Why Delaying Immigration Action Makes No Sense

By: Monday September 8, 2014 8:59 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 announced they would eventually do something big on immigration.

 

Rick Perry Sends Texas National Guard Troops To Border

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 8:54 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry, now sporting glasses perhaps to overcome questions concerning low intelligence, announced he will be sending 1000 Texas National Guard soldiers to help secure Texas’ border with Mexico as part of “Operation Strong Safety.”

Obama Asks Congress For $3.7 Billion To Deal With Recent Surge Of Child Immigrants

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:45 am

President Obama has asked Congress for roughly $4 billion to process the 52,000 Central American children who recently came across the Texas border. Not surprisingly, Republicans in Congress are having none of it. The GOP are claiming that the problem is due to Obama not protecting the border and, in some cases, saying Obama himself encouraged the children to come.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:12 am

For the first time since the position was created in 1899 a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has been defeated in a party primary. Eric Cantor was soundly defeated last night in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary by David Brat, a conservative college professor who represented the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

Obama Bets Again on Preemptive Compromise

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 2:05 pm

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 10:02 am

Immigration reform is the last chance for Obama to prove that preemptively giving in to Republican positions can led to bipartisan legislation. If it doesn’t happen it would mean Obama seriously squandered his first two years and needlessly allowed bad executive policies.

FDL Movie Night: Immigrant America: The High Cost of Deporting Parents

By: Monday May 19, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s film, Immigrant America: The High Cost of Deporting Parents, directed by guest Roy Germano for VICE News, shows the impact of deportation on one family. Ray Jesus is just one of the faces caught up in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quota of 400,000 deportations a year.

Podcast: Fighting Immigration Detention ‘Bed Quotas’ Which Contribute to Record Number of Deportations

By: Sunday May 11, 2014 8:46 am

Every year, 34,000 beds in private prisons, federal prisons or even local, county or state prisons have to be occupied by the bodies of immigrants in the process of deportation. This has contributed to the record number of deportations of immigrants under President Barack Obama.

How Influential Immigrant Rights Group Used Police to Suppress Other Immigrant Rights Activists on May Day

By: Monday May 5, 2014 1:05 pm

According to MDC organizers, ICIRR and some individuals from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) did not want them at the front of the march with them. Marshals wearing yellow vests from SEIU and ICIRR linked their arms to block the MDC organizers from moving.

Garcia asked why they could not cross. They believed they had a right to move because they had something to say. They wanted to be at the front with their banner, where all the press and cameras were, and thought there was nothing wrong with doing that.

Suddenly, Garcia recalled, a cop came “out of nowhere” and said “come here.” He signaled and Garcia tried to walk away, but Garcia was apprehended and then arrested

Boehner Is the Real Coward on Immigration

By: Friday April 25, 2014 9:20 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.

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