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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Congress returns with one goal: Do no (political) harm

Fewer than 200 days remain until Election Day, with a handful of things left to do.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Immigration, Senate

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Boehner ‘mocked’ colleagues on immigration

The speaker takes a notably theatrical tone in conveying sentiments he’s expressed for months: That Congress needs to find a way to take up the issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 04/24/2014

22 Senate Republicans express ‘grave concerns’ on deportation review

Letter comes as administration reconsiders what to do about deportations.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:37 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Immigration, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014

AFL-CIO’s Trumka meets with immigrants, calls deportations ‘unacceptable’

Labor union boss Richard Trumka pledges support for demonstrators on immigration reform.

By David Nakamura  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/15/2014

House Democrats need 27 signatures to force vote on comprehensive immigration reform bill

Discharge petition still 27 signatures short of forcing vote on comprehensive reform legislation.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Pelosi: House GOP holding up immigration bill because of race

Boehner insists contentious hearings are “no issue of race.”

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 04/06/2014

Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an ‘act of love’

Even Bush seemed to acknowledge that his position could cause him political trouble as he mulls whether to run for president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:44 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Immigration

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014

GOP push for immigration reform thwarted

A committee chairman says he’ll keep two GOP-written immigration proposals out of a must-pass defense policy bill.

By Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/25/2014

House Dems ramp up pressure on GOP over immigration

House Democrats tout economic benefits of immigration reform to pressure Republicans.

By David Nakamura  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Study: Criminals account for 59 percent of deportations

Another 20 percent of deportations came as a result of repeated immigration infractions.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Under pressure, Obama calls for immigration-enforcement review

After meeting with immigration advocates, Obama asks for review of deportation policies.

By David Nakamura  |  10:49 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, President Obama

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014

House passes bill making it easier for Congress to sue the president

Democrats fear the bill, if passed, would force the deportation of children of illegal immigrants.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Obama: ‘I’m the champion-in-chief’ on immigration reform

President Obama defended his record on deportations of illegal immigrants during a forum at the Newseum.

By David Nakamura  |  12:19 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Immigration

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Cruz: Passing amnesty plan would be ‘self destructive,’ cost GOP the Senate

In wide-ranging interview, Republican senator from Texas said GOP leadership must stick to conservative principles.

By Wesley Lowery  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, immigration reform, midterms, Ted Cruz

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce pushes House GOP on immigration reform

The big business organization pushes for overhaul of border control laws.

By David Nakamura  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Gov. Snyder to fellow Republicans: ‘Let’s embrace immigration’

“...why don’t we start by taking the dumb off the table?” the Michigan governor says.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/20/2014

GOP senator: House could pass Senate immigration bill today

Few House Republicans have signaled support for the Senate bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014

What are House Democrats discussing at their retreat this week? Here’s the agenda

Topics include immigration reform, job creation, and how to win the votes of unmarried women.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, Immigration

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Heritage attacks Chamber of Commerce for ‘corporate cronyism’ immigration bill

Heritage CEO Michael Needham needles the GOP establishment-aligned Chamber.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Schumer to GOP: Set immigration law to kick in after Obama leaves office

The Democratic senator has a solution for Republicans who don’t trust the president.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, Sunday Shows

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz: Obama, Reid ‘dancing’ over GOP’s immigration push

Senator says that new focus on immigration could upset GOP chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/04/2014

McConnell: Differences on immigration are ‘irresolvable’

“I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a different place,” McConnell said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Immigrant-rights group files petition asking Obama to halt deportations

Immigrant-rights groups are frustrated by the Obama administration’s record on deportations.

By David Nakamura  |  01:17 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Paul Ryan: Immigration reform this year ‘clearly in doubt’

Republicans stress a “security first” approach on the Sunday morning talk shows.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama, Paul Ryan

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Obama suggests he’s open to immigration deal without path to citizenship

“I’m not sure how wide the divide ends up being,” Obama says of a deal that includes legalization but not citizenship.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014

McCain: House GOP immigration ‘principles’ wouldn’t have happened ‘if Boehner hadn’t gotten control’

Senator suggests House Republicans’ discussion of immigration couldn’t have happened just a few months ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Immigration reform advocates praise House GOP ‘principles’

The principles suggested an openness to legalizing the millions of illegal immigrants currently in this country.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:37 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Ex-GOP speaker Hastert calls for path to legalization

“Why alienate a large voting bloc of American people?” he said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:33 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Boehner says GOP will soon outline immigration position

It’s not yet clear what will be contained in the document, but conservatives say they aren’t concerned.

