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July 15, 2014
shortformblog:

One year ago, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed to the world that he was an undocumented immigrant — building his entire career, which included time at The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, on a lie. Vargas looks back at the past year in an interview with BuzzFeed, where he considers the weirdness of becoming an activist, his friends lost (many in the news industry), and his friends gained (Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Sorkin). Great piece.

From the archives—a great piece on Jose Antonio Vargas for some backstory.

shortformblog:

One year ago, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed to the world that he was an undocumented immigrant — building his entire career, which included time at The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, on a lie. Vargas looks back at the past year in an interview with BuzzFeed, where he considers the weirdness of becoming an activist, his friends lost (many in the news industry), and his friends gained (Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Sorkin). Great piece.

From the archives—a great piece on Jose Antonio Vargas for some backstory.

11:52 // 1 month ago
April 21, 2014
So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
I see what you did there, White House.
12:08 // 4 months ago
November 26, 2013

U.S.-bound boat of Haitan migrants capsizes

  • 30 Haitan migrants killed in the capsizing of a 40-foot vessel near the Bahamas. 110 more were saved, which speaks to the extreme, tragic dangers of such attempted treks out of Haiti — 140 people packed sailing for nine days, under abysmal conditions, on a dangerously overloaded boat. It capsized after running aground, and left the survivors clinging for hours before discovery by Bahamian authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard. source
20:34 // 9 months ago
October 20, 2013
The president’s actions and attitude over the past couple of weeks have certainly poisoned the well and made it harder to work together on any issue.
A GOP leadership aide • Discussing the chances of the party being willing to work with Democrats on anythingincluding immigration, which is what led to this response. While many believe comprehensive immigration reform—which passed the Senate painlessly this summer—could survive in the House, the problem is that it would pass via a bipartisan majority, something which John Boehner has gone out of his way to avoid as speaker.
9:52 // 10 months ago
October 18, 2013
Getting immigration done, most everyone agrees, would be good for the Republican Party. It’s possibly necessary for its very survival. What’s standing in the way isn’t Obama’s determination to destroy the GOP. It’s the GOP’s determination to destroy itself.
Ezra Klein, on the GOP’s reflexive and counter-productive opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, which President Obama is planning to push hard in coming months. “In 2012, 71 percent of Hispanic voters, and 73 percent of Asian voters, marked their ballot for Obama. Those aren’t survivable numbers for the Republican Party,” Klein says. And yet many House Republicans, notably Congressman Raul Labrador, not only oppose immigration reform but believe that Obama is only pushing for it in an attempt to “destroy the Republican Party.” Recall, by the way, that the Senate already passed immigration reform, but John Boehner has refused to put it up for a vote in the House. source
18:00 // 10 months ago
July 13, 2013
16:35 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2013
nbcnews:

BREAKING: Senate passes landmark immigration bill in bipartisan vote
(Photo: Yuri Gripas / Reuters)
In a 68-32 vote, the Senate voted passed a bill to overhaul US immigration, send resources to the border and offer millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.
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Two-thirds majority, even. Not bad. Will the House pass, though?

nbcnews:

BREAKING: Senate passes landmark immigration bill in bipartisan vote

(Photo: Yuri Gripas / Reuters)

In a 68-32 vote, the Senate voted passed a bill to overhaul US immigration, send resources to the border and offer millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

Continue reading

Two-thirds majority, even. Not bad. Will the House pass, though?

16:30 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2013
18:00 // 1 year ago
I mean, this is not only sufficient, it is well over sufficient. We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
John McCain on the “border surge” amendment included in the Senate’s immigration bill. Considering that a) the Berlin wall ultimately fell down, and b) comparing a government to that of Josef Stalin is generally not considered a compliment these days, you’d assume McCain was speaking in opposition to the amendment. You would be wrong. source
16:22 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2013

New immigration proposal pours money into border security to secure GOP support

  • $6.5B amount allocated to border security in the Senate Gang of Eight’s original immigration proposal
  • $30B new allocation for border security under an amendment proposed by Republicans and passed bipartisanly

This is what happens when Republicans want to pass an immigration bill but are afraid of being primaried from the right for doing so. Notably, this amendment was the less conservative of two proposed—Sen. John Cornyn’s amendment, which failed, would have required a 90% apprehension rate of would-be immigrants at the border before a path to citizenship would be available for undocumented workers. source

10:59 // 1 year ago