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.
March 25, 2002 |
In the best of times, the pressure on officers who guard U.S. borders is tremendous, contradictory and maddening. Keep contraband, terrorists and illegal immigrants out. Hurry legitimate trade and travelers through. But these are not the best of times. A nation that was attacked Sept. 11 by foreign nationals is scrambling to prevent future attacks even as more than 500 million people cross its borders each year. The technology in use is outdated. Red tape and overlapping government bureaucracies complicate matters further.
March 14, 2004 |
After months of blaming attacks on foreign fighters, U.S. officials yesterday announced a $300 million plan to beef up enforcement along Iraq's porous 2,260-mile border by adding more forces, sensors and computer tracking of visitors. Iran comes first. U.S. and Iraqi authorities will close 16 eastern border crossings this week, leaving just three entry points for millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims and other would-be guests. The Syrian border comes next. "Foreign terrorists are present in Iraq.
June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans will forfeit a chance to win Hispanics to their party if Congress can't agree on a measure to overhaul immigration laws, supporters of the legislation said. "If it fails and we are blamed for its failure, our party is in trouble with Hispanics," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), a cosponsor of the bill, said on Fox News Sunday . The measure, which would be the first major change in U.S. immigration law since 1986, would beef up border security and give 11 million residents a chance to become American citizens.
December 6, 2005 |
Another terrorist strike in the United States is inevitable, yet the government doles out homeland security money for pork-barrel spending and has failed to develop an adequate airline screening list of potential hijackers, the panel that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks said yesterday in its final follow-up report. Panel chairman Thomas Kean, the former New Jersey governor, said there was still no unified list of terror suspects for use by air-travel screeners. And as for spending, Newark, N.J., for instance, used homeland security money to buy air-conditioned garbage trucks, and Columbus, Ohio, used it on body armor for firehouse dogs.
April 18, 2006 |
President Bush blames Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), and Reid blames Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., Tenn.), for the collapse of the hastily arranged immigration compromise bill. Hopefully, the two-week Senate recess provided a cooling-off period. Months of posturing and pandering have not produced what America needs: a workable solution to the illegal-immigration crisis that is both just and fair. The two opposing sides - those who would prefer a bill consisting primarily of border-security measures and those who would prefer something that resembles amnesty - must now put the best interests of the nation above their self- interests as sparring politicians.
April 13, 2006
When Congress returns from recess and takes up immigration again, what would you like to see in any legislation passed? On border security? On pathways to citizenship, guest-worker programs, or amnesty for the more than 11 million people in the country illegally? Send your ideas in 200 words or less by Tuesday. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "immigration" in the subject line. Or, mail the Readers Editor, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia 19101; Fax: 215-854-4483.
July 5, 2006 |
Michael Barone is a columnist for U.S. News & World Report Is it possible that the House and Senate will agree on an immigration bill? For most of June, the answer seemed to be no. The House Republican leadership announced it would not appoint members of a conference committee to reconcile the border-security-only bill the House passed in December with the border-security-plus-guest-worker-plus-legalization bill passed by the Senate in...
July 25, 2006 |
Immigration reform and border security are front and center in the political arena for a very good reason. The American people recognize the challenges presented by these issues, and they are demanding reforms that secure our nation's borders and enforce our laws. House Republicans want to end the flood of illegal immigrants that endangers our national security and jeopardizes our efforts to make America safe in a post-9/11 world. We recently announced five principles to guide our efforts as we work with the Senate on legislation that secures our borders and puts a premium on strict enforcement of our laws: Provide additional resources to federal and state authorities to strengthen border patrol efforts.
October 7, 2005 |
Four years after 9/11, America's borders remain largely open and insecure, leaving our nation vulnerable to terrorist attack. Only the building of a state-of-the-art border security fence, spanning the entire length of our southern border, can resolve this national security crisis. At present, more than one million illegal immigrants cross America's southern border each year. And these numbers are rising dramatically. Earlier this month, an expanded indictment of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the American student charged with planning to assassinate President Bush, claimed that Abu Ali planned to traffic al-Qaeda cell members through Mexico to aid in the plot.