immigration reform

Lowey and Granger talk consensus building at the border

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., left, and ranking member Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, are interviewed by CQ Roll Call in the Capitol on Tuesday, April 30 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Why Democrats aren’t rushing to change immigration laws
They don’t agree with Trump and public sentiment doesn’t provide a mandate toward a solution

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked from left by Assistant Democratic Leader Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Cheri Bustos, D- Ill., and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark, D-Mass., speaks to the press during the House Democrats' 2019 Issues Conference at the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats are treading carefully on immigration as they attempt to show they can lead on the divisive issue heading into the 2020 elections.

President Donald Trump, who won election in 2016 on a campaign to crack down on immigration and what he often refers to as “open borders,” is planning to repeat the strategy heading into 2020. In recent weeks, he’s launched near daily attacks on Democrats for their refusal to change immigration laws — an accusation that, as with many things Trump says, is not entirely true.

How The Senate Immigration Debate Stalled
 

Rep. Ruben Kihuen on His Journey From Undocumented Immigrant to Congressman

Ruben Kihuen came to the U.S. from Mexico with his parents when he was 8 years old. After they overstayed their visa, they fell into undocumented status. Today, he’s a Democratic congressman for Nevada’s 4th District, and Roll Call sat down to hear about that journey.

Immigration Hard-Liners Balk at Ryan's Stance

Ryan poses for a selfie with a tourist outside the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Even as Paul D. Ryan’s path to becoming House speaker looks increasingly clear, his record as an outspoken advocate for rewriting the nation’s immigration laws may be one of the final reasons giving pause to some in his conference’s right flank.  

The Wisconsin Republican has said he wants unified support from his House colleagues as a condition of accepting the job, but the conservative wing of the party — particularly members of the House Freedom Caucus — is uneasy about his work toward a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013. A vote by the Freedom Caucus Wednesday night denied Ryan a formal endorsement , but 70 percent of the roughly 40-member group said they would back Ryan, who deemed it enough support to move forward with his bid for speaker.  

McConnell: No Immigration Bill While Obama Is President (Video)

Immigration reform is dead in this Congress, per McConnell. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama won't get to sign an immigration bill, per Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.  

"Not in this Congress," McConnell said when asked about the prospects for immigration legislation. McConnell: No Immigration Bill While Obama Is President

Sanctuary Cities Bills Filed as Families Testify About Killings

Grassley introduced a new bill Tuesday aimed at "sanctuary cities." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

"Kate was beautiful, kind, caring, loving, and deep in faith; Kate had a special soul, a kind and giving heart, the most contagious laugh, and a smile that would light up a room," said Jim Steinle.  

A doting father, Steinle was describing his daughter, 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle — who was killed weeks ago in San Francisco allegedly by a felon here illegally who'd already been deported multiple times — to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.  "Kate loved to travel, spend time with her friends, and most of all spend time with her family," Steinle continued. "In fact, the day she was killed, we were walking arm in arm on Pier 14 in San Francisco, enjoying a wonderful day together."