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  • 'I am not king': Obama tells Latino voters he can't conjure immigration reform alone

    10/25/2010 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/25/10 | Michael Muskal
    The president, in a push to get out the Latino vote, says Republicans in Congress have been a stumbling block. A recent poll showed Latinos generally unenthusiastic about the coming elections. In an effort to energize Latino voters, President Obama defended his administration’s efforts to work for a comprehensive immigration plan, while adding that he was frustrated by the failures of Congress to deal with the issue. In an interview with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, recorded when Obama was in Los Angeles last week, the president blamed Republicans for refusing to work on the needed legislation. As he has in the...
  • What would Jesus do about illegal immigration? (Religious leaders & lawmakers trade Scripture)

    07/14/2010 2:42:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    McClatchy on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/10 | William Douglas
    WASHINGTON — Religious leaders and lawmakers traded Scripture passages Wednesday at a congressional hearing on whether there's an ethical imperative to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. Arguing for a comprehensive immigration package with a guest-worker program, Richard Land , the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission , quoted from Matthew, Leviticus and Micah in pressing for action on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.
  • Obama's evangelical cabinet on immigration reform (amnesty)

    07/01/2010 11:20:49 AM PDT · by fifedom · 29 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | July 1, 2010 | Dan Gilgoff
    The White House invited four of the country’s top evangelical pastors to attend President Obama’s speech this morning calling for immigration reform. ... The Rev. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals. NAE is the nation’s largest evangelical group and has long sought to be a moderate evangelical alternative to the Christian Right. Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. ... worries that conservatives will burn bridges with the country’s fast-growing Hispanic bloc if they take a hard anti-immigrant line. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council. Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of the...
  • Obama to give major speech on immigration reform (Amnesty)

    07/01/2010 2:51:04 AM PDT · by pissant · 51 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/1/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will give a major speech Thursday calling for action to fix America's broken immigration system, though few observers believe any major reform can pass this year. Obama will speak at American University in Washington in an effort to ignite new momentum behind the massive and politically problematic drive to secure US borders and deal with millions of illegal immigrants. "He thought this was a good time to talk plainly with the American people about his views on immigration," White House deputy spokesman Bill Burton said on Wednesday. "He thinks this debate is about accountability --...
  • How Conservatives Should Handle Immigration

    05/05/2010 5:39:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies · 811+ views ^ | May 5, 2010 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    In their desperation, President Obama and senators with large Latino populations in their states (like Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.) are seeking to polarize Hispanic and Anglo sentiment over the issue of illegal immigration. In his frequent messages calling for a higher Latino and black turnout and his condemnation of the Arizona immigration law, Obama is trying to recapture over immigration the voter approval he lost over health care. Arizona acted as it did because of a lack of federal enforcement of federal law barring undocumented immigrants. With a porous border, they felt that they were left no choice but to...
  • Obama Helped Kill Immigration Reform In 2007 - Will Media Remember?

    04/30/2010 8:44:47 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 3 replies · 419+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 29, 2010 | Noel Sheppard
    With immigration reform back on the front page thanks to Arizona's new controversial law, it's going to be very interesting to see how the Obama-loving press report what he did concerning this issue when he was a junior senator from Illinois in 2007. For instance, David Broder's "How Congress Botched Immigration Reform" published in Thursday's Washington Post didn't even mention Barack Obama's name. This seems particularly odd given this paragraph (h/t Jennifer Rubin): But once the bill hit the floor, it was attacked from both flanks. The most conservative Republicans -- Jim DeMint of South Carolina, David Vitter of Louisiana...
  • Groups Fear Reid Might Push Hastily Written Reform Bill

    04/24/2010 12:50:00 PM PDT · by Fred · 19 replies · 815+ views
    Congress Daily ^ | 042310 | Chris Srohm
    Concerns are mounting that Senate Majority Leader Reid might try to advance a hastily drafted immigration reform bill to satisfy demands that legislation is introduced by May 1. Sources said such a move would be disruptive to business and labor groups, which resumed delicate negotiations Wednesday to find compromises on several issues, including how to bring workers into the country to meet labor needs. Talks had broken down last month but resumed in hopes of producing a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would be introduced by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Reid and congressional Democratic leaders are...
  • Sen. Graham threatens to halt work on climate and energy bill (Grahamnesty tries to save McCain)

