“As a former foreign service officer who has issued thousands of visas to immigrants who played by the rules, I believe there are several things Americans need to know before they decide where they stand on immigration reform.” Said Dave Seminara writing in today’s Chicago Tribune.

Mr. Seminara goes on to make a strong case why the current push for amnesty on Capitol Hill is a bad idea. Make sure to read the full article.

Raul Labrador: Immigration Reform With Pathway To Citizenship Won’t Get House GOP Support

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) warned on Thursday that he won’t vote for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and neither will his fellow House Republicans, a bad sign from someone who is considered one of the more pro-reform Republicans in the chamber.

“The people that came here illegally knowingly — I don’t think they should have a path to citizenship,” he said on NPR, according to Talking Points Memo. “If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.”

Read the full story on the Huffington Post.

Foreign governments lobbying hard in favor of immigration reform


Foreign governments are working hard to shape the debate on immigration reform as momentum for a comprehensive bill builds in Congress.

While the issue routinely comes up in talks between foreign leaders and the executive branch, embassy officials are ramping up their outreach to Congress and the White House in order to take advantage of the best hope for reform in years.

A number of countries with significant immigration ties to the United States — notably Mexico, Ireland and several Central American nations — have been making their concerns known while doing their best to avoid meddling in domestic affairs.

Click here to read the full blog at The Hill’s Global Affairs blog.