Press Releases

11/03/14 | Establishment Republicans Engage in Happy Talk While Hardliners Dominate  As the country contemplates a Congress controlled by the GOP, there is some talk – from the likes of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Preibus – that the Republican Congress will enact immigration reform […] | Read More »

10/31/14 | With Republicans Blocking Reform Legislation, President Gears up for Executive Action While State and Local Governments Enact Pro-Immigrant Policies While we await the results of the 2014 elections, the implications for the future of immigration reform are already clear.  As long as Republicans control one or both chambers of Congress, prospects for comprehensive immigration reform […] | Read More »

10/29/14 | For those predicting that the Republican Party can or will adjust its recent hard right course after November 4th – and start appealing to Latino voters in the process – recent events should give them pause.  From its establishment wing to its Tea Party base, the Republican Party is gearing up for a pitched battle over […] | Read More »

10/28/14 | RNC Chairman Reince Preibus Reverses Field from 2012 Post Mortem; Embraces GOP’s Lurch to the Anti-Immigrant Right  Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairmen don’t typically endorse specific policy recommendations.  But following the 2012 election in which Latino voters rejected Mitt Romney and the GOP, Chairman Reince Preibus and the RNC’s post-2012 autopsy report broke with precedent and made […] | Read More »

10/24/14 | Republican Opposition to Legislation and Executive Action Leaves Only One Policy Position Left to Support: The Broken Status Quo Washington, DC –In 2012, Republicans lost the White House in part because of their over-heated, anti-immigrant rhetoric. In 2014, they’ve doubled down on that strategy of attacking immigration reform. That was on full display yesterday as […] | Read More »

10/23/14 | During recent congressional debates over immigration, we called rabid anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King the leader of the Republican Party on immigration, recognizing that despite the leadership gavel in Speaker John Boehner’s hands, King was the real driver of the GOP’s policy direction in the House (note the absence of a vote for immigration reform in the House, […] | Read More »

10/22/14 | Republican Candidates Demagogue Immigration and Border Security in 2014 at the Expense of GOP Viability in 2016 Washington, DC – Given the Republican Party’s need to improve its standing with Latino voters in order to win back the White House, the GOP’s embrace of anti-immigrant politics during the 2014 election cycle is a remarkable development.  GOP […] | Read More »

10/20/14 | Experts to Discuss New Poll Results and Implications for Upcoming Midterm and Presidential Elections Washington, DC – On a press call/webinar today, Matt Barreto, Co-Founder of Latino Decisions, and Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, discussed the results of a new nationwide poll of 600 Latino voters that provides fresh data on overall Latino voter […] | Read More »

10/14/14 | Republicans Candidates – Gardner, Beauprez and Coffman – Would Create Lasting Damage on Immigration and Other Top Issues As ballots are mailed to voters across the state today, Latino leaders in Colorado held a press conference to highlight how important it is that Latino voters turn out in record numbers this election to make their […] | Read More »

10/14/14 | October 17, 2014 update: Grimes has announced she will be taking the ad down: Grimes campaign tells immigration-reform advocates she will pull offending ad and not use ‘the i word’ – #kysen #CIR — Joe Sonka (@joesonka) October 17, 2014 UPDATE: A number of progressive and get-out-the-vote groups have begun responding to Grimes.  Here’s a […] | Read More »

10/09/14 | As Greg Sargent of the Washington Post notes, recent GOP fear-mongering on immigration issues do not bode well for a party trying to rebrand itself to Latino voters in the lead up to 2016. His piece entitled, “The future of GOP relations with Latinos, in one ad” follows below and can be viewed online here. […] | Read More »

10/06/14 | New Analyses from the American Immigration Council and the Center for American Progress Demolish GOP Talking Point about “Unconstitutional” Nature of President Obama’s Impending Executive Action Washington, DC – Despite Republican assertions that executive action on immigration from President Obama would represent an unconstitutional power grab, two new analyses show this assertion is wildly mistaken. […] | Read More »

10/03/14 | As two must-reads by Jim Newell of Salon and Dara Lind of Vox highlight, recent comments from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) suggesting the possibility of reform in 2015 are a trap designed to prevent the President from taking executive action that would protect millions of people.  Here’s why the President would be wise to blow past Boehner’s comments […] | Read More »

10/03/14 | “We Look to You, Mr. President, for Big, Bold, Unapologetic Administrative Relief” The most important comments from last night’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) annual gala did not come from President Obama, but rather Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who called on the President to deliver executive action that protects millions. As he noted: As we […] | Read More »

10/02/14 | For the first time since his decision to delay executive action, the President is slated to speak tonight to a group of Latino leaders at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Conference.  He shouldn’t be surprised if he finds an audience frustrated by six years of broken promises and unmet expectations on immigration.  Two important […] | Read More »

09/26/14 | Targeted for Deportation After Trying to Pay Traffic Ticket, Marinela Martinez-Magana is Overjoyed to Be Able to Stay with Family Today, in the wake of an inspiring rally that drew hundreds of supporters, Marinela Martinez-Magana—an over 10 year resident of Columbus, OH with three U.S. citizen children under the age of nine—was granted a one-year […] | Read More »

09/26/14 | To listen to a recording of today’s call, click here. Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced that DACA recipients can now apply for enlistment into the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI)—a program open to a limited number of individuals who possess unique medical and language skills.  The problem is that, at most, only […] | Read More »

09/25/14 | CD-06 Congressman Rejects Bipartisan Senate Bill Because a 15-year Wait, Thousands of dollars in Fines, English classes and a Background Check Are Too “Automatic” of a Path  At Tuesday’s Denver Post debate between Rep. Mike Coffman (R, CD-6) and challenger, Andrew Romanoff, Rep. Coffman stated that he did not support the bipartisan Senate immigration bill because […] | Read More »