The First Couple visited activists in D.C. on Friday who have been fasting for the past few weeks in protest to pressure Congress to pass new immigration laws.
Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year.
Speaker John Boehner expressed optimism on Wednesday about House action by year’s end on stalled efforts to overhaul immigration as Republicans discussed possible limited steps to deal with the contentious issue.
At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested Tuesday after they blocked a main street near the Capitol during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.
House Democrats have unveiled an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally and tightens border security.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Capitol Hill – in a trip he stated was “largely for immigration” — to lobby members of Congress in support of comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation.
Immigration advocates are spending August trying to generate momentum in favor of remaking immigration laws in Congress.
His second-term agenda on the line, President Barack Obama urged his most ardent supporters to mount a summertime show of support that can rival any opposition Obama and Democrats may face from constituents next month. “We’ve got to get folks activated and involved,” Obama declared.
President Barack Obama will try to ratchet up pressure on House Republicans this week to pass legislation overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.
Republicans’ knack for congressional redistricting helps them control the U.S. House, but it may be working against them on immigration changes that national GOP leaders see as critical to the next presidential election.