Fallout has begun over the decision by six Democratic senators to vote for a failed messaging amendment to preserve Title 42 restrictions on immigration, with Salvadoran-born state Rep. Maria Perez posting a video to express her indignation over Sen. Hassan’s vote in favor of the amendment.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, an anti-immigrant amendment by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) was rejected by a 50-50 vote. Lankford’s amendment called for the use of Obamacare money to fund Title 42, the Trump-era policy that bars immigrants from entering the United States based on public health concerns.
After voters in Kansas, one of the most conservative states in the country, rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have allowed state lawmakers to ban abortion, Latino Rebels asked senators if the issue of abortion rights could cost Republicans seats in November’s midterm elections.
“Mr. Cuffari has lost his credibility,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) in a floor speech Tuesday, after the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol uncovered evidence linking Cuffari to missing text messages by Secret Service agents on the day of the insurrection.
The American Families United Act would help keep mixed-status families together, while the Veterans Service Recognition Act would fast-track citizenship for immigrants who serve in the U.S. military and help bring home veterans who have been deported.
Rep. Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee which has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico, says the sudden increase in lobbying against the Puerto Rico Status Act is not about process but instead about maintaining the island’s current colonial status.
“I’ve never felt safe here,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Latino Rebels last week after being sexually harassed on the Capitol steps by a right-wing media figure. Speaker Pelosi tells Rebels that the House Sargeant at Arms is responsible for signing off on armed security details for members receiving death threats.
Climate activists are planning to disrupt the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday afternoon. “It is unacceptable for politicians to literally play games while the planet burns,” one organizer told Latino Rebels.
A controversial new campaign by popular immigrant rights organizer Carlos Eduardo Espina is calling on Latinos not to vote in November’s midterm elections unless President Joe Biden and the Democrats pass long-promised immigration reform.
Since the first layoffs were announced, then canceled, in April, a lingering suspicion has surfaced among Senate cafeteria workers that the $3.75 million Blanton said would keep the workers in their jobs through September has been misspent.
After the Natural Resources Committee passed the Puerto Rico Status Act on Wednesday, all eyes are now on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, whose support or defection from the bill she helped negotiate will likely decide the bill’s fate in the House.
Twenty-nine amendments were debated by members of the House Natural Resources Committee who ultimately voted 20-25 to advance the bill, with every Republican voting against the bill except Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Jenniffer González-Colón.
House Democrats introduced a new bill on Wednesday that would provide a simple, sturdy pathway to citizenship for millions of documented immigrants languishing in backlogs and undocumented immigrants who have waited decades for relief.
The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights began accepting applications Monday for Hill offices looking to form unions just minutes after organizing protections, passed by the House of Representatives in May, went into effect.
Capitol Hill sources confirmed to Latino Rebels over the weekend that a bill to create a citizenship pathway for approximately eight million undocumented will be introduced this week in the House of Representatives.
Latino Rebels asked Latino lawmakers about a new amendment to the House appropriations bill, submitted by Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), that would prevent the executive branch of the federal government from referring to Latinos as “Latinx” in public documents.
Senate cafeteria workers tell Latino Rebels that Restaurant Associates, the vendor that runs the dining facilities in the Senate, announced Wednesday that 38 cafeteria workers will be laid off on July 28.
“I probably should have broke with them much earlier than I did,” Jason Van Tatenhove, a former Oathkeepers spokesperson, told the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on Tuesday.
At least eight immigrant relief amendments have been offered by House members for inclusion in the NDAA, including one that would protect so-called “documented DREAMers” who age out of their parents’ visa protection when they turn 21.
The part of the United States Innovation and Competition Act that GOP lawmakers like Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) fear could undermine negotiations is a morsel of relief for immigrants with PhDs or Master’s degrees in STEM fields.
The House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol convened a surprise hearing on Tuesday in which Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, testified that Trump and others were aware of the advanced planning for the insurrection.