By Robert Costa  |  12:18 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/07/2014

GOP Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia Democrats need illegal immigrants to vote

The GOP Senate candidate says Democrats are making immigrants dependent on government so they’ll vote Democratic.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Immigration

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Obama administration deportations of undocumented immigrants drop in 2013

Obama administration has deported 10 percent fewer undocumented immigrants this year after a record total in 2012

By David Nakamura  |  05:50 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 12/05/2013

House Democrat rants against GOP during immigration debate

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) got a bit animated on the House floor on Wednesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:33 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Boehner hires well-known immigration policy expert

Move signals House may indeed take up the issue next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:07 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Christie: I didn’t flip-flop on immigration

The state’s largest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, accused Christie of flip-flopping on the issue because he wants to run for the GOP nomination for president.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:31 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Immigration

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 11/26/2013

N.J. legislature puts Dream Act on Christie’s desk

Christie has said he supports the general concept of the bill but would not sign it without specific changes -- changes the legislature declined.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:11 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie, Immigration

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Boehner closes door on House-Senate immigration panel

Boehner’s comments cast serious doubt on the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in this Congress.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Is Chris Christie a conservative? Who cares, Christie says

His conservative bona fides are on trial in the lead-up to 2016.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Chris Christie, Christie, gun control, Guns, Immigration

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013

New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans

Campaign is designed to jump-start debate on immigration reform ahead of next year’s elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 11/06/2013

AFL-CIO launches major ad campaign targeting GOP on immigration

The AFL-CIO is targeting Republicans who live in heavily Latino districts to support comprehensive immigration reform.

By David Nakamura  |  11:35 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Second House Republican signs on to Democratic immigration plan

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) signed on as a co-sponsor to the proposal Tuesday morning, a spokesman said.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:37 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Rubio now favors piecemeal immigration approach over comprehensive bill

Rubio’s office wants the Senate to assure the House that it wouldn’t produce a comprehensive bill in conference committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Pressing House GOP, Obama evokes George W. Bush in immigration speech

President Obama presses House Republicans to support immigration reform.

By David Nakamura  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 10/02/2013

House Democrats introduce separate immigration bill

House Democrats introduce plan to keep pressure on Republicans on immigration.

By David Nakamura  |  12:53 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Two Republicans drop out of House ‘Group of Seven’ immigration talks

Bipartisan working group on immigration shrinks as two GOP members say they can’t trust the president on the topic.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Immigration advocates mock House GOP in parody video

Advocates who are pushing for immigration reform made a parody of a House Republican video that aims to reach out to Latino voters.

By David Nakamura  |  10:40 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Frustration with White House mounts for immigration advocates

Immigration advocates protest President Obama’s decision not to halt deportations through executive action.

By David Nakamura  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 09/17/2013

House GOP video courting Hispanics could backfire

House Republicans release new video celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, inadvertently calling attention to their lack of action on immigration reform.

By David Nakamura  |  03:03 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Latin music stars to headline immigration rally in Washington next month

By David Nakamura  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Chertoff warns against Obama executive action on immigration

The former Homeland Security Secretary believes a unilateral move by the White House would further doom a bill’s chances in Congress.

By David Nakamura  |  01:50 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Immigration overhaul crowded out by Syria, other issues, GOP lawmaker says

The immigration overhaul at the center of President Obama’s domestic agenda is either dead or delayed, Raul Labrador says in interview to air Sunday. summary of story

By Peter Wallsten  |  05:45 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Catholic Church turns up support for immigration reform

By David Nakamura  |  05:53 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 08/20/2013

OFA crosses party lines to rally for pro-citizenship Republicans

OFA has begun demonstrating in favor of Republicans who publicly support a new path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:56 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Evangelical pastors step up pro-immigration campaign

By David Nakamura  |  12:48 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Priebus: Romney's self-deportation comment was 'horrific'

"Using the word 'self-deportation' — it's a horrific comment to make," Priebus said.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:03 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Raul Labrador to make 'campaign announcement' Wednesday

Idaho lawmaker expected to mount primary challenge to state's GOP governor.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:50 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress, Immigration

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Rubio warns that Obama could expand deferred deportation to cover millions more immigrants

The Florida senator says that Obama could defer deportations for millions more undocumented workers if Congress doesn't act.

