September 10, 2013

GOP Representative Bob Goodlatte Expects October Immigration Reform Vote

Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee overseeing immigration, said he expected Congress to pursue reform legislation despite a tight schedule featuring debates over Syria, health care, and the debt limit.

                                                           (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

Those and other issues “should not deter us from getting to [immigration] as soon as possible,” Goodlatte said in an appearance on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show on Tuesday.

By Benjy Sarlin.

See the full article about the interview here.

August 30, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013 UPDATE: House Gang Preps Comprehensive Bill For October Push

After years of waiting and several missed deadlines, the House of Representative’s bipartisan “Gang of Seven” is ready to push its 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill sometime in October, a Democratic staffer close to the group told International Business Times.

Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez said earlier this week that he’s already signed off on the measure and eager to introduce it. According to the staffer, all the Democrats on the bipartisan group support the agreement and are waiting for their Republican counterparts to sign off on it.

When the Republicans give the OK, the group will wait for the “right bipartisan moment” to introduce the bill, probably sometime in October. By that time the bipartisan group hopes Congress will be over the budget fight, with an appropriations bill passed to avert the threat of a government shutdown.

See the  full article by Laura Matthews here.

August 15, 2013

Immigration Reform Update: Michael Grimm, GOP Rep., On Immigration: 'We're Getting Close'

The Huffington Post reports that Representative Michael Grimm,one of the Republicans whom immigration advocates hope to win over, said Sunday that he thinks momentum is still there for comprehensive reform in the House, even as his fellow GOP members are dragging their feet.

Grim told undocumented activist Carlos Vargas in a video posted by DRM Capitol Group: "Immigration is a huge issue that I know we need to fix, and we're getting close,"

Watch Grimm's interaction with Vargas, captured by DRM Capitol Group:
Congressman Grimm Tells Military Dreamer he Supports Immigration Reform

August 05, 2013

House Takes Break from Immigration Debates During August Recess

However many businesses, religious and law enforcement organizations will continue to lobby members of the House on immigration reform. USA Today reports that while House Republican leaders flatly rejected the comprehensive immigration package that the Senate passed June 27, making it seem as though immigration reform was destined to die a slow death,it appears likely that votes on a series of bills are possible in October and that a conference committee with the Senate could be completed in December or early next year, before midterm election-year politics paralyze Capitol Hill.




There remains hope that some form of immigration reform will be passed by Congress by this year's end. See the article from USA Today here.

June 19, 2013


Great article by Angelo Paparelli about the reality of comprehensive immigration reformers who focus on border security and how, contrary to what they say, that will NOT fix the problem of illegal immigration once and for all, click here for the full article. 

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Angelo A. Paparelli reminds Congress that:


No law will ever be so successful as to prevent determined families from reuniting even if it means crossing a heavily fortified national border illegally. Eliminating the "pull" factor of American jobs will not remove pressures on the border caused by the "push" of economic misery, political instability, religious intolerance, dictatorial regimes, natural catastrophes, wars and revolutions. E-Verify will not succeed in closing the systemic holes allowing unauthorized persons to gain employment in the U.S. until Americans are willing to accept the loss of privacy and liberty inherent in a massive national database and system requiring all native-born and naturalized citizens to pay for, obtain and proffer a fraud-proof national work-permission card in order to be hired.    An unrealistically low quota, such as the maximum of 200,000 visas allotted per year under the "W" category proposed in S. 744 for unskilled and low-skilled foreign workers, disregards the needs of the American economy and creates new pressures to breach the border illegally. If illegal entries are to be stemmed, then abuses at U.S. consular posts abroad, such as the recurrent problems of far-too-powerfulabusive, inadequately staffed, unmonitored and sometimes even criminal consular officers (like the American visa officer in Vietnam who is alleged to have sold nonimmigrant visas for up to $70,000 each) must be more vigorously policed and subject to robust review. Border enforcement requires a far more substantial investment in the courts than is proposed by Sen. Cornyn or the G8 (as these letters from the Judicial Conference of the United States to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee underscore), and a dramatic revamping of the atrocious "system" by which "immigration justice" is meted out. Secret, unchecked administrative processes in the immigration system, just like the recently revealed NSA monitoring of all Americans' phone calls, must be subject to the rule of law, an expanded right to counsel and greater transparency. Immigration protectionism will boomerang and ultimately harm America just as much or more than trade protectionism.






June 13, 2013

Path to Reform

Voto Latino posted this great chart showing the steps the immigration reform bill must get through in order to become law. The Senate predicts they will have passed their version of the bill by the 4th of July. We are hopeful some form of immigration reform will pass by the end of this year. Follow our blog for more updates.



June 03, 2013

Immigration Reform Bill to Pass the House by July

The Huffington Post reports that while Senator Schumer predicts an immigration reform bill will pass the Senate by the 4th of July, the House warns they are working on their own piecemeal approach to the  immigration reform bill. The House is likely working on the Senate's bill breaking it down section-by-section ensuring their concerns and priorities are included in the bill.

Read the full story here.


May 30, 2013

Immigration Reform Offers an Opportunity to Address Gender Biases in our Immigration System

Social scientists Cecilia Menjivar and Olivia Salcido of the Immigration Policy Center have conducted a 10-year study of the US immigration system and concluded many women confront legal systematic barriers when trying to gain legal status. According to the study, immigration law presumes and reinforces women’s status of dependency, hindering women’s legal incorporation in the host society. 

The ongoing immigration debate offers member of Congress an opportunity to eliminate some of the gender inequalities in our immigration system. Let's hope Congress considers these issues as they debate reforms to our immigration laws.  Click here for the study.

May 29, 2013

Latinos use social media to push for Immigration Reform and have their voice heard.


Latinos use social media to push for Immigration Reform and have their voices heard.  


Last week an "iMarch" was created on twitter leading to members of congress, who are opposed to immigration reform, having their twitter accounts inundated with messages urging the members to support immigration reform. 

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According to Politico, Hispanics - the fastest growing population in the United States - were among the earliest users of smart 
phones because of the demographic’s growing young population, and because many simply could not afford a computer. Today, 72 percent of Latino Internet users say they are on social media sites compared to 58 percent of all U.S. internet users, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center.

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/latinos-reform-social-media-91901.html#ixzz2Ui5uC47n

Latinos use social media to push for Immigration Reform and have their voice heard.  


Last week an "iMarch" was created on twitter leading to members of congress, who are opposed to immigration reform, having their twitter accounts inundated with messages urging the members to support immigration reform. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO            
      

According to Politico, Hispanics - the fastest growing population in the United States - were among the earliest users of smart 
phones because of the demographic’s growing young population, and because many simply could not afford a computer. Today, 72 percent of Latino Internet users say they are on social media sites compared to 58 percent of all U.S. internet users, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center.

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/latinos-reform-social-media-91901.html#ixzz2Ui5uC47n

May 22, 2013

Senate Panel Approves Immigration Bill

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Tuesday, May 21st, that would create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, brightening prospects for the U.S.' first major immigration reform in more than 25 years.

The panel voted 13-5 in favor of the comprehensive bipartisan immigration legislation, which would also ramp up border security and modernize the legal immigration system. Senators have fiercely debated the bill, which still has to pass the full Senate and gain approval from the Republican-controlled U.S. House.