    04/24/2010 12:38:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,719+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-04-24 | Juliet Eilperin
    Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) threatened to abandon his effort to push a climate and energy bill Saturday, saying he will only continue if Democratic leaders promise to relinquish plans to bring up immigration legislation first. Graham's departure, if he follows through on his ultimatum, would likely doom any chance of passing a climate bill this year. He is the sole Republican working with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) on a compromise proposal which they had planned to unveil Monday. In a letter to leaders of the effort to enact climate and energy legislation, Graham wrote,...
  • CNN Sources: Votes lacking for immigration push in Congress

    04/24/2010 7:35:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies · 1,264+ views ^ | April 24, 2010 | Dana Bash
    Washington (CNN) -- The push for immigration reform may be on the front burner for congressional Democrats, but sources say that ultimately, they believe the issue is unlikely to have enough votes to pass. Democrats say the goal is to try to take it up in the Senate before discussing the Supreme Court nomination this summer and spend the rest of the session before the midterm election on the politically potent issue of jobs. One big reason for the immigration reform push, sources say, is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a brutal battle to win re-election in...
  • Lindsey Graham: Immigration would kill climate bill

    04/23/2010 5:35:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 60 replies · 1,542+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-04-22 | Marin Cogan
    A top Senate negotiator on climate change believes that a sudden turn by Senate Democrats to immigration could “destroy” any hope of a major climate and energy bill this year. “This comes out of left field,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), after hearing that Democratic leaders may now push immigration reform ahead of a climate bill. “I’m working as earnestly as I can to craft climate and energy independence, clean air and jobs, and now we’re being told that we’re going to immigration. We haven’t done anything to prepare the body of the country for immigration.” “This destroys the ability...
  • Dem to Obama: Push immigration or I’ll tell Latino voters to stay home

    04/20/2010 8:21:35 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 72 replies · 1,603+ views
    The Hill ^ | 04/20/10 | Russell Berman and Bob Cusack
    A congressman from the president’s home state is threatening that he will urge Latino voters to stay home this November if the Democratic Party does not make a concerted effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) is arguably President Barack Obama’s biggest Democratic critic in Congress. And he’s not fond of Obama’s top advisers at the White House, either. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) member has strongly criticized the administration’s policy on deportation and questioned its commitment to far-reaching reform. Some Democrats have felt little urgency in pursuing the controversial issue, partly because they see no risk...
  • Barack Obama woos Scott Brown on immigration

    04/20/2010 4:41:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 607+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-04-20 | Kasie Hunt
    President Barack Obama called Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday to gauge his support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, a sign the White House is serious about pushing the issue in Congress this year. Obama’s outreach to Brown is part of a quickly hatched, coordinated effort with congressional leaders to thrust the volatile immigration debate back to the front burner. At a joint House and Senate leadership meeting late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised to House leaders that he would put an immigration bill on the floor this year—and he secured a commitment from House Speaker Nancy...
  • Reid Hits Pause Button on Immigration

    04/13/2010 2:12:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies · 850+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 13, 2010 | CARL HULSE
    Senator Harry Reid retreated today from having the Senate move quickly on immigration law changes, saying any overhaul would have to wait.“We won’t get to immigration reform this work period,” Mr. Reid, Democrat of Nevada  and the majority leader, told reporters after the private weekly luncheon of Democratic senators.Over the weekend, Mr. Reid raised the hopes of immigration advocates by suggesting at a rally in Las Vegas that he was ready to put immigration on the legislative front burner now that health care legislation was out of the way and Congress was returning from a two-week break.“We’re going to come...
  • Thousands rally for immigration reform; Reid vows to make issue a top priority

    04/10/2010 5:01:58 PM PDT · by redreno · 128 replies · 3,623+ views
    Las Vegan Antonio Manriquez stood on the steps of the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse holding an American flag. Manriquez was one of nearly 3,500 immigration reform supporters who attended the Rally for America Saturday afternoon in downtown Las Vegas, which was hosted by Reform Immigration for America. The 45-year-old from Mexico City said he's an illegal immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. He said he attended rally to push for comprehensive immigration reform, support others who are in the country illegally and to no longer live in fear of being separated from his three children, all...
  • From Senate Majority Leader, a Promise to Take Up Immigration Overhaul

