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Politico: House GOP plots immigration strategy

U.S. Capitol

Republicans could make their first moves as early as next week.

By Seung Min Kim
1/7/15 8:14 PM EST

House Republicans are ready to fire the opening salvo in the war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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Politico: Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is pictured. | AP Photo


By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:32 AM EST

Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.

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CCTimes: Conservatives blast Kevin McCarthy for CRomnibus

Kevin McCarthy


By Josh Richman
Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

A conservative super PAC is trashing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, for helping pass the $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill, which some say doesn’t do enough to roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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LATimes: DMV prepares to issue driver’s licenses to people who are here illegally

DMV Illegal License Format

By Patrick McGreevy
December 11, 2014

Just weeks before California begins to issue driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally, the Department of Motor Vehicles has opened four new offices and hired more than 900 additional staffers to help handle the expected flood of applicants.

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LATimes: John Boehner suggests leaving immigration out of 2015 budget talks

By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Joseph Tanfani
December 2, 2014

Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by opponents of President Obama’s immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday for funding most of the government — but not the immigration agencies — through the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

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Politico: John Boehner makes sales pitch to GOP

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Votes on a year-end congressional deal hinge on Rep. Yoho.
By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
12/1/14 9:51 PM EST / Updated 12/2/14 10:09 AM EST

Top House Republicans agree on a two-part plan to keep the government from closing in nine days. Now comes the hard part: selling it.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Sarah Mimms
November 30, 2014

Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown.

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Reuters: Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo

U.S. House of Representatives

David Lawder
Wed Nov 26, 2014 – 7:11pm EST

(Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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WashPost: Winners and losers in Obama’s immigration policy changes



By Ed O’Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund
November 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

President Obama unveiled a long-awaited series of changes to the nation’s immigration policies Thursday evening. While most of the details have yet to be announced, here’s a general overview of what to expect in the coming months, based on information provided by the White House:

Who’s in?

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The Hill: Networks won’t air Obama speech

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar, Jesse Byrnes and Justin Sink
11/19/14 – 06:19 PM EST

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

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Politico: GOP mulls its own immigration plan


By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
11/18/14 – 1:08 PM EST

House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers.

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US-Mexico Border Fence

In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, Border Patrol agent Richard Gordon walks the border fence in the Boulevard area east of San Diego looking for signs that reveal movement of illegal immigrants in the rugged, mountainous terrain in Boulevard, Calif.

By Dan Walters
11/18/2014 1:03 PM

California still has, by far, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, but it declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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WashPost: Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory

Barack Obama

By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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Politico: President Obama on immigration: Why wait?

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks on a conference call from the Oval Office. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


Post-election events help clarify internal White House debate on timing.
By Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown
11/14/14 7:11 PM EST

An internal debate over the timing of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration has raged for months, with White House officials gaming out options to minimize the collateral damage yet failing to reach consensus on the best moment to act before their year-end deadline.

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NationalJournal: Activists React Cautiously to Obama Immigration Plans

National Journal

Executive action, strongly opposed by the GOP, would help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants
By Rachel Roubein
November 13, 2014

President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them work authorization and temporary relief from deportation.

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SacBee: California immigrant license preparations continue with extended DMV hours


By Jeremy B. White
11/12/2014 1:45 PM

On the verge of granting hundreds of thousands of drivers licenses to immigrants in the country unlawfully, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will extend its hours and offer more appointments next year.

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WashPost: White House: Obama will act on immigration despite GOP warnings to hold off

Obama Post Election Meeting

The House Majority Leader says it would be difficult for the GOP and President Obama to work together if he follows through with his plans to take executive action on immigration. (AP)

By Ed O’Keefe
November 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

President Obama firmly rejected advice from top congressional Republicans on Friday that he delay his promised executive action on immigration reform, dismissing calls from critics inside and outside his party to allow Congress to debate the issue next year.

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LATimes: L.A. County supervisors vote to extend ICE deal in jails

Los Angeles County Sheriff

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy inside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

By Kate Linthicum
Ovtober 7, 2014

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a controversial partnership with federal immigration authorities designed to target potentially deportable immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes.

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The PE: IMMIGRATION: DMV revving up for driver’s licenses

DMV Illegal License Format

Published: Sept. 25, 2014 Updated: 10:20 p.m.

California will begin issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in the next few months. Here’s what you need to know.

To read story by David Olson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Feds give green light to California immigrant licenses

By Jeremy B. White
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:46 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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Barack Obama

Despite a promise to act on immigration policy by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay taking action on the issue until after the November congressional elections.

