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Obama Speaks at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala, Promises Executive Action By End of Year

In case you missed it last night, watch the speech below (starts around 23:27) or view the transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you to Senator Menendez, and to the Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congresswoman Velázquez, for those extraordinary introductions, but more importantly for the outstanding work that you do each … Continue reading »

Against Backdrop of Broken Promises & Delayed Action, the President Takes the Stage at CHCI Gala

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 … Continue reading »

Gallup: Latinos' Approval of Obama Down Since 2012

A new Gallup poll released today finds that President Obama’s approval ratings among Latinos are nearly the lowest they’ve ever been. Obama’s lowest numbers with Latinos (see chart below) came around 2011-2012, after a first term in which he set a record number of deportations and took no action on immigration reform, despite making the … Continue reading »

ICIRR Collects Funds for Obama Presidential Library's "Deporter-in-Chief" Wing

Zing! The location of Obama’s presidential library has not yet been decided, but the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is already soliciting donations for it — specifically for a section of the future library they are proposing to call the “Deporter-in-Chief” wing. ICIRR’s action yesterday follows years of record deportations from President Obama, as well … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Democrats Can’t Keep Ignoring Immigrants and Their Allies

For those still wondering why the Latino community and immigration activists and allies are so frustrated by President Obama’s announced delay on immigration executive action, Joe Sudbay’s piece “Democrats Can’t Keep Ignoring Immigrants and Their Allies” is a must-read.  Joe, a friend of the immigration reform community and an advisor to America’s Voice, authored a … Continue reading »

Francis Wilkinson: Why Obama Should Take Executive Action NOW

Here’s Francis Wilkinson at Bloomberg weighing in on why President Obama should act now on immigration and deportations, rather than waiting until after the midterms or later.  Basically, the electoral map already looks bad for Democrats this fall.  Democrats should want Obama to shake things up and possibly improve the playing field.  Even if an executive action … Continue reading »

40 Faith Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Forget Migrant Children

Yesterday, forty national faith leaders delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in any future executive action. With new reports of Honduran children being killed following their deportation from the US and Mexico, the short message underscores the critical importance of protecting children … Continue reading »

#GoBigObama Calls on President Obama to Take Meaningful Executive Action on Immigration

This morning, DRM Action along with NDLON, Erika Andiola, Lorella Praeli, Eddie Carmona, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Raul Grijalva hosted an all-star Congressional briefing on the Hill on what President Obama can do when he takes executive action on immigration reform later this summer.  Using the hashtag #GoBigObama, the group encouraged the President to take meaningful action to protect … Continue reading »

Pundits: Obama Executive Action Smart Policy, Equally Smart Politics

Bloomberg Editorial, “Obama’s Midterm Surprise: Immigration” –“A major executive action liberalizing strictures on undocumented immigrants with lengthy U.S. residency would change the midterm dynamic. Experience suggests that the reaction of Representative Steve King and other Republican nativists would not be subtle. And Republican leaders, including McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, would add to the general … Continue reading »