The supposed grand bargain of the immigration reform bill is shaping up to be a lucrative deal for prisons. As a compromise between “border security” and “amnesty,” the comprehensive reform plan emerging in Congress ties the “legalization” of millions of migrants to the prospective criminalization of millions more.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday July 27, 2013 12:22 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 25, 2013 2:00 pm|
Recent polling has all been bad news for Marco Rubio (R-FL). A new PPP poll found Rubio has dropped substantially in their national Republican primary poll. He went from first place to sixth over the past several months. From PPP:
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 24, 2013 8:55 am|
This is especially good news for Republicans because they don’t even need to win more votes than the Democrats to make real gains in Congress next year. Because of gerrymandering in the House and a 2014 Senate map that heavily favors Republicans, the GOP has a massive built in advantage next year. As long as they simply remain close to Democrats they have a chance to pick up seats.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 22, 2013 7:30 am|
The Republican base is not excited about comprehensive immigration reform but the important question is, is it considered a big enough issue to have any effect on a possible primary. Because of gerrymandering the vast majority of House Republicans’ only real electoral concern is a primary challenge.
|By: Marybeth Onyeukwu Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:15 am|
In the first of a series of videos to be released by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), Lizbeth Mateo, an undocumented organizer from California, reveals she has left the United States to see her family in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is the first time she has seen her family in over 15 years.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 15, 2013 7:50 am|
A plurality of Americans believe the Democratic position on immigration reform is more inline with their own. According to a new Gallup poll 48 percent say their opinions on the issue are closer to that of the Democratic party while only 36 percent say their position on immigration more closely matches the Republican party. From Gallup:
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 11, 2013 7:40 am|
Things are looking very bad for comprehensive immigration reform this morning. Both the President and the Senate want immigration reform so its fate rests with the Republican-controlled House. After a caucus meeting yesterday it is clear House Republican have decided to oppose sweeping reform.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 28, 2013 1:50 pm|
Now that the Senate has finally passed comprehensive immigration reform the Republican Party has been put at a crossroads. The Republican-controlled House can either pass some version of the law as the first step in a long process of repairing relationships with the fastest growing minority group in the country, or they can stick with the same Caucasian-focused strategy they have been using.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 27, 2013 1:23 pm|
Some of the most important provision in the bill would tighten boarder security, provide a potential pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigration, significantly change our future legal immigration system, and provide new visa options. If it becomes law it will be the most significant immigration measure in several decades.