President Obama held a Tuesday meeting at the Eisenhower Office Building with the country’s top law enforcement officials to make the case for immigration reform. Obama said the current system “makes it harder” for law enforcement to do their jobs, reiterating that most illegal immigrants “are not making trouble,” and “are not causing crimes.”
A House chairman said Thursday that supporters are making headway in garnering support for a bill to give young immigrants brought to the country illegally a path to resident status through the military.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) reinforced that Republican distrust of President Barack Obama is rooted in executive overreach from the administration.
Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system, one of its backers said legislation is unlikely to pass during this election year.
Cantor said that House Republicans will not take up a Senate bill on the issue, and stated that immigration reform doesn’t have a comprehensive fix, but instead requires a “step-by-step approach.”
Former President Bill Clinton says that immigration reform is something the country needs, and is “the only way to keep our country growing.”
The nation’s already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eligible for retirement next year.
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.