Press Releases

06/12/13 | This week the U.S. Senate began debating immigration reform on the Senate Floor. On a press call/webinar today, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the second installment of the latest in a series of tracking polls – all of which underscore the political imperative of passing immigration reform. Sylvia Manzano, Senior Analyst, Latino Decisions said, […] | Read More »

06/12/13 | Even Polls Senator Grassley Cites Show that Public Consistently Backs Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship On the Senate floor today, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once again misrepresented public opinion on immigration reform – so once again, we’re compelled to correct the record.  Grassley highlighted selective results from three polls as “proof” that the American […] | Read More »

06/12/13 | A new piece by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent captures why the border security amendment being pushed by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) “is designed for the express purpose of killing the bill.”  The piece is below: This morning, GOP Senator John Cornyn unveiled his much-anticipated amendment to the Senate “gang of eight” compromise — the […] | Read More »

06/12/13 | The critics of the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill incessantly – and mistakenly – claim that the proposed legislation doesn’t have enough teeth, doesn’t guarantee border security and won’t work to stop a new wave of unauthorized immigration.  Well, today, they were schooled by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). He took to the floor and […] | Read More »

06/11/13 | This afternoon, the Senate voted by a 82-15 margin to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the immigration bill, S. 744.  Compared to the 2007 immigration debate, when the similar procedural vote only advanced by a 64-35 margin, today’s vote is a promising sign.  It is expected that another bipartisan majority will vote […] | Read More »

06/11/13 | The day after Senator Kelly Ayotte’s (R-NH) endorsement of the immigration reform bill gave the effort a momentum boost, the Huffington Post reports that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is encouraging Republican Senators to hold back support for the bill until it takes on “a more conservative bent.” Elise Foley and Sam Stein of the Huffington […] | Read More »

06/10/13 | On CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced her support of the Senate’s immigration bill, including its path to citizenship provision.  Now according to Chuck Todd and the NBC News Political Unit, “There are at least 60 votes for the bill.” The developments of recent days show that there is a right […] | Read More »

06/07/13 | Today, America’s Voice Education Fund alongside other immigration advocates, policy experts and labor leaders held the fifteenth in a series of weekly “Office Hours” press briefings.  Each week, a different and diverse group of speakers from a range of backgrounds shares the latest information on the players, politics, legislation and developments as the debate in […] | Read More »

06/07/13 | After months of anticipation, the full Senate debate on immigration is kicking off with a series of procedural votes on Tuesday and then the start of amendments.  While there is always high drama around anything Congress does, including the immigration issue, there’s also a palpable sense that politics, policy, and momentum are on the side […] | Read More »

06/06/13 | In anticipation of the debate next week on the Senate floor, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the latest in a series of polls that underscore the political imperative of passing immigration reform. This latest poll shows that Democrats and Republicans have a lot to gain and a lot to lose depending on how they […] | Read More »

06/06/13 | Today, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that attacks DREAMers, young people who have grown up in America and are American in all but paperwork.  The amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill would restrict DHS from using any discretion in immigration enforcement, […] | Read More »

06/05/13 | There he goes again.  Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is up to his old tricks on immigration.  POLITICO reports that Senator Cornyn will introduce a “sweeping amendment to the immigration bill when it goes to the floor next week, seeking to replace an entire section devoted to border security and tweak the national security and criminal justice titles.”  The […] | Read More »

06/04/13 | Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) continues to call for even more enforcement in the Senate bipartisan immigration bill, a bill he helped craft and signed off on earlier this year.  As the Washington Times reports, “Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the key authors of the Senate’s immigration bill, signaled Monday that he might abandon the bill […] | Read More »

06/03/13 | Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and  other Republican Senators are making it clear that they need to see even more enforcement and a tougher path to citizenship in this compromise legislation.  This is raising concerns that the GOP will upset the careful balance in the Gang of Eight bill by demanding “border security first” and threatening the path to […] | Read More »

05/31/13 | Today, America’s Voice Education Fund and fellow immigration experts held the fourteenth in a series of weekly press briefings, or Immigration Reform “Office Hours.”  Each week, a different and diverse group of speakers shares the latest information on the players, politics, legislation and other developments in the debate in Washington and around the nation. Moderated […] | Read More »

05/31/13 | This week, longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly issued a call for the Republican Party to abandon immigration reform and Hispanic outreach in favor of a strategy focused on white voters.  Talking Points Memo reports: “Phyllis Schlafly of the ‘pro-family’ group Eagle Forum called the GOP’s need to reach out to Hispanic voters a ‘great myth’ during a conservative radio program […] | Read More »

05/29/13 | After several productive weeks for immigration reform in the Senate Judiciary Committee and ahead of a busy legislative push in both chambers in the coming weeks and months, this week’s congressional Memorial Day recess offers a chance for pause and reflection about immigration’s legislative state of play. Here are five observations about the prospects and […] | Read More »

05/24/13 | Today, America’s Voice Education Fund and fellow immigration experts held the thirteenth in a series of weekly press briefings, or Immigration Reform “Office Hours.”  Each week, a different and diverse group of speakers shares the latest information on the players, politics, legislation and other developments in the debate in Washington and around the nation. Moderated […] | Read More »