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Jeb Bush Bucks His Party On Immigration, And He’s Right

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Many Republicans won’t like Jeb Bush’s recent comments about illegal immigration, but he’s right.

The Problem with the House GOP’s Position on Immigration Reform in One Chart

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Yes, the evidence shows you can trust Obama to enforce immigration laws.

John Boehner: Immigration Reform Unlikely Because Republicans Don’t Trust The President

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John Boehner explains quite succinctly why nothing big is getting done in Congress.

The House GOP’s Immigration Principles: A Good Start, But Can They Get Past The Tea Party?

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The House GOP leadership’s principles are a good start, but it’s unclear if they can make it past the anti “amnesty” crowd that seems to dominate the GOP.

Child Of Illegal Immigrants Allowed To Become A Lawyer, May Not Be Allowed To Work

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An excellent argument for immigration reform can be found in the case of one Californian named Sergio Garcia.

Boehner Ready To Back Immigration Reform?

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Has Speaker Boehner breathed new life into immigration reform in the House? Maybe.

Chris Christie Enters The Immigration Debate, And The Tea Party Won’t Like What He Did

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Once again, Chris Christie seems to be directly challenging the right wing of his party.

GOP Out Of Step With Nation On ‘Pathway To Citizenship’ For Illegal Immigrants

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Republican hardliners are pushing a position on immigration that is completely out of sync with the nation as a whole.

No. 3 House Republican Rules Out Immigration Vote This Year

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Echoing comments from other quarters, the third-ranking Republican in the House says it’s unlikely that the House will take up immigration reform this year: A top Republican lawmaker told protesters he met with in his home district in California this week that the House of Representatives would not have time this year to vote on […]

Complete the Danged Fence!

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Via Fox News:   Sophisticated tunnels show border security driving criminals underground "Tunnels are definitely the new paradigm for smuggling organizations who have to adjust to the constriction caused by border security strategies and the residual circumstances of a chaotic border," said Victor Manjarrez, associate director of the National Center for Border Security & Immigration at […]

Immigration Reform Returning From The Dead?

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Could Congress actually pass some form of immigration reform before the midterms? Don’t bet on it just yet.

Yes, Immigration Reform Is Dead, Probably Until 2015 At The Earliest

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The prospect of Congressional action on immigration before the midterms just got a whole lot less likely.

Obama, Democrats To Push Immigration Reform Next?

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Immigration reform may be the next big battle on Capitol Hill, but it’s going to be far different from the one that just concluded.

Decline in Unauthorized Immigrants May be Reversing

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Via Pew Research:  Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed The sharp decline in the U.S. population of unauthorized immigrants that accompanied the 2007-2009 recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again. As of March 2012, 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States, according to a new […]

Tennessee Congressman Demonstrates What’s Wrong With The GOP

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Ladies and gentlemen, Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais: A young girl told Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais at a town hall last week that her father was an undocumented immigrant. The girl was asking what she can do so her father would not be forced to leave the country. “I have a dad, and he’s undocumented, […]

The Self-Made Nature of the US’ Immigration Problem

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Unfortunately, our immigration debate is just plain dumb.

GOP Congressman: Most “Dreamers” Are Drug Runners

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Iowa Republican Congressman, and fervent opponent of pretty much any immigration reform, set off a firestorm late yesterday when he compared children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to drug runners: In an interview with the conservative website Newsmax, the anti-immigration crusader was asked about “amnesty” and the DREAM Act, which would give […]

Polls Continue To Show Support For Basic Outline Of Senate Immigration Bill

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While the Senate was debating the so-called “Gang of Eight” bill, polls consistently showed that the majority of Americans supported the basic outlines of the bill, including the “path to citizenship” that was causing so many Republican Senators to oppose the bill. Now that the bill has passed the Senate and we wait for action […]

Definitions of Success Matter in Policy Debates

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Thoughts on the immigration debate.

“Border Security” And GOP Political Pandering

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There are many fallacies contained within the GOP’s insistence that immigration reform must begin and end with “border security.”

Republican Political Suicide Over Immigration Reform

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David Brooks warns that failing to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill “could be a tragedy for the country and political suicide for Republicans.”

House GOP Rejects Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Likely Killing Any Reform

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The latest House GOP pronouncements on immigration reform make it exceedingly unlikely that any bill will pass this year.

Paul Ryan Pushing Immigration Reform Behind The Scenes

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Congressman Paul Ryan has apparently taken it upon himself to fulfill a role in the House similar to the one that Marco Rubio fulfilled in the Senate: Two weeks after his vice-presidential bid ended, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) ran into an old friend, Rep. Luis Guitierrez (D-Ill.), and prodded him to restart his effort at […]

Tea Party Apparently Now Considers Stopping Immigration Reform Most Important Issue

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Forget about the budget deficit and spending. The Tea Party apparently now considers stopping immigration reform to be its most important task.