    04/10/2010 8:58:30 PM PDT · by freespirited · 33 replies · 867+ views
    The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, told an exuberant crowd at an immigration rally Saturday in Las Vegas that Congress would start work on immigration overhaul as soon as lawmakers return this week. “We’re going to have comprehensive immigration reform now,” he said in a speech to more than 6,000 people, mostly immigrants. “We need to do this this year,” Reid said, drawing cheers from the crowd. Reid told the crowd he believes he has 56 Senate votes in support of the legislation. He outlined legislation that would include border security measures and a temporary guest worker program. To gain...
  • McCain: Inadequate border security a result of 2008 election loss to Obama (he praises Napolitano)

    04/10/2010 6:33:18 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 67 replies · 1,631+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-04-10 | Sean J. Miller
    (snip) The Tucson paper's editorial board noted that he represents a border state affected by Washington's inaction. "Yes. Yes. I do. But so does the senator from New Mexico and the senators from California and all the border states all along. But it seems to me that the proposal should come, it's the obligation of the president of the United States to come forward with what he thinks is a proposal and then maybe we can all work together and get it resolved," he said. "So what have I done?" he added. "Not enough."Still, McCain said he expects to hold...
  • Schumer and Graham set to introduce immigration reform bill in Senate ("Si se puede")

    04/10/2010 1:49:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 126 replies · 4,540+ views
    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, are believed to be on the cusp of introducing a new bill in the Senate on Comprehensive immigration reform. The Schumer/Graham initiative combines enforcement with earned legal status for immigrants who are out of status or came in illegally. Washington sources say they are ready to introduce the bill "any day now."
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Sen. John McCain Interview: Immigration (McCain now wants to build the fence)

    04/10/2010 9:32:27 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 133 replies · 2,377+ views
    McCAIN: My view is you need a physical fence. But we all know that unless physical fences are surveilled, and then people just punch holes in them. And so I saw in Iraq on my visit there that their ability to serveil areas is that we have the technology now. (snip) McCAIN: After the border is secured, then obviously we have to address the issue of the 12 million people who are still in this country illegally. I don't know what ... American public opinion will take. But one of the key elements, as was in our previous legislation, is...
  • Amnesty Supporters Seek Second Republican Backing

    04/07/2010 8:59:17 AM PDT · by Charles West · 52 replies · 840+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | 4/6/10 | John Anderson
    Supporters of an amnesty for illegal aliens are desperately scrounging for another Republican backer in addition to liberal Republican Lindsay Graham. With Republicans holding 41 seats in the Senate, plus several working class Democrats who will vote against an amnesty, another Republican backer is needed to make the amnesty appear ‘bipartisan.’ Even Graham appears to be reluctant to be the lone Republican supporter of the bill. "I urge the President to write a bill and see if he can get another Republican, see if he can convince the 16 Democrats who voted no the last time," he said during a...
  • New poll shows 'sea change' in Californians' attitudes toward illegal immigration

    04/05/2010 8:23:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies · 2,124+ views ^ | April 5, 2010 | Ken McLaughlin
    In a dramatic turnaround from 16 years ago, Californians now overwhelmingly favor giving illegal immigrants a "path to legalization'' rather than punishing them by denying them a public education and social services, according to a poll unveiled Monday. The survey of 1,515 registered voters showed that 67 percent of Californians support a two-pronged approach to solving the illegal immigration problem: implementing stronger enforcement at the border while setting up a legalization path for undocumented immigrants who admit they broke the law, perform community service, learn English and pay fines and back taxes. Seventy percent favor stricter border controls and a...
  • Immigration effort lacks 2nd backer from GOP (RINO McCain MIA; Cornyn, Kyl stepping gingerly)

