Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Senator Jeff Flake isn’t giving up on immigration reform.  The junior Senator from Arizona said that he plans to force a vote on a proposal as soon as the Senate returns from its winter recess after next week.  Flake proposed a fallback option for immigration reform last week when it looked like larger plans being put forth by Senators from both sides of the aisle were going to fall through. A Republican plan that would’ve granted a pathway to citizenship…

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Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children are left in limbo as immigration reform once again failed to pass in the Congress this week.  The fate of DREAMers is up in the air as Congress enters a week-long recess and a March 5th deadline for the DACA program, which protects those immigrants from deportation, looms. Republicans in the Senate put forth a plan last week that would have granted nearly 2 million…

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Immigration Reform Dies Again

Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A bipartisan plan put forth by a group of twenty-two senators has drawn the ire of the White House and other agencies in the Trump administration, and failed in a vote in the Senate.  “The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The bill would grant a 10-12-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were…

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McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

Senator Mitch McConnell is making one thing clear: it is now or never on immigration.  The Majority Leader has vowed to have an open debate policy when it came to an immigration bill this week, notably allowing an “opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom,” he said. But McConnell is making it clear that open-debate doesn’t mean endless debate.  And yesterday he said debate on an immigration bill will end this week, giving the Senate 2-3 days to come up…

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Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of New York has become the second federal judge to place an injunction the Trump administration’s ending of the DACA program, the program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country at a young age.  Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco placed a nationwide injunction on the ending of the program in January. Garaufis wrote that the Trump administration could not end DACA until a “decision on…

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Republican Senators Unveil Immigration Bill that Solves DACA, Funds the Wall and Grandfathers Family Visa Applications

Republican Senators Unveil Immigration Bill that Solves DACA, Funds the Wall and Grandfathers Family Visa Applications

Republican Senators have introduced a bill in the Senate that addresses all of the President’s major legislative concerns when it comes to immigration.  The Senate has vowed to take immigration legislation up this week ahead of a winter recess next week a looming March 5 end of the DACA program. The Secure and Succeed Act, sponsored by Senators Cotton, Grassley, Cornyn, Tillis, Perdue, Lankford, and Ernst, provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought to the…

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President Paints Immigration as National Security Issue in Video Statement from the White House

President Paints Immigration as National Security Issue in Video Statement from the White House

The President released a video statement last night emphasizing the importance of Congress acting on immigration.  The president characterized immigration as a national security issue outlining loopholes within the system that are allowing gang members, like those affiliated with MS-13, and other criminals to infiltrate American society. My Administration has identified three major priorities for creating a safe, modern and lawful immigration system: fully securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the visa lottery. Congress must secure the immigration…

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White House Floats Possibility of Keeping Immigration Levels at Current Levels for More Than a Decade

White House Floats Possibility of Keeping Immigration Levels at Current Levels for More Than a Decade

The White House has floated a new proposal ahead of a critical immigration debate that is set to dominate Capitol Hill next week.  Under the proposal, immigration would stay at current levels – about 1.1. million people a year – for the next ten years. President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to see an immigration bill accomplish four main goals: find a solution to the DACA program, fund a border wall and end both chain migration and visa…

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McConnell Set to Open Immigration Debate with No Particular Bill in Mind, Wants to Let a “Thousand Flowers Bloom”

McConnell Set to Open Immigration Debate with No Particular Bill in Mind, Wants to Let a “Thousand Flowers Bloom”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to begin debate on an immigration bill in the Senate in an unorthodox way – by not starting with an immigration bill.  McConnell said that he will not use a bill as the starting point for negotiation.  Instead, he will let senators propose amendments straightaway, allowing, essentially, an immigration bill to be built from scratch. “The bill I move to, which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that…

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