House Republicans wrestled inconclusively with the outlines of immigration legislation Thursday night, sharply divided over the contentious issue itself and the political wisdom of acting on it in an election year.
At a three-day retreat on the frozen banks of the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore, GOP leaders circulated an outline that would guide the drafting of any House Republican legislation on the subject — a document that Speaker John Boehner told the rank and file was as far as the party was willing to go.
It’s no secret that Hispanic consumers are driving growth across a range of industries in the U.S., so it makes sense that many companies aren’t asking if this demographic is affecting the nation. Rather, they’re asking how they’re affecting it. With a projected buying power of $1.5 trillion by 2015, the U.S. Hispanic population is worth watching. And, as technology continues to shape the way consumers access entertainment, it’s important to keep up with how this key demographic group interacts with TV programming, music, and games. Here, we take a look at some current trends and highlight why the entertainment industry should be taking notes.
By Doris Meissner
MPI Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was an important milestone in U.S. immigration history, representing the first and most comprehensive legislation to take on the issue of illegal immigration to the United States.
North NJ woman admits role in immigration scheme
Prosecutors say a northern New Jersey woman stole roughly $100,000 from more than two dozen people who were living in the country illegally by making empty promises to help them obtain citizenship papers.
President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans in the House want to overhaul immigration laws. He calls on them to pass legislation this year.
In his State of the Union address, Obama says it is time to heed the calls to change immigration laws from business and labor leaders, religious leaders and law enforcement officials.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 36 preeminent national Latino organizations in the country, sent a letter to President Barack Obama respectfully urging the President to mention seven key issues in his State of the Union address next week. NHLA laid out its policy priorities in the areas of immigration, economy and the budget, education, health, Latino inclusion in the federal government, voting rights, and support for Latino Veterans.
Coalition hopes to continue to highlight policy priorities to both Presidential candidates
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the 30 leading Hispanic organizations in the United States, announced the results of its bi-annual election of officers. The elected leadership of the coalition now includes:
While the common perception is that Puerto Rico is losing its best, brightest and youngest professionals, who are leaving the island in droves for jobs and better opportunities in the United States, Centro researcher Kurt Birson said there is no evidence of a brain drain on the island.
Bloomberg: Immigration reform key to GOP future
Donna Cassata, AP
Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said Friday that a Republican Party that ignores the nation's Hispanics and balks at immigration overhaul does so at its political peril as Republicans pressured the House GOP to act this year.
"If you are against the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country, you and your party don't have a future," Bloomberg said flatly at a forum on immigration with Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who served in President George W. Bush's administration.
Paul J. Weber, AP
Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday told Texas business leaders eager for changes to immigration laws that House Republicans will tackle reform in pieces and ruled out negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive measure.
The Wisconsin Republican didn't offer a timetable ahead of next week's GOP House caucus annual retreat, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said immigration will top the agenda.
By Mark Hugo Lopez and Anna Brown
Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project
After some movement in Congress in 2013, and then a stall, there are signs that immigration reform might move ahead in 2014. House Speaker John Boehner has indicated a new willingness to bring discussion about immigration reform to the House floor, and House Republicans are expected to issue specific proposals for changing the nation’s immigration laws in the coming weeks.