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?
With the Islamic State, Ebola, the economy and everything else in the mix, I know it’s very hard to keep your eye on immigration reform.
Dear Mr. President, In less than a month, we will know who will control the U.S. Senate going forward. Will it remain blue or will it turn bloody red?
Dear Mr. President, When you swept into office in 2008 on the backs of many immigrant voters, your promises of comprehensive immigration reform were glorious.
A new Pew Research Center poll summed up the feelings across the country of many—both Democrats and Republicans—on the issue of illegal immigration.
I endorse the Caucus’ call for you to “act boldly and use all legal means available to provide immediate and temporary relief from deportation to qualified immigrant workers and immigrant families.”
After spending the entire year doing nothing on immigration reform and blocking and bashing every appeal, offer, lobby, cry and motion sent to them, the GOP is now up in arms over the possibility of you using administrative moves on the issue.
On Labor Day, Sept. 1, Caribbean immigrants in New York will mark the 47th anniversary of the West Indian American Day Carnival. But most importantly, this year will mark some 414 years since West Indians have been in these United States, first as slaves and then as immigrants.
In the past two weeks alone, the conservative groups and media have been very busy, unlike Democrats, in spinning tales about why executive action on the immigration front will not work.
I’m sure you are all caught up on Twitter, but just in case you missed it, on Aug. 7, House Speaker John Boehner tweeted a picture of himself with a farmer with the caption: “Always great to spend time with America’s hard-working farmers and ranchers.”
It’s amazing to me that both houses of Congress cannot agree on major issues of interest to Americans who elect them—including immigration reform—yet they did manage to pass legislation providing financing for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system before they left Washington for the summer break.
The Republican-controlled House should have its own “#Houseofmadmen” hashtag on Twitter. That, I can assure you, would trend high daily.
Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty in New York City last week, dozens of New Yorkers gathered to urge you to make good on your remarks made June 30 to take executive action on immigration reform. New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform Campaign, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, want you and the White House to “act fast.”
This past week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive from you and the White House a response to my personal immigration story and open letters calling for immigration reform. The letter reiterated your support for immigration reform even though it comes in the midst of the latest immigration battle at the borders, as thousands of Central American children and women seek to add to the undocumented population of the United States.
Help for the 11 million-plus undocumented migrants in the United States almost always seems to take a backseat to one crisis after another. Just when it seems relief is in sight for hard-working people who desperately need some form of working papers for the years they have paid their dues in this country, something else happens to prevent this from happening.
In the midst of recovering from complicated surgery, I have had to face the sad reality that comprehensive immigration reform is dead in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for another year. Now, in the season of World Cup fever, where immigrants have dominated and helped most of the major teams, including the U.S., the ball is really in your corner. Will you score a goal or will you get the red card?
The fact that you have now put a deadline in place for immigration reform tells me you must have.
You should send a congratulatory note to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chamber President Tom Donohue.
The big question on everyone’s lips this Cinco de Mayo is will you act or will you let bigots like Rep. Steve King stand in the way of giving over 11 million people a fair path to legalization?
This past week, I was at a naturalization ceremony at the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., that featured about 100 or so immigrants taking the United States Oath of Allegiance.
The best thing about the new age of journalism is that it allows for readers to immediately react to stories on the news websites. I love reading these message boards, especially the responses on immigration stories, as it gives a very real insight into the way Americans feel despite the lack of congressional action.
I just returned from Valencia, Spain, last week and was stunned at two things. First off, being “Americano,” or a holder of a non-EU passport, placed me in an entirely different immigration category upon arrival. Secondly, no one bothered to cater to the fact that neither I nor my colleague spoke Spanish well.
I had a conversation with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. She herself is an immigrant but a naturalized citizen. Each day, her job entails interviewing dozens of immigrants to measure their qualification for immigration benefits
As the weeks float away and the letters pile up, the questions in the back of my mind now are, am I simply wasting my time, and will immigration reform ever happen?
The Republican National Party has some nerve, spending $10 million to ramp up Hispanic field operations in key states and flood Spanish-language news media with advertisements opposing the Affordable Care Act
This past week, we lost an immigrant who would have been proud to see me reach letter No. 70 in this series to you.
It is unfortunate that, like you did with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you persist in twisting the truth on your deportation record and your powers as president.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 3 made a good call in deciding against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa.
The Book of Deuteronomy’s passage that states, “Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans or widows,” jumped out at me this week.
what should be the next strategy now that House Speaker John Boehner has chosen short-term political gain over immigration reform?
If there was a title of “hypocrite-in-chief,” then it definitely would go to House Speaker John Boehner.
The very next day after your State of the Union address, some Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio, were at it again, blaming their failure to act on their “distrust” of you.
Talented entrepreneurs like Luis Aguilar, Justino Mora and Kent Tam are among millions of reasons why you and U.S. lawmakers must make immigration reform a reality now.
That crazy group ironically called “FAIR” has already gone into overdrive ever since the announcement that a Republican set of immigration “principles” will be floated to the House GOP caucus
There is no more next year. This is next year—an election year—and the push must be on to get a deal on immigration reform.
Dear Mr. President, On Christmas Day, the man who holds the future of immigration policy in his hands tweeted a message that said: “From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas.”
It’s almost the end of the year, and it’s a great time to look back on the ups and downs of immigration reform in 2013, especially since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told us on Dec. 19 that it deported 368,644 immigrants globally in the 2013 fiscal year.
Boehner has seemingly criticized conservative organizations and tried to put some distance between him and them so he can win points with Santa and Hispanic voters next year.
My thoughts are on Mandela's words as it pertains to the many advocates and immigrants across this country
One cannot argue with the concept of giving thanks
Back in 2007, you had this brave, bold idea of health care reform but then settled for what has now become the nightmare of the Affordable Care Act rollout