Obama Doesn’t Make Pathway to Citizenship a Must-Have

By: Friday January 31, 2014 10:37 am

President Obama is going out of his way to get an immigration reform deal by scaling back his ambitions. During an interview with Jake Tapper, Obama refused to say he would veto a bill without a pathway to citizenship. While Obama made it clear he thinks it is important, he didn’t draw a line in [...]

Senate Passes Immigration Reform 68-32

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 1:22 pm

In a landmark vote the United State Senate overwhelmingly adopted a sweeping immigration reform bill, S. 744. The measure passed 68-32 with 14 Republicans joining to approve the measure. Some of the most important provisions in the bill would tighten boarder security, provide a potential pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants, significantly change our [...]

Voters Overwhelmingly Expect Congress to Fail at Immigration Reform

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:05 am

After years of Washington being dominated by crippling gridlock, the American people have come to expect this pattern to continue. Even though the Senate has been making real progress in a bipartisan immigration reform bill, the vast majority of American voters think it will eventually fail. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, only 24 percent [...]

Schumer Draws Line in the Sand Over Pathway to Citizenship

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 9:04 am

Members of the Gang of Eight have drawn a clear line in the sand over a pathway to citizenship. Any bill that provides for legal status without an eventual pathway to citizenship will doom reform. From USA Today: McCain said proposals to grant a temporary legal status to the nation’s unauthorized immigrants, but not allow [...]

Senate Gang of 8 Finally Releases Immigration Reform Bill

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 7:17 am

After months of bipartisan negotiations the Senate Gang of Eight has finally released their immigration reform bill. You can read the entire 844 pages of the bill here. The all encompassing bill covers a range of immigration, employment and border security issues. Some key components of the bill include 1) increased funding for border security, [...]

To Get GOP Base on Board With Immigration Reform It Is All About the Messaging

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 7:54 am

A new WSJ/NBC poll shows just how important the messaging around immigration reform is for getting the Republican base, and presumably Republican members of Congress, on board for any piece of legislation. A majority of Republicans oppose the general idea of a pathway to citizenship but overwhelmingly support it if they find out all the [...]

Obama’s Name Instantly Polarizes Issues

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 9:10 am

There are many benefits to the bully pulpit. The President can easily bring attention to a previously obscure issue and move it to the center of debate in Washington. As the de facto leader of a party, the President can also significantly sway the opinions of his base on a range of issues. A big [...]

Bipartisan Group of Senators Agree to Rough Outline for Immigration Reform

By: Monday January 28, 2013 7:30 am

A bipartisan group of eight Senators have endorsed an outline for immigration reform, greatly improving the chances of something passing this term. The outline has been endorsed by Four Republicans senators John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Marco Rubio (FL) and Jeff Flake (AZ); and by Four Democrats Chuck Schmer (NY), Dick Durbin (IL) Robert [...]