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America’s Voice Reacts to McCarthy Statement on Immigration Votes in 2013

Igor Volsky at Think Progress writes: “House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told immigration advocates that lawmakers will not take-up immigration reform this year. As a result, an amendment to deport DREAM-eligible immigrants — which passed with overwhelming GOP support in June — will be the only immigration measure to have received a vote on … Continue reading »

Irish Immigration Advocates Push GOP To Support Reform

This weekend, our allies at the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform held a meeting in Virginia to plot their strategy to push reform. Via John Stanton at Buzzfeed: Immigration activists may have found an unusual ally in the daunting bid to convince Republicans that comprehensive immigration reform must happen: the nation’s 40 million Irish-Americans. “We … Continue reading »

Jose Antonio Vargas Talks Immigration Reform With Rachel Maddow

On Friday night, after House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy announced there would be no votes on immigration reform this year, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did a couple of segments on the issue. She talked to our friend, Jose Antonio Vargas, who has been traveling the country building support:

Cracks in the Dam Blocking Immigration Reform: House GOPer Jeff Denham Co-Sponsors HR15

On today’s “Al Punto” public affairs show on Univisión, hosted by Jorge Ramos, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) announced that he will become the first Republican to co-sponsor HR 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: “Jeff Denham’s announcement is a … Continue reading »

Cook Political Report Changes Ranking of 10 Latino Influence House Seats Including Reps. Miller and Coffman

There’s been a lot of speculation in political circles about what kind of political impact the shutdown would have on the Republican Party. Yesterday, the Cook Political Report got DC buzzing with this tweet: Today’s ratings changes: CA31, CA41, CO06, FL22, MI03, MI07, MT-AL, NE02, NJ02, NJ03, NM02, NY23, OH06, PA08, WV03 — CookPoliticalReport … Continue reading »

BPC Supports Obama Deportation Policy Over Political Concerns, Despite Human Toll

Yesterday, we learned that the Bipartisan Policy Center has concluded, somehow, that President Obama should not expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to other immigrants facing deportation because that action would “undermine” the effort to pass immigration reform. From BPC: “Some immigration reform advocates, frustrated by the slow pace of congressional action, are suggesting … Continue reading »

UPDATED: Scenes from Today's Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform

Today’s March for Immigration Reform on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol began at noon ET. Here are some of photos as the event began. [View the story “Scenes from Today’s Rally & March for Immigration Reform” on Storify]

House Republicans Vulnerable Because of Shutdown Face Immigration Backlash, too

Steve King has had a busy fall. He has been spearheading the effort to block  any immigration reform bill from moving in the U.S House (despite little back up from his ever-shrinking anti-immigrant allies.) Now King and his band of fellow extremists, including Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann, have also shut down the federal government … Continue reading »

Dennis Hastert: “The Hastert Rule Never Really Existed"

As we have noted repeatedly, there are enough votes in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship.  And yet the House has yet to take up immigration reform, thanks to Speaker John Boehner’s insistence on invoking the Hastert Rule, a.k.a the Hastert Excuse, in which Boehner will only bring … Continue reading »