February 3, 2013 |
When Ronald Reagan signed a comprehensive immigration overhaul in 1986, he confidently predicted: "Future generations of Americans will be thankful for our efforts to humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people — American citizenship. " More than a quarter-century later, however, that law has not turned out to be the triumph that Reagan envisioned. Instead, those on both sides of the immigration debate see it as a cautionary lesson.
January 29, 2013
Here's a running transcript of President Obama's remarks at an event in Las Vegas where he is calling for broad changes to the nation's immigration laws. Remarks are being updated as they become available. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. It is good to be back in Las Vegas. (APPLAUSE) And it is good to be among so many good friends. Let -- let me start off by thanking everybody at Del Sol High...
April 16, 2013 |
In its opening bid for comprehensive immigration reform, the Senate's "Gang of Eight" has included a series of provisions meant to attract more highly educated and entrepreneurial foreigners to the United States. The group's proposal, formally filed Wednesday , features a new class of start-up visa for foreign entrepreneurs and would increase significantly the number of H1-B visas (those offered to highly skilled individuals) available to immigrants with advanced degrees, particularly...
April 8, 2013 |
Conservative champions of opening the flow of legal immigration into the United States are invoking economics in hopes of winning Republican lawmakers' support — specifically, the idea that more immigration will increase growth and cut the federal budget deficit. The American Action Forum, a conservative think tank, will release an analysis on Tuesday that projects that an overhaul of immigration laws could boost gross domestic product growth by a percentage point each year over the...
February 2, 2013 |
THE UNITED STATES has invested tens of billions of dollars in the past decade alone to foil illegal immigration — tightening the border, accelerating deportations, deputizing local police — while doing precious little to stop employers from hiring undocumented immigrants. That is fixable — by means of a universal national identity card — and must be fixed as part of any sensible overhaul of the nation's immigration system. Critics of immigration reform are right that the last big attempt to fix the system, in...
January 30, 2013 |
Think back to the battle over health-care reform. Can you imagine that Republicans, upon hearing that President Obama was about to offer his own proposals, would want to rush ahead of him to put their own marker down — and take positions close to his? That's the comparison to keep in mind to understand the extraordinary transformation of Beltway politics on immigration reform. Until Obama was reelected, party competition translated into Republican efforts to block virtually everything the president wanted to accomplish.