(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden laid out a timetable for his hopes on immigration reform, saying he wants to see Congress pass a bill in the coming months.
"As my grandpop would say, with the grace of god and the good will of the neighbors, Congress will show the wisdom to pass the bipartisan immigration bill by the end of the summer. They must, and I'm optimistic," he said Wednesday at a Washington dinner for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.
(CNN) – A report released by the conservative Heritage Foundation that was highly critical of proposed immigration legislation is coming under new scrutiny after it was discovered its co-author previously wrote a dissertation citing lower IQs among immigrants.
The Heritage Foundation immediately distanced itself from the 2009 paper written by Jason Richwine, who is described on Heritage’s website as a quantitative analyst.
Washington (CNN) - A top Senate Democrat has offered a pair of amendments to an immigration reform bill bolstering rights for same-sex couples, a politically risky move that threatens to shatter Republican support for the sweeping legislation.
Vermont Sen. Patrick's Leahy's amendments would recognize same-sex marriages in which one spouse is an American, and also would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards as long as there's proof of a committed relationship.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A report by the conservative Heritage Foundation criticizing the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration reform plan for being too costly wasn't an accurate assessment of the bill, one of the Republican lawmakers authoring the measure said Tuesday.
The report, released Monday, takes particular issue with the Senate bill's pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the United States, saying such a route to legal status would cost taxpayers trillions.
(CNN) – On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio described former Sen. Jim DeMint as a "great man" and a "mentor."
On Monday, DeMint ran roughshod over the Senate immigration reform effort in part spearheaded by Rubio.
(CNN) - Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, part of the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators pushing immigration reform, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he agrees with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio that their bill may need some improvement but argued that they need to “stand by the basic agreement” of the legislation.
The Democrat from Illinois said, however, that he would support a same-sex provision in immigration reform, a plan that could undermine bipartisan support for the bill introduced last month.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama supports a proposal to allow Americans to seek legal immigration status for same-sex partners, a plan that could undermine bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform.
Obama indicated at a news conference in Costa Rica on Friday that the idea was “the right thing to do,” but acknowledged that such a politically charged issue may ultimately not make it into a final immigration package.
(CNN) – The route to legal status for undocumented immigrants, spelled out in pending Senate legislation, could be made even tougher by Congress, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wrote in an op-ed Friday.
Rubio is one of the most high profile members of a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators who unveiled immigration reform legislation last month that includes an eventual pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants. It also mandates tighter border security and better enforcement of current immigration laws.
(CNN) - The latest example of conservative backlash against Sen. Marco Rubio for his role as one of the Senate leaders pushing for comprehensive immigration reform came Thursday on the cover of the right-leaning publication "National Review."
The cover shows Rubio laughing at a press conference announcing the immigration bill last month, with the words "Rubio's Folly" underneath. Fellow Republican Sen. John McCain appears on the cover as well, along with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.
(CNN) – As Congress begins to tackle immigration reform, a new poll indicates there's been a drop in support over the last month for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 52% favor such a proposal in the new poll, down from 59% who said the same thing in an April 4 survey, taken before the Boston Marathon bombings.