August 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON — More than any other organized religion in the United States, the Catholic Church is an immigrant church that has grown with the nation, welcoming successive generations of immigrants who have helped build our country. To borrow a phrase from a toy store, immigrants are us. More recently, some have questioned the bishops' involvement in the national debate over immigration, perhaps wanting the church to stay neutral. But if they did so, they'd be untrue to their roots.
July 26, 2013 |
President Obama has staked his bid to rewrite the nation's immigration laws on providing a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally. Failing to do so, he told a Spanish-language television station , would mean 11 million people "permanently resigned to a lower status. " But even if the Senate legislation favored by Obama became law tomorrow, more than one in four illegal immigrants would remain undocumented and outside the system,...
July 18, 2013 |
A big majority of Americans supports a Senate-approved surge of manpower and fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. But some recoil at the high costs of implementing the plan, highlighting deep partisan disagreement about whether the effort is worth the cost. Some 55 percent of Americans also support a "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants, a result nearly identical to those in three recent Post-ABC polls that asked the same...
July 12, 2013 |
Top House Republicans are beginning to work on legislation that would establish ways for the children of undocumented immigrants to become legal residents and possibly U.S. citizens. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.) are devising the plan, but they have yet to write legislative language, aides say. On the surface, they seem to be embracing the spirit of the Democratic-backed Dream Act that was defeated in...
June 18, 2013 |
The immigration bill under consideration in the Senate would reduce federal deficits by nearly $200 billion over the next decade, and continue generating savings in the years beyond, even after millions of new citizens became eligible for health-care and welfare benefits, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday. The long-awaited report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office marked a major victory for the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators who have spent months...
June 11, 2013 |
President Obama, his second-term agenda bogged down amid political controversies and partisan gridlock, moved Tuesday to bolster support for a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws , saying Congress "needs to act and the moment is now. " Obama's speech in the East Room of the White House marked his most forceful remarks on the issue in weeks and came shortly before the Senate voted 84 to 15 to bring a comprehensive immigration bill ...