The Importance of Not Being Quiet

By: Friday November 21, 2014 6:51 am

Last night President Obama did the right thing and will help millions of people in this country. It was a big day for immigration reform groups and a powerful vindication of an aggressive form of activism. I’ve repeatedly heard activist groups told to be quiet, not rock the boat, just trust the White House to [...]

Why Delaying Immigration Action Makes No Sense

By: Monday September 8, 2014 7:41 am

If President Obama had been very quietly thinking about taking executive action on immigration and very quietly decided to delay his decision until after the election that would make political sense, but this extremely public delay seems to have no real upside to me. Most of the political damage was done when the administration first [...]

Obama Bets Again on Preemptive Compromise

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 10:00 am

One would think that after preemptive compromising failed to win over Congressional Republicans for health care reform, debt ceiling, grand bargain, and Bush tax cuts President Obama would give up on the strategy — but he is going to give it one last go. He is going to make more undocumented immigrants suffer in an attempt to make the Republicans happy.

Immigration Reform Is the Last Chance for Obama to Prove His Legislative Strategy

By: Friday May 23, 2014 9:19 am

Immigration reform is probably the last chance for President Obama to prove his legislative strategy for advancing his agenda wasn’t a mistake. After President Obama was elected he faced a serious choice about how to implement his policies. He could either take a steamroller approach or focus on bipartisan outreach. With huge Democratic majorities in [...]

Boehner Is the Real Coward on Immigration

By: Friday April 25, 2014 7:29 am

Apparently Speaker John Boeher (R) is so annoyed by the refusal of many in his caucus to address immigration reform he openly mocked his members while back in his district. From “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run [...]

The Spring of Discharge Petitions

By: Friday February 14, 2014 8:12 am

With hopes for bipartisan legislation basically dead this year Democrats have decided to turn to a long strategy based on discharge petitions. If a majority of House members sign a discharge petition it is brought to the floor for a vote. Democrats are talking about circulating discharge petitions for both a minimum wage increase and [...]

Schumer Calls GOP’s Bluff on Immigration

By: Monday February 10, 2014 6:47 am

Since Republicans are trying to blame their refusal to move forward with immigration reform on the fact that President Obama is taking too many executive actions, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has a great offer for them. They can both pass immigration reform and prevent Obama from having any role in implementing the new law. They [...]

The Catch-22 That Killed Immigration Reform

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:54 am

Congressional Republicans have refused to work with President Obama on almost anything. That includes things big, like immigration reform, to things small like fixing minor technical drafting problems and filling low level positions. As a result Obama has been forced to do what he can administratively. This includes things like recess appointments and a deferred action [...]

Rubio’s “Obama Gives Me No Choice” Defense of Immigration Reform

By: Tuesday August 13, 2013 11:40 am

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has seen his standing with conservatives drop significantly after he became one of the primary sponsors of comprehensive immigration reform. To try to get back in Republicans’ good graces, Rubio has come up a with a novel defense to use with the Republican base. From the Huffington Post: Sen. Marco Rubio [...]

Even Average Republicans Support Immigration Reform

By: Friday August 2, 2013 7:51 am

When the basic outlines of the Senate immigration reform bill are described to registered voters it receives overwhelming support. By a two-to-one margin it is backed by the American people. From Quinnipiac: 24. As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants [...]