May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The bipartisan coalition behind a contentious overhaul of immigration laws stuck together on a series of test votes Thursday, turning back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee refined legislation to secure the borders and grant eventual citizenship to millions living in the country illegally. In a cavernous room packed with lobbyists and immigration activists, the panel rejected moves to impose tougher conditions on border security before those who entered the country illegally could take steps along a new pathway to citizenship.
May 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama leaves Thursday for meetings in Mexico and Costa Rica as fragile talks continue at home over an overhaul of immigration law, a monumental task that will require him to enlist the support of Latin American officials while making sure that immigration does not dominate the trip. Obama and new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto broadly share the goals of normalizing the status of millions of Mexicans living illegally in the United States and creating guest-worker programs.
April 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sweeping immigration legislation would improve U.S. security by helping authorities to know who is in the country, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday, as supporters of an immigration overhaul marshaled arguments against opponents trying to slow it down in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Napolitano said a wide-ranging bill circulating in Congress devotes more money to securing the border, requires employers to verify their workers' identity and implements new systems to track people as they leave the country - something that might have helped when one of the suspected Boston bombers traveled to Russia last year.
April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan Senate bill that puts a new focus on prospective immigrants' merit and employment potential, while seeking to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers to come here. The bill would put the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally on a 13-year path to U.S. citizenship that would cost each $2,000 in fines plus additional fees, and would begin only after steps have been taken to secure the border, according to an outline of the measure.
April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal on immigration legislation would need tough enforcement and even stricter penalties for those who came to the United States illegally, a leading Republican at the center of negotiations said Sunday. Sen. Marco Rubio, who's among the eight senators writing a plan expected to come out Tuesday, tried to promote the framework for the emerging overhaul that would provide a path toward citizenship for those who came to the country illegally or overstayed their visit.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal authorities would be required to establish vast new border fences and surveillance as part of a bipartisan Senate plan aimed at allowing the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants to earn permanent residency and, potentially, citizenship, aides familiar with the proposal said Wednesday. The provisions would call on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase surveillance to cover 100 percent of the southwestern border and to apprehend 90 percent of the people who attempt to enter the United States illegally, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
April 8, 2013 |
Is a bipartisan immigration deal at hand? It's close. Two weeks ago, the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce worked out a guest-worker compromise that allows in foreign workers on a sliding scale of 20,000 to 200,000, depending on the strength of the economy. Nice deal. As are the other elements of the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight plan - the expansion of H-1B visas for skilled immigrants, serious tracking of visa overstayers, and, most important, a universal E-Verify system that would make it very risky for any employer to hire an illegal immigrant.
March 28, 2013 |
President Obama said he was confident that an immigration bill would pass in the next several months, as key senators charged with crafting the legislation indicated that their process was almost complete. Speaking to reporters after touring the U.S.-Mexico border with other lawmakers, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D., N.Y.) said a bipartisan Senate group was "90 percent" done with its draft of a bill to revamp U.S. immigration law. "Bottom line is, we are very close," Schumer, who is part of an eight-member group working on the proposal, said Wednesday at the news conference in Arizona.
March 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators is nearing agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill that would put illegal immigrants on a 13-year path to citizenship, officials with outside groups keeping up with the talks said Thursday. The legislation also would install new criteria for border security, allow more high- and low-skilled workers to come to the United States, and hold businesses to tougher standards on verifying their workers are in the country legally, according to outside groups and lawmakers involved.
September 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Budget cuts set to hit federal agencies next year would be "deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments, and core government functions," the Obama administration said in a report released Friday outlining the impact of a law Congress passed and President Obama signed last year. The report details how the $110 billion in annual cuts would be spread out across 1,200 government programs, trimming military spending roughly 9 percent and domestic spending - such as education, environmental cleanup, welfare services, and border security - 8 percent.