By David Nakamura  |  10:45 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, President Obama, rubio

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Harry Reid aiming to 'win' with Senate immigration bill

The Senate majority leader says victory is likely for the Senate immigration bill if it goes to conference with the House.

By Ruth Tam  |  02:58 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/09/2013

GOP Rep. Jeff Denham voices support for Senate immigration bill

Denham said the reason the bill won't come to a vote "probably has a lot more to do with politics than policy."

By Aaron Blake  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 08/08/2013

Gutierrez: I've got 40-50 GOP votes for immigration reform

But Gutierrez said Republicans who support the idea are staying deliberately quiet to avoid a backlash from conservative activists.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:31 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Mark Zuckerberg joins fight for immigration reform

Facebook CEO says his undocumented students don't have "equal opportunity."

By Ruth Tam  |  11:58 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 08/04/2013

Republicans offer little hope for comprehensive immigration bill

House Republicans said their party prefers a step-by-step approach to overhauling immigration.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:46 AM ET, 08/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Immigration advocates deliver cantaloupes to House GOP lawmakers

Hundreds will receive fruity gifts for supporting a recent anti-immigrant amendment written by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:31 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 07/30/2013

High-profile Republicans push Congressional GOP on immigration reform

By David Nakamura  |  05:00 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Raul Labrador: Steve King comments 'reprehensible'

Idaho lawmaker also faults media for focusing too much on the thoughts of one lawmaker.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:25 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Trey Gowdy calls Dan Pfeiffer a 'demagogic self-serving political hack'

Republican lawmaker irked by comments shared by top White House official.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:45 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Carney calls Boehner claim on immigration 'laughable'

House Speaker John Boehner's remarks, at a news conference, drew a stinging rebuke from White House press secretary Jay Carney at his daily briefing.

By David Nakamura  |  01:11 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Boehner hopes immigration will be considered before debt ceiling fight

But the speaker says the House will continue with its step-by-step approach.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:35 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 07/17/2013

House panel plans hearing on children of immigrants

Should the U.S. government grant citizenship or at least permanent legal status to the children of undocumented immigrants?

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:02 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Obama: I 'probably' can't legalize immigrants myself

Obama said he remains "cautiously optimistic" that Congress will come to an agreement.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:23 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 07/15/2013

Americans favor Democrats on immigration

A new Gallup poll shows 48 percent of Americans prefer the Democrats' approach, while 36 percent prefer the Republicans'

By Aaron Blake  |  08:17 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 07/14/2013

Cole: Senate immigration bill probably wouldn't pass in House

"Frankly I don't think there are enough people that would vote for it," Cole says.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:50 AM ET, 07/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 07/12/2013

House Republicans working on bill for undocumented children

The legislation might establish ways for them to become legal residents and possibly U.S. citizens.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:32 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/11/2013

What's next for immigration? Google Plus Hangout with Nia-Malika Henderson

By JulieAnn McKellogg  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 07/10/2013

House Republicans meet behind closed doors on immigration

Meeting marks what promises to be a months-long debate on the issue for the GOP.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:36 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 07/09/2013

U.S. Catholic leader invokes pope's immigration comments

The pope this weekend criticized a "globalization of indifference" when it comes to migrant workers.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:40 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Bobby Jindal comes out against Senate immigration overhaul

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has come out against the Senate immigration reform compromise, arguing that there's too much pork in the deal.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Democratic members of 'Gang of Eight' to meet with House Democrats Tuesday

The four Democratic members of the Senate "Gang of Eight" on the immigration bill plan to meet Tuesday with House Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:58 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 07/07/2013

George W. Bush sees progress on immigration

The former president says lawmakers have made some headway.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:31 PM ET, 07/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 06/29/2013

Obama pushes House GOP on immigration reform

In South Africa, the president urges Republicans to pass legislation before the August recess.

By David Nakamura  |  07:56 AM ET, 06/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, Obama

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Palin: Immigration bill shows 'disrespect' for Hispanics

Sarah Palin on Friday told establishment Republicans that they "disrespect Hispanics" by pushing for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:57 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Senate immigration vote: 'Yes, we can,' supporters chant after roll call

The Senate chamber unusually packed for the immigration vote: almost all senators were at their desks, and the public galleries were full.

