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White House meets with big biz on immigration

August 18, 2014 - POLITICO

Senior White House officials are in talks with business leaders that could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration. Obama was initially expected to focus only on slowing deportations of potentially millions of undocumented immigrants and altering federal enforcement policies. Now top aides are talking with leaders in big companies like Cisco, Intel and Accenture, hoping to add more changes that would get them on board. Representatives for high-tech, agriculture and construction interests have put forward a range of fixes, from recapturing unused green cards to tweaking existing work authorization programs.

Advocates predict there’s a chance to pass immigration reform in 2015

August 07, 2014 - VOXXI

Immigration advocates say Congress missed an opportunity to pass immigration reform this year. Now they predict it could take another year before there’s any real chance of passing legislation. “I think there’s a chance in 2015,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said Wednesday during an immigration panel discussion. “At that time, there will be an incredible amount of pressure on the Republican Party to get right with Latino voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election.”

House Republicans’ and Senate Democrats’ Immigration Bills Update: Latino Organizations, Politicians

August 02, 2014 - LATIN POST

While the future of the Senate bill is unclear, the House GOP confirmed they'd reconvene Friday to potentially vote on the immigration bill. After the bill was withdrawn on Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, said there are several steps President Barack Obama "can and should" do "without the need for congressional action" to secure the southern U.S. border. Boehner said, "Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference. We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country."

Voices: Deportation policy could define Obama legacy

July 30, 2014 - GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

Everywhere you turn, President Obama is getting beaten up over immigration. You saw it this week outside the White House, when undocumented immigrants picketed to demand Obama listen to their views as he finalizes a highly anticipated overhaul of the nation's deportation system. You saw it on the Senate floor, when Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said that the upcoming overhaul would become "a permanent stain on your presidency" that will undermine "the constitutional structure of our public."

House G.O.P. Plan on Border Crisis Is Well Short of What Obama Seeks

July 29, 2014 - NEW YORK TIMES

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their plan to stem the surge of undocumented child migrants from Central America at the southern border, proposing to spend $659 million — well short of the $3.7 billion President Obama seeks — to ease the humanitarian crisis after weeks of internal divisions and just days before Congress adjourns for its five-week August break. The legislation, on which Republicans hope to hold a vote on Thursday, comes in response to Mr. Obama’s request this month for emergency supplemental funds to address the situation at the border, and it would also allocate far less than the Senate Democrats’ $2.7 billion plan.

Borderline Behavior

July 15, 2014 - POLITICO

They couldn’t be further apart in their politics but Glenn Beck, Rick Perry and Jose Antonio Vargas are all doing the same thing: sharing the spotlight with the border crisis.

Border crisis scrambling the politics of immigration policy

July 12, 2014 - WASHINGTON POST

Until now, the politics of immigration have been seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama and the Democrats. If they could get a comprehensive overhaul passed, they would win. And if Republicans blocked it, the GOP would further alienate crucial Hispanic and moderate voters.

Comprehensive immigration reform not likely in 2014

July 11, 2014 - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO

The surge of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border has refocused attention on immigration. But that's apparently not going to translate into action on comprehensive immigration reform in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Alexander calls for sending National Guard to Mexican border

July 10, 2014 - GANNETT/THE TENNESSEAN

– Sen. Lamar Alexander said Thursday that President Barack Obama still lacks a “serious plan” for addressing the border crossings by Central American children and should consider calling out the National Guard. Alexander, a Republican running for re-election, said a meaningful plan would propose securing the Rio Grande River sector of the U.S. border with Mexico, sending children home safely and changing a 2008 law regarded as interfering with a solution.

Obama Balances Politics With Border Crisis

July 07, 2014 - US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

As unaccompanied minors rush across the southern border, President Barack Obama is struggling to balance political expectations, enforce existing laws and halt a growing humanitarian crisis. The Obama administration has faced increased headwinds from Capitol Hill Republicans that it is not doing enough to stem the tide of young migrants pouring across the border – a number that is expected to topple 90,000 by October. This week, the political stakes are expected to rise when the administration asks Congress to allocate $2 billion to combat the crisis – a request Congress may not oblige.


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