Senators Push For New Immigration Deal to End Shutdown

Several key members of the U.S. Senate have said they want to revive controversial immigration negotiations as a way to end the partial government shutdown, which is now two weeks old.

Congress has been trying — and failing — to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws for many years. Trying to achieve consensus on immigration now, and to pass a bill that President Trump will sign, seems like a very difficult path to follow. read more

Caravan of 1,300 Honduran Migrants Starts Walking to the U.S. Border

A caravan of over 1,300 people left yesterday from Honduras, beginning a journey to the United States where members of the caravan hope to seek asylum as refugees. The group was composed primarily of families, including many women carrying babies. The beginning of their journey was marked by the desperation which underlies their struggle for existence in their home country where life has become almost intolerable. read more

WSJ Bashes Trump For Taking Credit For Solving ‘Problem of His Own Creation’

Although the Wall Street Journal is very conservative in some ways, that doesn’t mean that they are big Donald Trump fans, or that they support all of the president’s policies.

Lately the Journal has differed with Trump on his key issues of trade tariffs and immigration since they, like many “establishment” Republicans, support both free trade and a compromise on immigration reform. read more

DACA Supporters Fall Short As Ryan Avoids Disaster in House Vote

Moderate Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives failed in their attempt to force Speaker Paul Ryan to bring a vote on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program to the house floor.  Shortly before the deadline of midnight on Tuesday it was announced by GOP leadership that the moderates had come up short in their attempt to pass a discharge petition that would have forced a vote on the DACA proposal. With the support of all Democrats in the House, plus a handful of GOP moderates, the DACA proposal would have passed the House against the wishes of Ryan and other members of the Republican leadership team. read more

Republican Rebellion on Immigration Threatens GOP

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are far from unified on many important policy issues.  First and foremost among these issues is immigration, especially when it comes to creating a workable U.S. policy on a path to citizenship and the treatment of “Dreamers” under the DACA program. And according to the Associated Press, immigration issues are threatening to tear apart the Republican Party. read more