Gov. Scott Walker Backs Path To Citizenship

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the latest Republican to back a path to citizenship: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Tuesday that he supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but that federal immigration reform efforts miss a key element of the debate. In an interview with the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald editorial board, […]

Nobody Saw THAT Coming: US Border Patrol Wants to (Non-Lethally) Arm Drones

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Given the post 9/11 trend to militarize domestic law enforcement, this news from the Atlantic Wire should surprise absolutely no one. Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation from the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol indicate that the agency is close to finalizing payload standards for its drone aircraft. Among the things […]

Phyllis Schlafly: Latinos Don’t Understand The Bill Of Rights, Not Worth GOP Attention

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Some really bad advice for the GOP.

Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate, Faces Bleak Future In House

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The Senate passed an immigration reform bill today, but it’s not going to go anywhere.

House Will Not Take Up Senate Immigration Bill

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At some point between now and the end of this week, the Senate will take its final vote on the immigration bill that’s been pending before that body for the better part of two months now. By all accounts, it’s expected pass that body with somewhere between 70 and 80 votes in its favor. From […]

Republican Base To Republican Legislators: Oppose Path To Citizenship

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As I’ve noted before, Republican Senators and Congressman find themselves being pulled in two different directions when it comes to immigration reform. On the one hand, there are national polls showing them that national voters as a whole, and Latino voters in particular, are broadly supportive of the provisions set forth in the immigration bill […]

The Right Turns On Marco Rubio Over Immigration Reform

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Marco Rubio has suffered a reversal of fortune among Republicans thanks to his role in the immigration reform debate.

Rand Paul Says He Won’t Support Senate Immigration Reform Bill

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Senator Rand Paul said today that he will not support the Senate Immigration Reform Bill when it comes up for a vote this week: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill does not do enough to address border security, and he does not plan to support it in its current […]

Farm Bill Failure Shows House GOP Leadership Doesn’t Really Control The House GOP Caucus

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It looks for all the world as if the House GOP Caucus isn’t really under the control of the leadership.

Border Security, Or Just Immigration Reform Obstructionism?

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Opponents of immigration reform are using “border security” as a shield to hide their true desire to kill the very idea of immigration reform.

CBO Report Cites Economic Benefits Of Immigration Reform

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A new Congressional Budget Office report finds real economic benefits from immigration reform.

House GOP Flirting With Criminalizing Illegal Immigration

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Doug recently posted two articles about the uncertain future of Immigration Reform in the House of Representatives. Here’s further evidence about the growing Immigration rift withing the GOP: Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the chamber’s immigration subcommittee, are proposing a measure that makes […]

Republican Political Calculations On Immigration Reform: Complicated, And Contradictory

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There are risks to Republicans in blocking immigration reform, but there are also incentives for them to block immigration reform. Getting past that contradiction to passage isn’t going to be easy.

John Boehner’s Narrow Path To Immigration Reform

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John Boehner clearly wants to see an immigration bill passed this year, but he has a very narrow path to victory.

Republicans Haven’t Learned The Lessons Of 2012

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The GOP seems to be making the same mistakes that led to defeat in 2012.

Could Have Phrased That Better: Jeb Bush Edition

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Jeb Bush at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority conference (via the Washington Post): “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans [...] Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.” Kudos to […]

Poll: Latino Voters Oppose Borders-First Approach To Immigration Reform

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According to a new poll, Latino voters strongly oppose an approach to immigration reform that would require some form of certification that the nation’s borders are “secure” before any other provisions of an immigration reform bill could take effect: A strong majority of Latino voters reject the idea that border enforcement should come before a […]

Speaker Boehner: We’ll Have Immigration Reform This Year

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Speaker Boehner seems confident that immigration reform will become law this year, but his confidence may be premature.

Immigration Reform Gets A Boost From Kelly Ayotte

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The Senate immigration bill got a significant boost today with the announcement that New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte will back the bill as debate begins: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Sunday said she will support the immigration reform bill proposed by the bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight.” “I have looked at this carefully,” Ayotte said […]

Is Marco Rubio Trying To Kill Immigration Reform? No, Not Really

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Marco Rubio is threatening to withdraw support for the immigration plan he helped draft, but I would suggest not reading too much into that threat.

Harry Reid: We Have The Votes To Pass Immigration Reform

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he believes that he has the votes to pass immigration reform in the Senate: In the wide ranging, 30-minute interview, Reid also disputed a recent claim by Sen. Bob Menendez that the Senate does not have 60 votes to pass the Gang of 8′s immigration reform bill, which […]

Federal Judge Finds That Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Rights Of Latino Suspects

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The man some of called America’s toughest Sheriff has been dealt a setback by a Federal Judge.

Somebody Get Ann Coulter a Map and a Book on Political Development (and an Almanac)

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Ann Coulter: a blonder version of Pat Buchanan

Majority Backs Path To Citizenship In Immigration Reform

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With the Senate’s version of immigration reform headed to the floor for debate after the recess, a new poll finds that a majority of Americans backs the idea of a path to citizenship for people here illegally: In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 58 percent of all Americans support a so-called path to citizenship that would offer […]

Cocaine and Geopolitics

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Some info from the World Drug Report

Gay Rights Initiative To Imperil Immigration Reform?

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Politico is reporting that Republicans are warning that a push by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to insert a gay rights initiative into the Senate “Gang of Eight”‘s immigration reform bill could kill the bill: The most serious threat to bipartisan immigration reform doesn’t involve border security or guest workers or even the path to […]

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