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The “Trump Effect” The GOP Didn’t See Coming

As Candidates Double Down on Hardline Immigration Stances, Latino Voters Mobilize  Despite evidence coming out of Iowa that GOP primary voters in fact, don’t view immigration as a top issue—immigration ranked a distant fourth out of four issues in network entrance polling—that hasn’t stopped the field from doubling down on the hardline immigration stances they will … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Linda Greenhouse on the Enormous Stakes for the Integrity of the Supreme Court in U.S. v Texas

“If the justices approach their task as judges and not as politicians, the administration will easily prevail” Prominent legal analyst Linda Greenhouse assesses the stakes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming immigration executive action case, United States v. Texas, in a new must-read opinion piece published in today’s New York Times.  United States v. Texas will decide the fate of the DAPA/DACA expansion … Continue reading »

New Interactive Timeline, Turnout Numbers Show: Iowa Dreamers and Immigration Advocates Defined the Iowa Caucus

While most Americans who pay attention to politics were focused on the Iowa caucuses for the past few months, immigration activists, including DREAMers, have been actively engaged on the front lines in the state for the past several years. The results have been two-pronged: 1) Defining candidates on the immigration issue; and 2) building lasting … Continue reading »

“Families Not Felons?” DACA Recipient Deported After Obama Administration Refuses to Follow Its Own Stated Policy

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration deported a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite the government earlier having approved her DACA application and granted her “advanced parole” request to travel to and from Mexico.  The case of Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez is a troubling example of the Obama Administration not living up to … Continue reading »

Immigration & 2016: Taking Stock After Iowa

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, here’s our assessment of the state of play for immigration politics. For Republicans:  The Entire GOP Field Has Lurched Hard Right on Immigration and Sunk the GOP Brand to the Bottom with Latino and Immigrant Voters: The entire Republican presidential field pledges to ramp up enforcement, block an … Continue reading »

LOIRA, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, and Ohio’s Voice Invite U.S. Senate Candidates in Ohio to Attend “DAPA Dinner” in Lorain

Last week, the Lorain Ohio Immigrants’ Rights Association (LOIRA), Ohio’s Voice, and Cleveland Jobs with Justice invited the three candidates for U.S. Senate: former Governor Ted Strickland (D), Cincinnati City Council Member PG Sittenfeld(D), and Senator Rob Portman (R) to sit down with DAPA-eligible families as part of the ongoing “DAPA Dinners” campaign. “DAPA Dinners” is an initiative that invites all 2016 candidates, Senators, and Members of … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Ahead of Caucus Matt Hildreth Assesses “Why Iowa Still Matters”

In a new piece on Univision.com, Matt Hildreth, the Iowa based Director of Online Programs for America’s Voice and Director of Iowa’s Voice, offers a fresh take on the role of immigration in this year’s caucus and the implications this role will have for candidates of both parties in the general election. Hildreth, who has offered a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Must Read Analyses on Roots & Consequences of GOP Lurch to Right on Immigration

Brian Beutler in The New Republic and Peter Beinart in The Atlantic Assess Republicans and Immigration Ahead of tonight’s Iowa caucuses, recent analyses from Brian Beutler of The New Republic and Peter Beinart of The Atlantic assess the roots and consequences of the Republican lurch to the right on immigration.  We excerpt the pieces below:  Brian Beutler in The New Republic: “This … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Education Fund Responds to Reports of Central American Teenagers Targeted in Immigration Raids

Last night, we learned that the Obama administration has ramped up efforts targeting young people who fled violence, for deportation. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a high school student who left Honduras in 2014 was arrested on his parents’ front steps and faces deportation to that crime-ravaged nation.  In Charlotte, young men who fled violence in El Salvador were … Continue reading »

Bill to Bring Pastor Max Villatoro Back to the U.S Shines Light On Larger Immigration Problem

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack introduced legislation aimed at uniting deported Iowa City Pastor Max Villatoro with his family. Pastor Max’s case generated widespread local and national attention last year when—despite being a prime candidate for prosecutorial discretion under the Obama administration’s new guidelines—Max was separated from his family and deported to Honduras. Congressman Loebsack’s legislation would allow Villatoro to be … Continue reading »