Tomorrow, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) will introduce two bills that begin to correct some of these excesses crafted during the Bush years and continued under Secretary Napolitano.

“People on the ground are becoming increasingly frustrated with DHS, and with good reason,” said Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. “Candidate Obama promised a new approach to immigration policy and highly energized Latino and immigrant voters turned out for him in record numbers. But recent developments suggest a gap between the President’s promises of significant change and DHS’s continuation of ineffective and counterproductive Bush-era policies.”

Today, a series of news items shows the Republican Party still has not learned the lessons of the 2006 and 2008 elections. NEWS FLASH 1: After days of condescending questions designed to “grill” the President’s distinguished nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, most Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee voted against her today. According to conservative columnist Ruben Navarrette: “Judge Sonia Sotomayor cruised through her confirmation hearings without a scratch. Too bad we can’t say the same about the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who tried to dent her credibility and wound up demolishing their own.

America’s Voice is pleased to send eight talented people to the fourth annual Netroots Nation conference scheduled to happen this year in Pittsburgh from August 13 – 16, awarding them with the opportunity to participate in four days of insightful panels, training sessions and networking opportunities, and the opportunity to share their unique perspectives on immigration with the larger progressive community.

28/07/09 a 2:05pm por Maribel Hastings El panel Judicial del Senado confirmó en votación 13-6 a Sonia Sotomayor como la primera juez de origen hispano que servirá en la Corte Suprema de la nación, pero seis de los siete republicanos del comité votaron en contra de la histórica nominación por razones que sólo ellos entienden… Continue »

With the Democrats in firm control of Congress and the White House, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is serving as point person for immigration reform and is showing no indication of wasting time.

That’s good because the issues surrounding making changes to the country’s immigration policies have been identified and debated ad nauseam.

28/07/09 a 1:19pm ¿Oponerse a los latinos, ignorarlos y usarlos como chivos expiatorios? Washington, DC –  Una serie de noticias demostraron hoy que el Partido Republicano todavía no aprende las lecciones de los comicios de 2006 y 2008. Primero: Tras su cuestionable desempeño en las audiencias de confirmación de Sonia Sotomayor como la primera persona… Continue »

As Greg Sargent reported today, over at The Plum Line: “The National Council of La Raza, a top Latino civil rights group, is taking a shot at RNC chair Michael Steele and several prominent GOP figures for skipping its ongoing annual conference, saying it raises questions about the GOP’s interest in wooing Latinos.” Paging the GOP Hispanic Outreach Team…

It wasn’t at first obvious to an outsider what these police chiefs had in common, but after an hour’s worth of discussion it became clear: they’ve all been caught at the center of an immigration fire storm, without ever choosing to be there. What do these chiefs want instead? Consensus on this one — they just want to do their jobs: ensuring the safety of the communities they serve. Police chiefs and many of the associations that represent them, the Major Cities Chiefs, the Police Foundation, and now the Police Executive Research Forum, have increasingly been standing up to say just that.

The son of a decorated Vietnam veteran, Hector Veloz is a U.S. citizen, but in 2007 immigration officials mistook him for an illegal immigrant and locked him in an Arizona prison for 13 months.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston, is expressing opposition to a possible cut to state-subsidized health insurance coverage for some legal immigrants.