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Wednesday, Jan. 21, the House Homeland Security Committee took up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, introduced by the committee’s chairman, Michael McCaul.
26 Republicans voted against an amendment passed on Jan. 14 that would block funds for President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and overturn the president’s immigration executive actions from 2011.
The House GOP has donned full riot gear and gone hard after the immigrants President Barack Obama has tried to help
In 2015, as I look into my crystal ball on immigration, it is clear that this will be another year of battle over the hot-button issue, especially now that the GOP has taken control of both houses of Congress.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal carried a story that quoted the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security as saying he is preparing a border-security bill aimed at better measuring illegal crossings, with targeted improvements in equipment and technology along the Southwest border. On the Senate side, Ron Johnson, R.-Wis., the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, also told the paper that he hopes to have a framework for a border-security bill ready by late January.
One hundred and two open letters to President Barack Obama; undocumented youth risking arrest and deportation each time they occupied the offices of members of Congress; parents who participated in direct action and sit-ins in front of the White House; and countless immigrant activists and organizations to rally the president and Democrats all came down to Thursday night, Nov. 20, and excitement over the long overdue, much publicized executive immigration action announcement.
Dear Mr. President, Since you can’t say it publicly, I will—those darn Republicans have some nerve!
The GOP may feel emboldened now, but the results from Nov. 4 do not reflect a national consensus—just agreement by a small group that is not your base anyway.
Dear Mr. President, It has been 25 months to the date since I began writing these open letters to you calling for immigration reform now.
Dare non-criminal undocumented immigrants and immigrant advocates get their hopes up one more time?