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Priscilla Alvarez

Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is a fellow for National Journal. Previously she was a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students. Her work has also appeared in the Washingtonian and Leesburg Today, a community newspaper in Northern Virginia.Priscilla studied at Virginia Tech, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the student-run, daily newspaper, Collegiate Times.
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The Republican Stance on Immigration Is Evolving

March 31, 2016 Republican voters’ views on immigration are changing. A new survey released on Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute found younger Republicans are more likely to see immigrants as a boon to the United States than Republicans older than 30. In fact, among those 65 and older, only 22 percent...

The Limits of the Republicans' Debate Conversation On Immigration

January 29, 2016 On Thursday night, just days before the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush stood on the debate stage tussling over who had the stronger stance on immigration. The issue provided the signature moment of a debate that Donald Trump skipped—a mark of how profoundly Trump’s candidacy has...

The Democrats' Immigration Conundrum

January 22, 2016 Tension between Democratic lawmakers and the White House ran high this month, as members of Congress denounced the administration’s recent immigration raids. The frustration culminated in a series of press conferences and a letter to the president. At the heart of the dispute is a question: Are Central Americans arriving...

Obama Sends a Message With His State of the Union Guest List

January 12, 2016 When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he’ll be doing away with the litany of policy proposals and will instead be laying out his vision for the country. But viewers only have to look up to the First Lady’s box to get a glimpse...

Paul Ryan Officially Enters the House Speaker Race

October 23, 2015 On Thursday night, Representative Paul Ryan announced that he’s officially entering the race to be the next speaker of the House. “After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team,” Paul said in...

Will the Thursday Benghazi Hearing Help Hillary Clinton?

October 21, 2015 Few House hearings are must-see TV. But on Thursday, Hillary Clinton will testify ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in one of the most-anticipated hearings of the year—but maybe not for the reasons originally predicted. The hearing was never supposed to be easy for Clinton, whose campaign has...

Sanders Raises $26 Million, Nears Clinton

October 1, 2015 Bernie Sanders is raking in small-dollar contributions from an enormous number of donors, bringing his fundraising numbers close to those posted by his leading Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator received $26 million in contributions, $2 million of which came in on Wednesday, just before the quarterly disclosure deadline,...

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Announces Run for Speaker

September 29, 2015 Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the Republican from California, made his bid for speaker of the House official on Monday. The House majority leader’s decision to succeed John Boehner, who said Friday he would resign as speaker at the end of October, was widely expected. In a letter to House Republicans obtained...

How Obama Welcomed Pope Francis

September 24, 2015 Thousands of people anxiously waited for Pope Francis at the White House Wednesday morning, cheering and waving miniature flags of the U.S. and Argentina, his home country. “Our backyard is not typically this crowded,” President Obama said, looking out onto at least 11,000 people, many of whom had gotten there...

TSA's Instagram Account is a Must-Follow

July 28, 2015 When Rolling Stone ranked "the 100 best Instagram accounts" last month, it went with some obvious choices—celebrities such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift, and Internet-famous animals like Marnie the Shih Tzu. And then there was No. 4: the Transportation Security Administration. After two years on Instagram, the TSA, the security...