    04/05/2010 9:05:54 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 76 replies · 2,403+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2010-04-05 | Stephen Dinan
    As President Obama and Senate Democrats push to pass an immigration bill this year, one key ingredient is still conspicuously missing: a second Republican to co-sponsor the legislation. Most Republicans considered likeliest to join Sens. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, in writing a bill either have taken a pass or are still on the fence. Key figures say the country does not have the kind of consensus needed to tackle the issue. "It just doesn't exist anymore," said Sen. Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican who in 2007 took the lead on writing a...
  • SEIU touts effect of immigration reform on voter rolls, creating longterm governing coalition

    04/05/2010 5:22:28 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 26 replies · 1,150+ views ^ | April 5, 2010 | Steve Schulin
    Eliseo Medina, international executive vice-president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) made the following comments at a June 2009 Washington conference for America's Future Now!: Medina said that during the presidential election in November 2008, Latinos and immigrants "voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up." "Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three? Can you imagine 8 million new voters who care about our issues and will be voting?" Medina asked. "We will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just...
  • Health care reform leaves out illegal immigrants

    04/04/2010 3:02:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1,235+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 4, 2010 | JULIANA BARBASSA
    FRESNO, Calif. – Paula Medrano shifts uncomfortably on the doctor's examination table, holding out a wrist inflamed and swollen by arthritis. The 78-year-old has no health insurance, lives below the federal poverty level, and can't pay for the medication she needs. Just days before her appointment, President Barack Obama signed, with much fanfare, a historic bill to extend health care access to 32 million currently uninsured people.
  • McCain and Palin: Reunited and Feeling Good ("I support his position on immigration")

    03/30/2010 8:46:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 542 replies · 5,816+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2010-03-27
    (snip) VAN SUSTEREN: Governor Palin, if you were vice president today, what would you be telling a President McCain about what to do about immigration, if anything? PALIN: I support his position on immigration. It all comes down to securing the border. And he who has actually proposed some solutions, the Obama administration does not want to listen to Senator McCain or any other Republican, and that, of course, leads to a greater problem that we have in Washington, D.C. And it's that lack of the new administration's ability and enthusiasm for listening to those on the other side of...
  • HBO Film Documents Immigration Battle (McCain-Kennedy battle for amnesty)

    03/24/2010 11:42:38 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 313+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-03-24 | Julia Preston
    The opening minutes of “The Senators’ Bargain,” a documentary film appearing tonight on HBO2, show Senator John McCain at a congressional hearing in 2006, reading out loud from a newspaper article describing the death from desert broiling that befalls many immigrants trying to cross the border illegally. “The brain cooks and the delirium starts,” the Republican senator from Arizona reads somberly, explaining why he will join Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, one of the most liberal Democrats, to sponsor a bill to give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. The documentary, directed by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini,...
  • Amnesty is back

    03/21/2010 9:29:20 PM PDT · by SUSSA · 117 replies · 3,666+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | March 22, 2010 | John Bender
    Like the movie villain Jason Voorhees who seems dead at the end of every movie but comes back for the next horror show, amnesty for illegal aliens isn't dead. It's back! Some people thought amnesty was dead when the people rose up against the Bush/Kennedy/McCain amnesty bill and kept it from becoming law. But they were wrong. The far left never gives up on a bad idea. They just keep bringing it back until they can either implement their mischief piecemeal, or have enough scumbags in congress to ram it through. To them the will of the people, like the...
  • Obama quickly pivoting to grant amnesty to criminal aliens

    03/21/2010 7:30:56 PM PDT · by pabianice · 43 replies · 1,420+ views
    Fox News - Boston | 3/21/10
    As the vote for DeathCare commences, Fox Boston just ran a tease of a mob of Spanish-speaking criminal aliens holding a rally where their leaders are screaming into bullhorns, demanding blanket amnesty. Fox suggested that this will be Obama's next big success. Twenty million new Dem voters will make it impossible for the Repubs or any conservatives to ever again hold office.
  • Tens of thousands call for immigration reform at Washington rally

    03/21/2010 6:06:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies · 724+ views
    Lat ^ | March 21, 2010 | Clement Tan And Don Lee
    Protesters carrying banners and U.S. flags mass on the National Mall. Organizers are trying to cast the issue as an element of economic recovery. Reporting from Washington Tens of thousands of people began assembling in Washington on Sunday to march for immigration reform, a politically charged issue that has been pushed to a back burner by the intense focus on healthcare. Wearing colorful shirts and carrying banners and U.S. flags, thousands filled two blocks on the National Mall, chanting "si se puede" - "yes we can" - and "Obama listen, remember your promise." Among the marchers was Jose Barnell, 60,...
  • The real way Democrats believe they'll retain power in November...

