| June 26, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
I grew up in a time when people of color were given numerous labels and called horrific names. Then, as it is now, referring to a group of people in this negative way was far too common in our speech. As an elected official, I, along with my colleagues, feel enough is enough. So we have decided to be an example of civility and compassion. America is and has always been a country of immigrants, so it is unacceptable to just now start referring to the status of immigrants as “an illegal.” For some time now, we have begun to accept the rampant misuse of the term “illegal” when referring to people seeking to make America their home.
| June 24, 2013, 8:02 p.m.
President Barack Obama will meet with the top four Congressional leaders on Tuesday at the White House — with student loans, immigration and the budget among the topics expected to be discussed.
| June 20, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
The Senate immigration bill got a boost Thursday, when a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to a “border surge” amendment that would double the number of border agents and spend $3.2 billion on equipment to seal off the southern border.
| June 19, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus emerged from a meeting with Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday afternoon sticking to their hope that the House could pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
| June 18, 2013, 7:01 p.m.
Speaker John A. Boehner looked to cut off a budding revolt Tuesday when he told his fellow Republicans that he couldn’t see a way to bring a bill to the floor without majority GOP support — a move that alarmed Democrats and appeared to shrink the chances of a bill reaching the president’s desk.
| June 17, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was emphatic that illegal immigrants should be included when the landmark health care bill was being negotiated in 2009. But the White House and Democratic leaders said it was not the right time and health care would be taken care of when immigration was overhauled.
| June 14, 2013, 4 p.m.
Republicans are preparing a border security amendment to the bipartisan Senate immigration bill and plan to release it as early as next week.
| June 14, 2013, 3:39 p.m.
The aging of the American population is a decidedly different story from region to region.
| June 14, 2013, 5 a.m.
There is a common argument that goes like this: Many immigrants are poor, and some poor people abuse welfare. Therefore, we should not let in more legal immigrants, some of whom may abuse and eventually bankrupt the welfare system.
| June 12, 2013, 12:03 p.m.
Sen. Rand Paul said he cannot support a bipartisan Senate immigration overhaul bill in its current form, but he is open to discussions with the bill’s supporters on what it would take to win him over.
| June 11, 2013, 11:52 a.m.
With the Senate voting Tuesday afternoon to begin consideration of its immigration overhaul measure, President Barack Obama pushed Congress to send him a bill to sign into law by the end of the summer and not miss an opportunity to deal with a problem that has festered for decades.
| June 10, 2013, 5:59 p.m.
If there weren’t serious political skin in the immigration game, the Senate would not even be debating a framework to overhaul the system this week. But as it stands, senators are set to begin the formal deliberations Tuesday on a bipartisan framework.
| June 10, 2013, 2:41 p.m.
As the Senate votes this week on amendments to the immigration bill drafted by the “gang of eight,” it needs to make sure that it doesn’t bring one group of immigrant workers out of the shadows while trapping another in captive labor.
| June 6, 2013, 12:57 p.m.
Immigrants don’t just pick our fruit, deliver our take-out food and design our computers — they pay for our medical care.
| June 5, 2013, 7:38 p.m.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has come to an agreement on immigration overhaul legislation, but one key Republican member will not sign off on it and will write his own proposal instead.
| June 5, 2013, 7:28 p.m.
Immigration may be coming to the Senate floor next week, but the House has become the central focus in the struggle to pass a comprehensive bill.
| May 31, 2013, 5 a.m.
As the Senate amends S 744, the immigration reform bill, we suggest paying particular attention to the language around identification. The bill’s lack of clarity around identity and document verification has already created at least one red herring, recent claims that E-Verify’s photo tool is a precursor to a national biometric database. E-Verify is not a database but rather a method of querying numerous databases managed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the State Department, and federal and state government agencies. And the photo tool has nothing to do with biometrics. Yet, without a reliable method to authenticate citizenship credentials or immigration benefits, Congress and taxpayers cannot reasonably expect the U.S. government to be able to enforce its own immigration laws.
| May 24, 2013, 4:49 p.m.
It’s no secret that Republicans needed to revamp their outreach to Hispanics after Mitt Romney’s dismal electoral showing last year, and GOP leaders hope a new marketing effort will help their members connect with the burgeoning bloc of voters.
| May 23, 2013, 6 p.m.
Bipartisan House negotiators emerged from a critical meeting Thursday signaling that they again have come to a tentative agreement on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
| May 17, 2013, 8 a.m.
The current draft of the Senate’s immigration overhaul appears to give some employers a $3,000-a-year incentive to hire a newly legalized immigrant rather than an American citizen in order to avoid the new employer mandates in the health care law.