Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., urged the House Thursday to act on immigration reform, even if that means moving on its own piecemeal approach to the problem rather than the Senate’s comprehensive reform bill. Read more»
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A group that opposes the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill wrongly claims the Rep. Paul Ryan said “we have a labor shortage in Wisconsin.” Ryan, who supports an immigration overhaul, didn’t say there was a shortage now. Instead, he said there would be labor shortages in the future “when the baby boomers are fully retired.” Read more» 1
As Congress enters its August recess with sweeping immigration reform legislation on hold, anxious Democrats and Republican proponents of a comprehensive overhaul are warning that a narrow timeline awaits lawmakers when they return. And they are using the break to drive home their belief that a comprehensive bill is the only way to move forward. Read more»
Sen. Ted Cruz says there will be “20 or 30 million” people living in the U.S. illegally “in another 10, 20 years” if the Senate immigration bill becomes law. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the bill, if enacted, will reduce future illegal immigration by 33 percent to 50 percent compared with current law. Read more»
Two senators opposed to the Gang of Eight immigration bill are telling only half the story with their claims that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned the bill would be bad for wages and unemployment. That may be true over the next decade, but the CBO’s conclusion was just the opposite for the long term. Read more»
The specter of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, or IRCA, has haunted every immigration-reform effort over the past few decades and continues to influence the 2013 reform debates. Read more» 4
The Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill is a step in the right direction, but it puts too much emphasis on border security and not enough on helping families stay together, a group of researchers said Thursday. Read more»
Skeptical senators Tuesday challenged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on how her department plans to provide a “meaningful” border-security figure, which is the key to a route to citizenship for immigrants here illegally. Read more»