Will Wilkinson notes a recent survey that shows that overwhelming majorities support all of the key elements of the immigration reform package being considered by Congress, including Republicans. 86% of Republicans, for example, support the path to citizenship. Then he provides an accurate explanation for what that has little to do with what Republican legislators …
Category Archive: Immigration
Jun 30 2013
Jun 24 2013
Margaret Doughty, the atheist seeking to become an American citizen who was prevented from doing so because she didn’t have a religious basis for being a conscientious objector, has won her case with help from the American Humanist Association. They said in a press release:
Jun 21 2013
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A right winger is declaring that if a policy that she disagrees with is passed, America is “finished.” This is not a repeat from every political debate since the nation began. Actually, it is. Because the number of policies that were supposed to destroy America is virtually …
Jun 21 2013
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has issued a report that should provide serious ammunition for Democrats and moderate Republicans who are pushing the immigration reform bill. The report concludes that passing S. 774 would raise federal revenue and reduce the deficit pretty significantly.
Jun 18 2013
Here’s another law that privileges religious beliefs by giving believers an opt-out from a generally applicable law, resulting in clear and obvious discrimination against non-believers. Margaret Doughty applied for US citizenship and was asked the standard question of whether she would be willing to take up arms to defend the country. Her reply:
Jun 10 2013
Larry Pratt of the extremely far right Gun Owners of America, so far right that they think the NRA is a liberal group, went on Steve Deace’s radio show and delivered the standard right wing line about how illegal immigrants are a bunch of lazy bums who just want to vote for Democrats so they …
Jun 08 2013
William Gheen, the head of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), is mighty upset at Fox News. It seems that the news channel just isn’t working hard enough to make people afraid of the immigration reform bill being put together in the Senate. So he’s written an open letter to the network making a rather …
May 29 2013
I kept seeing headlines about South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointing a white supremacist to a steering committee for the state, but the details are actually even weirder than that. The guy is an anti-immigration neo-confederate — and he is himself a Cuban immigrant.
May 29 2013
It seems fascist Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona is finally getting reined in. A federal judge has ruled that Arpaio and his department have committed rampant civil rights violations by targeting Latinos for traffic stops and much more.
May 27 2013
Sen. Patrick Leahy on Wednesday withdrew an amendment he proposed to the comprehensive immigration reform bill being marked up in the Senate that would have afforded married gay couples the same immigration status rights as straight married couples. He did so because Republicans threatened to blow the whole thing up if they dared to treat …
May 23 2013
Phyllis Schlafly repeats the same xenophobia of earlier generations in her most recent column at the Eagle Forum website. She says that unlike the Jewish, Irish and Italian immigrants of the past, modern immigrants don’t really want to be Americans and be patriotic:
May 13 2013
The new study on immigration from the Heritage Foundation, which claims that a bill being debated in Congress to give those here illegally a path to citizenship (one that takes 14 years) will cost over $6 trillion, is being absolutely hammered by left, right and center. Matthew Yglesias explains some of the problems with the …
May 09 2013
The Heritage Foundation has released its much-anticipated new study on the fiscal evils of immigration, which completely contradicts its former position on immigration. ThinkProgress has a list of the contrasting positions between the two studies. Like the new one says:
May 06 2013
An email sent from Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum to their followers explains to them what the Bible says about immigration, which is very little. Apparently, you have to be nice to them, but only as an individual, not as a society. Or something.
May 03 2013
Here’s another example of the major problems the Republican Party has in trying to reach out to new constituencies while simultaneously holding on to old ones. In addition to gay rights, they have a similar problem on immigration, where they can’t appeal to Hispanic voters and to the right wing at the same time: