Press Releases

07/21/14 | Nativist opponents of immigration reform were supposed to make their big stand this last weekend, spurred on by protests against children fleeing violence in Murrieta, California.  Mostly led by two internet groups, Make Them Listen and Overpasses for America, extremists had rallies planned in every state. And then — as to be expected with an issue […] | Read More »

07/18/14 | Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) and Immigrant Advocates Discuss Child Refugee Crisis, Executive Action The story regarding Central American unaccompanied children arriving at our border is developing fast.  Congress is considering a $3.7 billion supplemental budget request as well as how best to speed up the processing of the kids, many of […] | Read More »

07/18/14 | Following the move by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), many Republicans have been quick to jump on board, blaming DACA for creating the child refugee crisis at the border (despite all evidence to the contrary).  But as a new editorial and political analysis reveals, the GOP’s attacks are meant to mask the Party’s true intention of […] | Read More »

07/17/14 | Does this Mean Most Republicans Are Now ‘Wacko Birds’ Too?  Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made clear that ending DACA was his “top priority” and that eviscerating deportation protections for Dreamers must be a component piece of any congressional action dealing with the Central American child refugees.  Far from a “wacko bird,” to borrow Senator […] | Read More »

07/16/14 | Washington, DC – The fast-developing story regarding Central American unaccompanied children arriving at our border is bringing out the best – and the worst – in America. While an increasing number of elected officials and commentators are determined to keep the focus on the well-being of children fleeing violence, others are intent to use the […] | Read More »

07/14/14 | The crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence from Central America continues to be front page news across the country.  As Congress mulls how to respond – if at all – the most important pieces members should read are 1) a powerful piece in the New York Times’ “Sunday Review” authored by Sonia Nazario (the author […] | Read More »

07/14/14 | Latino Leaders React to Republican Candidate’s Call to Import Arizona-Style Immigration Law in Colorado While the Colorado GOP may have breathed a sigh of relief last month when anti-immigrant firebrand Tom Tancredo lost the gubernatorial primary, now the supposedly-mainstream candidate, Bob Beauprez, is taking up Tancredo’s mantle by aligning himself with Arizona governor, Jan Brewer, […] | Read More »

07/11/14 | Advocates Discuss State of Play on Immigration Reform, Administrative Action, and the Emergency Supplemental With the door having closed on immigration reform in Congress, the President is now compelled to step up and fill the vacuum.  The increase in Central American children arriving at our borders, fleeing gangs and violence, has only made it more […] | Read More »

07/10/14 | Answer: Nothing Denver, CO – With Republicans looking for new ways to exploit the ongoing crisis of kids fleeing violence for their own political gain, more and more are exposing their true stance on immigration – mass deportation – in demanding an end to the broadly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Ending […] | Read More »

07/10/14 | Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) was told today by House GOP leaders that there will be no vote on immigration this year.   In an interview with Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, Diaz-Balart expressed dismay at the GOP leadership’s decision: “We have a historic opportunity to fix a system everyone knows is broken. We’re squandering that […] | Read More »

07/10/14 | Republicans Play Politics, Refuse to Govern  Washington, DC—In the wake of President Obama’s remarks on how to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the U.S. border, it’s become evident that Republicans are far more interested in politicking off the plight of child refugees fleeing unspeakable violence than they are in governing and working to […] | Read More »

07/09/14 | Republican Leaders Enabled and Emboldened Nativist Wing, to Detriment of National Party When House Republican leadership decided to block broad immigration reform, they capitulated to the Rep. Steve King (R-IA) caucus.  Now that same segment of the GOP is emboldened, spinning themselves into a froth over the idea that we might actually give refugee children […] | Read More »

07/03/14 | As Obama Prepares to Step Up, Republican Brand Continues to Spiral Downward  The current top immigration news story is the anti-immigrant protest in Murrieta, CA this week — the one where some professional activists from outside of the city got riled up by the mayor and blocked the transfer of Central American women and children to the […] | Read More »

07/02/14 | Political Observers Agree: Obama Action Will Leave GOP Eating Dust in 2016 At his Rose Garden announcement on Monday, President Obama made clear his intention to use his existing legal authority to stabilize the lives of as many qualified immigrants as possible.  As we’ve noted, when the President follows through, and if the executive action is indeed substantial, the differences between the […] | Read More »

07/01/14 | The President Promised to Lead and the GOP Was Left Behind  It can be hard to notice a tipping point when immersed in the day-to-day developments of an issue, but we predict yesterday will create a “before and after” moment in the immigration debate – like the June 15, 2012 announcement of the Deferred Action […] | Read More »

06/30/14 | Makes it clear he won’t be intimidated into inaction by Republican demagoguery Today President Obama met with advocates in the White House, and then went out to the  Rose Garden to make remarks on immigration.  Here is a response from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Today President Obama stepped up on immigration.  This […] | Read More »

06/27/14 | Goodlatte the latest to go after children fleeing violence and call for the deportation of DREAMers When it comes to immigration demagoguery, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is just the latest to pile on.  This week, at a hearing he chaired and another event, he made it clear that he believes immigrant children […] | Read More »

06/25/14 | Experts Discuss Data Released in New Report, Results of Gubernatorial Primary, and Role of Immigration as Mobilizing Factor for Latino Voters in Colorado Home to one of the fastest growing Latino electorates in the country, Colorado is set to steal the national spotlight in House, Senate and Gubernatorial races this November with immigration playing a […] | Read More »