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Will a GOP-led House mean the end of ‘sanctuary cities’?

By | 11.10.10 | 6:01 pm

With a GOP-controlled House on the horizon, I’ve been looking at a few policy proposals made by conservatives and pro-enforcement groups to see which ideas stand a chance of being passed by a Democratic-majority Senate and signed into law by President Obama. (See my post on E-Verify here.) More…

Texas lawmakers prepare for a fight on immigration

By | 11.09.10 | 12:35 pm

I wrote yesterday about a Texas state lawmaker who camped out in the state House of Representatives — sleeping on the floor of the lobby for two days — to get her immigration-related bills in first for the next session. But she wasn’t the only state legislator to More…

Texas state representative camps out for immigration bills

By | 11.08.10 | 3:03 pm

Another sign of the strength of fervor over illegal immigration: A Texas state representative camped out for two days this weekend to submit anti-illegal immigration bills for the next session. State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) slept on the ground of a lobby outside the floor of the Texas House of More…

Republican governors-elect may up the chances for Arizona-style laws on immigration

By | 11.05.10 | 9:51 am

Lawmakers from at least 25 states have pledged to pass copycat laws to Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law. There are a number of reasons these plans might not succeed — other legislators might want to focus on economic concerns, or might be deterred by the Justice Department’s lawsuit More…

Arizona immigration law author elected state Senate president

By | 11.04.10 | 10:43 am

A quick dive into Arizona state politics: State Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, was selected as president of the Arizona Senate Wednesday after Republicans gained super-majorities in the state House and Senate in the elections. The new title will make Pearce even more powerful — More…

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GOP aims to bolster immigration enforcement, but little change is likely

By | 11.04.10 | 6:00 am

During his campaign for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama made the now-broken promise to Latino supporters that he would pass comprehensive immigration reform in his first year as president. But in remarks to the press on Wednesday, after Republicans took control of the House and won back several More…

House Races to Watch for Immigration Policy

By | 11.02.10 | 5:07 pm

I mentioned earlier a few of the immigration hawks who are likely to win House seats today, but it’s worth running through some of the other congressional races that could impact how immigration policy plays out in the next two years. (See here for a summary More…

Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Arizona Immigration Law

By | 11.01.10 | 2:54 pm

A hearing earlier today on SB 1070, Arizona’s immigration crackdown, went basically as expected: Department of Justice lawyers argued that the law pre-empted federal policy and would hurt foreign relations and other government interests, while lawyers for the state of Arizona claimed it was within the state’s right More…

Live From San Francisco: Debate Over Arizona Immigration Law

By | 11.01.10 | 9:26 am

Today’s the big day for Arizona immigration law SB 1070: The Ninth Circuit Court of appeals will hear debate over the law today, with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) present to represent the state and supporters of the law. Brewer is asking the panel of three judges to More…

Immigration Hardliner Governors Likely in Many States

By | 10.29.10 | 10:53 am

Suzy Khimm has a good piece at Mother Jones today on the crop of immigration hardliners who are favored to take over as governors of Georgia, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, South Carolina and Nebraska. For immigration reform advocates, the future looks bleak: Congress is unlikely to tackle immigration More…