Rachel Bovard

About Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard is senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), where she advised Committee members on strategy related to floor procedure and policy matters. In the House, she worked as senior legislative assistant to Congressman Donald Manzullo (R-IL), and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX). She is the former director of policy services for the Heritage Foundation. Follow her on Twitter at @RachelBovard.

Congress Loses Focus on Illegal Immigration

Last week, Congress tried—and failed—to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Senate failed to reach the necessary 60 votes on four proposals, two from Republicans and two from Democrats, and three of which offered varying degrees of amnesty for DACA recipients and other illegal immigrant populations. There was

By | 2018-02-18T10:55:52+00:00 February 18th, 2018|

Don’t Sacrifice Rule of Law for a DACA Fix

As Congress ties itself in knots attempting to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, one critical issue appears conspicuously absent from the debate: the rule of law. It is a topic that Republicans should know pretty well by now. During President Obama’s two terms, Republicans routinely excoriated his administration for its casual

By | 2018-02-03T18:03:33+00:00 February 4th, 2018|

Dealing with the Democrats on Amnesty Demonstrates Amnesia

President Trump rolled out his immigration plan last week in an effort to make the deal of all deals, starting with an offer to Democrats of amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrants. But listening to the high-pitched screeching from the Left, you wouldn’t know the Democrats are getting what they’ve asked for. Consider

By | 2018-01-29T00:31:19+00:00 January 28th, 2018|

Schumer’s Cynical Diversity Visa Gambit

Washington D.C. was practically in flames last week over President Trump’s now-infamous, though contested, remarks about desiring immigrants from certain countries over others. Politicians fell all over themselves denouncing his comments and expressing their horror, derision, and scorn in varying levels of the dramatic. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) went on a rhetorical

By | 2018-01-21T14:44:25+00:00 January 21st, 2018|

DACA Doublespeak

In an extraordinary move last week, President Trump brought congressional leaders to the White House for a vigorous discussion of immigration policy. What made the moment so remarkable is that the meeting—in a departure from the usual swampy Washington gesture reserved for scripted talking points and meaningless photo opportunities—was substantial and it was

By | 2018-01-14T14:40:12+00:00 January 14th, 2018|

Dismantle DACA Once and for All

Are Republicans in Congress about to grant amnesty to the 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? A year ago, the question would have been unthinkable as Republicans rode the majority wave to the House, Senate, and the White House, in part because of their fierce opposition to DACA’s

By | 2018-01-07T14:57:58+00:00 January 7th, 2018|