Laws & Immigration

Evangelicals Push for Immigration Reform, but McCain is Pessimistic

It’s slow going for immigration reform in the House of Representatives, but there are indications that progress has been made.

'Baby Veronica' of Supreme Court Case Back With Adoptive Parents

After a lengthy legal battle between the adoptive parents and the biological father, the case appears to be settled, though perhaps not for long.

Senators Make Some Headway Convincing House Republicans on Immigration Reform

Comprehensive immigration reform faces tough opposition in the conservative House of Representatives, but there are signs that Republicans may be changing their minds.

Napolitano Steps Down from DHS, House Denounces Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Secretary of Homeland security Janet Napolitano resigned this week, and House Republicans struggle to reconcile the needs of the national party with the desires of their constituents.

Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

The revolutionary new bill will now go on to the House of Representatives for a vote
Senate

Border Security Amendment Passes Cloture Vote With Republican Support

The bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate cleared yet another procedural hurdle today More than two dozen Republicans joined with Democrats to close debate on the Hoeven-Corker amendment.

Four Dead in Arizona Desert as Senate Considers Increased Border Security

Four bodies have been found in the Arizona desert, likely migrants attempting to cross into the United States. Local authorities found the bodies about 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, deep in the harsh Sonoran Desert.

Supreme Court Arizona Voting Law Decision Is Final, But Controversial

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Courts truck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship as part of voter registration applications. The Arizona statute conflicted with a federal law requiring states to accept application only signed statements affirming voter eligibility.

Immigration Reform News 2013: Bill Passes First Vote, 82-15, Despite Conservative Intransigence

The bipartisan immigration reform bill passed its first test on the floor of the Senate today, receiving an impressive 82 votes in favor of cloture, which allows the bill to move on to the next phase of debate.

Immigration Reform News 2013: GOP Support Grows But Lautenberg Replacement Still On the Fence

The bipartisan immigration reform bill gained a bit more Republican support recently, but it also lost a vote Democrats have been counting on.

Raul Labrador Leaves House Immigration Reform 'Group of Eight'

Conservative House Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, a staunch opponent of immigration reform and a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, said he would no longer be a part of the bipartisan group working toward a House version of the reform bill.

Florida Governor Vetoes Driver's Licenses for DREAMers Despite Strong Bipartisan Support

Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida has vetoed a measure that would have allowed young undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
N.J. Senator Frank Lautenberg

Death of N.J. Sen. Lautenberg Could Jeopardize Immigration Reform Bill

The death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg yesterday morning leaves the Democrats a vote down in the struggle to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

California Lawmakers Aim To Fine Wal-Mart, Other Corporations For Subpar Employee Health Insurance

A central topic during the runoff for Los Angeles' mayoral position, as well as one that has long burdened the state of California as a whole, has been the troublesome financial situation of the area. New legislation is coming through the pipeline that looks to change that, and Wal-Mart has become one such target for reform.

Sheriff Joe Recall Deadline Looms: Arpaio Opponents Struggle to End Racial Profiling

Today is the last day to sign a petition to recall Joe Arpaio, the controversial anti-immigration sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. A federal judge ruled late last week that Arpaio’s office engaged in illegal racial profiling of Hispanics and ordered an immediate end to those policies.

Undocumented Workers Seek Legal Protections in New California Bills

As the bipartisan immigration reform bill and its path to citizenship work through the Senate, California lawmakers are trying to pass bills to protect workers, including undocumented ones, from intimidation by business owners.
Hartford

Connecticut House Approves Drivers' Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

The Connecticut House of Representatives approved a measure late last week that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, register their cars and purchase automobile insurance.

Supreme Court May Throw Out Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Prop 8 Appeal

The ban on same-sex marriage may not get it's day in court as there are rumors that the proposition's supporters may not have legal standing to defend it in court.

Latinos Racially Profiled By Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rules Federal Judge

Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, has been reprimanded by a federal judge for racially profiling Latinos suspected of being undocumented immigrants, most of whom were American citizens or legal residents.

Judge Upholds Arizona Law Denying Drivers Licenses to Immigrants Eligible for DREAM Act

Arizona's refusal to issue driver's licenses to DREAMers will continue to stand pending a constitutional challenge, a federal judge ruled today.
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