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Assault on Battered Immigrants: HR 4970 Undoes VAWA Protections and Risks Lives

" 'This will get people killed,' my colleague and I agreed while we reviewed the “Immigration Provisions” of HR 4970, the bill introduced in the House in April, ostensibly to “reauthorize” the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) originally promulgated in 1994...

Potential GOP Veep Nixes Romney's Immigration Ideas, Forges Own Path

"Mitt Romney was already facing a hard time within his party when it comes to his stance on illegal immigration. Now, the presumptive GOP nominee faces criticism on the issue from a potential running mate, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R). In an interview with Newsweek’s Andrew Romano...

Of Mastodons and Dodo Birds: Angelo Paparelli on the GOP's 'Muddled Message' on Immigration

" Apparently, ... given Ryan's decidedly anti-immigrant stance , for every undocumented person, hope begins only after self-deportation. The GOP’s muddled message on immigration is not the way to win the Presidency or capture control of Congress. Republicans seemingly prefer their immigration...

Will New GOP Super PAC Provide Cover for Immigration Pragmatists?

"Prominent Republicans are launching a new super PAC they hope will help begin repairing the political damage left by years of anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric that has dominated GOP primaries and alienated crucial Hispanic voters. The organization, to be called Republicans for Immigration Reform...

GOP Immigration Bill - With No Path to Citizenship - 'Insulting' to Reformers

"The Achieve Act has plenty of limitations but may offer a preview of one of the Republicans' negotiating positions in the next year, said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute's office at the New York University School of Law. Some Republicans want lay claim to at...

House GOP Says Immigrant Suffering Hurts Less Than Citizen Suffering

"Where is the outrage over VAWA? With Republicans claiming to have heard and now to understand the increasingly pro-female and pro-immigrant voices of the new electorate, the VAWA debacle suggests that the GOP is still clueless. Are the "innocent victims" of domestic violence any less...

Poll: Majority of Americans, GOP, Back Path to Citizenship - Tipping Point?

"According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, more than 60 percent of Americans favor allowing undocumented immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens. ... Much of the increase in support for a path to eventual citizenship has come among Republicans. A majority in the GOP — 53 percent...

Meet the GOP's Pro-Immigration Moneyman

"Gutierrez eventually rose to become chief executive of Kellogg and President George W. Bush’s commerce secretary. But now he worries for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and is putting his reputation, his energy and his connections behind a new effort to give them a...

Conservative GOP House Member Now Supports Path to Citizenship

"At a church in Aurora on Sunday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman told a standing-room-only crowd of roughly 800 that he was in favor of legal status for [unauthorized] immigrants and a path to citizenship for their children. Coffman, a Republican who has proposed anti-immigration legislation in...

Major GOP Group Readies Pro-Immigration Ad Blitz

"Republicans looking to bring their party around on immigration are set to launch a major ad campaign in support Congressional efforts to pass a comprehensive bill. According to Politico , the American Action Network, which spent $44 million backing GOP candidates in 2011 and 2012, is preparing...

David Brooks: CIR Defeat 'Political Suicide" for GOP

"It’s beginning to look as though we’re not going to get an immigration reform law this year. House Republicans are moving in a direction that will probably be unacceptable to the Senate majority and the White House. ... This could be a tragedy for the country and political suicide for...

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...

RNC Hoisted on Its Own Immigration Petard in Opposing Path to Citizenship

"[I]n sum, the RNC's policy seems to be that: Two-year renewable (but non-amnesty) work permits should be granted to "illegal aliens" who broke our immigration laws because they are victims of lawbreaking abroad that led to their economic exploitation and political oppression...

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...

Chamber of Commerce Battles Hard Right Over Immigration Reform

"The president needs to get personally involved in the high-stakes immigration battle to overcome growing GOP distrust, Tom Donohue, head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Monday. “I have serious concerns about trust all around in town right now, which suggests the way to get out is leadership...

GOP Leaders Split Over Immigration Reform, Near Term

"Don’t count Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus among those who believe comprehensive immigration reform is dead this Congress. Despite exasperation among reform advocates that the House has refused to vote on any major immigration bill — particularly the Senate-passed...

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...

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 .

GOP Principles on Immigration - A Path to Legal Status

"Even if there is no special path to citizenship, the GOP document does not state that such legalized individuals cannot seek permanent residence and citizenship through normal channels within the existing, and most likely a reformed immigration system. While it would be really beneficial for the...

Lacking Agricultural Visas, Growers Blame GOP

"When Chuck Herrin, who runs a large farm labor contracting company, looks out at the hundreds of workers he hires each year to tend to the countless rows of asparagus, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and plums, he often seethes in frustration. It is not that he has any trouble with the laborers. It is...

Experts: GOP Lawsuit Against Obama on Immigration Will Fail

"The Republicans’ response could very well depend on what the President does, “if and when” that occurs. Expanding DACA to include some family members of those already eligible could provoke a different reaction than smaller measures, such as expanding work permits for those in...

Expert: Immigration Reform May Come In 'Bite-Size Packages,' If At All

“[Sessions’ opposition to the bill] shows the tension within the Republican Party. You've got some members who want to be accommodating on immigration because they want to attract the Latino vote for 2016, whereas others are firmly anti-immigrant and want to focus solely on strengthening...