By David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe
September 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

President Obama will postpone action on his promise to remake federal immigration policies through executive authority until after the midterm elections in November, the White House announced Saturday, acquiescing to Democrats’ fears that such a move would damage their prospects for maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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LATimes: Nearly 1 in 10 California workers are in country illegally, study finds

By Kate Linthicum
September 4, 2014

A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state’s workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz


Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

WashPost: White House: Obama has ‘no choice but to act’ on immigration

Barack Obama

Post Politics
By Katie Zezima
August 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday that because of inaction by Congress on immigration, President Obama must act alone on the issue and will decide by the end of the summer exactly which steps he will take.

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InlandPolitics: Steve Adams tours U.S.-Mexico Border

Steve Adams


Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 06:00 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman and congressional candidate Steve Adams spent yesterday morning touring the U.S.-Mexico border with Chris Harris, Vice President for Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council. Adams made the trip to the San Diego Sector of the border to get firsthand knowledge of the situation at the border.

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The Hill: Immigration reform fizzles as campaign issue for Democrats


The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 07/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.

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IEBusinessDaily: Immigration Debate Heats Up


July 12, 2014

No, this is not another opinion as to whether “comprehensive immigration reform” will be passed this year. While we thought that the defeat of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his reelection primary put the final nail in the coffin for this year, other immigration issues have now further embalmed and then cremated the body of any immigration reform legislation, perhaps in perpetuity.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/11/14, 9:44 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

The crisis involving tens of thousands of migrant young people and mothers with children from Central America crossing over the border into the United States has provided a source of widely differing views among the candidates running for the 31st Congressional District in November.

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Barack Obama

President Obama took questions Wednesday in Dallas after making a statement on the border crisis, defending his decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. (AP)

By Katie Zezima and David Nakamura
July 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

DALLAS — President Obama on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision not to visit the Texas border with Mexico to view a burgeoning humanitarian crisis, saying he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenging Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

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SacBee (AP): Obama under pressure to visit US-Mexico border

Barack Obama

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 – 1:47 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 4, 2014 – 3:18 am

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is facing mounting calls from Republicans to take a firsthand look at the immigration emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, putting him on the spot concerning what he has called the “humanitarian crisis” of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding in from Central America.

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LATimes: Supporters, opponents of Murrieta-bound immigrant detainees dig in

Paloma Esquivel
July 2, 2014

After anti-illegal immigration protesters in Murrieta successfully forced buses full of migrants to divert to San Diego for processing, groups of immigration advocates have quietly galvanized.

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Reuters: Anti-immigration protesters block undocumented migrants in California


Marty Graham
Tue Jul 1, 2014 – 7:56pm EDT

MURRIETA Calif. —-

(Reuters) – A group of protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of two buses carrying undocumented Central American families to a U.S. Border Patrol station in California on Tuesday after they were flown to San Diego from Texas.

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UTSanDiego: Border Patrol reschedules flights to California


By JULIE WATSON Associated Press
June 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol announced Friday that it was going forward with its plans to fly Central American migrants from the Rio Grande Valley to Southern California and two Texas border cities to help relieve what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis.

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AP: Feds to fly hundreds of migrants to California


AP California News
Jun 22, 5:03 AM EDT

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol will fly nearly 300 Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing, an official said, as the government seeks to ease the workload on agents at the nation’s busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

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Politico: Poll: Obama sinks on immigration

Down Arrow

Thirty-one percent of those polled approved of his handling of immigration.


By KENDALL BREITMAN | 6/20/14 6:07 AM EDT Updated: 6/20/14 8:42 AM EDT

Two in three Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new Gallup poll.

At 65 percent, the disapproval rate is the highest that Gallup has reported since the group began polling on the subject and is up 10 points since August 2013.

Thirty-one percent of those polled approved of his handling of immigration, the lowest readings since 2010, when only 29 percent approved.

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LATimes: Republicans blame Obama policies for immigration crisis on border


Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Richard Simon
June 19, 2014

Republicans are challenging the president’s characterization of the surge in young immigrants from Central America across the southern border as an unforeseen crisis, accusing his administration of contributing to the influx and demanding that he deploy National Guard troops and other resources to secure the border.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/14, 10:01 PM PDT |

Immigration rights advocates are praising the recent decisions by the San Bernardino and Riverside county sheriff’s departments to no longer detain undocumented immigrants for the federal government without sufficient probable cause.

