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You Say You Want a Devolution -- in Immigration That Is

"Republicans in the House need not take the swift boat to oblivion like a capsized generation of California Republicans in a prior decade. If the GOP House members are unwilling to swallow " a single, massive, Obamacare-like [immigration] bill " -- notwithstanding their devouring of a...

Analyst Predicts CIR Will Tank in House

"As the immigration battle shifts to the House, word has spread among activists that Wong might be the Nate Silver of immigration reform — the go-to data geek with the crystal ball. But Wong doesn't just want to predict the future. He also wants to change it, by giving immigrant-rights...

Advocates Arrested at DC Sit-In for Immigration Reform

"Seeking to send a message to lawmakers as they leave to face their constituents over the August recess, 41 leaders of groups supporting an overhaul of the immigration system held a noisy but peaceful sit-in on Capitol Hill on Thursday and were arrested, in an escalation of their tactics. Just after...

The Guns of August (2013)

Molly Ball , Josh Marshall and Frank Sharry try to predict what the House of Representatives will do with immigration reform, and why. (Apologies to Barbara Tuchman .)

Band of House Republicans Push CIR

"Webster is among about two dozen GOP lawmakers who support an eventual path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the U.S. illegally. These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow them. Most Republicans oppose this approach on citizenship...

Is Immigration Reform Dead?

"I think it's the conventional wisdom that immigration reform is dead in the House," said Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration expert at Cornell Law School. "But I think there could still be a surprise." - Gannett, Sept. 27, 2013 .

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...

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...

E-Verify Deepens Projected Budget Deficits

"On [Dec. 18, 2013,] the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost-estimate for the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1772). That bill is one part of the House Republican’s immigration reform package that would nationally mandate a version of E-Verify. CBO notes that many unverifiable employees...

Expert: Immigration a 'Minefield' for Boehner, House Republicans

"With pressure mounting on House Speaker John Boehner to tackle the politically and emotionally charged issue of immigration reform, activists on both sides of the debate are gearing up for a major legislative clash in 2014. ... “It’s a minefield for him,” Stephen Yale-Loehr ,...

New Research: House and Senate Could Be Positioned for Agreement on Legalization of the Unauthorized Immigrants

"While a potential House approach on legalization would allow fewer unauthorized immigrants to gain lawful permanent residence than Senate bill S. 744, it could form the basis for an agreement on immigration reform, according to a new analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP...

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 What, and When?

"House Speaker John Boehner is set to unveil his counter to the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill. The one-page GOP set of principles could be aired just prior to President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 28th. Observers focus on whether or not the GOP plans...

House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan

"House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year." - NYT, Jan. 26...

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...

Safe Passage Project: House Testimony on Unaccompanied Minors

Statement to the House Judiciary Committee June 25, 2014 Children Fleeing Violence from Central America, In This Humanitarian Crisis, Have Legal Rights and Claims to Protection Under U.S. Humanitarian Laws "These young people have a right to apply for protection under our existing laws. Not...

Violence the 'Overwhelming Factor' Pushing Kids Out of Central America: Bishop Mark Seitz

"Mr. Chairman, the ongoing generalized violence, leading to coercion and threats to the lives of citizens—particularly children—of these countries, is the overwhelming factor facing these children and propelling their migration. Extortion, family abuse and instability, kidnapping, threats...

NAIJ Position: Assuring Fairness for Juveniles in Immigration Court

On July 22, 2014 the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) sent letters to the House and the Senate with specific recommendations on addressing the current Immigration Court crisis.

House Testimony of USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez

July 29, 2014 : "... Today, I would like to take this opportunity of my first appearance before you to provide an overview of key accomplishments and initiatives USCIS has undertaken and also give you an overview of some of the key challenges I believe we currently face. Each of the actions we are...

House Bill to Seal Border Unrealistic, CBO Finds

"Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399 , the “ Secure our Borders First ” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “ operational control ”—defined as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”—of...

Legomsky: Presidential Authority for DAPA/DACA Clear (House Testimony)

"Like the overwhelming majority of other immigration law professors and scholars, I believe that the legal authority for both the Prosecutorial Discretion Memo and the DACA/DAPA Memo is clear. There are Congress’s express assignment of responsibility to the Secretary of Homeland Security for...

Dems Blast Obama, DHS for Deportation Raids: Letter

Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The escalating tensions between Democrats and the Obama administration over its deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants burst into public view on Tuesday, with more than 140 House members blasting the round ups and the White House dispatching a top...

NIJC, KIND and AILA Provide Statements for House Border Hearing

At 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing entitled, "ANOTHER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER: IS THIS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S NEW NORMAL?" The statement of Mary Meg...

House Members Call on Obama to Pardon Dreamers

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Nov. 17, 2016 - "Today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in releasing a letter they wrote to President Obama asking him to use his pardon authority to protect DREAMers with DACA (Deferred Action...