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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.

Report: Obama To Announce Immigration Executive Order On Friday UPDATE: Speech To The Nation Thursday Night

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CNBC’s John Harwood is reporting that the President is expected to announce the details of his much talked about executive action on immigration in a speech in Las Vegas on Friday: President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed. Another source familiar […]

President Obama Was Against Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration Before He Was For it

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If the President now believes he can act unilaterally on immigration reform, why did he spend the last five years saying that he couldn’t?

Public Wants Obama To Wait On Immigration Action

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A new poll shows that Americans would prefer President Obama to wait to act on immigration until after the new Congress has had a chance to act on the issue.

If Obama Pulls The Trigger On Executive Action, Republicans Have Limited Options

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Republicans don’t really have many options if the President pulls the trigger on immigration reform via executive action.

White House Hints At Content Of Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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The White House is now leaking out details of what seems like an inevitable decision by the President. How it plays out politically, though, is the big question.

With GOP Wins, The Tea Party v. Establishment Battle Moves Into The Halls Of Congress

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The GOP’s big wins last week seem to be just guaranteeing that this year’s battle between the Tea Party and the “establishment” will continue.

President Obama’s Immigration Threat Is Politically Naive And Unrealistic

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President Obama’s threat to take action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year ignores political reality,

Don’t Expect Anything Out Of Washington In Obama’s Final Two Years

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Despite the conciliatory language after Tuesday, it’s unlikely that much will change in Washington in the next two years.

Should Obama Have Acted on Immigration Before the Midterms?

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Dana Milbank (“Obama’s big immigration mistake”) thinks so.

Rand Paul Is Right. The GOP’s Brand Sucks, But That’s Only Part Of The Problem

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Rebranding alone isn’t going to fix what’s causing the GOP to lose ground among a whole host of demographic groups.

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

The Level of Dumb is Astounding (Huckabee on Borders and Ebola Edition)

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Illogic and fear from Mr. Huckabee.

Tide Of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Down Significantly

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Remember the border crisis? Yea, it’s not much of a crisis these days.

Today in Unnecessary Fearmongering

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Via the Weekly Standard:  General: If Ebola Reaches Central America, ‘There Will Be Mass Migration into the U.S.’ The piece is a series of excerpts from a panel at the National Defense University which included Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command (all excerpts are from Kelly). Now, without a doubt, […]

Obama May Punt On Executive Action On Immigration, Even After The Election

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Will the President back track on his promise of further action on immigration if the GOP wins the Senate?

Obama To Delay Action On Immigration Reform Until After Election

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For purely political reasons, the Administration is delaying the announcement of new executive action on immigration.

White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

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Cowardice, or politically prudent?

An Amazing Video (King and the Dreamers Edition)

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Legality and justice are not always in synch.

House Republicans Are Dooming Their 2016 Nominee With Latino Voters

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Republicans in the House seem determined to make life difficult for whomever wins the GOP nomination in 2016

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

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Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

Immigration Legislation: Veto Players in Action

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The current immigration debate is yet another great example of how our system works (so to speak).

Line of the Day (Immigration Reform Edition)

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“Having spent the summer howling about a catastrophe at the border, Republicans are now congratulating themselves for refusing to solve it.”—the NYT editorial board. In fairness, that sentence should read “some Republicans” (or, perhaps, the Tea Party faction), although in further fairness it does seem as if that faction is the one driving the party […]

Senate Fails To Pass Its Own Border Crisis Bill

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While the House GOP Leadership found itself embarrassed yet again by Tea Party opposition to its own version of a border crisis bill, the Senate didn’t have any more luck getting a bill passed, thus ensuring that nothing will done by Congress until the recess ends after Labor Day: The Senate on Thursday blocked an emergency funding measure […]

House Drops Border Bill, Tells President They Are Suing For Acting Alone To Act Alone

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Once again, the Tea Party has gotten the best of House GOP Leadership.

House Border Bill In Doubt In Face of Tea Party Opposition

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The usual suspects are blocking any action at all on the border crisis.

