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Must-Read From NYT’s Lawrence Downes: “Remembering A Milestone For Immigrants And America”

A new piece from the NYT’s Lawrence Downes marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, a landmark bill that ignited a resounding demographic shift that America still sees to this day. Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, the act “ended the era of … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Iowa Voters Question GOP “Tough Talk” On Immigration

Julie Bosman of the New York Times Captures Growing Disconnect Between Average American Voter and the GOP’s Anti-Immigrant Positions As the 2016 Republican field continues to follow Donald Trump on his increasingly rapid lurch to the right on immigration, Julie Bosman notes in her recent piece in the New York Times—Iowan’s aren’t buying it. Bosman’s must read … Continue reading »

In Emotional Video, Iowa Pastor's Wife Pleads to President Obama To Stop Husband's Deportation

In an emotional video filmed last night, Pastor Max Villatoro’s wife and their four U.S. citizen children directly pleaded to President Barack Obama to halt Max’s deportation and let him return to his family and community in Iowa: “I need my husband back. My kids need their dad. I’m so scared, I don’t know what … Continue reading »

As Deadline for Legislative Action Draws Closer, New Scorecard Shows House Republicans on Wrong Side of Latino and Immigrant Voters

Scorecard Zeroes in on the 12 Most Vulnerable Republicans House Democrats are continuing their efforts to demand a vote on immigration reform and House Republicans are continuing to block action while promising to one day address the issue.  The disconnect between Republicans’ rhetorical support for immigration reform and their actual legislative record is vast, and is a problem of … Continue reading »

On Immigration, GOP is Still Steve King’s Party

Iowa Republican in Driver’s Seat Unless and Until House Republican Leadership Takes Action – And Soon  Washington, DC – In an extended interview with the authors of the “The Way North” series from the New York Times, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) makes clear that he plans to drive the Republican Party’s immigration direction in the … Continue reading »

Eric Cantor's Loss and Immigration Reform: Role, Meaning and Future

Here’s our take on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) defeat, the role immigration reform played in his primary loss, the meaning of the outcome for the immediate prospects of immigration reform and the impact it all could have on the Republican Party’s future: What was immigration’s role in Cantor’s defeat? While primary winner Dave … Continue reading »

Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Some Things Do Not Change After a Primary — Like Republicans' Need to Pass Reform

On the House floor this morning: Some things do not change after a primary. Even a primary result that no one, including the winning candidate, had predicted. The thing that does not change with the political winds in Washington is the calendar. There are only 10 legislative days left before the July 4 recess. Another … Continue reading »

Commentary Roundup: The Real Reason Eric Cantor Lost His Primary

There is A LOT of commentary about Eric Cantor’s primary loss last night.  Here are some important takeaways: Erick Erickson at Red State: The media will play up Cantor’s loss by claiming it was about immigration. They will be wrong, but it will be useful for the rest of us. Immigration reform is now DOA … Continue reading »

Immigration Reform Advocates React to Cantor Primary Loss

View the America’s Voice statement here. CASA de Virginia: More than seventy Virginia activists this evening disrupted the “victory” celebration of Congressman Eric Cantor (VA 7).  Frustrated about his lack of action to resolve the immigration crisis, activists told the crowd that Cantor lost because he was inattentive to the district and that people in … Continue reading »