Press Releases

11/25/14 | While most observers recognize that the President Obama’s announced executive actions on immigration are sensible, legal, the right thing to do, and good politics, the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party and the conservative echo chamber are apoplectic.  From talk of impeachment to calls for imprisonment; from predictions of ethnic cleansing to visions of civil […] | Read More »

11/25/14 | From Frank Sharry: America prizes equality but, unfortunately, doesn’t always practice it. We see that daily in our work on immigration reform. And, we saw it again last night in Ferguson. There is still a vast distance between our ideals and our reality. Our work will not be complete until our nation can say all […] | Read More »

11/24/14 | On a press call held this afternoon, congressional immigrant rights’ champions Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) discussed President Obama’s new immigration actions in a bilingual conference call with reporters.  The speakers, each immigration reform champions and leaders in Congress, highlighted their strong support for the president’s announced actions and made clear that they […] | Read More »

11/21/14 | The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to President Obama’s speech today in Las Vegas: The President’s action to recognize the humanity of millions of hardworking men and women is the most powerful affirmation of the American Dream in a generation.  It is not an unprecedented action, […] | Read More »

11/21/14 | President Obama announced his long-awaited executive action for immigrants last night and Republicans and conservatives, well, let’s just say they are not taking it well.  Commentators and legal experts concur that President Obama is well within his legal authority, and that yesterday’s executive order is no different from moves taken by former Presidents Ronald Reagan or George Bush and every other president […] | Read More »

11/20/14 | With the details of the president’s immigration executive action now public, Frank Sharry of America’s Voice shares his reflections: This is the biggest victory for immigrants and their allies in the past 25 years.  We rejoice with the millions who can come forward, get a work permit and live without fear. Giving some 5 million […] | Read More »

11/20/14 | Real Issue Remains: GOP Has No Plan to Solve the Problem of 11 Million Undocumented People Despite partisan handwringing and Republicans’ overheated rhetoric, President Obama’s impending immigration announcement is a sensible application of the chief executive’s inherent authority on immigration.  The legal case is clear and, in fact, every president since Eisenhower has taken executive […] | Read More »

11/20/14 | Tonight, President Obama will announce a sweeping executive action that will change life for millions of immigrant families.  While advocates are beginning to celebrate, opponents of immigration reform are beginning to lose it completely. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) likened Obama’s executive action to the Japanese internment camp order. In an interview with USA Today, Sen. Tom Coburn […] | Read More »

11/19/14 | Over the past 60 years, every President has taken immigration-related executive actions – a total of 39 different occasions.  Both Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush took executive action on immigration, with the Bush Administration issuing a Family Fairness policy that allowed 1.5 million spouses and children of legalized immigrants – approximately 40% […] | Read More »

11/18/14 | With the debate over immigration executive action in full swing, here are three key points regarding public opinion and the polling instruments used to measure it: 1)      If you ask a misleading question, you’ll get an inaccurate response.  Polling from USA Today released this week asks, “Should President Obama take executive action this year to […] | Read More »

11/17/14 | Despite the threats and overheated claims by Republicans, executive action on immigration would be a good thing for the country.  Below, America’s Voice offers six reasons why President Obama should follow through on his pledge and deliver: 1.  Someone needs to do something productive on immigration.  Since Republicans have refused to deliver on a legislative […] | Read More »

11/17/14 | As we wait for President Obama to announce his plans for executive action on immigration, anti-immigrant Republicans are in full battle mode. They are spitting out talking points designed to undermine the President — without taking any responsibility for their own failures on the issue. Some pundits still seem to think bipartisanship is possible — because […] | Read More »

11/14/14 | Immigration news took over front pages nationwide this week with reports that Obama’s much-anticipated executive action for immigrants is coming — and soon.  Republicans kicked into high gear, with all sorts of colorful and fiery metaphors, about their intentions to battle Obama.  But as leading editorial boards and other pundits are saying,  the time for Obama to […] | Read More »

11/12/14 | America’s Voice has put together a new post-election memo that identifies three takeaways and one lesson for both parties to learn as they turn to the future: TAKEAWAY ONE: The Democrats’ gamble to not take action on immigration failed, costing them in voter enthusiasm. TAKEAWAY TWO: Republicans would be wrong to think they can repeat their […] | Read More »

11/12/14 | November 12, 2014                                                         2014 was a wave election, but it wasn’t a referendum on immigration. Here are three takeaways and one lesson for both parties to learn as […] | Read More »

11/10/14 | President Obama’s pledge to take executive action on immigration is center stage in post-election Washington.  Here are four key points to understand: President Obama has made it clear that he’s going to lean into the issue and not wait yet again for Republicans to act: As we have highlighted, if this country is going to see […] | Read More »

11/07/14 | There’s No More Time to Waste; 11 Million Lives Hang in the Balance With Tuesday’s midterm elections now over, the President must turn back to making progress on policy issues like immigration.  Here’s a quick Friday recap of why he must use his existing legal authority to act immediately on broad immigration reforms: The Expectations […] | Read More »

11/06/14 | A new Washington Post editorial counsels President Obama to wait on executive action on immigration. According to the editorial board, while the President is “certainly right on the policy,” and “might be fed up” with waiting on Republicans to act, he should nonetheless “seize the moral high ground and test GOP leaders’ seriousness about cooperating by offering them time to show […] | Read More »