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How Much Will Trumpism Damage The Republican Party?

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Even if Donald Trump isn’t the Republican nominee in 2016, he could still end up causing real harm to the party’s chances of winning the White House and holding on to the Senate.

Another Walker Flip-Flop On Immigration Amid Crashing Poll Numbers

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Scott Walker is flip-flopping on immigration again, while his poll numbers sink like a stone.

The “Anchor Baby” Myth

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There are no “anchor babies,” there are only Americans.

Comparative Citizenship

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If anyone is interested in the question of where the US fits in comparatively on the question of birthright citizenship the answer is:  we are in the distinction minority.  In terms of comparison to other highly developed states only the US and Canada have birthright citizenship.  On a geographical dimension, the practice is common in […]

Walker, Jindal, And Graham Endorse Donald Trump’s Plan To End Birthright Citizenship

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It will never actually happen, of course, but some of Donald Trump’s fellow candidates for President have been eager to endorse his idea to abolish birthright citizenship.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan As Bad As You’d Expect

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Donald Trump’s immigration plan is would create a police state, violate people’s rights, and hurt America’s economy. And his supporters will most likely love it.

Most Americans Support A Pathway To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

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Another poll shows that most Americans, and even most Republicans, support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Mitch McConnell: No Immigration Reform While Obama Is President

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The Senate Majority Leader says there will be no immigration reform while Obama is President. This is unlikely to help the GOP’s already serious problems with Latino voters.

Donald Trump, Immigration, And The Republican Party

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Once again, Donald Trump is succeeding because he is saying things many Republicans agree with.

Texas Is Being Sued For Refusing To Issue Birth Certificates To American Citizens

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Despite the clear language of the 14th Amendment, Texas is apparently refusing to issue birth certificates to some children born in the United States whose parents happen to be in the country illegally.

Donald Trump’s Arguments About Immigrants And Crime Are Based On Lies

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Contrary to what Donald Trump claims, immigrants are less likely to commit crime than others.

The Party of Reagan on Immigration

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A 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush shows a different GOP.

Univision Breaks Ties With Donald Trump Over His Comments About ‘Mexican Rapists’

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Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech last week are having financial repercussions: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest […]

New York Court Rules Child Of Illegal Immigrants Can Be Admitted To Practice Law

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The highest court in New York state has ruled that an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. as a child can be admitted to practice law.

Most Americans, Including Republicans, Support A Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

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Yet another poll shows that most Americans support a path to citizenship, and that a majority of Republican agree with them.

Obama Administration’s Deferred Deportation Plan Suffers Another Legal Setback

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The President’s plan to give deportation relief to millions of illegal immigrants has hit another legal snag.

Making A Play For Latino Voters, Clinton Backs Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

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In a move that is clearly designed to have an impact in the General Election, Hillary Clinton came out in support of broad immigration reform in Nevada yesterday.

More Immigrants To The U.S. Come From China And India Than Mexico

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The sources of new immigrants to the United States are changing, but it’s unclear if that will have any impact on the political debate over immigration reform.

Republicans Are Talking About Eliminating Birthright Citizenship Again

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about fundamentally changing what it means to be an American, and it’s a bad idea.

Scott Walker Is Now Apparently Against Legal Immigration Too

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is now appealing to the worst aspects of economic populism on the right.

161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

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The confirmation of a new Attorney General has been held up nearly six months for what amounts to no legitimate reason.

Scott Walker Flip Flops On Immigration Reform

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Just as his political star is rising among conservatives, Scott Walker is walking back his previous support for immigration reform.

Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

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Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

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With three days to go, there are signs the GOP is ready to give up on its showdown over DHS funding.

