| 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 billís lack of clarity around identity and document verification has already created at least one red herring, recent claims that E-Verifyís 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.
Itís no secret that Republicans needed to revamp their outreach to Hispanics after Mitt Romneyís 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 nationís immigration system.
| May 17, 2013, 8 a.m.
The current draft of the Senateís 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.
| May 16, 2013, 1:22 p.m.
We are on the cusp of finally realizing federal immigration reform in the United States. As our nationís lawmakers debate this much anticipated bill, it is essential that we are diligent in ensuring that all aspiring citizens have a fair shot at the pathway to citizenship. There are those who believe that anyone with a criminal conviction, no matter how minor or old, should be shut out of this process and deported. I strongly disagree.
| May 16, 2013, 1:21 p.m.
For too long our immigration system has had an exclusionary effect, leaving families separated and causing unimaginable heartache. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders know this too well. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, for the first time in our nationís history, excluded a group of people based purely on ethnicity.
| May 16, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is raising questions about whether the State Department is failing to enforce human trafficking provisions when it comes to foreign dignitaries on U.S. soil, in the wake of recent allegations of human slavery against a Saudi diplomat in Washington.
| May 16, 2013, 5 a.m.
When we hear the words ďimmigration reform,Ē we probably assume that any rules coming out of the legislation will apply only to immigrants. Wrong.
| May 15, 2013, 5:39 p.m.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch wants to vote for comprehensive immigration legislation, but he has a few conditions first.
| May 15, 2013, 1:32 p.m.
National security has been at the top of Americansí minds lately. We all want to feel safe as we go about our daily lives.
| May 14, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
Rep. Steve King is confident that House GOP leaders will take the side of the naysayers when it comes to any overhaul of immigration laws.
| May 9, 2013, 1:39 p.m.
Immigration reform is far bigger than just immigration. Comprehensive immigration reform would set off a ripple effect beyond the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requiring several federal, state and local government agencies to prepare for a far-reaching set of activities. Creating a road map for new immigration processes and related implementation is essential. But how long is that road and how do we navigate the curves around identity?
| May 8, 2013, 12:38 p.m.
With the Senate preparing to begin formal debate on a massive bill to overhaul the nationís immigration system, the nationís capital is pursuing immigration legislation of its own.
| May 3, 2013, 5:56 p.m.
Sen. Jeff Sessions is running a one-man war against a comprehensive immigration overhaul, and itís irking some of his Budget Committee colleagues.
| April 30, 2013, 12:36 p.m.
President Barack Obama chided Congress Tuesday for failing first to prevent, and now to stop, the sequester and defended his decision to sign a legislative fix carved for the Federal Aviation Administration to prevent air traffic delays.
| April 29, 2013, 6:04 p.m.
Texas Rep. Sam Johnson and Arizona Sen. John McCain have had a complicated relationship in Congress, despite the fact the Republicans were once cellmates in the infamous Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam war.
| April 23, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
Sen. Rand Paulís latest entry into the immigration debate has drawn a measured response from the top Senate Democrat.
| April 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is running a campaign-style press operation to push an immigration overhaul, a fitting move for a politician who needs it to bolster a rumored 2016 presidential bid.
| April 22, 2013, 4:09 p.m.
The saying goes, ďthose who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.Ē Our nationís recent past demonstrates that unless an immigration overhaul is contingent on securing our borders, the work will not get done. Therefore, if Congress again addresses immigration changes without focusing on the root of the problem, we will undoubtedly repeat this debate a decade from now.
| April 22, 2013, 11:29 a.m.
With one hearing down, another in full swing Monday and one more to go, the Senate Judiciary Committee is the first crucible for a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill. And in that cauldron will be the heat-bringing Republicans who likely will do everything in their power to stop the legislation from passing, trying to puncture holes in a delicate agreement forged by a bipartisan group of eight senators.