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Immigration Policy

Montana to appeal judge's immigrant law ruling

HELENA — Montana's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling that a voter-approved law requiring immigration checks of anybody applying for state services goes against federal immigration laws.

August 22, 2014 2:15 pmLoading…

George F. Will: For GOP, re-evaluation time

WASHINGTON — The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a d…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Eric Cantor rejected in Tea Party purge

WASHINGTON — In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

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George F. Will: Why immigration reform matters to GOP

WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a…

February 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP harming itself on immigration issue

The Republican Party is hurting itself by taking immigration reform off the table. Recently, the Republican leadership announced that it was killing any possibility of immigration reform during this midterm election year. This runs counter to the party’s desire to court the Latino vote — a g…

February 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: O'Connell would fashion needed immigration compromise

WASHINGTON — One reason Washington makes so much bad history is that so many people here know so little history. This helps explain why “comprehensive” immigration reform is foundering: Too few of today’s legislators know what happened 163 years ago.

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Guest opinion: The Bible’s case for immigration reform

Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action.

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Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Welcome immigrants: Advice from conservative religious leaders

Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship services more than once a week, 63 percent backed Mitt Romney last fall, while 36 percent supported President Barack Obama. …

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: Obama should raise stakes on immigration debate

WASHINGTON — If you want to alleviate worries about the economic impact of immigration reform, increase the minimum wage.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Immigration: Time for lawmakers to choose sides

WASHINGTON — The future of immigration reform is, for now at least, not up to House Speaker John Boehner. It is in the hands of a group of moderately conservative Republican senators who have to decide whether their desire to solve a decades-old problem outweighs their fears of retaliation f…

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Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Immigration compromise bill worth celebrating

Compromise is one of the noblest words in the political lexicon. Especially when power is divided between the parties, as it is now, governing a country this vast and diverse is virtually impossible unless lawmakers bring a certain level of trust and flexibility to the bargaining table.

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George F. Will: Obama seeks purposeful failures with eye on 2014

WASHINGTON -- Thirty-one months ago Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell affronted the media and other custodians of propriety by saying something common-sensical. On Oct. 23, 2010, he said: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term preside…

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E.J. Dionne: The culture of preconception is pervasive

WASHINGTON — The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions.

April 25, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: GOP lost White House by shutting out "others"

The single biggest mistake Mitt Romney made during the election was to swing to the right on immigration. As one Republican strategist put it, his inane suggestion that Latinos "self-deport" from America ensured that Romney "self-deported from the White House."

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Steve and Cokie Roberts: Popular priority: Obama's common sense immigration order

There are a lot of drawbacks to running for re-election when the unemployment rate hits 8.2 percent and a majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. You get blamed for problems that are not your fault — such as high gas prices — and are at the mercy of events y…

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Immigration issue won't create a stir in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The immigration issue hasn't created much of a stir in Wyoming and probably won't, even if the Supreme Court upholds all or part of Arizona's immigration law.

April 28, 2012 1:45 pmLoading…

New immigration bills could surface in 2013 Montana Legislature

HELENA — While other states are making plans to introduce tough new immigration enforcement measures in the wake of Supreme Court arguments over an Arizona law, the fate of such legislation in Montana largely hinges on elections this fall.

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Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Trade pacts, immigrants can rev up U.S. economy

The economic news remains dreadful — stock markets, credit ratings and consumer confidence are all plunging. Worse yet, the administration has few tools available to reverse the trend. New stimulus spending is politically impossible, and interest rates are already at rock bottom.

August 14, 2011 12:05 amLoading…
Churches lead opposition to immigration law

Churches lead opposition to immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For some believers and church leaders, opposing Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation law against illegal immigration is a chance for Bible Belt redemption.

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