Press Releases

02/22/13 | Advocates Give Analysis and Updates During First in a Series of Weekly Briefings on Immigration Debate in Congress Momentum is building each day for immigration reform, with a full-throated legislative debate set to start next month.  Today, America’s Voice Education Fund and fellow immigration experts held the first in a series of weekly press briefings, […] | Read More »

02/22/13 | Goodlatte & House GOP’s Effort to Deny Citizenship for Undocumented = Un-American, Unpopular, & Tone-Deaf to Political Imperative Yesterday was a good day for immigration reform prospects, as the AFL/CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a set of shared principles that generated praise and optimism from observers ranging from White House press secretary Jay Carney to House […] | Read More »

02/21/13 | Reuters/Ipsos Online Poll an Outlier As we’ve said before, pro-citizenship and common sense immigration reform stances are the mainstream in the immigration debate—an argument bolstered by a range of national polling, including two new polls out today. According to separate surveys by both Bloomberg and the Pew Research Center, public support for immigration that includes a pathway to citizenship remains vast and […] | Read More »

02/21/13 | “The only thing that stops them, and I’m afraid to say but it’s too damn bad, but is a gun.  That’s all that will stop them,” said one.  “Cut off their welfare and their stuff and they’ll go back!” another said. These are just a few choice excerpts of anti-immigrant diatribes unleashed by some of […] | Read More »

02/20/13 | On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd reiterated his optimism that immigration reform will pass this year.  Said Todd, “Just one number you need to know: 71.  That was the percentage of Hispanics that Obama won…It’s gonna happen.” Whether one relies on the 71% figure from the network exit polls or […] | Read More »

02/19/13 | Alliance for Citizenship Kicks Off with National Spanish Language Radio Ad and Actions Across the Country This Week As momentum builds each day for immigration reform, leaders announced today a new national campaign designed to support a rapidly growing movement for immigration reform.  On a conference call with reporters, national leaders from the newly formed […] | Read More »

02/19/13 | This weekend, USA Today published details of a White House draft immigration bill, setting off a furious round of Washington hand-wringing, analysis, and recriminations.  In light of the leaked plan and related speculation, America’s Voice Education Fund adds the following: Relax.  Breathe deeply.  Things remain on track for real immigration reform in 2013. “The leak […] | Read More »

02/15/13 | A disturbing new article in USA Today, based on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU of North Carolina, highlights how the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been focused on meeting deportation quotas by targeting, arresting and deporting low-priority immigrants.   Despite a […] | Read More »

02/14/13 | The Pro-Reform Movement Steps Up, Democrats Lean In and Republicans Change Stripes Meanwhile, the Anti-Immigrant Side is Becoming Increasingly Marginalized Yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee immigration hearing proved once again that the ranks of the pro-immigration reform movement are on the rise, while the anti-immigrant movement is in full retreat.  Today brings more bad news for […] | Read More »

02/13/13 | The First Openly Undocumented Immigrant To Testify Before Congress Appears At Historic Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing  Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first immigration reform hearing of the year, effectively lifting the curtain on what promises to be a roller coaster of a legislative debate that will begin in the upper chamber.  Many important […] | Read More »

02/13/13 | Pro-Reform Side Continues to Flex Muscle Following November Elections With Massive Petition Drive; Names to Be Inserted into Hearing Record   As the immigration debate continues to steal the spotlight this week—at the President’s State of the Union address last night and today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—nearly 300,000 Americans are making their voices heard and […] | Read More »

02/12/13 | Frank Sharry Reacts to State of the Union  The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, reacting to the immigration portions of tonight’s State of the Union address from President Obama, Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) official Republican response, and the Tea Party response delivered by Senator Rand Paul […] | Read More »

02/12/13 | With the immigration debate moving headlong into its legislative stage, the pressing question for Republican lawmakers remains – will most continue to side with the anti-immigrant voices in their midst?  Or will the GOP’s recent pro-immigration reform talk be followed with concrete action that demonstrates that the majority of the Party truly is charting a […] | Read More »

02/11/13 | On Tuesday night, President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican response from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are expected to promote immigration reform, which has emerged as at top priority in 2013.  But Tuesday night will simply continue the momentum behind the reform effort initiated in January at the Senate press conference announcing […] | Read More »

02/08/13 | Ahead of the President’s State of the Union Address and next week’s kick-off hearing on immigration reform in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Latino, Asian, and immigration leaders gathered on a press call today to clarify a few key aspects about the swirling immigration policy debate.  On today’s call, advocates discussed some of the requirements they […] | Read More »

02/07/13 | Citizenship is the mainstream position in the immigration debate.  Despite attempts by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), and others to position earned citizenship as an “extreme” position, the opposite is the case – the burgeoning push for “no citizenship” is the outlier position, outside the American mainstream. According to Frank Sharry, […] | Read More »

02/06/13 | During the House Judiciary Committee immigration hearing yesterday, Republicans’ attempted to define a policy that offers undocumented immigrants “legal residency but not a path to citizenship” as the “middle-ground option in the debate over immigration” according to the New York Times.  Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) asked, “Are there options we should consider between […] | Read More »

02/05/13 | House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor is giving a policy speech today at the American Enterprise Institute, following an interview today with CBS’ “This Morning” where the Congressman previewed his remarks.  The following is a statement from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director at America’s Voice: “For years, Republicans in Congress have let Reps. Lamar Smith and […] | Read More »