January 31, 2013 |
It was always clear that the 11 million people in this country without papers were not going to be rounded up and deported. The question was when our leaders would officially recognize this fact — which could happen only if Republicans decided that demonizing illegal immigrants was bad politics. The November election answered that question. Mitt Romney said the magic word "self-deportation" and lost among Latino and Asian American voters by nearly 3-to-1 . Suddenly, the darkness lifted, and Republicans began to see the light.
October 8, 2009
WASHINGTON -- An American evangelical Christian group is urging Congress to approve reforms to immigration laws in a resolution approved Thursday. The National Association of Evangelicals' resolution, passed unanimously by the group's board of directors, recommends that immigration laws provide a path for the undocumented to eventually gain legal status, place a high priority on reuniting families and reduce backlogs of petitions in those areas. "This resolution will be an important step forward in evangelical...
August 2, 2013 |
Arne Sorenson is chief executive of Marriott. As Congress leaves Washington for its extended August recess , it feels like immigration reform efforts are succumbing to a slow death, and that is bad news for businesses such as Marriott, for the country and probably for the Republican Party . In June, the Senate rallied to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would greatly enhance growth prospects for the travel industry and the...
February 5, 2013
The Post's excellent discussion of the Immigration Reform and Control Act [" Missteps of 1986 overhaul haunt immigration debate ," front page, Feb. 4] reminded me of President Ronald Reagan's famous phrase "There you go again. " There were 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants living in the United States in 1986, when the measure was signed into law. Today there are upwards of 11 million. Last time, the American people were told that border enforcement would be enhanced and businesses would be required to...
April 28, 2013 |
THE BACKLASH has begun against immigration reform, specifically the provision that would legalize the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants and ultimately give these people a shot at citizenship. Led by conservative Republicans and whipped into a froth by right-wing radio talk-show hosts, opponents of reform are banking on derailing the measure with a strategy of delay and dismemberment. The focus of these efforts is the House, where many Republican backbenchers remain unsold on immigration reform despite the...
June 20, 2013 |
THROUGHOUT American history, the story of immigration has been tinged by emotions and fear as millions of people abandoned the old and took a brave and often risky leap into the new. It has also been a tale of remarkable cultural blending. Less well understood but still important, immigration has been a story of economics. From the Europeans who fled war and famine in earlier epochs to the Latin American, Asian and other immigrants of today, new arrivals are often strivers, entrepreneurs, innovators and just plain hard...