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  05:20 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Biden to preside over Senate during immigration bill vote

His presence serves as a reminder of how much of a priority immigration legislation is for the White House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:27 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Boehner declares: Immigration bill will be subject to Hastert Rule

Previous statements appeared to leave wiggle room for the speaker. His statement at a press conference Thursday left none.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:22 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/27/2013

House GOP deputy whip: Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'

"The House has no capacity to move that bill in its entirety," he told a breakfast hosted by the National Review.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Senate approves border security amendment, but path to final passage uncertain

Senators vote by wide bipartisan margin to approve plan, but path to bill's final passage remains uncertain.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Boehner to House GOP on immigration: 'We'll do our own bill'

Speaker reiterates what he's been saying for weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:16 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Burr, Cornyn and Johanns oppose immigration bill

Cornyn's decision is not a huge surprise, given he sponsored a more restrictive border security amendment and voted against the immigration bill in committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Palin calls Rubio an 'amnesty supporter'

Sarah Palin came out against the Senate immigration bill, criticizing its border security provisions and labeling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) an "amnesty supporter."

By Aaron Blake  |  11:26 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Chamber launches pro-immigration reform ad featuring Rand Paul, who opposes Senate bill

The ad also features Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

By Aaron Blake  |  08:13 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 06/23/2013

Rand Paul won't support immigration bill in current form

Kentucky Republican says the Senate's bipartisan immigration bill does not do enough to address border security.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:49 PM ET, 06/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Senate to vote on border security amendment Monday

Leaders announce plan to vote on a single amendment packed with several remaining issues of concern.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Huckabee sides with Corker-Hoeven border security deal

The former Arkansas governor shunned the idea that a path to citizenship would be contingent on fully securing the border.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:28 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Cruz's father says he 'basically bribed' Cuban official to immigrate to U.S.

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) father said in an interview airing Thursday that he had to grease some palms -- in Cuba, at least -- to get to the United States.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:08 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Rand Paul seeks to strip path to citizenship

The "No New Pathway to Citizenship Act" amendment would allow illegal immigrants to remain as Registered Provisional Immigrants but force them to apply as though they were still in their home country.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Senators reach deal on border security proposals

The agreement should ensure more GOP support for the immigration bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:36 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Corker: My border security deal is 'almost overkill'

"For people who are concerned about security, once they see what is in this bill, it's almost overkill," Corker said.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:37 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Mark Kirk plans to support immigration bill

Republican senator initially opposed plan, but now backs it because of new border security provisions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:37 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono: Immigration bill 'disadvantages women'

Female senators seek to adjust the bill's point system, which one says "institutionalizes" unequal opportunities for women worldwide.

By Ruth Tam  |  02:42 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 06/19/2013

House panel approves controversial immigration bill

The measure is strongly opposed by Democrats and immigrant-rights advocates.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:16 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Steve King launches six-hour 'press conference' on immigration

Iowa lawmaker is a fierce critic of bipartisan Senate proposal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:50 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/19/2013

With clock ticking, Senate Republicans working on immigration amendments

Senators eager to support the massive bill say they hope to have an agreement by the end of Wednesday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 06/18/2013

CBO: Immigration bill would save $197 billion by 2023

The Congressional Budget Office is out with its estimate on the cost of the Senate immigration bill, and advocates for the bill quickly hailed the results.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:18 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Boehner: No immigration bill without majority GOP support

The speaker apparently seeks to stave off a threatened rules change by a renegade group of his colleagues.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:46 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Ted Cruz promises amendment to overturn SCOTUS ruling

"I'll file amendment to immigration bill that permits states to require ID before registering voters

By Aaron Blake  |  03:50 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 06/16/2013

Sen. Marco Rubio: Immigration bill needs improvements

The Florida Republican call the bipartisan bill an "excellent starting point."

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:01 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Heritage: Cornyn amendment is a Trojan Horse

In a statement, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham said it "will oppose amendments that, if adopted, will serve as political cover for those senators seeking to justify their support for amnesty."

By Aaron Blake  |  03:53 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Jeb Bush: U.S. economy needs immigrants because they're 'more fertile'

The former Florida governor said the U.S. economy needs the labor of young immigrants and immigrants are "more fertile."

