5 things you should know about immigration reform
Mariana Rivas urges changes in the immigration bill, protesting in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) office in Doral, Florida.
May 22nd, 2013
07:21 PM ET
11 months ago

5 things you should know about immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform won their first major legislative victory this week when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to approve the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" plan.

If enacted, the measure will create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Immigration reform bill clears key Senate hurdle
May 21st, 2013
08:03 PM ET
11 months ago

Immigration reform bill clears key Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill on Tuesday, sending the measure to the Senate floor for further consideration and giving the bill's backers their first major legislative victory.

Members of the Democratic-controlled panel voted 13-5 in favor of the measure.

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Filed under: Immigration
Sessions takes on Senate immigration gang
May 21st, 2013
05:56 PM ET
11 months ago

Sessions takes on Senate immigration gang

Washington (CNN) - What's wrong with the "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration reform bill?

Jeff Sessions has a lot of answers to that question, but he starts by pointing to a picture of a modest white house built in the early 1930s in Hybart, Alabama.

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Filed under: Immigration • Jeff Sessions
Fate of immigration bill gay rights measures in doubt
May 21st, 2013
02:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Fate of immigration bill gay rights measures in doubt

Washington (CNN) - As the Senate Judiciary Committee neared completion of its consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the panel's top Democrat would move forward with a pair of controversial gay rights amendments vehemently opposed by congressional Republicans.

The amendments, offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, 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 given proof of a committed relationship.

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Filed under: Congress • Gay rights • Immigration
Immigration bill is Democratic plot, House conservative says
May 14th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
11 months ago

Immigration bill is Democratic plot, House conservative says

Washington (CNN) – A prominent House conservative said Tuesday that the immigration reform bill now under consideration in the Senate is part of an ongoing plot to build a massive new Democratic voting bloc.

America's growing Hispanic vote is "a huge boon for Democrats. They have known that for a long time," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. Their message has been that "we are going to recruit all you folks. That we are going to give amnesty to (you) to become Democrats."

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Filed under: House • Immigration
Senate panel tackles border security in immigration bill
Supporters for immigration reform from the group Campaign for Citizenship say a prayer prior to the start of the reform bill's markup before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
May 9th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
11 months ago

Senate panel tackles border security in immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - Members of a key Democratic-controlled Senate panel cast the first congressional votes on a sweeping bipartisan immigration reform bill on Thursday, turning back the first GOP attempts to beef up the legislation's border security provisions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee met for eight hours, debating and holding votes on more than 30 proposed amendments.

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Filed under: Immigration • Senate
May 8th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
11 months ago

Doomed Libya ambassador: 'We're under attack'

Washington (CNN) - Late on the night of last September 11, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens spoke to his deputy for the final time from the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"Greg, we're under attack," Stevens told Gregory Hicks.

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Filed under: Congress • Libya
Gay rights on long list of proposed changes to immigration bill
May 7th, 2013
06:55 PM ET
11 months ago

Gay rights on long list of proposed changes to immigration bill

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.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Immigration
Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects
May 1st, 2013
07:59 PM ET
12 months ago

Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects

Washington (CNN) -- A prominent gay rights advocacy group says a key congressional Democrat will push for new rights for same-sex couples in the Senate's immigration reform bill - a move which could undermine the legislation's bipartisan support.

According to a spokesman for Immigration Equality, Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy intends to offer an amendment later this month allowing foreign-born individuals in committed same-sex relationships with Americans to apply for green cards.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Immigration • Pat Leahy • Senate
Graham: 'Ultimate blame' for Boston attacks on administration
April 25th, 2013
11:39 AM ET
12 months ago

Graham: 'Ultimate blame' for Boston attacks on administration

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday the administration is to blame for not preventing last week's terror attack at the Boston Marathon finish line.

This marks the first time the attacks have been so politicized in the search for answers for how the two brothers suspected of the bombings slipped past government anti-terror detection measures.
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Filed under: Boston Marathon bombing • Libya • Lindsey Graham
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