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DOJ: ‘Ample circumstantial evidence’ of Texas’ intent to limit Latino voting power

By | 10.26.11 | 12:20 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice stepped up its criticism of Texas’ redistricting plans in court filings late Tuesday night, writing there’s “ample circumstantial evidence of a discriminatory purpose with regard to both the State House and Congressional plans,” TPMMuckraker reported this morning.

Tea party, conservative groups call on Congress to reject E-Verify

By | 09.16.11 | 2:57 pm

Image by: Matt MahurinAn open letter from leaders of the groups Take Back Washington, Tea Party Nation, Downsize DC, GOProud, the D.C. Tea Party and other conservative groups calls on members of Congress to reject the Legal Workforce Act, a bill sponsored by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that would More…

Steve King wants congressional hearings on Obama’s ‘drunken Uncle Omar’

By | 09.14.11 | 3:32 pm

Last month, Onyango Obama, half-brother to the President Obama’s father, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and then held by authorities due to an outstanding deportation last month.

National day of protest against mandatory E-Verify announced

By | 09.14.11 | 3:04 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) called Wednesday for a national day to protest the Legal Workforce Act of 2011 (.pdf) filed by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, which would make the E-Verify system mandatory for all employers within three years.

Conservatives denounce new deportation policy as ‘backdoor amnesty’

By | 08.19.11 | 6:29 pm

Republicans and immigration enforcement hawks are denouncing the Obama administration’s newly announced policy of selective deportation. The policy would have the government evaluate each person currently in deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis using multiple criteria which were outlined in a memo issued by ICE director John Morton More…

Lamar Smith, Nathan Deal signed 1999 letter calling for discretion in deportation cases

By | 07.24.11 | 12:17 pm

As promised, U.S. House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced on Tuesday a bill, titled the HALT Act, which would suspend the Obama administration’s ability to exercise discretion in prosecuting deportation cases. Smith was motivated to introduce the bill by a widely-discussed memo from Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) director John More…

Texas redistricting battles warming up

By | 04.05.11 | 5:40 pm

While the new-look Texas Legislature has grabbed the spotlight with an unprecedented attack on state spending, taking place behind the scenes and on smaller stages is a familiar struggle over redistricting.

Politico reported Monday on a conflict between U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) and Joe Barton (R-Ennis) over how More…

Latino GOP group: Steve King leading on immigration would kill the party’s 2012 chances

By | 11.11.10 | 12:41 pm

Somos Republicans, a Latino group from the Southwest, wrote an open letter to the future House GOP leadership on Tuesday asking it to reconsider putting Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in charge of the House subcommittee on immigration and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) in charge of the More…

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…

Poll shows broad support for immigration reform among voters

By | 11.10.10 | 2:36 pm

A majority of voters support comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization measures as well as border security, according to a poll released today. The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of the pro-reform group America’s Voice between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 and surveyed 1,200 likely More…