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SacBee: Immigrant driver’s license concerns aired at DMV hearing


Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 28, 2014

With California preparing to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, the documentation needed to prove residency and the fate of personal information emerged as key concerns at a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing on Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Protesters target Congressman Miller’s office over amnesty


Linnie Drolet, of Rancho Cucamonga, signs postcards opposing amnesty during a protest outside Congressman Gary Miller’s office in Rancho Cucamonga on Monday. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff Photographer)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/14, 1:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Jackie Navoa waited more than six years to come to the United States.

She had just graduated from a school in the Philippines and planned on fulfilling her dreams of becoming a registered nurse. After waiting for her paperwork and for her funds to go through, she finally made it.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy backs path to legal status

Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy has expressed support for legal status before. | AP Photo

By SEUNG MIN KIM | 1/22/14 9:34 AM EST

The third-ranking House Republican is offering support for a path to legal status that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants in the country to work and pay their taxes.

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SacBee: California’s new laws: What changes in 2014

California Seal

By Jeremy B. White
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 – 8:58 am

Bills that crossed Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk in 2013 encompassed policy topics from bullets to bike safety. In some cases Brown signed legislation that enshrined key Democratic goals, reflecting the strength of robust Democratic majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown vetoes bill on jury duty for legal immigrants

Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 7, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have allowed legal immigrants to serve on juries, saying in a veto message Monday that the responsibility should be reserved for U.S. citizens.

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Reuters: Illegal immigrants allowed to practice law in California

By Noreen O’Donnell
Sat Oct 5, 2013 8:16pm EDT

(Reuters) – Illegal immigrants can be licensed to practice law in California under one of eight bills expanding immigrant rights that were signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 3, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, reversing his position on an issue legislative Democrats have pressed for years.

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SacBee: California immigrant driver’s licenses bring many questions

By Jeremy B. White
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 – 6:25 am

The ride Isabel Medina was waiting for never arrived.

She and her husband, Felipe, both live in the United States illegally – they came from Mexico in 1996 – and one night eight years ago Isabel was in the hospital, waiting for Felipe to pick her up. He didn’t show. She eventually made her way home to find that Felipe had been pulled over for a traffic violation. The car was impounded, the couple had to pay $1,500, and they never got the car back.

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SacBee: California poised to allow undocumented immigrants to practice law


By Peter Hecht
Published: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am

CHICO — For Sergio Covarrubias Garcia and his supporters, a critical word is missing from the door of the “Offices of Sergio C. Garcia” – “Law.”

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s immigrant license bill sets up big conflict

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 – 7:14 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 – 11:06 pm

On the final night of the 2013 legislative session last week, lawmakers passed a landmark bill to allow illegal immigrants – perhaps as many as 1.4 million – to obtain California driver’s licenses.

One provision of the bill almost blocked action.

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LATimes: State passes bill to license more drivers who are here illegally

California Seal

Eligibility for immigrants in the country illegally would be expanded. Another measure requires OT for domestic workers.

Calif. Legislature OK’s Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants
By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times
September 13, 2013, 12:18 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Laboring late into the night Thursday to finish their work for the year, state lawmakers acted to allow many more immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain California driver’s licenses, a measure Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 12, 2013

Legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to practice law in California is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown after a final 60-3 Assembly vote.

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LATimes: California Legislature faces raft of bills on volatile issues


California lawmakers in the Legislature’s final month in session are set to tackle about 1,100 bills that feature such politically volatile issues as environmental rules, gun control and immigration.

By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
August 11, 2013, 5:49 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers, back from their summer break and starting their final month in session, have a lengthy to-do list that features such politically volatile issues as environmental rules, gun control and immigration.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy targeted by pro-immigration groups


Labor unions are trying persuade McCarthy to support a pathway to citizenship.

By JAKE SHERMAN | 8/8/13 4:49 PM EDT

Labor unions say they are going to flood House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield, Calif., district on Wednesday, in an attempt to persuade him to support a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants.

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The PE: GARY MILLER: Super PAC ads target congressman on immigration

Gary Miller


July 30, 2013; 05:32 PM

SACRAMENTO — The election is more than 15 months away, but a Democrat-aligned super PAC already has spent almost $87,000 on TV ads criticizing Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

To story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Takano red-pens Republicans’ immigration letter


Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, gives an “F” to a Republican letter on immigration reform.

July 14, 2013; 08:47 PM

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, may have switched careers when he was elected to Congress last fall, but the former high school English teacher still wields a mean red pen.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Imran Ghori, Craig Schultz and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

By Scott Bland
Updated: June 26, 2013 | 6:20 a.m.
June 25, 2013 | 9:59 p.m.

