Press Releases

03/15/13 | As Senate Immigration Gang of 8 Gets Attention, House Immigration Gang of 8 Gets Moving The New York Times reports that the “bipartisan group of House members that has been meeting quietly for nearly four years to discuss an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system is nearing agreement on a framework, and is briefing their respective […] | Read More »

03/14/13 | America’s Voice Education Fund Reacts to Statements by Senator Graham  =According to a report by David Nakamura in the Washington Post, “key Senators are developing plans that would make it harder for U.S. citizens to get visas for their family members while easing the path for more high-skilled foreign workers, according to aides and advocates […] | Read More »

03/14/13 | As the Associated Press reported yesterday, “President Barack Obama told House Republicans Wednesday that they would benefit politically more than Democrats would from supporting a comprehensive immigration overhaul, lawmakers present said … The assertion prompted some ‘light chuckles’ from certain Republican members, while others reacted more like Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who said, ‘There’s something to it.’” “The best […] | Read More »

03/14/13 | As Conservative Conference Convenes, Will CPAC Drag the Party Backward  If last week’s controversy over Jeb Bush’s immigration position showed just how quickly the politics of immigration reform have shifted, this week shows that the Republican Party continues to lurch forward in a messy, but necessary, realignment toward the center on this issue. After a period of […] | Read More »

03/11/13 | Jeb Bush capped off his whirlwind immigration book release with appearances on all the major English language and Spanish language Sunday shows this past weekend.  After starting last week distancing himself from his past support for a path to citizenship, Bush concluded the week by embracing theSenate plan and the concept of citizenship – as predicted. Yet the larger takeaway should not […] | Read More »

03/08/13 | The Colorado ASSET legislation – a state tuition bill that will allow young immigrants living in Colorado to pay in-state tuition for college – has just passed a final vote in the Colorado House today with a 40-21 vote margin, its last step before arriving on the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has vowed […] | Read More »

03/08/13 | The How and Why of an Inclusive Path to Citizenship for Immigrants Without Papers Momentum is building each day for immigration reform, with a full-throated legislative debate set to start in the coming weeks.   Today, America’s Voice Education Fund and fellow immigration experts held the third in a series of weekly press briefings, or Immigration […] | Read More »

03/08/13 | The botched Jeb Bush media tour and related controversy over his immigration positioning dominated this week’s immigration news.  But the debate also clarified the fact that a road to earned citizenship is already the mainstream position on immigration reform. As Mayor Julián Castro and Frank Sharry remind us, citizenship vs. residency is not just a […] | Read More »

03/05/13 | Action on Immigration By Democrats and Republicans Drives Perception of Parties in Latino Community The 2012 election was a game changer for immigration reform, and thanks to unprecedented Latino turnout and a recognition by both political parties of their growing political power, the prospects for enacting bipartisan immigration reform have never been stronger. On a […] | Read More »

03/05/13 | It is safe to say that Day One of the immigration book media tour for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did not go exactly as planned.  Numerous observers condemned Gov. Bush for walking back on his past support for citizenship and called it a politically damaging flip-flop. Today, Gov. Bush said he would support an […] | Read More »

03/04/13 | On Today Show, Jeb Bush Flip-Flops on Citizenship, Appears to Support Permanent Underclass Despite the growing number of Republicans supporting immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, we know that some GOP holdouts still don’t get it regarding good immigration policy, politics, and the GOP rebranding effort to Latino voters.  However, we never thought we’d […] | Read More »

03/01/13 | Advocates Give Analysis and Updates During the Second 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 in the coming weeks. Today, America’s Voice Education Fund and fellow immigration experts held the second in a series of […] | Read More »

02/25/13 | Will House Republicans Let Eventual Nominee Compete for Latino Voters?   POLITICO reports that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) endorsed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants on Friday saying, “We just have a broken system.  And to me, if somebody wants to come in and live the American dream and work hard…we should have a […] | Read More »

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 »