VIDEO: Senator Dick Durbin Confronts Kris Kobach and Straight Up Pummels Him

Talk about a verbal dressing down. Watch as Illinois senator Dick Durbin (D), a member of the Gang of Eight, takes down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach yesterday in Washington. It wasn’t even close. The video starts with Durbin praising the DREAMers, and ends with Kobach stunned. Down goes Frazier! (That one is for […]

  • Apr 23, 2013
  • 9:34 AM

Immigration Protests to Take Place in Chicago During NASCAR Events

In response to the recent passage of an anti-immigrant bill in Florida, immigrant rights activists have planned a number of protests in Chicago for this weekend, to coincide with two NASCAR street races being held in the city.

  • Jun 29, 2023
  • 3:34 PM

Senate Democrats Introduce Immigration Registry Bill to Provide Pathway to Citizenship for Millions

Senate Democrats introduced a bill on Wednesday that would provide a simple, sturdy pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have waited decades for relief, alongside millions of documented immigrants languishing in backlogs.

  • Sep 29, 2022
  • 1:21 PM

Immigrant Relief Dies in Congress (Again)

While dozens of immigrant relief bills, amendments, and proposals have been introduced during the current Congress, none are likely to pass the House and Senate and be signed into law by President Joe Biden, sources on Capitol Hill tell Latino Rebels.

  • Sep 15, 2022
  • 4:25 PM

Grassley: ‘Broad Support’ Needed to Pass Documented Dreamer Relief in Senate

Documented dreamers who age out of their immigration status, often at 21 years old, face a difficult choice of self-deporting back to the country where they were born or staying in the United States undocumented.

  • Sep 8, 2022
  • 4:58 PM

Biden, Senate Democrats Look to Appoint More Diverse Judges

The Senate returned from August recess this week to a full schedule of judicial confirmations, a priority for both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

  • Sep 7, 2022
  • 4:19 PM

Durbin: DHS Inspector General ‘Has Lost His Credibility,’ Should Be Replaced

“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.

  • Aug 2, 2022
  • 5:01 PM

Indian Backlog Immigrants Offer Durbin Redemption Through Eagle Act

The Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment Act of 2022 or Eagle Act is an obscure bill, strangely bipartisan in the House with a low-key advocacy organization, Immigration Voice, that was on Capitol Hill this week for meetings with staffers for Republican Senators Josh Hawley (MO), Mike Lee (UT), and Tom Cotton (AR), plus the Senate offices of Democratic Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) and Tina Smith (MN).

  • Jun 15, 2022
  • 4:23 PM

Illinois Senators Are Latest Co-Sponsors of Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act

While movement this week from the House Committee on Natural Resources is likely focusing on a consensus Puerto Rico Status Act for a hearing before the August recess that could get the draft bill past committee and onto the House floor, Illinois’ two Senators have added their name to a growing list of upper chamber co-sponsors of a current self-determination bill that contains no consensus provisions with the island-colony’s statehood proponents.

  • Jun 10, 2022
  • 5:54 PM

White House, Congress Upset by Problematic DHS Inspector General

Patience with Joseph V. Cuffari is growing thin in Congress and at the White House, with sources telling Latino Rebels that the embattled Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has embarrassed the agency, snubbed the White House, and fueled a lack of faith in Congress about his ability to continue in the role.

  • May 31, 2022
  • 6:34 PM

Sen. Tillis Outlines Parameters of Bipartisan Immigration Talks

A bipartisan group of four senators —two Democrats and two Republicans— have been meeting to find consensus on an immigration bill that can get 60 votes to pass the Senate. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) gives Latino Rebels an outline of those discussions.

  • May 25, 2022
  • 5:26 PM

Senate Stalls Again on Immigration Relief

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) is expected to negotiate immigrant relief into a bipartisan immigration bill with Senate Republicans, but Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the most senior Latino in the Senate, expressed doubts that reform will pass this year.

  • May 6, 2022
  • 5:57 PM

Democrats Powerless in the Face of Looming Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

After news broke Monday of a looming Supreme Court decision to overturn ‘Roe v. Wade,’ Democrats vowed to introduce legislation codifying abortion rights. But without filibuster reform, they are unlikely to secure the 60 votes needed to pass such a bill.

  • May 4, 2022
  • 5:11 PM

Inside the Senate’s Final Vote to Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

A look at the moments during and after Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court was confirmed by a 53-47 vote in the Senate, making her the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court.

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • 5:51 PM

Senate Cafeteria Workers Plead With Lawmakers to Save Their Jobs

On Friday, workers at the Dirksen Café were told by management that there would be mass layoffs on April 15. The workers tell Latino Rebels that 81 employees of Restaurant Associates, the federal contractor that runs the Senate cafeterias, are on the chopping block.

  • Apr 5, 2022
  • 10:50 AM

Ukrainian Refugees Spotlight Restrictionist Policies Toward Black and Brown Immigrants

The Biden White House announced Thursday that the United States will accept 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. The announcement came after over a year of leveraging former President Donald Trump’s racist immigration policies to deny entry to millions of non-white immigrants.

  • Mar 25, 2022
  • 12:09 PM

Democratic Senators Introduce RELIEF Act for Green Card Backlog

Five Democratic senators introduced legislation on Monday that, if enacted, would provide sweeping relief to millions of immigrants in green card backlogs.

  • Mar 8, 2022
  • 12:53 PM

What Senators Say About Their Staffers’ Student Loan Debt

“Not just my staff,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) when asked about the student debt born by her team. “The people of Nevada, people I know, my family members. And I think there definitely is a concern we have in this country about high student debt.”

  • Jan 18, 2022
  • 4:49 PM

Senate Parliamentarian Worked in Two Immigrant Detention Centers, Records Show

Employment records obtained by Latino Rebels show that Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough worked at not one but two immigrant detention centers for Immigration and Naturalization Services, the agency that once managed the federal deportation workload now tasked to ICE.

  • Jan 10, 2022
  • 2:32 PM

Senate Parliamentarian Advises Against Third Immigrant Relief Proposal for Budget Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has advised the Senate against including a third immigrant relief proposal presented by Senate Democrats in the Build Back Better Act.

  • Dec 16, 2021
  • 7:39 PM

‘Every Minute of the Day’: Inside the Green Card Backlog’s Call Campaign to Senators

In some Senate offices, the phones never stop ringing thanks to a green card backlog advocacy movement seeking answers and pushing for immigrant relief.

  • Dec 14, 2021
  • 12:21 PM

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