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One Year After DAPA Announcement; Immigrants Continue To Fight

Immigrants from across the country continue their push for the implementation of DAPA, an initiative that would shield parents of U.S. Citizens and legal permanent residents from deportation. Announced by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2014, the program has been stalled in the courts for the past year – as Republican Governors launched a … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Reacts to News of Cantor’s Loss in VA-07 GOP Primary

Washington, DC – Tonight, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) conceded to GOP Primary challenger, David Brat, in the race for the Republican primary in VA-07. Following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to this news: “Let’s be clear: Eric Cantor was no friend of immigration reform.  He’s been … Continue reading »

Virginia's AG Mark Herring, USCIS, and the Right to Legal Domicile

Is Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring responsible for USCIS’ recognition this week about one of the rights of DREAMers? Back in April, the newly sworn-in AG made headlines when he declared that Virginia DREAMers are eligible for in-state tuition — and paved the way to accessible opportunity when Republicans in the state House and Senate wouldn’t. … Continue reading »

Eric Cantor Primary Mailers Boast of His Stance Against Immigration Reform

Check out a compilation of the anti-immigrant mailers that Eric Cantor has been sending out in advance of his June 10 primary, courtesy of Politico: Anti-Immigrant Mailings Eric Cantor “Eric Cantor is stopping the Obama-Reid plan” … “Eric Cantor is the No. 1 guy standing between the American people and immigration reform.”  No wonder that blogs … Continue reading »

Virginia Attorney General: VA DREAMers Will Qualify for In-State Tuition

Breaking news today: Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that DACA-recognized DREAMers living in Virginia will now qualify for in-state tuition rates when attending the state’s public colleges and universities. As Herring said in a press release: If the Commonwealth is to remain competitive in a global economy, we must embrace a strategy that maximizes … Continue reading »

Narrow Margin in Virginia Signals Asian and Latino Influence, Virginia DREAM Act and GOP Fate Hang in the Balance

Cross-posted from Latino Decisions: Latino Decisions election eve polling shows 66% of Hispanics and 63% of Asian Americans voted for Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe. More specifically, an estimated 95,500 Hispanic and 51,000 Asian-Americans voted in the Virginia election, meaning that Asian and Hispanic voters provided a combined 95,160 votes for McAuliffe, contributing heavily to his slim 56,494 victory … Continue reading »

Polling & Election Results Show Anti-Immigrant Candidates Face Long Odds Given Demographic Realities

Virginia and New Jersey Offer Clear Lesson for National GOP in 2014 and Beyond on Immigration An election-eve poll of extremely likely Latino and Asian voters in Virginia, conducted by Latino Decisions and sponsored by America’s Voice and People For the American Way (PFAW), shows that what candidates say and do on immigration has a … Continue reading »

Casa in Action at Cuccinelli Concession Party: 'If GOP Doesn't Accept Citizenship, Then as a Party, They're Dead'

Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia gubernatorial candidate who once compared immigrants to rats and called Steve King “one of my very favorite Congressmen,” conceded defeat to Democrat Terry McAuliffe last night, and immigration reform advocates from Casa in Action were there to remind the Republican Party why Cuccinelli had lost. According to the Washington Post liveblog: … Continue reading »

Election Day Lessons in NJ & VA – Latino & Asian Voters Prepared to Reward or Punish GOP on Immigration

For a Republican Party that is deciding whether to embrace or reject immigration reform this year, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia show how two different models of Republican engagement on immigration can lead to two wildly different outcomes. In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is poised to coast to re-election and … Continue reading »

Poll of Virginia Latinos and Asians Shows GOP: Politics of Exclusion Will Cost You Elections

Cross-posted at Latino Decisions blog. With Election Day in Virginia today and the gubernatorial candidates’ positioning on immigration reform on stark display, a new election-eve poll, sponsored by America’s Voice, People for the American Way and Latino Decisions reveals how Virginia’s changing demographics are also changing the state’s politics. The polling data present a sign of things … Continue reading »