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Author: Gabe Ortiz

Marisela, Immigrant Mother and Widow, to Lead Next Week's 20-Mile Pilgrimage in Ohio

On our weekly Office Hours call today, we had the privilege of hearing the story of Marisela, a woman from northern Ohio who will be leading next week’s 20-mile pilgrimage to the Church of St. Casimir in Cleveland, to pray for relief for Ricardo Ramos and other immigrants. Marisela had never told her family’s story … Continue reading »

Congress Worked 21 Hours A Week This Year. Here’s Your New Year’s Resolution, House GOP: Do Your Jobs.

Last month, we kicked off the “Do Your Jobs” campaign to remind Congress of all the immigrants who are working hard to produce our food and drink this holiday season, fromThanksgiving turkeys to Christmas trees.  We have profiled a series of immigrant workers who work every day to contribute to our country. Now, we’re profiling one last … Continue reading »

Goodlatte's "SAFE to Harass" Act Doubles Down on Enforcement and Cost to Taxpayers

We know that House Republicans are in denial about the human cost of immigration enforcement and massive deportations. That’s why they’d rather kick immigrant families out of their offices than face up to the true consequences of enforcement-only policies. This week, two new developments make it clear that the denial runs deep: Congress isn’t even … Continue reading »

Univision Interviews Children Threatened By Capitol Police: “I Felt Very Afraid”

Yesterday, we wrote about the children who were threatened by Capitol Police with arrest for singing carols outside Speaker Boehner’s office. Univision’s evening broadcast last night played the most offensive parts of the clip, and interviewed several of the children to ask them how they felt. Watch the clip: There’s some good snark at the … Continue reading »

Rep. Jared Polis Calls Out GOP on House Floor: "Do You Understand that You Are Blocking HR 15?"

During tonight’s Special Orders on workers and the economy, Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) highlighted the story of a DREAMer sitting in the gallery. Most people would see this as a rare acknowledgment that not only does the lack of action on immigration reform hurt real people and families, but that those immigrants themselves are among … Continue reading »

Memo to GOP: It’s Time for Immigration Reform With Citizenship for Dreamers AND Their Families

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee meets for a hearing that will discuss the KIDS Act, a DREAM Act-lite proposal that some Republicans are considering taking up instead of immigration reform for the 11 million.  As Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) recently said, “We’ve been there, we’ve done that, that’s so yesterday.  [That’s] last century’s conversation on immigration.” … Continue reading »

View Our Chart: Immigration Reform in Latino and Tossup Districts

In the fight for immigration reform, two of the political incentives for House Republicans to vote for a bill involve constituent breakdown: how “purple” their district is politically, and how Latino it is demographically. That’s what the scatterplot below shows, for many (not all) of the House Republicans who have the most important roles in … Continue reading »

No One Wants To Criminalize 11 Million People. Too Bad The House’s New Bill Does Just That

It’s a fundamental truth of the immigration debate: the fastest way to get Latinos and immigrants fighting mad is to try to turn 11 million undocumented immigrants into criminals. In 2006, when the House tried to turn being in the U.S. without papers into a crime under the infamous “Sensenbrenner bill,” millions of Latinos and … Continue reading »

Amendments that Matter: Path to Citizenship—Avoiding a Permanent Undocumented Population

If you think the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of the Gang of 8 bill has been intense so far, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As the SJC moves into Titles II and III of the bill—which cover everything from E-Verify to detention policy to family immigration to agricultural workers, not to mention the path to … Continue reading »

Amendments that Matter: Enforcement and Detention

If you think the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of the Gang of 8 bill has been intense so far, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As the SJC moves into Titles II and III of the bill—which cover everything from E-Verify to detention policy to family immigration to agricultural workers, not to mention the path to … Continue reading »