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“Fair Day in Court for Kids Act” Would Better Align our Actual Policies with our Stated Values

Today, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Al Franken (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the “Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2016.” The legislation would ensure that vulnerable individuals, such as unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers, have access to an attorney … Continue reading »

Behind On The Presidential Election? America’s Voice Has You Covered

It’s only February and the 2016 general election is still over 270 days away, but so much has already happened in this year’s cycle, it’s hard to keep track. On the Republican side, the Presidential field has gone from 15 candidates, to just six as of today: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, … Continue reading »

Will Latino Motivation To Rout GOP Be Undermined By Obama Immigration Raids?

Andres Oppenheimer: GOP Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Alienating Latinos and Threatening Republicans’ Chances Kerry Eleveld: Home Raids Against Central American Refugees Could Give GOP “An Escape Route by Driving Down Participation” Among Latino & Immigrant Voters With immigration center stage in the 2016 presidential cycle, one of the most important questions in assessing the 2016 election cycle … Continue reading »

The “Trump Effect” The GOP Didn’t See Coming

As Candidates Double Down on Hardline Immigration Stances, Latino Voters Mobilize  Despite evidence coming out of Iowa that GOP primary voters in fact, don’t view immigration as a top issue—immigration ranked a distant fourth out of four issues in network entrance polling—that hasn’t stopped the field from doubling down on the hardline immigration stances they will … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Linda Greenhouse on the Enormous Stakes for the Integrity of the Supreme Court in U.S. v Texas

“If the justices approach their task as judges and not as politicians, the administration will easily prevail” Prominent legal analyst Linda Greenhouse assesses the stakes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming immigration executive action case, United States v. Texas, in a new must-read opinion piece published in today’s New York Times.  United States v. Texas will decide the fate of the DAPA/DACA expansion … Continue reading »

New Interactive Timeline, Turnout Numbers Show: Iowa Dreamers and Immigration Advocates Defined the Iowa Caucus

While most Americans who pay attention to politics were focused on the Iowa caucuses for the past few months, immigration activists, including DREAMers, have been actively engaged on the front lines in the state for the past several years. The results have been two-pronged: 1) Defining candidates on the immigration issue; and 2) building lasting … Continue reading »

“Families Not Felons?” DACA Recipient Deported After Obama Administration Refuses to Follow Its Own Stated Policy

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration deported a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite the government earlier having approved her DACA application and granted her “advanced parole” request to travel to and from Mexico.  The case of Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez is a troubling example of the Obama Administration not living up to … Continue reading »

Immigration & 2016: Taking Stock After Iowa

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, here’s our assessment of the state of play for immigration politics. For Republicans:  The Entire GOP Field Has Lurched Hard Right on Immigration and Sunk the GOP Brand to the Bottom with Latino and Immigrant Voters: The entire Republican presidential field pledges to ramp up enforcement, block an … Continue reading »

LOIRA, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, and Ohio’s Voice Invite U.S. Senate Candidates in Ohio to Attend “DAPA Dinner” in Lorain

Last week, the Lorain Ohio Immigrants’ Rights Association (LOIRA), Ohio’s Voice, and Cleveland Jobs with Justice invited the three candidates for U.S. Senate: former Governor Ted Strickland (D), Cincinnati City Council Member PG Sittenfeld(D), and Senator Rob Portman (R) to sit down with DAPA-eligible families as part of the ongoing “DAPA Dinners” campaign. “DAPA Dinners” is an initiative that invites all 2016 candidates, Senators, and Members of … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Ahead of Caucus Matt Hildreth Assesses “Why Iowa Still Matters”

In a new piece on Univision.com, Matt Hildreth, the Iowa based Director of Online Programs for America’s Voice and Director of Iowa’s Voice, offers a fresh take on the role of immigration in this year’s caucus and the implications this role will have for candidates of both parties in the general election. Hildreth, who has offered a … Continue reading »