By Aaron Blake  |  10:12 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 06/13/2013

House Democrat says GOP 'having a relapse' on immigration reform

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is part of a bipartisan House group that has been working privately on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

By David Nakamura  |  09:03 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Kirk withholding support for immigration bill over border security

The moderate was one of just 15 Republicans to vote Tuesday against proceeding with debating the bill, joining members of the more conservative wing of the party.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Sen. Rand Paul offers border security amendment to Senate immigration bill

Paul said he's ready to work with the bipartisan Senate group that authored the legislation in hopes of finding common ground.

By David Nakamura  |  11:38 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Tech firms launching 'Keep Us Here' project to build support for immigration bill

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Conservative groups press House GOP to formally adopt Hastert Rule

A smattering of top conservative leaders on Tuesday signed their names to a letter urging Boehner to amend party rules to codify the Hastert Rule, in the name of promoting conservatism.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:15 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Tim Kaine gives speech in Spanish to voice support for immigration reform

Virginia senator, who learned Spanish as a Peace Corps volunteer, did something senators rarely do.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:40 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/11/2013

McConnell says immigration bill has 'serious flaws'

"Some have also criticized this bill for its cost to taxpayers; it's a fair critique," he said. "Those who were here illegally shouldn't have their unlawful status rewarded with benefits and tax credits."

By Aaron Blake  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Biden takes questions on NSA, guns and immigration

The vice president swore in the new interim senator from New Jersey and took a few questions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:32 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, Immigration

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 06/10/2013

GOP group Crossroads joins immigration reform effort

Crossroads GPS, the most well-funded Republican-leaning outside group in politics, is jumping on board with the current immigration reform effort.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:38 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/09/2013

GOP Sen. Ayotte will support immigration bill

Ayotte's support is significant because it means the bill is approaching the 60 votes it would need to override a filibuster.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 06/06/2013

House rejects Obama policy on DREAMers

GOP-held House votes to halt the Obama administration's policy of deferring deportation of young adults brought to the country illegally as children.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:19 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; rubio; house; senate

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Rubio currently opposes own immigration bill

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he currently wouldn't vote for the measure he helped craft.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:40 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Rubio: Immigration bill doesn't have 60 votes

"This is nowhere near being done," Rubio said. "I'm optimistic that something good for our country can happen, but it needs to happen the right way."

By Aaron Blake  |  03:37 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/23/2013

House Republicans send warning on immigration

House Republicans vowed Thursday to have their own say in the debate over immigration reform, two days after a Senate committee gave approval to a sweeping border control bill.

By David Nakamura  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Senate group works out immigration compromise with key Republican

Senate negotiators have worked out a compromise agreement to answer concerns from Sen. Orrin Hatch over a bipartisan immigration bill, hoping to win support for the legislation from the influential lawmaker.

By David Nakamura  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Senate panel drafting immigration bill agrees to more changes prompted by Boston bombing

It's the second major amendment agreed to directly tied to the Boston attacks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:20 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Two controversial GOP immigration amendments rejected by Senate panel

Several Republicans joined with Democrats to reject proposals that would have upended a bipartisan immigration bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Steve King: Immigration bill 'far worse' than Obamacare

"If somehow there was an offer that you're going to get one or the other ... I would take Obamacare before I'd ever accept this amnesty plan," King said at a press conference with other conservative House Republicans opposed to the bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:52 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Jason Richwine resigns from Heritage Foundation

Jason Richwine came under fire for his Harvard doctoral thesis and writings for a ‘nationalist’ Web site.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:18 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Lindsey Graham didn't mean to suggest Mexico is a 'hellhole'

In trying to explain the differences between the United States' southern and northern borders, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) found himself forced to make clear that he meant Mexico no disrespect.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:02 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Heritage immigration study author wrote for 'nationalist' Web site

An author of the controversial Heritage Foundation report on the costs of the Senate's immigration reform bill wrote two articles in 2010 for a self-described "nationalist" website.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:58 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Immigration debate in Senate: Live updates

Senate opens formal debate on a comprehensive immigration reform proposal

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:05 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Obama adviser David Simas shares personal immigration story

A new video from the White House features deputy senior adviser David Simas talking about his parents' arrival in the United States from Portugal four decades ago.