As eight senators huddled behind closed doors to craft a bipartisan and comprehensive immigration-reform bill, South Carolinians began seeing television ads bashing Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for his involvement. “Who elected Graham to demand amnesty and welfare for millions of illegal aliens?” a faceless voice asked in the February ad paid for by advocacy group NumbersUSA.

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John Boehner

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner

By Ed O’Keefe
Published: June 18, 2013

The fate of the sprawling immigration reform proposal winding its way through Congress may now be in the hands of some of the most conservative members of the Republican Party.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County’s Latino population now a majority

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/13/2013 02:34:11 PM PDT
Updated: 06/13/2013 08:50:29 PM PDT

Latinos now make up 50.5 percent of San Bernardino County’s population, making the county the second largest in the nation with a Latino majority, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Area ‘economist’ back at it again


Sunday, April 23, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

A local Inland Empire ‘economist’ is back at again this week.

It must be time to drum up some business for the area’s paid cheerleader John Husing.

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VVDailyPress: Husing among reform supporters

Economist: Americans won’t do some jobs
April 19, 2013 11:33 PM
Jose Quintero, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Research economist John Husing called for immigration reform at a conference Friday, saying Americans simply won’t do some jobs that undocumented citizens would.

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WashPost: Senators to release immigration plan, including a path to citizenship

U.S. Senate

By David Nakamura, Published: April 15

Millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States could earn a chance at citizenship under a sweeping Senate proposal to be released Tuesday that would represent the most ambitious overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in three decades.

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LATimes: In California, Bush urges a change in the D.C. political climate

Jeb Bush Speaks At The Reagan Library About His New Book

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible Republican contender for president in 2016, speaks at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images / March 8, 2013)

By Maeve Reston
March 8, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

As speculation swirled around his potential run for president in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made a plea Friday for greater bipartisanship, hailing President Obama’s dinner invitation to a dozen Republican senators this week as a promising development.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Democrats oust party leader despite gains


February 22, 2013; 07:15 PM

You lead a party that picks up four competitive seats in the November election. And for your labors you’re tossed four months later?

To read column by Jeff Horseman, David Olson and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Did Ramos screw up his plan? Whatever that is!


Friday, February 1, 2013 – 08:15 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos obviously has another political agenda. It’s just unclear as to what it is at this point.

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Mike Ramos

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/30/2013 08:39:47 AM PST
Updated: 01/30/2013 10:28:07 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos sent a hand-delivered letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asking that pending immigration reforms include provisions allowing immigrants’ DNA samples to be cross-checked against the FBI’s database in order to prevent criminals from obtaining U.S. citizenship.

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NationalJournal: Why Obama Could Be the Biggest Obstacle to An Immigration Deal

Barack Obama

The president needs to lead from behind on immigration reform.

By Matthew Cooper
Updated: January 28, 2013 | 8:37 p.m.
January 28, 2013 | 2:41 p.m.

Anyone with a kid or a boss knows that one of the most important things you can do is back off. Hovering over your kid is not the best way to get them to put on their coat, and it’s not the best way to get a raise.

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LATimes: As Obama takes up immigration, strategy poses a challenge

Barack Obama

Sending a bill with his name on it could automatically alienate Republicans who might otherwise support an overhaul.

By Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
January 26, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON — As President Obama settles on a strategy to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, he faces a quandary that speaks volumes about the bitter nature of politics in a divided capital: The very fact that a plan has Obama’s name on it might be enough to kill it.

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SacBee: New law to allow many undocumented immigrants to drive

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 30, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in California will be eligible for driver’s licenses under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday.

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LATimes: State Senate backs driver’s licenses for young illegal immigrants

On politics in the Golden State
August 29, 2012 | 4:55 pm

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing up to 450,000 illegal immigrants in California to get state driver’s licenses once they are awarded work permits under a new federal program providing a reprieve from deportation.

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SFChronicle: Dems try to give young illegals licenses

John Wildermuth
Updated 11:03 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Democratic legislators are working with Gov. Jerry Brown and Department of Motor Vehicles officials to provide driver’s licenses to hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants now eligible to work under President Obama’s new “deferred action” policy.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County fights for immigrant prison funds


Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/27/2012 04:31:58 PM PDT

A new policy that could slash the amount of federal funding San Bernardino County receives for housing illegal immigrants at its jails has the Board of Supervisors fighting mad.

On Tuesday, the board authorized a request for funding from the federal government to cover at least part of the costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants suspected of criminal activity, which cost the county more than $17 million last year.

