• Senate Hands Bush Major Defeat on Immigration Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    President Bush suffered a major defeat on his plan to overhaul U.S. immigration laws Thursday when the Senate refused to close debate and advance the legislation.

  • Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein said market conditions are “quite benign” but he worries about a potential crisis in the credit markets.  “Conditions seem quite benign if you look at the underlying fundamentals.” he said. He added, however, that “I think the biggest risk we face would be a crisis in the credit markets.”

  • Two Experts Debate Future of the Immigration Bill Friday, 15 Jun 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    The immigration bill will be brought back to the floor next week. Mark Krikorian, executive director from the Center for Immigration Studies and Jared Bernstein, CNBC’s Contributor and Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Institute shared their insights on the legislation on “Morning Call.”

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads top Republican Rudy Giuliani in a potential general election matchup for 2008, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • Bush Faces 'Ferocious' GOP Divide on Immigration Bill Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    President George W. Bush made a rare visit to Capitol Hill to drum up support for the beleaguered immigration bill. Observers wonder if the bill still has a chance to pass -- and who, if anyone, actually wants it. On "Power Lunch," CNBC's Bill Griffeth hosted a triumvirate of veteran political watchers weighing in on the issue: Jay Carney, Time Magazine's Washington bureau chief; Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post White House correspondent, and John Harwood, CNBC's chief Washington correspondent.

  • Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told “Morning Call” that she believes the bill on illegal immigration can be fixed.

  • President Bush challenged lawmakers to have the political courage to pass an immigration bill amid intense pressure from critics who call it amnesty and advocates who believe the current system is broken.

  • Immigration Bill Sparks Labor-Cost Debate Friday, 18 May 2007 | 2:26 PM ET

    The U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill could result in the H1B visa cap jumping from 65,000 to 115,000 annually. “Morning Call” invited immigration experts to debate both sides of the issue. Ron Hira, a public policy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, said the H1B program -- for highly skilled workers -- has been “corrupted and needs to be repaired.” ... But Robert Hoffman, vice president of congressional and legislative affairs at Oracle, disagreed.

  • Immigrant rights supporters march

    Key senators in both parties announced agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border.

  • White House, Key Senators Agree On Immigration Overhaul Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 2:59 PM ET

    Key senators in both parties announced agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border.

  • Dow May be Derailed by Protectionism, Immigration Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 12:37 PM ET

    Stocks came off session lows Thursday morning, following Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s reassuring words on subprime lending. Richard Sichel, chief investment officer at Philadelphia Trust Company, and Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank, joined CNBC’s Liz Claman on “Morning Call” to discuss what, if anything, could disrupt the Dow’s momentum now.

  • Deborah Notkin, former president of American Immigration Lawyers Association, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that illegal immigrants should be allowed to use special tax ID numbers to pay federal income tax.

  • Will Visa Limit Kill U.S. Tech Edge? Analysts Split Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 3:42 PM ET

    President George W. Bush visited the storied border town of Yuma, Ariz. Monday to build support for his immigration-reform policies -- proposals that not only affect illegal aliens and blue-collar workers, but also affect the higher end of the educational and economic spectrum. Ron Hira, Public Policy Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Robert Hoffman, vice president for Congressional & Legislative Affairs at Oracle, joined "Power Lunch" to debate expanding H1-B visas for highly trained foreign nationals.

  • During his State of the Union Address, President Bush Called On Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The President believes that America can simultaneously be a lawful, economically dynamic, and welcoming society.

  • Corporate America came to Washington today to meet with President Bush and Congressional leaders.  The Business Roundtable is an association of leading American CEOs, heading companies with $4.5 trillion in annual revenues and more than 10 million employees.Before sitting down with the President to talk about U.S. competitiveness, trade expansion and education, three of the Roundtable's most influential leaders sat down with our Sue Herera for a "CNBC Exclusive" interview.

  • Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNBC’s “Street Signs” that expanding the H1B visa program is necessary to assure the nation’s competitiveness and future economic health.

  • Experts Agree: Exempt Skilled Labor From Visa Limits Monday, 26 Feb 2007 | 3:34 PM ET

    Bill Gates declared in a Washington Post op-ed piece that, "We must...make it easier for foreign-born scientists and engineers to work for U.S. companies." And that's where the "Power Lunch" discussion of immigration reform and fears of a U.S. "brain drain" began.

  • Illegal Immigration: Boom Or Bust For Business? Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    Immigration was one topic mentioned by President George Bush in his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night--"We need to resolve the status of illegal immigrants who are already in this country. Without animosity and without amnesty."  But can that be done when tempers run so high on both sides of the issue?

  • Surprised? Dems-GOP Split On State of Union Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 9:25 AM ET

    Last night was the first time in his presidency that George W. Bush gave his State of the Union Speech to a Democratically controlled Congress. He laid out his domestic agenda with a renewed calls for action on energy independence, immigration reform and health care coverage. The last part of his speech dealt with the war in Iraq. So--how did it play with the Democrats and with members of his own party? Steny Hoyer (D-MD)...

  • CNBC's Jane Wells: Cross Border Insurance Plans Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 1:22 PM ET

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau about 46 million Americans don't have health coverage and probably millions more Mexican nationals who live and work here (whether legally or not) don't have health insurance either. It's just not available or its too expensive. In some places, however, its available and cheap; you just have to go south of the border to get it. CNBC’s Jane Wells explained on “Power Lunch.”