Press Releases

09/04/13 | With Goodlatte Uninterested in Getting it Done, Boehner and Other House Leaders Must Work With Champions From Both Parties to Forge a Breakthrough Since the 2012 elections, there has been a widely shared assessment that Republican leaders want to pass immigration reform for both political and policy reasons.  As Speaker of the House John Boehner […] | Read More »

08/30/13 | The most influential House Member on immigration is not the Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) or the Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), but Democrat Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). It is impossible to imagine how immigration reform can pass the House without the backing of Rep. Gutierrez.  He is willing to […] | Read More »

08/29/13 | Strong End to August Recess and Path Forward for Immigration Reform- The Fight Is Just Getting Started! Today, in a conference call with reporters, immigration reform leaders and allies reviewed Immigration Reform Summer’s August recess events and discussed what’s next for immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Moderated by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of […] | Read More »

08/28/13 | Idea of Permanent, Second-Class Status Out of Step With Today’s Values and Principles  As our nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, the immigration debate in Congress is providing politicians with a chance to prove whether they have learned from history or are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. The core […] | Read More »

08/27/13 | Are the Republicans Really that Safe in 2014?  Although some inside the Beltway dismiss the legislative prospects for immigration reform, a different story is playing out across the country.  With lawmakers home in districts for another week, policymakers continue to hear and read from a broad array of local voices who are calling for immigration […] | Read More »

08/26/13 | Continues to Disqualify Himself as Leader on Immigration  Last Friday, the Obama Administration issued a modest policy directive clarifying that the nation’s immigration enforcers should use basic decency and common sense in deciding how to deal with immigrants in detention who are also parents of minor children. Despite the very modest scope of the policy […] | Read More »

08/23/13 | Immigration Reform Movement Alive and Well; We’re Kicking Butt and Taking Names As the third week of August recess comes to a close with successful events across the country, more Republicans are coming out for a path to citizenship and immigration reform is alive and well. The pro-immigrant movement is strong, growing and ready to […] | Read More »

08/23/13 | While some observers are pessimistic about reform’s prospects, the immigration reform movement is on fire.  This week offers more evidence that the pro-reform movement has never been stronger or broader and is prepared to hold all parties accountable until immigration reform with an inclusive legalization program and an achievable path to citizenship is signed into […] | Read More »

08/22/13 | A Hardliner Poses as a Reformer – Until the Truth Outs  As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has positioned himself to be a key player on immigration policy.  He’s the head of the lead committee of jurisdiction, he has championed a number of piecemeal bills and he has adopted a […] | Read More »

08/21/13 | It’s Time for the House Leadership to Lead, and It’s Time for Goodlatte to Get Out of the Way House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) effectively disqualified himself this week from a leadership role in the upcoming House immigration reform debate.  He made clear that he opposes an achievable pathway to citizenship for DREAMers […] | Read More »

08/21/13 | Following is an open letter to Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Josh, I love you, man.  I’m a big fan.  But I have to take issue with your post from yesterday entitled, “Immigration Reformers, Wake the F’ Up!” Your premise is clear enough: Republicans in the […] | Read More »

08/20/13 | In an interview today with the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) made it clear that his opposition to a path to citizenship extends to DREAMers – young Americans in all but their paperwork.  Said Goodlatte: But, even for them, I would say that they get a legal status in the United […] | Read More »

08/20/13 | Boehner Better Not Be Relying on This Guy to Get Immigration Reform Done  Is Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) trying to blow up immigration reform?  Sure looks that way to us.  At a town hall held in his Western Virginia district last evening, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) showed why the House Republican leadership […] | Read More »

08/19/13 | Telling Latino Immigrants to Get to the Back of the Bus Not an Effective Way to Conduct Latino Outreach  Last week the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed a new immigration resolution that was intended to reach out to Latino voters.  Instead, it showed how much work the GOP still has to do to reopen diplomatic relations with […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform this year, but failed to embrace an inclusive path to initial legalization and an achievable path to eventual citizenship.  Instead, for the 11 million undocumented immigrants settled in America, the RNC proposes renewable work permits – including for the […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | Family Celebrates and Thanks Supporters; Broad Immigration Reform Still Needed  Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy—will imminently be released from Geauga County (OH) Jail after being granted a one year stay of deportation. Pro-reform activists mobilized quickly to tell Pedro’s story when Immigrations […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | One Year After DACA–The Biggest Pro-Immigration Policy Change in Decades–Pro-Immigration Movement Continues to Sizzle, While Anti-Immigrant Rallies Fizzle A year after the biggest pro-immigration policy change in decades – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program for DREAMers (DACA) – went into effect, the immigration reform movement continues to fight for a comprehensive solution that […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | Prosecutorial Discretion Granted, But ICE Refuses to Say When Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez Will Come Home Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy— has been granted a one year stay of deportation, yet Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is so far refusing to release him from […] | Read More »