, Democratic and Republican negotiators said the group’s failure stemmed from divisions among Democrats over strategy and policy, as well as Boehner’s refusal to put his weight behind the bill and help steer it through...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part II) - Boehner Bails

"[A]s the weeks dragged on, it became clear to members of the group that the proposal would sink if it were introduced without a firm commitment from Boehner to push it forward. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Boehner in June, and many lawmakers emerged cautiously optimistic...

Iraq War Army Veteran Now Immigration Reform Activist

"Francisco Lema has become an immigration activist — in great part because the Ecuadorian-born Iraq war veteran has family members who are undocumented. “I still have some relatives that live here in New York, that unfortunately don’t have their papers,” said Lema, 33, who...

Why immigration is a major issue for women

"On the House side, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D.-Calif., formed a Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, whose members have been delivering speeches and sending colleagues letters about women and immigration. Politically, both immigrants and women have shown their voting power...

Will Tallent Hire Lead to CIR?

"Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a veteran expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014. Rebecca Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center , will start her new job as assistant to the Speaker on Wednesday...

Will 2014 Be The Year For Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

"Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, believes an election year may work in favor a measure being passed. “There is obviously not enough time to pass immigration reform in 2013,” Nowrasteh said. “The Syrian crisis, Obamacare’s...

Immigration Lessons from Alabama

"“Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama passed HB 56 in 2011, the harshest state immigration law in the country. The lead sponsor of the bill boasted to state representatives that the law “attacks every aspect of an illegal alien’s life.” Among its...

Immigration Reform Must Redress the Current Law's Gender Biases

" As documented in a report (“ Gendered Paths to Legal Status ”) issued by the Immigration Policy Council, immigration laws which appear gender neutral “actually contain gender biases that create barriers for many women trying to gain [lawful status] within the current immigration...

Immigration Reform a Moral, Economic Issue, Must Be Top Priority: SecComm Pritzker

"For the second time in a week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker publicly expressed her support for immigration reform. "Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list," Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that was attended by consuls...

House GOP Proposals Could Legalize 6.5 Million Immigrants

"Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the United States could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to an estimate published Tuesday by the National Foundation for American Policy,...

Path to Citizenship: Deal-Breaker for Reform?

"As rumblings begin again about Congress taking up overhauling U.S. immigration laws, tension has developed between key advocates in the reform community over what exactly should be pursued in terms of citizenship. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed , a group of more than 80 so-called DREAMers, undocumented...

IRCA in Retrospect: Guideposts for Today’s Immigration Reform

"The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was an important milestone in U.S. immigration history, representing the first and most comprehensive legislation to take on the issue of illegal immigration to the United States. Like all major legislation, IRCA was based on imperfect knowledge...

Text of GOP 'Standards for Immigration Reform'

"On Thursday, Congressional Republicans released a one-page document , obtained by The New York Times, outlining their blueprint for immigration overhaul." - NYT, Jan. 30, 2014 .

Farmers 'Heart' Immigration Reform

"It is our preference to grow our nation’s food here, and having the labor required to do that is in the best interest of all Americans. As you put dinner on the table tonight, remember a large part of it is made possible by American farmers, ranchers and immigrant labor. Immigration reform...

Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability

Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability : "This report describes the extent of the farm sector’s dependence on undocumented workers and the political, economic, and social forces that shaped this growing dependence since...

White House Statement on Immigration Reform

"One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly...

Speaker Boehner Mocks GOP House Colleagues Opposed to Immigration Reform

"That's Boehner speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club in his home district near Cincinnati, Ohio. He was in the area specifically to bolster his standing for the upcoming Republican primary in his district, the Cincinnati Enquirer writes. But — even while acknowledging that he was being...

Charles Schumer Promises Immigration Reform This Summer

"Immigration reform will be passed this summer, Sen. Charles Schumer predicted Monday during a visit to the 12th annual Daily News/CUNY Citizenship NOW! immigration call-in. “I want to let you in on a little secret. We are going to pass that bill and sign it into law this year," said...

Video: President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

"During a law enforcement briefing, the President delivers remarks on fixing our broken immigration system, May 13, 2014." - White House, May 13, 2014 .

Immigration Reform Advocates Hit The Hill With Studies

"Eager to revive House GOP interest in immigration reform before the August congressional recess, advocates for reform put out a slew of new studies Thursday. One posits that the short supply of H-1B temporary workers negatively affects tech job creation and wage growth for American workers, even...

62% of Americans Favor Immigration Reform

"At present, 62% of Americans favor providing a way for immigrants who are currently living in the United States illegally to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 17% support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and roughly 1-in-5 (19%) favor...

Yale-Loehr: Cantor Loss Not Necessarily Fatal to Immigration Reform

"Cantor's loss might make other Republicans facing conservative challenges skittish, said [LexisNexis expert author] Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration law professor at Cornell University Law School. "One primary does not determine the fate of immigration reform, however it does make it...

Real Reform Starts With More Visas: Daniel M. Kowalski

"We need a surge of green card visa numbers on the front end, right now, to wipe out the backlog of thousands of family members and potential employees who have been waiting in line patiently for years. And to eliminate a future buildup of another undocumented immigrant population, we need many...

Expert: Immigration Reform May Be Victor in Midterm Elections

Stephen Yale-Loehr , Cornell law professor and co-author of a 21-volume immigration law treatise , assesses how the election results will affect immigration reform. With Republicans now controlling both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, is comprehensive immigration reform dead for the...