    03/21/2010 6:08:20 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 94 replies · 2,578+ views
    3-21-10 | Self
    Amnesty = 25,000,000 new Democrats. Any questions?
  • Immigration reform rally takes over National Mall

    03/21/2010 4:32:43 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 26 replies · 667+ views
    ABC 7 News ^ | March 21, 2010 | Evelyn Holmes
    March 21, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington,DC Sunday for a rally focused on immigration reform. Some of those gathered are from the Chicago area. They say they fear reform efforts have been put on the back burner. While in the shadow of Sunday's health care reform vote, tens of thousands of protesters from around the country marched in Washington to push for a long-awaited immigration overhaul, as their fellow advocates in the Chicago area demanded the president make good on his promise of change. "One thing we want to see [is]...
  • Thousands rally for immigration reform in DC

    03/21/2010 2:36:19 PM PDT · by thecodont · 27 replies · 882+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Sunday, March 21, 2010 | By SARAH KARUSH, Associated Press Writer
    (03-21) 14:19 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frustrated with the pace of action to overhaul the country's immigration system, thousands of demonstrators descended on the nation's capital Sunday, waving American flags and holding homemade signs in English and Spanish. Read more:
  • Thousands rally for immigration reform in DC

    03/21/2010 1:26:55 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 616+ views
    ap ^ | Mar 21 | SARAH KARUSH
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Immigrant rights supporters from around the country are rallying for immigration reform on the National Mall. People are waving American flags and holding signs with slogans in English and Spanish such as "Legalization yes, deportation no." About half an hour after the rally's scheduled 2 p.m. start, an area of about four square blocks on the mall was filled with people. Organizers say tens of thousands of people have traveled ...
  • Immigration reform rally draws tens of thousands to Washington (They want the "freebies")

    03/21/2010 11:23:03 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 37 replies · 708+ views
    la times ^ | 3/21/2010 | Clement Tan and Michael Muskal
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington Tens of thousands of people began assembling in Washington on Sunday to march for immigration reform, a politically charged issue that has been pushed to a back burner by the intense focus on healthcare. In a tactic that reflects the current economy, march organizers have tried to cast the immigration debate as part of economic recovery. "What's important today is that jobs and immigration go hand in hand," Marc Morial of the National Urban League said on Sunday in a television interview. "When you've got millions of undocumented workers working off the books, that...
  • GOP Senator: Healthcare Bill May Cost Immigration Overhaul

    03/19/2010 7:14:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 738+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 19, 2010
    GOP Senator: Healthcare Bill May Cost Immigration Overhaul Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has indicated that he'd lend key support to an immigration effort, but he's angry about Democrats' tactics in advancing a healthcare bill. Peter Nicholas March 20, 2010 The lone Republican senator inclined to support the Obama administration's bid to pass a major immigration overhaul said Friday that if a healthcare bill passes this weekend, the immigration effort is dead for the year. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is considered a crucial player in the immigration debate -- a Republican prepared to cross party lines and...
  • Schumer, Graham Unveil Immigration Reform Blueprint (INCLUDES "PATH TO CITIZENSHIP")

    03/18/2010 11:15:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 2,034+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 2010-03-19 | Jennifer Bendery & Jessica Brady
    Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unveiled their bipartisan blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday, a move hailed by President Barack Obama as progress on an issue for which he has been criticized for ignoring. “The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation. We urge the public and our colleagues to join our bipartisan efforts in enacting these reforms,” the Senators said in a Washington Post editorial posted online Thursday. The Schumer-Graham outline entails four key components: a biometric Social Security identification card for employment verification; strengthened border security and interior law...
  • Arizona Senator John McCain talks immigration with LA Area Chamber of Commerce (MCAMNESTY ALERT)

