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The Time Is Now for Congress To Act On Immigration Reform | Commentary

Meaningful immigration reform will have a significant impact on job growth and the economy. According to the Kauffman Foundation, immigrants are twice as likely to start a new business than native-born Americans. Unfortunately, our current immigration policies make it exceptionally difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to establish these new businesses. We need to encourage these entrepreneurs to invest in our country and in our communities — it is time for Congress to pass immigration legislation.

218: Immigration Overhaul for 2014: Decidedly Not Dead

A bipartisan overhaul of immigration, considered dead in the water just a few weeks ago, is not only alive, according to the House Republican leading efforts to broker a deal — it’s gaining steam.

218: Video Shows Boehner Mocking Colleagues on Immigration

A video clip has been posted of Speaker John A. Boehner mocking his colleagues’ reluctance to take on an immigration overhaul today while campaigning for re-election in Ohio:

218: Boehner: Too Late to Just Repeal Obamacare, GOP Should Tackle Immigration (Video) (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

WGDB: Immigration Pushback: 22 Republican Senators Rip Obama for Slowing Deportations

Sessions (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

218: Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul

Kinzinger says a secure border must be the first step in any immigration overhaul. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

218: Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

Hastert (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fears of Israeli Spying Underlie Reluctance on Visa Waiver Program

Lawmakers and staffers on two House committees are concerned that admitting Israel to a program that eases entry of foreigners into the United States would increase the risk of Israeli espionage, congressional aides say.

Break the Gridlock: Unbundle Startup Visa from Immigration Reform

The American economy needs a shot in the arm: The Congressional Budget Office’s bleak forecast emphasized as much last month.

Americans Want Immigration Reform. Will House Republicans Act? | Commentary

Top-to-bottom immigration reform would grow our economy and create jobs, reduce the debt, make our country safer, energize American innovation and competitiveness, and tame illegal immigration. It’s overwhelmingly supported by a majority of Americans from across the political spectrum.

Making the American Dream Real With Immigration Policy | Commentary

Tariq Farid was raised in the fruit orchards of Pakistan. His parents made their living off nature’s bounty but always dreamed of something bigger. They dreamed of raising their son in a land of opportunity, in a country where he could reach his full potential.

House Immigration Principles: Not Working for the American People | Commentary

No one is denying that our nation’s immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, the immigration proposal recently unveiled by House leaders bears an uncanny resemblance to a “piecemeal” repackaging of the disastrous Senate plan. If it talks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck.

Conservative Values Are Found in Changes to Immigration Laws | Commentary

As the representative for a congressional district with the one of the largest percentages of Latinos — California’s 10th, in the Central Valley — I’ve had many people assume that my support for real and effective immigration reform boils down to one thing: votes.

A Quick Fix for the Economy and Job Creation | Commentary

Your neighbors have lived in their home for years. Their kids grew up with your kids, you’ve shared barbecues and block parties and you see them in church every Sunday. And now Immigration and Customs Enforcement vehicles surround the house, sirens blaring, as your children watch out the windows, confused, frightened and concerned about what their friend’s dad did wrong.

The Time Is Now for Comprehensive Immigration Reform | Commentary

Elon Musk was born in South Africa and, like millions of others, he came to the United States for better opportunities and to make a better life for himself. In 1992, he arrived in the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania, then moved to California. Today, he is CEO and chief designer of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and co-founder of PayPal. These multimillion-dollar companies are actively boosting the American economy and employing thousands of Americans — Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., plant alone employs 2,000 experienced autoworkers.

Immigration Overhaul: Good Ethics and Good Economics | Commentary

The heart and the head too seldom agree. But there’s one issue on the 2014 congressional agenda on which they unquestionably can: Immigration reform is both sound ethics and smart economics.

Reforming Immigration to Protect America's Breadbasket | Commentary

In recent years, Americans have become increasingly interested in where their food comes from. Twitter is inundated with photos of fruits and vegetables accompanied by hashtags such as #EatLocal and #CleanEating. Trendy restaurants now boast their farm-to-table menus, while young Americans flock to farmers markets for weekend outings.

Immigrants in America: Open For Business | Commentary

If Congress would look at immigration reform as an opportunity, 2014 would be the year to make significant changes happen for the future of this nation.

Congress Must Step Up on Immigration Reform | Commentary

On again. Off again. So goes the debate with immigration reform. With mid-term elections just nine months away, our leaders appear poised to backpedal to a time honored tradition of kicking the can down the road. Inaction is always the easy way out, especially when there are major political dynamics and important voting blocs in play. Unfortunately, for businesses trying to keep their doors open we can’t also just put the economy “on hold” until after the election when tough votes on important policy is more convenient. We are eager to do our part to grow, prosper and create jobs—but the continued inaction on immigration reform impedes us from making those dreams a reality.

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Cruz Does Boehner No Favors

After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors — and some of Boehner’s allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.

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