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How the GOP Could Break an Unwritten Rule and Pass Immigration Reform Published: Mar 1, 2013 "House Republican leaders eschewed a long-held principle when they held a vote on the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. Only 87 out of 232 House Republicans backed that bill, but they still chose to bring it to a vote. That decision made all the difference. The bill passed thanks to near-unanimous support from House Democrats and backing from some
Low-Risk Offenders on the Loose Published: Feb 28, 2013 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released several hundred people from its detention centers across the country, saying it needs to save money ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday. The detainees were not simply let loose, but placed under other forms of supervision, and their deportation cases will proceed. It’s a strange
How Sequestration Could Impact the Immigration System Published: Feb 27, 2013 "The impact of the looming federal budgets cuts appears to be trickling down to immigration enforcement. On March 1, the country will undergo what's being called "sequestration": across-the-board budget cuts adding up to $1.2 trillion over 10 years. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is already taking steps to reduce its spending.
Senator McCain upbeat on immigration reform outlook Published: Feb 27, 2013 "Senator John McCain on Tuesday predicted that efforts to craft a wide-ranging, bipartisan immigration reform bill would come together promptly in the Senate, which could eliminate the need for President Barack Obama to propose his own measure. The Arizona Republican lawmaker, who is one of the negotiators on a bipartisan measure, emerged from a meeting
Mass Release of Immigrants Is Tied to Impending Cuts Published: Feb 27, 2013 "Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on
Immigrant detainees being freed from jails and detention centers around the nation, say immigration enforcement officials Published: Feb 26, 2013 In a move to save money, the feds Monday released immigrant detainees from jails and detention centers across the U.S. As automatic federal budget cuts loom on March 1, "ICE has directed field offices to review the detained population to ensure it is in line with available funding,” said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Gillian
McCain, Graham to meet with Obama on immigration Published: Feb 26, 2013 "Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) will meet with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, a White House official said Monday. The one-time Republican presidential nominee first mentioned the possibility of a meeting with his 2008 rival while traveling in Mexico on
Congress facing signs of immigration roadblocks Published: Feb 25, 2013 "The push for immigration reform on Captiol Hill has been in overdrive thus far in 2013, but last week’s recess serves as a reminder — if one was needed — that the issue is far from settled. On the face of things, there’s plenty of momentum in Congress: The Senate Gang of Eight hopes to have a bill by mid-March; labor and business