illegal immigration http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-groups-urging-house-delegation-oppose-immigration-reform <p>The United Kentucky Tea Party is putting members of the state’s congressional delegation on notice to oppose any attempt at overhauling the U.S. immigration system this year.</p><p>Late last week House <a href="http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/30/22508134-house-gop-unveils-standards-for-immigration-reform?lite">Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards</a> that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:30:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8470 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth: Immigration Talks Will 'Move Forward' Despite GOP Members Exit http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-immigration-talks-will-move-forward-despite-gop-members-exit <p>Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth downplayed the exit of Republican Raul Labrador from a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on immigration reform.</p><p>The House "Gang of 8" was made up of four Republicans and four Democrats, including Yarmuth.</p><p>Lawmakers had been meeting in secret negotiations for months, but Labrador's departure came down to whether undocumented immigrants should be required to pay for their own health care on their pathway towards citizenship.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/house-immigration-group-trouble-92282.html">Politico</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The problem, Labrador said, was an impasse over how the pending legislation would address the issue of health care for undocumented immigrants. That issue had recently emerged as a major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans, and the negotiations had teetered on the edge of collapse at least three times in the last several weeks before drawing closer to an agreement again.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:25:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5668 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth: Immigration Talks Will 'Move Forward' Despite GOP Members Exit Political Ads Supporting and Against Immigration Reform Hit Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/political-ads-supporting-and-against-immigration-reform-hit-kentucky <p>Dueling political advertisements regarding the Senate bill to reform the U.S. immigration system are airing across Kentucky this week.</p><p>The Democratic-controlled Senate will begin debating legislation that offers a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure, which also creates new work Visa programs and seeks to tighten border security.</p><p>Louisville pastor Russell Moore is featured in the radio spot running across the state, and he is joining a bipartisan group of evangelical ministers who are calling on lawmakers to pass those comprehensive reforms.</p><p>Listen:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94473962" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Moore is part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, which is launching a radio ad campaign in states such as Ohio, North Carolina and Kentucky to reach a wide audience of evangelicals. It is part of the larger “Pray for Reform” movement made up of conservative and liberal religious groups.</p><p>Moore, who is a dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is considered a <a href="http://www.religionnews.com/2013/05/28/southern-baptist-richard-lands-passes-baton-to-russell-moore/">rising voice in the Southern Baptist</a> world. He says the broad coalition includes Sojourners, and is representative of how people of faith are being moved by the immigration debate. Thu, 30 May 2013 18:00:30 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5597 at http://wfpl.org Political Ads Supporting and Against Immigration Reform Hit Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth Optimistic on Immigration Reform http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-optimistic-immigration-reform <p>Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says he is optimistic comprehensive immigration reform will pass in Congress this year despite an undertone of setbacks.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/gang-of-eight-immigration-supermajority-90949.html">"gang of eight" in the Senate are trying to gain a super-majority</a> as Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate. Among the issues being hashed out are provisions dealing with a pathway to citizenship that are linked to tighter enforcement of the U.S. borders.</p><p>Recently, Sen. Rand <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/05/07/gop-throws-up-road-block-on-immigration-reform">Paul, R-Ky. warned that conservatives would be pulling back from the plan </a>if stricter rules to protect borders are not added to the bill.</p><p>But Yarmuth, who is <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-joins-bipartisan-group-favoring-immigration-reform">part of a bipartisan "gang of eight" in the House</a>, says lawmakers remains motivated to pass an overhaul of the immigration system due to an unprecedented group of diverse interests.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N9-kTOkMV4o" width="540"></iframe> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:16:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5297 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Optimistic on Immigration Reform Congressman John Yarmuth Joins Bipartisan Group Favoring Immigration Reform http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-joins-bipartisan-group-favoring-immigration-reform <p>Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is joining a bipartisan group of eight House members who are voicing support for fixing the country's immigration system.</p><p>Efforts for comprehensive <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-backs-senate-immigration-bill-20130416,0,7394018.story">reform in the Senate was backed by President Obama</a> this week after a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/16/177480366/bipartisan-group-of-lawmakers-unveil-immigration-bill">group of eight senators reached an agreement</a> and unveiled their legislative package.</p><p>Among the notable compromises in the measure is giving the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship, but only after stricter border security standards are made. The legislation would also crack down on American employers who hire illegal immigrants.</p><p>The statement from Yarmuth's office says lawmakers in the House are also working on drafting a similar bill with Democratic and Republican support.</p><p>From Yarmuth's office:</p><blockquote><p>"Americans want to see the nation’s broken immigration system fixed, and they know it will take bipartisanship to solve this problem in a sensible and rational way. This week, a bipartisan group of Senators stepped forward to introduce their proposal, and we applaud their effort.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:28:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5015 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Joins Bipartisan Group Favoring Immigration Reform Noise and Notes: WLKY Blackout and Living The DREAM Act http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-phillip-1 <p>The latest <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/time-warner-takes-wlky-insight-cable">blackout by Time Warner has struck CBS affiliate WLKY</a>, but unlike the battle with FOX affiliate WDRB the cable giant has been much more shrewd in this instance.</p><p>Local television viewers can still watch CBS programming but Time Warner has taken the local newscasts off the air by switching to an affiliate in Rochester, New York. WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard and University of Louisville communications professor Ralph Merkel ignited an insightful conservation about that and other media happenings.</p><p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:34:12 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1010 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: WLKY Blackout and Living The DREAM Act Waiting on Romney, McConnell Balks at Obama's Immigration Decision http://wfpl.org/post/waiting-romney-mcconnell-balks-obamas-immigration-decision <p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is waiting on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to take the lead on President Obama&#39;s decision to stop deporting the children of illegal immigrants.</p><p>McConnell is one of the president&#39;s strongest and quickest critics, but the GOP leader is being unusually quiet until Romney makes his position clear. He says members of his caucus are &quot;withholding judgment&quot; until the former Massachusetts governor takes the lead.</p><p>From<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/mcconnell-declines-to-take-position-on-obamas-immigration-decision-until-romney-does/2012/06/19/gJQAmoWVoV_blog.html"> <em>The Washington Post</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I think we&rsquo;re going to wait and see what governor Romney has to say, and we&rsquo;re going to be discussing his views on this,&rdquo; McConnell told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday. &ldquo;I think many of us may have similar views. Others may not.&rdquo;</p><p>McConnell said he was deferring to Romney because the former Massachusetts governor is &ldquo;the leader of our party from now until November &mdash; and, we hope, beyond.&rdquo; Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:27:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 710 at http://wfpl.org