Press Releases

03/26/14 | A Sign of How Much the Politics of Immigration Have Changed Democrats in the House of Representatives are demanding action on immigration reform and using a variety of procedural tactics, such as today’s “previous question” on the national parks bill and the filing of a “discharge petition,” to try to force a debate. This overwhelming Democratic support for […] | Read More »

03/25/14 | This Isn’t About Obama, This is About You In an attempt to circumvent House Republican leadership, who have refused to advance pro-immigration legislation through regular order, Democrats in the House of Representatives are set to file a discharge petition on HR 15 this week.  For House Republicans who claim to be immigration reform supporters, the discharge petition […] | Read More »

03/21/14 | On Heels of Deportation Review Announcement, Rep. Horsford, Advocates and Legal Experts Discuss Hopes and Expectations for Administrative Action Since news broke last week that President Obama was ordering Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review options for executive action to reduce deportations, many have speculated about what these options might entail and when and […] | Read More »

03/20/14 | On Immigration Reform, It’s Now or Never for the GOP  In a must-read article entitled “Republican Strategists Split: Focus on 2014 or 2016?” Laura Meckler and Beth Reinhard of the Wall Street Journal explore an existential question for the Republican Party: if the Party shelves immigration reform in 2014 for the sake of a strong […] | Read More »

03/20/14 | On the Cusp of 2 Million Deportations, New Video Highlights American Families Being Ripped Apart As House Republicans stall progress on immigration reform, American families continue to pay the price. The Obama Administration has been deporting immigrants at a reckless pace—over 1,000 a day—and is set to make history in the coming days when it hits […] | Read More »

03/19/14 | A new Pew Research study, “The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes,” demonstrates that our nation increasingly treats immigration violations as worthy of heavy-handed criminal enforcement actions.  The decision to prioritize prosecutions of immigrants who return to the U.S. to live with their families—a trend that was begun by the Administration of George W. Bush but […] | Read More »

03/18/14 | Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to ignore immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, Colorado, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the votes exist to pass […] | Read More »

03/18/14 | The Legal Authority and Political Consequences of Executive Action on Deportations In February, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) slammed the brakes on immigration reform.  Last week, President Obama ordered Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review his options for executive action to reduce deportations.  These developments beg the question: if the GOP continues to squander an […] | Read More »

03/17/14 | Tomorrow, it will have been one year since the Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a post-election autopsy analyzing the GOP’s shortcomings in 2012 and making recommendations on how the GOP can ensure a different outcome in future presidential elections.  Notably, the RNC autopsy captured that the Republican Party’s historically low performance with Latino voters in […] | Read More »

03/14/14 | Rep. Lofgren Joins Legal Experts and Advocates to Talk House Floor Action & Potential for Administrative Relief from the Obama Administration After more than a year of head fakes and false starts on immigration reform that would combine smart enforcement, legal immigration reforms and legal status with a path to citizenship for the 11 million […] | Read More »

03/13/14 | It seems that House Republicans can’t help themselves.  Could it really be that their hatred for President Obama and immigrants is so intense that they want to get rid of common sense policies that help military families stay together? Yesterday and today, House Republicans are backing two bills – the so-called ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) […] | Read More »

03/12/14 | For House Republicans who call themselves supporters of immigration reform, their vote for the so-called ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) today thoroughly undermines their so-called commitment to reform.  Consideration of a related measure, HR 3973, continues tonight and a vote is expected tomorrow. As we noted earlier, the bill seeks to strip the President’s executive authority […] | Read More »

03/12/14 | US Attorney, David J. Hickton, Uses Limited Dept. Resources to Prosecute Non-Criminal Immigrant Father, Who’s Been Model Citizen for 20 Years  Part of the Obama Administration’s “get tough” strategy on immigration has been to throw the book at ordinary undocumented immigrants and then claim credit for prioritizing the deportation of “criminal aliens.”  Case in point: […] | Read More »

03/12/14 | After Voting to Gut DACA for DREAMers and Slamming the Brakes on Common Sense Immigration Reform, House GOP Now Gearing Up Vote to Deny Ability of the President to Use Executive Authority Yes, it’s gotten this bad.  After more than a year of head fakes and false starts on immigration reform that would combine smart […] | Read More »

03/11/14 | Tomorrow, House Republicans are planning floor action on the ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973).  Both bills seek to strip the President’s executive authority.  In case there was any confusion about the intentions and implications of these bills, the House Judiciary Committee explicitly cited the Deferred Action […] | Read More »

03/11/14 | Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to ignore immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, California, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the votes exist to pass […] | Read More »

03/11/14 | Greg Sargent Uses New Analysis to Show How Republican Opposition to Immigration is Threatening the Republican Party’s Future In a piece titled, “Why Republicans should embrace immigration reform, in one chart,” Greg Sargent of the Washington Postpresents a new analysis by Michael McDonald at the United States Elections project that highlights how relentless demographics are reshaping […] | Read More »

03/10/14 | Nation’s Largest Spanish Newspaper Delivers Important Editorial Calling for Both/And Approach The nation’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, La Opinión, editorializes today that President Obama should take executive action to “prevent the deportation of people with deep roots in this country.” Notably, the editorial captures that the rising pressure on the White House to deliver executive relief […] | Read More »