    03/16/2010 1:42:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 1,402+ views
    This weekend, dozens of Southern Californians plan to march in Washington for immigration reform, joining thousands of activists from around the country. Today, a different group of Southern Californians – members of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce – heard from a U.S. senator who took a lot of political heat for his efforts at immigration reform. The question arose at lunch during the Chamber’s annual lobbying trip to Washington. What did Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona think the U.S. should do about the “flood of immigrants” “running over” California? McCain cosponsored the last major immigration reform bill with...
  • Graham: Obama just paying lip service to immigration reform (TREASONOUS RINO ALERT)

    03/14/2010 12:36:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 707+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-03-14 | Eric Zimmermann
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) may be working with the White House to craft an immigration reform proposal, but you wouldn't know it from his comments Sunday morning. The South Carolina Republican had no kind words for the president's efforts on the topic, accusing him of ignoring immigration and paying lip service only for temporary political reasons. Graham laughed off the president's claim that he's been "unwavering" in his support for immigration overhaul. "This idea that the president has been unwavering on immigration doesn't really pass the smell test," Graham said on ABC's "This Week." Graham, who has been invited to...
  • Lindsey Graham runs afoul of GOP purity police with Guantanamo stance (MCLAME'S LAPDOG)

    03/13/2010 3:19:03 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 777+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-03-14 | Dana Milbank
    (snip) But Graham has heard it all before. "What drives my train," he told me when I reached him late in the week, "is not their approval; it's getting it right." The fact that such a sentiment makes Graham an oddball in the Republican Party, and to some extent Congress generally, says less about him than about his colleagues. For all his supposed heresies -- on climate change, judicial nominees, immigration and now his offer to help close the Guantanamo Bay prison -- Graham had a 2009 rating of 88 percent from the American Conservative Union and a lifetime rating...
  • Hayworth ties to ALIPAC questioned (McCain camp links Hayworth, 'extreme groups')

    03/12/2010 12:17:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 284 replies · 5,773+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-03-12 | David Catanese
    Sen. John McCain's campaign is calling on his primary challenger to disavow the backing of an anti-illegal immigration group that permits the use of terms such as "wetbacks" and "pepper bellies" – derisive epithets sometimes used for immigrants – on its website. "Let's be clear: Congressman [J.D.] Hayworth's continued flirtation with extreme groups that condone racism only opens the door for liberals to falsely paint all opponents of illegal immigration as bigots. Congressman Hayworth should immediately disavow this group’s support and commit to never again associating himself with groups that accept this kind of hateful and counterproductive rhetoric," McCain campaign...
  • Graham Pushes National I.D. Card

    03/12/2010 6:21:58 AM PST · by b4its2late · 189 replies · 3,934+ views
    Human Events ^ | 03/12/2010 | by Roger Hedgecock
    Senator Lindsey Graham, ever the faithful follower of uber-RINO John McCain, scored three RINO initiatives in just one week. Reminiscent of the "the band's getting back together" scenes from the movie "Blues Brothers", Graham and McCain reached back to the good old days of bipartisan shafting of conservative judicial nominees and offered the Democrats another "Gang of Fourteen"--this time to shaft the public with a bipartisan Obamacare bill. The offer must have been tempting to the Democrats who remember how "bipartisan leadership" from Graham and McCain spiked conservative guns when the Republicans were in the majority in the Senate. But...
  • South Carolina's Graham taking on immigration again (amnesty queen alert)

    03/11/2010 8:43:57 PM PST · by pissant · 15 replies · 561+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 3/11/10 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON -- Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Chuck Schumer of New York discussed major immigration reforms Thursday with President Barack Obama at a White House meeting. Graham, a Republican, waded back into a political minefield on a controversial issue that has prompted conservative activists across the nation to vilify him since he helped lead a failed Senate bid to overhaul the immigration system in 2007. Obama has faced more recent criticism from Latino lawmakers and advocacy groups accusing him of failing to deliver on a 2008 campaign promise to help the 12 million undocumented workers in the United...
  • Obama Says He Backs New Push to Overhaul U.S. Immigration Laws