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The Hill: Supreme Court gives split verdict on Arizona immigration law

By Sam Baker and Jonathan Easley – 06/25/12 10:40 AM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The court upheld the most controversial part of the law, which allows law enforcement officials to verify a person’s legal status when they’re stopped on suspicion of committing a separate offense.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Sunday, June 23, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

News from across the transom this Sunday morning.

Arnett to challenge Shorett again

Joe Arnett is going to take another shot at unseating San Bernardino City Councilman Fred Shorett.

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The Sun: Obama acts to spare many youths from deportation

Staff and Wire Reports
Posted: 06/15/2012 06:32:01 PM PDT

President Barack Obama suddenly eased enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws Friday, an extraordinary step offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work.

Embraced by Hispanics, his action touched off an election-year confrontation with many Republicans.

Obama said the change would become effective immediately to “lift the shadow of deportation from these young people.”

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County supe’s place baffoonery on full display


Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

In a Romper Room fashion, an embarrassing display of incompetence decended on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting just before noon on Tuesday.

Neither Chairperson Josie Gonzales nor County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle knew Robert’s Rules of Order or their own procedures regarding the conduct of voting among the boards members.

Gonzales is of no surprise. But Basle, a licensed and practicing attorney, is a another story.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry has proposed an E-Verify requirement that circumvents the state law preventing it use. (File Photo/2012)



Published: 23 April 2012 06:12 PM

Restaurants in San Bernardino County would be required to inform customers if they perform immigration background checks on their employees under a proposal that will go before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Supervisor Neil Derry is proposing to amend the county’s restaurant grading ordinance so that placards would be color-coded to indicate whether an establishment uses E-Verify, a federal database to check a person’s immigration status.

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The Sun: Proposal would ID San Bernardino County eateries that screen new hires

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/22/2012 04:07:38 PM PDT

A proposal designed to identify restaurants that screen employees for their immigration status will go in front of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, its author said.

Supervisor Neil Derry’s measure would amend the county’s restaurant letter-grading system as a way to identify businesses that use the federal E-Verify system.

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In this April 4, 2011 file photo is Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, in Sacramento. Donnelly, who previously sought the right to carry a loaded weapon inside the state Capitol has been cited for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a Sacramento-bound flight. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez says Donnelly had a Colt .45 with four rounds in it inside his carry-on luggage at Ontario International Airport. He says another magazine with five rounds also was in Donnelly’s carry-on bag. The lawmaker was passing through a security checkpoint at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. (Associated Press file photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 01/06/2012 10:52:55 AM PST

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said Friday the effort to repeal the California Dream Act had fallen short of gathering enough signatures needed to get on the ballot.

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LATimes: Furor-stoking L.A. radio duo defies pigeonholing

KFI’s John and Ken thrive on an angry public and wield power by stirring their loyal listeners — 1 million weekly — to action. But their stances and beliefs are more varied than many might suspect.


By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2012

Four hours a day, five days a week, John and Ken swoop from substantive to sophomoric faster than you can change the station.

They are conservative, campaigning against what they deride as the “Illegal Alien Dream Act.”

They are liberal, hosting an in-depth conversation about income inequality with Occupy Los Angeles protesters.

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DailyBulletin: Assemblyman Donnelly discusses threats

Staff Reports
Created: 01/05/2012 05:38:23 PM PST

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Thursday said he was assaulted and threatened on Dec. 26 by a man in Rancho Cucamonga due to his opposition to the Dream Act.

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The Sun: Use of E-Verify program growing

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/27/2011 02:37:13 PM PST

Nearly 1,000 county businesses screen employees’ immigration status with a process called E-Verify, part of a 37-percent surge statewide in the number of employers using the system since 2010.

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LATimes: California, Texas land federal funds to jail illegal immigrants

Securing the money has long been a top priority for California, which will receive about $65.8 million after a rare alliance between the two most populous red and blue states.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2 2011

Reporting from Washington— California and Texas lawmakers formed a rare alliance to secure $240 million in federal funds to pay for jailing illegal immigrants despite a congressional drive to reduce Washington’s red ink.

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SacBee: Effort to overturn California Dream Act hits the streets

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 21, 2011

Opponents of a new law that allows illegal immigrants to receive college financial aid were given the green light to begin collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure, Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office announced today.

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LATimes: New California law bars E-Verify requirement for employers

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents rounding up illegal immigrants earlier this year in Phoenix. (Nick Oza / Arizona Republic)

By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2011, 6:45 p.m.

For years, activists against illegal immigration pushed cities across California to adopt ordinances ordering businesses to verify that their employees were eligible to work in the U.S.

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