Author: Rebecca Beitsch

Unorthodox immigration bill catches both parties by surprise 

A new bipartisan immigration bill is spurring mixed reactions from lawmakers eager to reform the system following an unorthodox rollout that caught many by surprise. The legislation, spearheaded by Reps. María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) and Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), was unveiled Wednesday, with Republican sponsors wearing blue and some Democratic sponsors in red. The 500-page Dignity Act is seeking to…

With end of Title 42, left and right eye limits on asylum

Asylum protections were the target of the left and the right this week, as both the White House and the House GOP laid out plans for limiting pathways for those fleeing persecution. While Republicans rolled out a plan to severely limit asylum rights — arguing such a move is necessary with the lifting of Title…

GOP border bill would gut pathways to asylum 

A Republican border and immigration bill set to come to the House floor Thursday would represent one of the biggest clawbacks of asylum rights in decades if enacted, experts warn. The GOP is aiming to pass the bill May 11 — the same day President Biden is set to lift Title 42. It’s a move that will…

Rice’s departure brings relief to immigration advocates

The departure of Biden adviser Susan Rice has prompted relief among immigration advocates, who hope her exit signals a shift on the approach to the border. Rice, the head of the Domestic Policy Council, announced Monday she would step down from the post, a broad portfolio and one where she frequently gave input on immigration matters. That influence…