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Obama flexible on immigration bill

NewsWorld365 - November 26, 2013
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  While urging House Republicans to back new immigration legislation, President Obama said Monday he is willing to split a bill into pieces if that will get it passed. “That’s okay,” Obama said during a speech in San Francisco. “It’s Thanksgiving. We can carve that bird into multiple pieces — a drumstick here, breast meat there.” But Obama also said a final package must include certain elements, including a proposed pathway to citizenship that has drawn opposition from Republicans. Said Obama: “As long as all the pieces get done, soon, and we actually deliver on the core values we have been talking […]

Obama: ‘Price to pay’ for immigration block

International Desk - November 11, 2013

President Obama late Friday said he remained hopeful that Congress would overhaul the immigration system before the end of the year, and offered a stern warning to those Republicans who oppose reform. “The only way we can continue to place pressure to get that bill done is by making sure that the other side – or at least that small faction on the other side – understands there’s a price to pay when you don’t act on the basis of the interests of the American people,” Obama said. “And so that’s something that I hope we can still get done by the […]

Conservative groups press House Republicans on immigration

NewsWorld365 - November 7, 2013

Two conservative groups joined with 15 conservative leaders on Tuesday in pushing House Republicans to take action on immigration reform. American Principles in Action and the American Conservative Union — both of which have pressed for reforms before — said House Republicans are in a unique position to pitch their own measures. “We, therefore, encourage the House to continue its work to address the different aspects of the immigration issue in a piecemeal basis through regular order,” the statement says. “House Republicans should only agree to go to conference if Senate Democrats can ensure that there will be a level playing field […]

Republican lawmaker predicts party’s surge in support for immigration reform

International Desk - October 30, 2013

The first House Republican to sign on to a comprehensive immigration bill says others will join him shortly. “While I’m the first Republican to support this legislation I expect others to sign on in the coming days,” Rep. Jeff Denham said during a conference call late Monday afternoon. “I’m going to continue to encourage my colleagues as I have for many months now to support realistic reform,” Denham continued, saying he’d talked to “every member” in House Republican leadership about the bill in the last week to stress the need for a vote this year. The Senate approved an immigration reform bill […]

Republican lawmaker joins Democrats on immigration push

NewsWorld365 - October 28, 2013

  A Republican congressman from California is bucking his party and joining Democrats in their push for a broad immigration overhaul. Rep. Jeff Denham represents a heavily Hispanic district, and is signing on to a plan that includes a path to citizenship despite strong opposition to that approach among conservatives. Denham is the bill’s first GOP co-sponsor. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is receiving pressure from Democrats to bring up an immigration bill designed to appeal to centrist Republicans. The measure builds on bipartisan legislation previously passed by the Senate. It appears unlikely that Boehner will take up the bill before the […]

International Desk - October 26, 2013

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough met with business leaders and associations Thursday afternoon to discuss tackling immigration reform, sources tell The Hill. The meeting with business and association leaders, including the Chamber of Commerce, comes hours after President Obama spoke on the hot-button issue at the White House. Attendees include Aric Newhouse, the senior vice president for policy and government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers and Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the Chamber of Commerce. It is unclear if Obama attended the meeting. A White House official said the meeting is “intended to continue […]

U.S. reaches its refugee admissions target for the first time since 1980

International Desk - October 22, 2013

The following Media Note was issued by the Office of the Spokesperson, Dept of State, October 21, 2013: The United States announced today it brought 69,930 refugees to safety and new lives in the United States in fiscal year 2013. That number is closer to the authorized ceiling – 70,000 in 2013 – than in any year since 1980. Reaching this threshold is a demonstration of the Administration’s efforts to create a refugee admissions program which meets the important security screening standards required by the American people and the growing humanitarian need. The United States has a strong tradition of welcoming refugees, […]

Obama to push immigration reform ‘day after’ budget deal

NewsWorld365 - October 17, 2013

President Obama vowed Tuesday that he would pursue an immigration reform vote in the House the “day after” Congress reached an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. “Once that’s done, you know, the day after — I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” Obama told Univision’s Los Angeles affiliate. “And if I have to join with other advocates and continue to speak out on that, and keep pushing, I’m going to do so because I think it’s really important for the country. And now is the time to do it.” The president […]

Obama blames Boehner for delay on immigration reform

International Desk - September 19, 2013

 President Obama on Tuesday blamed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for a lack of progress on immigration reform. Despite the Senate passing a comprehensive immigration reform package almost three months ago, there’s been little movement in the House of Representatives. Asked Tuesday if the bill was effectively dead, Obama said “it shouldn’t be” while casting blame at the feet of the Republican leader.  “[T]he only thing that’s holding it back right now is John Boehner calling in to the floor because we’ve got a majority of members of Congress, Democrats and some Republicans, in the House of Representatives, who would vote for it right now […]

Democrats tire of waiting on immigration reform

International Desk - September 17, 2013

Democrats’ patience on immigration reform is wearing thin. President Obama, congressional Democrats and activists have given Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) some room to maneuver on the thorny issue, but they are now saying that the clock is ticking. Reform proponents are growing anxious nearly three months after the Senate cleared a bipartisan measure. While the House Judiciary Committee has passed narrow bills that are largely non-controversial within the GOP Conference, it remains to be seen if Boehner will seek a floor vote on any of them. Furthermore, Democrats note, there has been almost no discussion in the House of addressing […]

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