Howdy, Trey Gowdy!

Howdy, Trey Gowdy!   Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was named the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, a committee that will presumably have a lead role in developing any new immigration law in the coming Congress.   Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced today that Rep Gowdy would be chair in the new Congress and stated “Rep. Gowdy will play a leading role on immigration reform which is a top priority of the House Judiciary Committee in the new Congress.” Congressman Gowdy will take over for Congressman Elton Gallegly, who ran the Subcommittee in the last Congress. 

The ACHIEVE Act is Introduced

Last week, we brought you news of the plans of certain Republican Senators to introduce an alternative to the DREAM Act.  Today, Senators Hutchinson (R-TX), Kyl (R-AZ) and McCain (R-AZ) introduced the ACHIEVE Act. The Senators held a press announcement to describe their new bill. They described it as the product of a year of work. Mercifully, there appears to have been some pressure to end their work and put forward a bill as, if they had continued to work, the bill and the process they propose would have become even more cumbersome than the three step process they have outlined.

My Trip to the White House to Discuss Immigration Reform

My Trip to the White House to Discuss Immigration Reform In Washington, we have very hot summers without a real beach to beat the heat.  Our winters can be wet, sloppy messes or we can get pounded with multiple snow storms in a city completely unprepared for more than three inches of snow.  Along with the occasional security scare, World Bank protest and Presidential motorcade, life in the Nation’s Capital can be challenging.  However, certain things make up for that. 

Details Emerge on Republican Alternative to DREAM Act

Details Emerge on Republican Alternative to DREAM Act   Before the tectonic plates shifted last week, there was a recent time that the Republican Party stood a chance to exploit the serious disaffection of the Latino and immigrant communities with the Obama administration.  Last spring, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) teased the electorate with a so-called “Republican DREAM Act.”  Although no legislation was drafted, Rubio’s attempt to reconcile his party with the immigrant community got serious attention. 

The President Discusses Immigration Reform

At his first press conference since the election, the President called on a Telemundo reporter to ask the third question in the press conference.  The President must have known that she would ask about immigration reform and she did not disappoint.  Here is the President’s answer, without any comment or editing:   PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think what was incredibly encouraging was to see a significant increase in Latino turnout.

The Role of Immigration in the President’s Re-Election

The Role of Immigration in the President's Re-Election One of the most pivotal moments in the 2012 campaign was when former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney attacked Texas governor Rick Perry for being soft on immigration. More than his famous “oops” moment, this moment doomed the campaign of Governor Perry. Perry never recovered from the sustained attack on him that occurred after the governor challenged GOP orthodoxy regarding the availability of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

Meet a DREAMer- Roxana and Silvana Bedia

Meet a DREAMer- Roxana and Silvana Bedia We are starting a new series here at Benach Collopy to introduce our readers to some of our clients who have sought and obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefits.  We profile these extraordinary young people who make up our community, contribute to its richness and have exemplary talents to offer to demonstrate the many good reasons to support the DREAM Act and common sense immigration reform.

I Can See Maryland from My House

As Hurricane Sandy crawls through the Washington, DC area, and the kids clamor for yet another game of Who Shook Hook?, now seems as good a time as any to prepare a thoughtful post on the Maryland Dream Act.  As a Washington DC resident, I don’t get a vote in Maryland even though, to paraphrase the former Alaskan governor, “I can see Maryland from my house.”  Of course, that has never stooped us from having an opinion and I hope that all of my Maryland friends support Question 4, the so-called Maryland Dream Act next Tuesday.

Mitt Romney would honor DACA grants, not issue new ones

Thirty four days before the Presidential election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney has expressed a position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has been in place since August 15.  In an interview with the Denver Post, Romney stated that if he were elected President, “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid.

Ninth Circuit Provides Hope to Young Immigrants

Great news out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which ruled today that a Board of Immigration Appeals interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), improperly excluded a large class of immigrants from being eligible for immediate residence.  Rosalina Cuellar de Osorio challeged the BIA’s interpretation of the CSPA in Matter of Wang before the 9th Circuit.  She initially lost before a three judge panel, but the court sitting en banc agreed to rehear the case.