By David Nakamura  |  03:04 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Liberal groups boycotting Facebook over immigration push

Several prominent liberal organizations are launching a boycott of Facebook, an escalation in the simmering feud over founder Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform push.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:16 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Heritage: Immigration bill would cost $6.3 trillion

The conservative Heritage Foundation has issued a scathing report arguing against the immigration reform bill proposed by the Senate's "Gang of Eight," arguing that the bill would cost more than $6 trillion -- a claim quickly rebutted by Republicans pushing for the bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:53 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/25/2013

House GOP immigration plan conflicts with Senate measure

The House Judiciary Committee chairman's plan differs sharply from approach preferred by bipartisan group of senators.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:09 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Napolitano: Immigration reforms would have helped track Boston bombing suspect

Proposed changes to immigration laws would have made it easier to track one of the Boston bombing suspects before the attack, homeland security chief said.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:17 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Sen. Rand Paul: Delay immigration debate until after Boston hearings

"We should not proceed until we understand the specific failures of our immigration system," Paul said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

By Aaron Blake  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Boston bombings a factor at Senate immigration hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was a no-show Friday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled to begin reviewing a bipartisan proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/18/2013

'Gang of Eight' pledges tough enforcement, difficult path to citizenship

The bipartisan group of senators officially rolled out its immigration bill on Thursday.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Inside the immigration bill: A cut to family-based visas

The Senate bill eliminates family-based visas for siblings and adult children.

By Suzy Khimm  |  06:24 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Unfair to legal or illegal immigrants?

A key Washington area immigrant advocate welcomed the bipartisan Senate immigration bill Wednesday as an "historic achievement," but he expressed concern that some provisions could harm certain legal immigrants and that others did not go far enough to help illegal immigrants.

By Pamela Constable  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Inside the immigration bill: A reprieve for asylum-seekers

The Senate immigration bill would make it easier for newcomers who are fleeing persecution to stay in the U.S.

By Suzy Khimm  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Penalties would mount to $2,000 for those who came illegally

Senate immigration proposal appears to include $2,000 in penalties for those now in the country illegally for permanent residency.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:09 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; senate; congress

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Special path for DREAMers

Senate bill envisions young adults brought to the country illegally as children becoming citizens within five years

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; senate; congress

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Win for high-tech firms

The changes could be a boon for the U.S. tech industry, but could well force big outsourcing companies to revamp their business models.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:15 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: Gay-rights groups disappointed

Gay-rights advocates were disappointed Tuesday that the Senate group proposal did not include a new category of visas for same-sex foreign national spouses of U.S. citizens, who are not able to apply for such visas under current laws.

By David Nakamura  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage, Immigration

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Inside the immigration bill: E-Verify expansion draws fire

Summary of senate group's bill already drawing criticism for expansion of workplace verification system

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration; senate; congress

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Rubio throwing support behind bipartisan immigration bill

Marco Rubio plans to lobby hard for the bipartisan immigration bill. Will it help or hurt his chances of running for president?

By Vincent Bzdek  |  08:34 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Mark Zuckerberg enters debate on immigration reform

The Facebook chief executive launched a new group that advocates for comprehensive reform.

By Hayley Tsukayama  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Indiana judge strikes down law allowing the arrest of suspected illegal immigrants

The state didn't defend the provision, after the Supreme Court ruled on a similar case in Arizona.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Immigration activists arrested outside Schumer's office, group says

Activists protest what they say is slow pace of senate group to produce immigration bill

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress; senate; immigration; schumer

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Seven Democratic senators push to maintain family visas

Two Democratic senators are asking a bipartisan group of colleagues to reconsider plans to eliminate some categories of family visas as the group finalizes a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.

By David Nakamura  |  03:53 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, immigration, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Key Senate chairman worries immigration overhaul pace too slow

Sen. Patrick Leahy says a bipartisan group of senators working on the issu has now missed several deadlines.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress; Senate; immigration; leahy

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Barbour 'very comfortable' with path to citizenship, but short on specifics

The former Republican governor offers general support, but doesn't offer details.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:10 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Immigration reform speeding up? Not so fast.

Six Republican senators want more time for Judiciary Committee hearings on a comprehensive immigration bill before scheduling a committee vote.