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To President’s Deferred Deportation Program

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A Federal Judge has issued a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s deferred deportation program, but appeals can be expected.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

Another Use for Drones

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Via the BBC:  Drone carrying drugs crashes near US-Mexico border A drone carrying more than six pounds (2.7kg) of methamphetamine has crashed near Mexico’s border with the US. Mexican police in Tijuana say they were alerted to an unidentified object in a car park of a shopping centre. “The drone had packages taped to it […]

Why The GOP Is Likely To Cave In The Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Law Changes

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Even with a House and Senate majority, the GOP is unlikely to get what it wants in its current immigration battle with the President.

Will The Paris Terror Attack Undercut Republican Efforts On DHS Budget?

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The terror attack in Paris seems likely to undercut GOP efforts to use the DHS budget to attack the President’s immigration policies.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

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A Federal Judge has dismissed the first lawsuit filed against President Obama’s immigration “executive action.”

Federal Judge Kind Of, Sort Of Finds Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional In Poorly Reasoned Decision

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A Federal Judge has issued a ruling that sort of says that President Obama’s Immigration action is unconstitutional. Except it’s poorly reasoned, and apparently not legally binding on anyone.

Republican Reaction To Obama’s Executive Action Makes Immigration Reform Much Less Likely

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Judging by recent polling, the President’s executive action has hardened GOP opposition to immigration reform, making progress on the issue going forward much less likely.

Congress Reaches Budget Deal, Delays Immigration Fight For Another Day

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It looks like Congress has averted a budget fight for the second straight year.

House Passes Pointless, Doomed Bill To Protest Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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The House approved a bill to protest the President’s executive action on immigration that will go nowhere. The question is whether it will placate the right.

Texas, 16 Other States, File Lawsuit Over Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

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Texas has joined with 16 other states in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the President’s executive action on immigration. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to have much legal merit.

Republicans Battle Over Government Funding, Responding To Obama On Immigration

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It’s an old story. Republican leadership wants to avoid a government shutdown, but the hard core conservatives want a fight, this time over the President’s immigration action. We have a week to see how it unfolds.

Would Congress Really Refuse To Invite Obama To Give The State Of The Union?

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Some on the right are suggesting that Congress retaliate against the President’s executive action on immigration by refusing to invite him to give the State Of The Union Address.

Americans Support The Substance Of Obama’s Immigration Policy, Not How He Implemented It

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the President’s changes to deportation policy, but don’t like that he acted unilaterally.

Photos of the Border

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I can’t recall if I have posted this link before or not (so apologies if this is a rerun) but it is worth  look (if anything there are some stunning photos).  Via The Atlantic: On the Border.

Speaking of Visa Over-stayers

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Check out the top three:  Undocumented before they were celebrities.

Six Observations on Immigration Reform

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Some points on the immigration debate that need constant (it seems) reinforcement.

Republicans Would Be More Credible On Immigration If They Had A Plan Of Their Own

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The fact that Republicans lack anything approaching a coherent immigration plan makes it hard to take their criticism of the President seriously.

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the President’s executive action on immigration: Latino voters have Obama’s back again. That’s according to a new poll by Latino Decisions, for Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, the first of Latino voters since Obama announced sweeping executive actions, given to BuzzFeed News ahead of […]

In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

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Top Republicans worry that their party’s response to the President’s executive action will alienate Latinos. However, there’s little they can do about that.

1980: Bush and Reagan on Mexican Immigration

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This is interesting, if anything, because it rather clearly illustrates a) the Reagan many worship today is not the Reagan that actually existed, and b) it helps underscore how far right the GOP has gone on this issue. (Source:  Hit and Run).      

Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

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On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

DOJ Finds President Lacks Authority to Take Action He Took Next Day

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The Office of Legal Counsel told the president Wednesday he couldn’t do what he did on Thursday.

Obama Announces Immigration Plan, But Constitutional Confrontation Lies Ahead

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On substance, the President’s immigration actions aren’t very objectionable. How he is implementing them, though, is problematic and seems needlessly confrontational.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

Americans Oppose Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration, But Support Immigration Reform

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A new poll provides some interesting context to the political context to the President’s expected executive action on immigration.

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