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    A Key Voice on Immigration Reform Says No to Amnesty-First Approach

    The Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill passed the Senate by a 68-32 vote, but House Republicans have already declared the nearly 1,200-page bill dead upon arrival. Advocates for the bill say House members will face pressure to follow the Senate’s lead. But conservatives appear ready to stand firm against an … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress

    It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for. 1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the … More

    Senate Passes Bill That Fails to Fix Immigration and Border Security

    “The Americans will always do the right thing,” Winston Churchill (who was half-American) once declared, “after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.” The Senate proved today—in passing a massive, complicated, budget-busting bill that fails to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders—that it has not yet exhausted all its alternatives. … More

    Morning Bell: The Kind of Immigration Reform We Could Support

    The Senate voted yesterday to advance the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” immigration bill. The big question in Washington: Did they even read the entire thing? A new version of the bill came out on Friday, giving Senators and the American people just one weekend to look it over. Apparently, the … More

    Morning Bell:10 Problems with the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

    The immigration debate barrels ahead in the Senate this week—and the Gang of Eight wants you to believe it’s a done deal. The media and many Senators have been trumpeting a new amendment to the bill by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), saying it … More

    Cloakroom: Going for Broke on Amnesty

    Senate Cloakroom: June 24–28 Analysis: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking to make good on his promise to pass an amnesty bill through the Senate before the chamber adjourns for its week-long Fourth of July recess. On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the chamber is expected to vote on … More

    Corker–Hoeven Immigration Amendment: Far from a Game Changer

    It’s been called a both a “game changer” and a major “breakthrough” for the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill (S. 744). In reality, however, the Corker–Hoeven amendment (or perhaps more accurately the Schumer–Corker–Hoeven amendment) is far from a magic solution to our nation’s border security challenges. A new 1,000-plus-page … More

    Homeland Security Abandons Amnesty Background Checks

    Last week, government watchdog Judicial Watch issued a report that showed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abandoning ordinary background checks due to a surge in amnesty applications as a result of President Obama’s executive action last year. If DHS cannot manage a few hundred thousand temporary amnesty applications, it … More

    Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration

    Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 … More

    First Take on the CBO Report: Amnesty Hurts U.S. Workers

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate and economic impact documents for S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, today. We are still analyzing the lengthy reports, but already a few items stand out as noteworthy. Reducing Flow CBO reports that S. 744 would … More