June 7, 2013
BEING a pro-immigration conservative is a little like being a pro-life liberal: You're relegated to social Siberia. Your own tribe tends to view you with suspicion if not downright hostility, and your natural enemies still hate your guts. This is not to say I'm a fan of the squishy Kumbaya moderates who sing the siren song of consensus. While I admire Olympia Snowe and have some sympathy for her sad lament about gridlock in Congress, I tend to think that going along to get along (or getting ahead)
May 1, 2013 |
Marco Rubio, Florida's junior senator, is pushing immigration reform because he needs a major legislative accomplishment to cement his credentials as a rising GOP star. Haley Barbour, former GOP governor of Mississippi, is campaigning for an overhaul because he knows that the Republican Party will be doomed if it does not make peace with Latino voters. John McCain, Arizona's senior senator, is once again advocating a path to citizenship for undocumented workers because, well, his ego won't allow him to be outdone by a young upstart named Rubio.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Some feisty Republicans are challenging the idea widely held among GOP leaders that the party must support more liberal immigration laws if it is to be more competitive in presidential elections. These doubters say the Republican establishment has the political calculation backward. Immigration "reform," they say, will mean millions of new Democratic-leaning voters by granting citizenship to large numbers of Hispanic immigrants now living illegally in the United States. The argument is dividing the party as it tries to reposition itself after losing the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.
April 26, 2013 |
Last Friday, not long after the alleged marathon bombers were identified, a friend forwarded me a frantic Facebook message she'd received from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's high school history teacher. "This is totally ... surreal," wrote Larry Aronson, who lived three doors down from the Tsarnaevs. "I knew this kid. He could not possibly have done this. He could not have been a sweeter, more gracious young man. " There in a nutshell is the very personal and strategic dilemma confronting Americans and the security officials who seek to protect them.
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 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A promised path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally may leave out hundreds of thousands of them. Bipartisan Senate legislation would make legalization and ultimately citizenship available only to those who arrived in the United States before Dec. 31, 2011, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals. Anyone who came after that date would be subject to deportation. The bill, expected to be introduced next week, also would require applicants to document that they were in the country before the cutoff date, have a clean criminal record and show enough employment or financial stability that they're likely to stay off welfare, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposals had not been made public.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate group is likely to announce a proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system in the next several days, and a committee hearing could be held on the legislation as early as next week, people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Members of the group said they were close to completing an agreement on the comprehensive proposal that is expected to include a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants and could serve as the template for a deal between Congress and the White House.
April 10, 2013 |
TATTLE WONDERED if Beyonce and Jay-Z would get any pushback regarding their anniversary trip to Cuba, and sure enough . . . U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart , of Florida, have written to the U.S. Department of Treasury expressing concern about the trip. In the letter, both said that they represent a community that has been "deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime's atrocities. " "The restrictions on tourism travel are commonsense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly and belief," the Republican lawmakers wrote.
April 4, 2013
The Wizard of Oz was on TV again the other day. Remember when the wizard tells Dorothy and her crew to pay no attention to the man they can't help but see behind the curtain? You get the same feeling when Sen. Marco Rubio tells people to ignore how close we are to immigration reform. Sure, even if a deal is reached by the eight Democratic and Republican senators trying to stitch together an agreement, it will have to make its way through both houses of Congress. But the conferees have been able to move beyond the traditional stumbling block of border security and hash out a plan to increase the ranks of guest workers, which bodes well.
April 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers on Sunday cautioned they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants, and hotels. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties conceded that the negotiations were not finished.