By David Nakamura  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, Republican Party

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Rand Paul: I didn't back faster path to citizenship

The senator did not, in fact, mention a path to citizenship. And his advisers say he wouldn't allow for illegal immigrants to obtain it any more easily than under current law.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Rand Paul announces support for path to legalization

The decision makes Paul the latest Republican to push for the party to move to the middle on comprehensive immigration reform.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Ministers launch ad buy on immigration in key South Carolina

Goal of new ads is to provide religious support for South Carolina lawmakers involved in immigration

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate; immigration; graham

Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Jeb Bush says he could, in fact, support a path to citizenship

"I think we need comprehensive reform, and if there is a path to citizenship that has enough of a realization that we have to respect the rule of law, then so be it," Bush said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:50 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Jeb Bush no longer supports path to citizenship

The former Florida governor said as recently as June that he supported a path to citizenship.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:17 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, immigration

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/26/2013

McCain, Graham say Obama understands border concerns

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say Obama is fully committed to immigration overhaul

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Graham, immigration, McCain, White House

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Rubio's office battles White House over immigration bill leak

A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) denied a charge from fellow Repubilcans Tuesday that a draft bill written by Obama administration officials on immigration closely resembles the framework Rubio is pursuing with other senators.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 02/16/2013

White House readies plan for residency in 8 years for illegal immigrants, report says

An overhaul of the nation's immigration system being drafted by the White House would allow illegal immigrants to seek permanent legal residency the first step to citizenship within eight years, the USA Today reported late Saturday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  07:26 PM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, White House

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/14/2013

John Boehner: Senate must act first

House speaker said he doesn't plan to move on any of President Obama's recent policy proposals until and unless the Democratic-controlled Senate acts first.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Senate Democrats to huddle with Obama on immigration

The four Democrats involved in a bipartisan Senate effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system will huddle with President Obama on Wednesday to brief him on the group's progress.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Gutierrez invites illegal immigrant to attend State of the Union

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez will use his invite to highlight another topic expected to get a mention in Obama's speech -- immigration.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:13 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Rice, Barbour join bipartisan push on immigration

A new bipartisan group is forming to pressure Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Bill Clinton schools House Democrats on guns, immigration and health care

Bill Clinton schools House Democrats on how to talk about guns, immigration and health care

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, immigration

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Obama predicts Pelosi will be speaker again soon

President Obama reminded fellow Democrats that regional differences may require compromise on gun control and immigration.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, immigration, White House

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013

AFL-CIO kicks off campaign for immigration reform

The AFL-CIO plans a nationwide, grass-roots lobbying campaign on immigration reform

By David Nakamura  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/05/2013

House GOP looking for middle ground on immigration

A number of Republicans who sit on the Judiciary Committee questioned whether there might be a middle ground between deportation of those here illegally and extending citizenship.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama declines to alter deportation policies in meeting with immigration advocates

Immigration advocates asked President Obama on Tuesday to reconsider his administration's deportation policies that have resulted in a record number of undocumented migrants being removed from the United States, but the president declined to make adjustments as he ramps up his public push for overhauling immigration laws, the advocates said.

By David Nakamura  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Boehner silent on pathway to citizenship, Cantor embraces tenets of Dream Act

House Republican leaders Tuesday ducked a central component of the emerging bipartisan Senate plan to bring about a comprehensive reform to the nation's immigration system.

By Paul Kane  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 02/04/2013

DHS Sec. Napolitano to visit U.S. border in review of immigration controls

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit San Diego on Monday and El Paso, Tex., on Tuesday to review border security operations and meet with state and local officials and other stakeholders.

By David Nakamura  |  09:36 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration, White House

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/30/2013

McCain and Schumer say Senate group has picked up its pace on immigration bill

McCain and Schumer say Senate group has picked up its pace on immigration bill

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration, john mccain, schumer, White House

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Boehner noncommittal on bipartisan blueprint for immigration reform

House speaker offers a measured response to a new bipartisan framework for changes to the nation's immigration laws.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:31 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boehner, immigration, rubio

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Mitt Romney punts on Marco Rubio’s DREAM Act; talks French vacation

The GOP frontrunner did not weigh in on Rubio’s plan for an alternative DREAM Act for undocumented immigrants.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Veepstakes, Marco Rubio, Immigration

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Mitt Romney makes forceful bid for Fla. Latino vote

The former governor promoted his immigration and foreign policy agenda, and used particularly tough language to describe his stance against Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:48 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration