Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (at podium) and some of his House GOP colleagues want to secure the border first before considering any other elements of immigration reform.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began a second day of debate Tuesday over amendments to the 844-page immigration bill. Republican lawmakers on the House side are already lining up to shoot down whatever immigration bill the Senate sends their way.
The House has not yet introduced a comprehensive immigration bill.
But a half dozen GOP members say they're ready to reject the measure currently under consideration in the Senate. Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert and his colleagues want to secure the border and go after those who've overstayed their visas. What they don't want is a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
Speaking at a press conference outside the Capitol, Gohmert said when we "ignore the rule of law, we actually become like countries that many immigrants are fleeing because the rule of law, if it's not observed, then you have chaos."
The latest poll from the Pat Brown Institute finds Mike Feuer and Dennis Zine leading in the races for city attorney and controller, respectively.
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Today is Tuesday, May 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Are mailers from the County Federation of Labor misleading voters to think Wendy Greuel will raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles? Eric Garcetti thinks so, according to KPCC and the Daily News. Greuel has said she supports a "living wage" for hotel workers in Los Angeles -- not necessarily increasing the minimum wage for all employees.
Here's Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti's debate from KCAL 9.
A poll from the Pat Brown Institute found Mike Feuer and Dennis Zine leading in the races for city attorney and controller, respectively, the Los Angeles Times reports. In each race, more than 40 percent of voters remain undecided.
Former California GOP Congressman Dan Lungren has advice for colleagues tackling immigration
It’s been a quarter-century since Congress passed comprehensive immigration reform. Veterans of that legislative battle have some ideas about why it didn’t completely work and whether the bill currently being debated in the Senate will finally solve the challenge of illegal immigration.
As the Senate Judiciary Committee last week began taking up hundreds of amendments to an 844-page bill, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein asked her colleagues to consider the gravitas of their decision making.
"For those of us sitting at this table," she said, "this is the only chance we’re going to have to reform what is a very broken system, and to bring a lot of people who have worked very hard in this country out of the shadows."
Feinstein wasn’t on Capitol Hill for the 1986 debate. But fellow Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa was a freshman Republican on the Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee. Weighing in on the current debate, he told Feinstein he has concerns about the measure under consideration: "Unfortunately, this bill looks too much like the 1986 bill, which failed to take care of the problems we’re now trying to solve."
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Chino State Prison is one of the facilities subject to a court order requiring that the statewide inmate population be reduced by 10,000 by the end of the year.
California officials on Monday appealed a federal court’s decision to uphold a cap of the state’s prison population that must be met by the end of the year.
In January, attorneys for the state asked the three-judge panel, which in 2009 ordered the reduction of inmates, to reconsider whether such a cap was still necessary, given a dramatic population drop in the state’s 33 prisons and improvements to inmates' medical and mental healthcare.
The judges had ordered the state to reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates after they found that overcrowding in the prisons was the main reason inmates suffered, and sometimes died from, a lack of treatment.
Last month, the court rejected the state’s appeal to vacate the order, and ordered officials to shed 10,000 inmates by the end of the year or face being held in contempt.
A political action committee supported by the County Federation of Labor sent out this mailer, telling voters Wendy Greuel would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour if elected mayor. What the candidate actually supports is increasing hourly wages for hotel workers throughout the city.
Can two candidates disagree even when they agree? Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti certainly make it seem that way.
The latest disagreement comes over a proposal to increase wages for hotel workers in Los Angeles. Over the weekend, Wendy Greuel told KPCC and the Los Angeles Times she supports a $15 an hour wage for employees at hotels throughout the city.
The city already has a "living wage" for hotels near LAX. City leaders made the case that because those hotels benefit from the city-owned airport, they should be required to pay their workers $10.70 an hour plus health care benefits, or $11.95 an hour if no benefits are offered. The wage ordinance does not apply to hotels that have a collective bargaining agreement.
In the past, Garcetti has supported the wage ordinance. He told reporters he supports expanding the wage ordinance to other hotels, but declined to commit to the $15 figure.