Alabama leaders react to government shutdown

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government moving forward.

While both parties agree that the government should continue to be funded, the two parties are divided on the issue of immigration. Democrats want the children brought by their parents who crossed the border illegally given legal status and a pathway to American citizenship.

When Congress did not pass the DREAM Act in 2012, President Barack Obama gave the children of immigrants who crossed the border illegally deferred action on immigration enforcement, or DACA, via an executive order. President Donald Trump is letting that program expire in March.

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US Rep. Bradley Byrne says that Democrats are holding military hostage over immigration

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, delivered a speech Thursday from the floor of the House of Representatives urging Congressional Democrats to stop holding military funding hostage to advance their immigration agenda.

The federal government could go into a partial shutdown unless both Houses pass a continuing resolution to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded. Democrats are opposing any government funding mechanism unless Republicans give immunity from deportation to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who claim that they were brought here as children. Republicans, including Byrne, object to giving so many illegals blanket immunity for violating our nation’s immigration laws.

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Americans for Legal Immigration endorses Mo Brooks

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the conservative group Americans for Legal Immigration announced its endorsement of Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate.

Congressman Brooks is an outspoken proponent of building President Trump’s border wall and strictly enforcing America’s immigration laws.

The President of ALIPAC, William Gheen said in a statement, “It is vital to the effort to save America from this socialist backed illegal immigration overthrow of our elections and republic that we elect a very strong voice that supports our existing immigration laws instead of amnesty. Mo Brooks clearly has the strongest record against illegal immigration.”
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Brooks proposes reforms to Immigration Law

May 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 25, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks introduced immigration-related Legislation, the Temporary Protected Status Reform Act (HR2604).

Congressman Brooks said in a statement, “This week, I introduced legislation to reform the abused Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. The TPS program was established as a temporary immigration status granted as a result of a natural disaster or other extraordinary condition. However, “Temporary” Protected Status is de facto permanent, as under current law, it is almost certain to be repeatedly renewed. Years and sometimes decades later, long after the extraordinary conditions have passed, hundreds of thousands of foreign residents remain in the US under TPS status. My bill would ensure that temporary means temporary and provide much needed reform for what has become a long-running amnesty program.”
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Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Rally in Montgomery

August 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, local leaders from Birmingham, Troy, Livingston, and Montgomery came together for a Day of Action to rally and showcase new research on immigration contributions in Alabama and highlight what they claim is a critical need for immigration reform. The event was sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE).

The Executive Director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Isabel Rubio said, “We cannot ignore the value that immigrant entrepreneurs make in Alabama’s economy, we must continue to work towards comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken immigration system.”
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Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Rally in State Capital

August 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, a coalition of business and community leaders from across Alabama will come together in Montgomery to launch the Reason for Reform campaign.

The event is hosted by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) and a coalition of Alabama higher education, business and community leaders who will highlight the need for immigration reform and present new Alabama-specific data on the contributions of immigrants.
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Democratic Debate Recap

February 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 11, the only two Democratic Party candidates for President of the United States, participated in a debate that was televised on PBS and CNN in the swing-state of Wisconsin.

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said that, “People are tired of establishment politics, People are tired of establishment economics.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) conceded that the economy is rigged. “America can only live up to its potential when we make sure that every American lives up to his or her potential.”
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Sessions Endorses Trump’s Immigration Plan

August 18, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

New York City businessman, and Presidential Republican nomination frontrunner, Donald Trump just released his comprehensive immigration plan, which was written with consultation from US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). 

Sen. Sessions said, “This is exactly the plan America needs.  Not only would the plan outlined in this paper work, but more quickly than many realize.  Most importantly, this plan reestablishes the principle that American’s immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens.  For too long, ‘immigration reform’ plans in Washington have served the special interests at the expense of working Americans. By contrast, this plan puts the needs of working Americans foremost, and develops an effective strategy for improving their wages and job prospects.  Crucially, this plan includes an emphasis on lifting struggling minority communities, including our immigrant communities, out of poverty — by preventing corporations from bringing in new workers from overseas to replace them and drive down wages.  When the labor market is oversupplied, it tilts the balance of power away from workers and towards employers. In combination with a smart, fair trade policy this proposal would reinvigorate the middle class.”
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Dave Brat to Speak at Tuscaloosa Young Republican Event

August 14, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tea Party Conservatives had a rare win over their GOP establishment rivals last year when economics professor Dave Brat, successfully unseated House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor in Virginia.

It was widely believed that Cantor is going to be the next Speaker of the House, when John Boehner (R-Ohio) eventually steps down. Brat was outspent $5 million to $100,000.

Brat won with 55.8 percent of the vote to Cantor’s 44.2 percent. Congressman Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party’s primary while holding the powerful position of House majority leader, according to Roll Call  the Capitol Hill newspaper. Brat challenged Cantor on the immigration issue. Cantor was widely viewed as a moderate on immigration. Brat accused Cantor of supporting President Barack Obama’s (D) controversial immigration reform bill. Rep. Cantor was expected to carry some version of immigration reform once Republican Primary season was over. Cantor’s shocking fall effectively killed immigration reform legislation in the last Congress.
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Palmer Applauds Court Decision Blocking Executive Amnesty

May 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, May 26, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by the Obama Administration to implement its controversial Executive Amnesty Plan.

US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) released a written statement applauding the ruling:
Rep. Palmer said, “There are three coequal branches of government, not the executive and two subservient bodies. The Fifth Circuit opinion is about more than immigration policy.  It reigns in the abuse of executive power, and tells the Obama Administration, and administrations to come, that overreaching executive orders cannot circumvent the authority to the Congress.”
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