Press Releases

11/17/11 | The controversy continues over the Alabama anti-immigration law, as leaders report on additional damage to the state's reputation, economy, and efforts to move on from its Civil Rights era legacy. | Read More »

11/17/11 | The controversy continues over the Alabama anti-immigration law, as leaders report on additional damage to the state's reputation, economy, and efforts to move on from its Civil Rights era legacy. | Read More »

11/16/11 | Yesterday, former Republican congressman and current Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam criticized the harsh anti-immigration laws passed in neighboring states Alabama and Georgia, pointing out that the laws are already having real economic consequences and arguing that Florida show not follow this path. | Read More »

11/15/11 | The implementation of Alabama's HB 56, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the nation, has touched off a humanitarian crisis felt throughout the state and across the nation. Families, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, are fleeing the state in droves and children are afraid to go school or even leave their homes. | Read More »

11/15/11 | Last night, on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams," reporter Kate Snow did a segment on what Williams called the "huge controversy" in Alabama caused by the passage of the state's "papers, please" HB 56 anti-immigration law. | Read More »

11/15/11 | Last night, on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams," reporter Kate Snow did a segment on what Williams called the "huge controversy" in Alabama caused by the passage of the state's "papers, please" HB 56 anti-immigration law. | Read More »

11/14/11 | The fallout continues over last week's recall election of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R), the architect of that state's"papers, please" anti-immigration law. As analysts ask what the result might mean for the future of anti-immigrant extremism and for Arizona's potential competitiveness in the 2012 elections, Pearce's ideological allies are spinning the results to a foregone conclusion -- that the anti-immigrant policies weren't the problem, just the tone and messenger associated with them. | Read More »

11/14/11 | The fallout continues over last week's recall election of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R), the architect of that state's"papers, please" anti-immigration law. As analysts ask what the result might mean for the future of anti-immigrant extremism and for Arizona's potential competitiveness in the 2012 elections, Pearce's ideological allies are spinning the results to a foregone conclusion -- that the anti-immigrant policies weren't the problem, just the tone and messenger associated with them. | Read More »

11/11/11 | Asked on Wednesday by Antonieta Cadiz of La Opinion, the nation's leading Spanish language newspaper, for his opinion on Alabama's controversial law, HB 56, Obama was emphatic in his remarks, saying "It's a bad law. The idea that we have children afraid to go to school, because they feel afraid that their immigration status will lead to being detained is wrong. This makes the law, not just anti-immigrant, but I believe it doesn't match our essential values as a country," he affirmed. | Read More »

11/11/11 | Asked on Wednesday by Antonieta Cadiz of La Opinion, the nation's leading Spanish language newspaper, for his opinion on Alabama's controversial law, HB 56, Obama was emphatic in his remarks, saying "It's a bad law. The idea that we have children afraid to go to school, because they feel afraid that their immigration status will lead to being detained is wrong. This makes the law, not just anti-immigrant, but I believe it doesn't match our essential values as a country," he affirmed. | Read More »

11/10/11 | The implementation of Alabama's HB 56, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the nation, has touched off a humanitarian crisis felt throughout the state and across the nation. Families, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, are fleeing the state in droves and children are afraid to go school or even leave their homes. | Read More »

11/10/11 | The implementation of Alabama's HB 56, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the nation, has touched off a humanitarian crisis felt throughout the state and across the nation. Families, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, are fleeing the state in droves and children are afraid to go school or even leave their homes. | Read More »

11/10/11 | Tuesday's defeat of notorious anti-immigrant Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R) by fellow Republican Jerry Lewis in a recall election continues to resonate in Arizona and beyond. The architect of the state's notorious "papers, please" immigration law, Pearce's stunning defeat is a cautionary tale about the political dangers of anti-immigrant extremism and wedge politics. The 2012 Republican field, however, has yet to take note of these dangers. | Read More »

11/09/11 | Amidst a busy election day, one of the most talked about races was in Arizona, where the architect of the state's notorious "papers please" immigration law, State Senator Russell Pearce was decisively defeated by fellow Republican Jerry Lewis in a historic recall election with national implications. The pro-immigrant Lewis beat incumbent State Senator Russell Pearce soundly in the first-ever recall election of a state politician in Arizona history, getting 53.4% of the vote to Pearce's 45.4%. | Read More »

11/09/11 | Amidst a busy election day, one of the most talked about races was in Arizona, where the architect of the state's notorious "papers please" immigration law, State Senator Russell Pearce was decisively defeated by fellow Republican Jerry Lewis in a historic recall election with national implications. The pro-immigrant Lewis beat incumbent State Senator Russell Pearce soundly in the first-ever recall election of a state politician in Arizona history, getting 53.4% of the vote to Pearce's 45.4%. | Read More »

11/08/11 | Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) yesterday admitted that the state's worst-in-the-nation immigration law needs changes. Gov. Bentley's comments come after continued stories criticizing the economic catastrophe for Alabama agriculture, burdensome new requirements forced upon Alabama small businesses, and damage to the state's reputation as a place foreign companies could feel comfortable investing. Undoubtedly responding to pressure and fears from these audiences, Bentley yesterday suggested efforts to "simplify" the bill. However, cosmetic changes will not be enough. | Read More »

11/07/11 | November 2011 marks not only one year before the 2012 election, but also represents an anniversary – it's been 25 years since President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which granted legal permanent residency to nearly 2.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Not only is this an occasion to reflect on how far the Republican Party has moved away from the immigration legacy of its supposed icon, President Reagan, but it also presents a reminder of why immigration is such a personal and defining issue for millions of voters throughout the nation. | Read More »

11/07/11 | The news that Mitt Romney is deploying automated attack calls in Iowa against Rick Perry on immigration should come as little surprise, given Romney's hard-line stance on immigration thus far in the 2012 cycle. What is notable, however, is that the anti-Perry calls feature an Arizona sheriff named Paul Babeu, who makes the claim that "Rick Perry is part of the illegal immigration problem." | Read More »