- Nov 2010
If that isn't proof Republicans don't really give a shit about immigration, I don't know what will. $40 billion for border security, and the house wouldn't even vote on it after it passed Senate. And then when republicans took over Senate, they did nothing. Everything stalled. Again, proof the republicans just use immigration to dupe the morons
- January: Obama advances new principles for immigration reform in a speech at Del Sol high school in Las Vegas. The principles are in line with a plan being crafted in the Senate by a bipartisan Gang of Eight senators.
- June: The Senate passes the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill 68-32. The bill contained a path to citizenship over 13 years for undocumented workers and some $40bn for border security. The House would never vote on it.
- November: A year after he said immigration reform “ought to be dealt with”, House Speaker John Boehner says he will not convene a conference to reconcile potential House legislation with the bill that passed the Senate. Legislative action stalls.
- January: House Republicans come back from a caucus retreat and release immigration “principles”. The principles do not allow for a path to citizenship, as did the Gang of Eight legislation that passed the Senate.
- 4 November: Republicans take the Senate in midterm elections and expand their majority in the House. Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell warns Obama not to take unilateral action on immigration, saying that would be like “waving a red flag in front of a bull”.
- 19 November: Obama plans a primetime speech to announce major new executive actions on immigration reform.