    03/11/2010 10:04:44 PM PST · by pissant · 66 replies · 2,106+ views
    Bloomberg | 3/12/10 | Nick Johnson
    Headline and link allowed only - Bloomberg.
  • Obama Links Immigration Overhaul in 2010 to G.O.P. Backing

    03/11/2010 7:33:55 PM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 620+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 03/12/10 | Julia Preston
    President Obama said Thursday that he would proceed with an overhaul of the immigration system this year if he could attract substantial Republican support. But a leading Republican who supports an overhaul said a bill could not go forward if the president used a legislative shortcut sidestepping Republicans to pass his health care bill. Obama spent most of the afternoon in meetings on immigration, including one with Senator Charles Schumer [D-NY]. and Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC]. who have been holding closed-door sessions over the last six months to draw up a bill to revamp the immigration system. The White House...
  • Immigration Reform Effort Re-Emerges With New Senate Bill (McCain hiding as his lap dog surrenders)

    03/10/2010 6:52:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 1,005+ views
    Fox ^ | 2010-03-10
    Three years after efforts by Congress to reform the immigration system went down in flames, the issue is slowly re-emerging onto the national stage as two senators from the opposite sides of the political aisle work on crafting another bill. BY TRISH TURNER Three years after efforts by Congress to reform the immigration system went down in flames, the issue is slowly re-emerging on the national stage, as two senators from the opposite sides of the political aisle work on crafting another bill. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham,...
  • ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

    03/09/2010 2:53:08 AM PST · by raybbr · 72 replies · 427+ views ^ | 3-9-2010 | Laura Meckler
    Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain. Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker. The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past....
  • Immigration reform back on the table...

    03/06/2010 6:50:55 AM PST · by Logic n' Reason · 19 replies · 507+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 5, 2010 | l
    President Barack Obama plans to focus attention on immigration next week by meeting at the White House with two senators crafting a bill on the issue.
  • President to meet with key senators on immigration (Chuckie and Lindsey)

    03/05/2010 6:44:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 608+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/10 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to focus attention on immigration next week by meeting at the White House with two senators crafting a bill on the issue. White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro said Obama will meet with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday. The president is "looking forward to hearing more about their efforts toward producing a bipartisan bill," Shapiro said Friday. The meeting will be the first Obama has had with Schumer and Graham on the proposal they are developing since they began focusing on it last...
  • Obama looking to give new life to immigration reform (Amnesty to illegal aliens)

    03/05/2010 7:03:21 AM PST · by BP2 · 149 replies · 3,775+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 4, 2010 | 6:18 p.m. | Peter Nicholas
    Despite steep odds, the White House has discussed prospects for reviving a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, a commitment that President Obama has postponed once already. Obama took up the issue privately with his staff Monday in a bid to advance a bill through Congress before lawmakers become too distracted by approaching midterm elections. In the session, Obama and members of his Domestic Policy Council outlined ways to resuscitate the effort in a White House meeting with two senators -- Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- who have...
  • How the G.O.P. Goes Green (McLame's lap dog touts amnesty, carbon taxes, compromise with Rats)

    02/28/2010 12:57:37 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 888+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-02-28 | Thomas L. Friedman
    It is early evening on Capitol Hill, and I am sitting with Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, who, along with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, is trying to craft a new energy bill — one that could actually win 60 votes. What is interesting about Graham is that he has been willing — courageously in my view — to depart from the prevailing G.O.P. consensus that the only energy policy we need is “drill, baby, drill.” What brought you around, I ask? Graham’s short answer: politics, jobs and legacy. We start with politics. The Republican Party today has...
  • What March? (Immigration 'reform' march on Washington, DC)

    02/23/2010 6:03:14 PM PST · by La Lydia · 34 replies · 797+ views
    Reform Immigration For America ^ | February 23, 2010 | Deepak Bhargava
    On March 21st, we will march on Washington, DC to demand immigration reform. Our vision of reform includes immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections. People from all across America will lend their voice in the fight for reform. We will come together as one voice on the National Mall for a strong America – for families, for workers, for businesses, and for security. Join thousands from across the country in the March For America in DC on March 21st, and demand Congress act NOW to pass immigration reform...