Obama To Take New Executive Action On Immigration?

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According to some reports, President Obama may be about to make an end run around Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Majority Of Americans Say Children Who Have Crossed The Border Should Be Treated As Refugees

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The American people don’t want to turn those migrant children from Central America away after all.

Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Even More Pointless Than It First Appeared

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Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border to do nothing.

One Thing the Current Border Crisis is not…

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…is an example of how unsecure the border is.  Indeed, catching the migrants in question coming into the country at the border has not been a problem, what with them turning themselves in and all. As such, this points to a simple fact:  doing a better job of securing the borders is not the main […]

Rick Perry Sending National Guard To The Border For Reasons Even He Isn’t Sure Of

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Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border for no apparent reason.

Some Facts for the Immigration Crisis Discussion

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NBC Bay Area has a pretty good run down of the situation here:  Kids Crossing the Border: What to Know About the Immigration Crisis. A key fact that is useful in trying to determine whether the simplistic narrative that is all about Obama administration policies on immigration or not is the following: Migrant children aren’t […]

That Word Does not Mean…

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Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) earlier this week on the floor of the House in regards to the ongoing crisis of under-age immigrants at our southern border: Madam Speaker, the World English Dictionary defines “invasion.” Among the definitions is: invading with Armed Forces; but it is: any encroachment or intrusion; the onset or advent of something […]

Ted Cruz Ready To Force A Showdown Over Immigration?

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The Texas Senator is threatening to block any bill dealing with the border crisis that doesn’t defund the relief President Obama granted to children of illegal immigrants last year.

Arizona Republican Mistakes Bus Filled With Kids Headed To Camp For Bus Of Migrant Children

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A Republican candidate for Congress who showed up for a protest against a bus shipping migrants from the Texas border to a holding facility in Arizona ended up protesting a bunch of kids on a YMCA outing: Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the […]

Journalist, Activist, And Undocumented Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas Detained By Border Patrol

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Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who revealed that he had been in the country illegally since he was a child in a 2011 article in The New York Times and has since become something of an activist on immigration issues, has been detained in Texas: McAllen, Tex. — Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented Filipino […]

Jose Antonio Vargas Is A Symbol For Immigration Reform, Not A Candidate For Deportation

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Jose Antonio Vargas was brought to the U.S. at the age of 12 and never left. Now, some are suggesting he should be deported as soon as possible.

Only Congress Can Do What’s Needed To Deal With The Border Crisis

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That ball is in your court, Congress.

The Border Crisis: Many Causes, No Simple Solutions

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Trying to make sense of a very complicated issue.

Ingraham’s Immigration Policy Prescriptions

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Discussions about immigration policy are, unfortunately, very much like Groundhog Day.

On Immigration, David Brat And The Tea Party Stray From Their Own Principles

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There is no such thing as a consistent free market, limited government case in favor of restricting immigration, whether legal or illegal.

Idaho’s Raul Labrador Launches Seemingly Quixotic Bid For House Majority Leader

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With Jeb Hensarling and Pete Sessions both bowing out of a race against House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to succeed Eric Cantor as House Majority leader, the outcome of the race seems to be quite predictable. Nonetheless, McCarthy will face opposition next Thursday in the form of second term Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador: Idaho Rep. […]

Where New Americans Are Coming From, And Where They Live

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Last year, there were 779,829 immigrants who became U.S. citizens according to the Federal Government. Dara Lind at Vox took the data and created this map showing where those people came from: Not surprisingly, Mexico is at the top of the list, with India, China, and the Phillipines also providing large numbers. Interestingly, smaller nations […]

House Republicans To Move Forward On Immigration Reform This Summer?

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Rumors are circulating again that the House GOP may make an immigration reform pitch before the midterm elections.

Most Common Immigrant Groups By State

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Slate’s Ben Blatt is having some more fun with maps and demographic data, this time to show the most common origin for legal immigrants in each state.  Here’s the map (click to enlarge):   The fact that India is the most common source of immigrants for New Jersey doesn’t surprise me all that much. Even […]

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