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DREAMer Juan Escalante on Attending Obama Town Hall Last Night

Yesterday, I was able to attend President Obama’s town hall on immigration. The event was hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo at Florida International University’s Graham Center — an intimate venue that allowed a small crowd to witness the President champion his executive actions on immigration. The event, which was televised across the United States, lent itself as … Continue reading »

President Obama to Appear on Telemundo Town Hall to Talk Executive Action

This week, Judge Andrew Hanen of the Brownsville district court in Texas dealt executive action a setback when he temporarily blocked it from proceeding.  But the Obama Administration, and advocates, are pressing full steam ahead to overcome Hanen’s ruling in higher courts and to prepare those who would benefit to apply.  Next Wednesday, Obama will … Continue reading »

WATCH: President Obama Talks Immigration Executive Action on Stephen Colbert

President Obama dropped by the set of The Colbert Report yesterday, where he took over a segment and gave an interview about his recently announced immigration executive action.  Obama emphasized that his executive order is “scrupulously within the law” and something that past Democratic and Republican presidents have done. Watch the interview below: The Colbert Report Get More: … Continue reading »

On Immigration, the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne and Jonathan Capehart Remind Us Who Really Poisoned the Well

As we wait for President Obama to announce his plans for executive action on immigration, anti-immigrant Republicans are in full battle mode. They are spitting out talking points designed to undermine the President — without taking any responsibility for their own failures on the issue. Some pundits still seem to think bipartisanship is possible — because … Continue reading »

Meet the Republicans Who Want to Impeach Obama Over Immigration

Rep. Joe Barton (R-FL) made headlines yesterday when he became the latest Republican to suggest that Obama could be impeached if he takes executive action on immigration. Talk of impeachment isn’t new, of course: some Republicans have been anxious to impeach Obama for years, over issues ranging from Obamacare to Benghazi to gun control and … Continue reading »

Wash Post's Capehart: Mr. President, Issue the Executive Order on Immigration You Promised

Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart has a message for President Obama – keep your promise, take executive action on immigration: Mr. President, issue the executive order on immigration you promised. The arguments for and against such a move are all valid. Whatever you do will inspire blinding rage from the opposing corner. And if … Continue reading »

Executive Action Matters: DACA Lifted Enthusiasm and Obama's Approval in 2012

This year, if there’s one thing Democrats need from their base, it’s enthusiasm. With elections just five days away, there’s a lot of speculation and analysis about how President Obama’s record-breaking deportations and failure to take executive action will affect voter enthusiasm. Gary Sergura, one of the principals of Latino Decisions put it like this: … Continue reading »

Washington Post profiles Javier Flores, Deported After Obama Delayed Executive Action

The Sunday edition of the Washington Post published a profile of Javier Flores, who lived in Ohio with his family, including four U.S. citizen children, until he was deported last month.  It’s a very compelling story about the very real impacts of what happened after President Obama decided to delay executive action to an immigrant who … Continue reading »

Janet Napolitano Supports Executive Action, Sees DACA as the Model

Today, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, who oversaw the Obama administration’s aggressive deportation policy from 2009-2012, spoke out for executive action by President Obama: Former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is supporting executive action by President Obama to change immigration policy if Congress fails to pass a broad overhaul, citing what she calls … Continue reading »

GOP Leaves Obama with No Other Choice but to Act on Immigration

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 Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaigned for Scott Brown in New Hampshire and the Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) … Continue reading »