The Texas Senate voted 19-11 for harsh anti-abortion measures that include a 20-week ban on abortions, with no exemptions for rape or incest.
What is clear is that the immigrant rights movement is facing the fight of its life.
It would still represent a major victory for immigrants, labor and the working class. It would grant legal status to most undocumented, including some who have already been ordered to depart.
The amendment would prevent any of the immigrants legalized under S 744 from achieving permanent legal status until certain requirements are met.
Boehner's statement is important because it gives his 234-member caucus a virtual veto over what Congress does, regardless of the Senate.
The SAFE Act has harsh features including criminalizing, at the misdemeanor level, the mere act of being in the country without authorization.
Texans, and an increasing number of people across America, celebrate the end of slavery on June 19 because on that day in 1865 Gen. Gordon Granger announced that slavery was ended for good.
Getting an immigration bill out of the House may be harder than the Senate, mostly because the Republican tea partiers dominate there, and according to media reports, a major stumbling block may be access to health care.
By a 45-3 margin, the NYC Council on May 8 passed a bill mandating paid sick or family leave for millions of workers in thousands of businesses. The margin can override any threatened mayoral veto.
Numerous groups are working out their point-by-point analyses of the Senate bill, which is more than 800 pages long.