Showing posts from June, 2014

What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of June 16, 2014

Did Cantor's defeat in the primary expose a GOP divide over immigration?   According to RNC Chair Reince Preibus, the answer is a resounding no .  Preibus obviously didn't let Senator Lindsey Graham know there isn't a divide, as the pro-immigration reform senator from South Carolina took to Face the Nation on Sunday, asking Republicans not to be "delusional" about immigration reform.  Graham was not alone.  Senator Jeff Sessions , Speaker of the House John Boehner , the Wall Street Journal and  Mr. Cantor himself all expressed contrary views on the subject. Former border patrol Agents claim immigration crisis is "contrived."   Speaking of delusional, former officers of Customs & Border Protection claimed the current waive of children fleeing Central America for the United States made the trip with "the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States government."  Apparently, the transfer of children from Central America "h

What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of June 9, 2014

Texas GOP approves hard-line immigration position .  In a move that was so unsurprising it hardly qualifies as news, the Republican delegates in Texas returned the state party to a hard-line on immigration.  Viewed as a victory for the far right and a loss for everyone sane, the decision came after hours of arguing.  As if that's supposed to be comforting... Is immigration's primary effect muted?   Such appears to be the case in the Carolinas and Tennessee.  In South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham has an insurmountable lead over anti-immigrant challengers. GOP backers of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) in Tennessee and North Carolina are also in strong positions, showing that support of CIR is not necessarily a career-ending move for GOP politicians in conservative states.  Likewise, anti-immigrant ridiculousness is also not a clear path to political ecstasy. Humanitarian crisis on the border?   At least 1,000 immigrant children, mainly from Central America, are