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Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform


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)

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Illogic and fear from Mr. Huckabee.

Tide Of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Down Significantly


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

Today in Unnecessary Fearmongering


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

Obama Immigration Protesters

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


Cowardice, or politically prudent?

An Amazing Video (King and the Dreamers Edition)


Legality and justice are not always in synch.

House Republicans Are Dooming Their 2016 Nominee With Latino Voters


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


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

Immigration Legislation: Veto Players in Action


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

Line of the Day (Immigration Reform Edition)


“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


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


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

Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

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…


…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

Texas Goveronor Perry activates National Guard for border security

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


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…


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?

Ted Cruz

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Attends Panel Discussion For "Documented"

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Attends Panel Discussion For "Documented"

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


Trying to make sense of a very complicated issue.

Ingraham’s Immigration Policy Prescriptions


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

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


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?


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 […]

The Right’s Position On Immigration Is Inconsistent With Their Own Principles


If conservatives actually believed what they said they do, they would be much more open to immigrants, and immigration reform.

There Are No “Illegal Immigrants”


Mark Ambinder makes an interesting point: Here is something you probably don’t know about illegal immigrants in the United States. There aren’t any. Zero. The term, on its face, is willfully misleading. It is not a crime to emigrate to the United States without a visa. The punishment for overstaying a visa, or for having […]

Florida To Offer In-State Tuition To Children Of Illegal Immigrants


Florida is set to become the latest state to allow children of illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities: MIAMI — After weeks of hand-wringing in the State Legislature and last-minute attempts by Senate leaders to scuttle the effort, Florida seems poised to make students who were brought to the […]

Virginia Attorney General Unilaterally Rules That Illegal Immigrants Qualify For In-State Tuition

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A good idea, but do the ends justify the means?

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

Jeb Bush

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


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

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


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?


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


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


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!


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


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

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