December 16, 2013
International Business Times, 12/13/2013
A budget deal brokered by House Republicans and Senate Democrats is being viewed by proponents of comprehensive immigration reform as a positive sign of things to come next year. The two-year budget deal agreed to by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is already being praised by Congressman Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a champion of immigration reform, who said it will take leaders’ commitment and willingness to compromise to pass an immigration bill.
The two budget leaders went to a conference in October to find common ground. Gutierrez believes that in similar fashion, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should appoint a team to spearhead the 2013 immigration reform effort. With fiscal crises such as a government shutdown off their hands for the next two years, Gutierrez said the way is clear for lawmakers to focus on other issues like the economy, immigration reform and gun violence.
October 30, 2013
The Washington Times, 10/29/2013
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives ready to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, but she may never get the chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn’t bring a vote in the Republican-lead House.
“With 28 Republicans having publicly expressed support for a path to citizenship, we believe the votes are there on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill,” she wrote on Facebook. “It’s just a question whether Speaker Boehner can muster the will to schedule a vote.”
October 3, 2013
Al Jazeera, 10/03/2013
Hoping to revive the stalled debate over immigration reform, Democrats in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives unveiled a bill Wednesday that would overhaul U.S. immigration laws by tightening border security and providing a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Amid the grips of a government shutdown, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and more than a dozen other Democrats announced the measure at a news conference on Capitol Hill, saying their Republican colleagues should put a comprehensive immigration bill up for vote before the end of the year.
September 25, 2013
The Washington Post, 9/25/2013
Yes, the House “gang of seven” plan fell apart. Yes, Nancy Pelosi’s plan to introduce a version of the Senate bill in the House probably won’t get any significant House GOP support. But proponents and opponents alike are now focused on the fact that GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte — a key player as chair of the Judiciary Committee — has now said he intends to move proposals forward this fall, while John Boehner has reportedly said the issue remains on the GOP agenda. Goodlatte has long said he could support legalization for the 11 million with no “special pathway to citizenship,” plus citizenship for the DREAMers. But can Dems and immigration reform advocates accept such an outcome?
There are scenarios under which they actually could. There is a roadmap which rarely gets discussed publicly, but it looks something like this:
September 24, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is spearheading a plan to advance comprehensive immigration reform in the chamber.
The California Democrat’s strategy includes introducing legislation combining the comprehensive bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in May with a bipartisan border-security bill from the House Homeland Security Committee, according to sources familiar with the plans
September 18, 2013
Nancy Pelosi is huddling with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, top labor leaders and former AOL exec Steve Case in separate meetings this week as supporters of immigration reform try to revive the issue, which fast seems to be dying on Capitol Hill.
Their goal: get legislation moving in the House again before the Thanksgiving recess.
June 22, 2010
President Barack Obama asked Congress on Tuesday to approve $600 million in emergency spending for steps to increase security along the border with Mexico, a key issue in the immigration reform debate.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Obama said the money would pay for hiring 1,000 new border patrol agents and 160 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, two unmanned aircraft systems and other support for border security.
Obama’s letter also said the spending would be partially offset by canceling a $100-million Homeland Security program that the president described as “lower priority.”
Republican critics complain that Obama has failed to devote proper resources to border security, which they say contributes to an untenable flow of illegal immigrants into the country from Mexico.
Obama contends that border security is one aspect of comprehensive immigration reform needed to deal with the illegal immigration issue.