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On Immigration, Points Of Conflict Crystallize As Senators Plunge Into Debate

On Immigration, Points Of Conflict Crystallize As Senators Plunge Into Debate

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 23 2013, 3:05PM

The immigration bill introduced by a group of Senators last week was the subject of a third Judiciary Committee hearing today where the outlines of the hard policy fight ahead came squarely into view.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Boston Rattles Immigration Reform Hearings

Boston Rattles Immigration Reform Hearings

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 22 2013, 2:25PM

Senators on all sides of immigration negotiations are getting testy about how Boston should or should not matter.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Can Low-Income Immigrants Afford Citizenship?

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 19 2013, 4:21PM

Immigration reform promises millions a path to citizenship, but will some be left out because it’s too expensive?

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Expands ‘Alternatives’ to Detention

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 19 2013, 2:24PM

The Gang of Eight Senate immigration bill would take small but important steps to reform the immigration detention system.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Sen. Grassley Conflates Immigration Reform With Boston Violence

Sen. Grassley Conflates Immigration Reform With Boston Violence

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 19 2013, 11:34AM

Senate Republicans begin to speculate about whether Boston attacks should shape the immigration reform effort.

Topics: Immigration Reform, National Security, /NOW

Modest Racial Profiling Protections In Senate Immigration Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 3:53PM

The Senate immigration bill includes small but important checks on racial profiling by immigration agents.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

No Obamacare or Safety Net While on Senate's Path to Citizenship

No Obamacare or Safety Net While on Senate’s Path to Citizenship

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 11:57AM

That’s a long wait for a disproportionately poor population—that will continue paying taxes for benefits they can’t access.

Topics: Health, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW, Obamacare

In Immigration Bill, More Criminal Prosecutions For Deportees Who Try To Return

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 9:50AM

The Gang of Eight immigration reform bill will expand criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing over the border. Many of those prosecuted are held in private prisons.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

A Synopsis (in Progress) of the Senate's Immigration Bill

A Synopsis (in Progress) of the Senate’s Immigration Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 8:58AM

Colorlines’ Seth Freed Wessler is plowing through all 844 pages. Here’s the big picture thus far.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

On Visas, Senate Bill Clears Family Backlog, But Closes Diversity Door

On Visas, Senate Bill Clears Family Backlog, But Closes Diversity Door

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 3:10PM

The Gang of Eight immigration bill will cut whole categories of visas for siblings and will do away with the Diversity Lottery that many African immigrants rely on.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Same-Sex Couples Are Not Part Of Immigration Reform Bill

Same-Sex Couples Are Not Part Of Immigration Reform Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 1:20PM

The immigration reform bill from the Senate excludes gay and lesbian couples from petitioning for non-citizen partners.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Immigration Bill's Criminal Checks Include 'Gang Affiliation' Without Conviction

Immigration Bill’s Criminal Checks Include ‘Gang Affiliation’ Without Conviction

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 12:45PM

The Gang of Eight bill will bar people with gang affiliations and many criminal offenses from a path to citizenship and does nothing to change the “aggravated felony” laws.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

DREAM Act in Senate Bill Includes No Age Cap and Faster Path to Citizenship

DREAM Act in Senate Bill Includes No Age Cap and Faster Path to Citizenship

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 10:25AM

The Senate Immigration bill includes a broad DREAM Act provisions with no upper age limit.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Immigration Bill Includes Protections for Families Broken Up by Deportation

Immigration Bill Includes Protections for Families Broken Up by Deportation

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 10:06AM

The bill takes some important steps to reunite families and stop children of deportees from entering foster care, a problem uncovered in a Colorlines investigation.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

The Senate Immigration Bill Has Arrived! Here Are Its Basics

The Senate Immigration Bill Has Arrived! Here Are Its Basics

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 8:41AM

Post #1 on the bill’s 844 pages. We’ll comb through the details for answers to the big questions: Who gets citizenship, how and what new enforcement powers come in return.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Senate Drops Immigration Bill Summary, Will Let Some Deportees Return

Senate Drops Immigration Bill Summary, Will Let Some Deportees Return

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 16 2013, 10:28AM

Deportees who are the parents or spouses of U.S. citizens or permanent residents could apply to return. The same is true for some deported DREAMers.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

History Would Repeat Itself If Boston Derailed Immigration Reform

History Would Repeat Itself If Boston Derailed Immigration Reform

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 16 2013, 7:52AM

American lawmakers have generally responded to acts of mass violence, whether by U.S. citizens or foreigners, with anti-immigration laws and a retreat from reform.

Topics: Boston Bombing, Immigration, Immigration Reform, National Security

Big Win? Senate Immigration Bill May Let Some Deportees Return

Big Win? Senate Immigration Bill May Let Some Deportees Return

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 15 2013, 5:32PM

In a huge, unexpected victory, sources familiar with the soon-to-be-released Senate immigration reform bill say it may allow some deportees to return to their families in the U.S.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Sen. Rubio Backs Immigration Reform Bill With 'Toughest Enforcement'

Sen. Rubio Backs Immigration Reform Bill With ‘Toughest Enforcement’

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 15 2013, 10:24AM

Sen. Marco Rubio performed a seven stop, bi-lingual TV blitz on Sunday to trumpet the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill. He described a highly restrictive piece of legislation that he hopes fellow Republicans will support.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

How an Immigration Bill Could Become Law

How an Immigration Bill Could Become Law

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 14 2013, 10:12AM

A little racial justice School House Rocks.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW