The Contractors Almost Always Win

By: Tuesday July 2, 2013 2:25 pm

Whenever a major piece of legislation moves through Washington you can almost guarantee among the winners is going to be some group of government contractors and comprehensive immigration reform is no exception. It is the aggressive lobbying for this potential payday that helps get the legislation moving through a practically polarized Congress.

Schumer, Graham Restart Immigration Reform Talks

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:50 am

Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Schumer and Graham first teamed up on the matter in 2009, but Graham split off shortly thereafter, when Harry Reid wanted to prioritize the bill. He thought this undermined a separate piece of bipartisan legislation on climate change, and so he dropped his support of both efforts. This bit of history shows how tenuous working with Graham can be.

But it’s a new year, and the hissy fits have been subdued, and Graham is on the case.

Romney Outlines Immigration Plan

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 11:30 am

Mitt Romney just addressed the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Orlando, and in tandem with the speech, his campaign released what they’re calling a “strategy for bipartisan immigration reform.” The campaign sought to erase lingering doubts about his response to the Obama Administration’s deferred action order for DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants. And I’m not sure they’ve done that.

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 8:10 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Drone Surveillance Comes to the US-Mexico Border

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 3:30 pm

After posting 1,200 National Guard troops at the US-Mexico border to stop crossings of undocumented immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security will draw down those forces by 75% and shift the mission considerably, including expanded use of unmanned aerial surveillance drones.

Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform in El Paso

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 1:31 pm

The President’s remarks on immigration reform, delivered last hour from El Paso, Texas, reflect a return to promises made during the 2008 campaign, with the experience of a Presidency that has focused on border and workplace enforcement and deportations more than building the coalition for reform.

Border Clash Sending Farmers North

By: Sunday December 12, 2010 5:00 pm

It’s long been understood among the traveling public that Mexico is problematic. Police corruption and endemic kidnapping long were reasons to stay away from sites that were off the beaten path. Now, with the gang warfare that plagues our southern border, those trying to make a living by farming also are leaving.

House Passes State Fiscal Aid Bill

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 2:45 pm

With relatively few defections from the caucus, House Democrats passed a bill providing $26.1 billion dollars to states for their Medicaid programs and education budgets, by a count of 247-161. All Democrats but 3 supported the bill, and all Republicans but 2 opposed it. The specific tallies will be released shortly.

Earlier, Democrats passed the rule on the bill with more Democratic defections, 229-173.

Lightning Round: A Guide to the One-Day House Session

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 6:59 am

The House will open for business at 10am EDT, for consideration of the state fiscal aid bill, which the Senate passed last week. The plan is to vote on the rule for the bill, then general debate, followed by a final passage “early in the afternoon.” It’s unclear whether the Republicans will offer a motion to recommit, but we know they are going to put forward a privileged resolution to give themselves a two-month vacation after the elections, lest the House actually work to pass legislation in the lame duck session. That will get a vote today as well.

Plugging the Wrong Side of the Dam: Immigration

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 4:00 pm

This dire economic situation in Mexico is a force that will continue to push immigrants across the border now matter how tough we get on our side. People who are desperate enough to walk for days across the hot desert are not going to be deterred by a bigger fence, more border patrols, or laws about racial profiling. Poverty is the lake that is putting so much pressure on the dam, and only by alleviating poverty can we stop the leaks.

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