New polling from CNN shows very strong support for the policy behind Obama’s immigration executive action: President Barack Obama’s policy of halting deportations for the undocumented parents of children born in the U.S. is popular — but his method for implementing it is not. Only 26% of Americans think Obama’s plan for those immigrants goes… Continue »

On the first day of DACA implementation in August 2012, DREAMers around the nation lined up by the thousands to seek application guidance and file for relief.  It was a historic day, momentous and jubilant for DREAMers, allies, and the immigration reform movement. And then in swooped Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer (R), who chose that day to announce… Continue »

Check out this brilliant piece by Kevin Drum at Mother Jones.  Republicans have been complaining about President Obama’s executive announcement on immigration, saying that Obama is behaving like a “tyrant” and that one man should not be in control of the nation’s immigration policy.  On the latter part, Drum completely agrees.  One man should not control US… Continue »

The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector has estimated that executive action will cost the nation $2 trillion over the lifetime of its beneficiaries: “with the expected earnings for an individual with that level of education…the amnestied immigrants will take vastly more out than they will contribute to those programs.”  Rector and Jason Richwine are of course the authors of last year’s infamously flawed Heritage Foundation… Continue »

While most observers recognize that the President Obama’s announced executive actions on immigration are sensible, legal, the right thing to do, and good politics, the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party and the conservative echo chamber are apoplectic.  From talk of impeachment to calls for imprisonment; from predictions of ethnic cleansing to visions of civil… Continue »

From Frank Sharry: America prizes equality but, unfortunately, doesn’t always practice it. We see that daily in our work on immigration reform. And, we saw it again last night in Ferguson. There is still a vast distance between our ideals and our reality. Our work will not be complete until our nation can say all… Continue »

The Hill: Gutiérrez warns of GOP ‘fear campaign’ against illegal immigrants Reason: Obama’s Immigration Order Means Rational Use of Deportation Bloomberg: Americans in Poll Divided on Obama Immigration Action MSNBC: Support for Obama high among Latinos following immigration address (VIDEO) The Hill: Poll finds support for Obama’s executive action on immigration NBC News: Poll: Latinos… Continue »

On a press call held this afternoon, congressional immigrant rights’ champions Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) discussed President Obama’s new immigration actions in a bilingual conference call with reporters.  The speakers, each immigration reform champions and leaders in Congress, highlighted their strong support for the president’s announced actions and made clear that they… Continue »

Warning to Republicans: be very, very careful of the ugly things you choose to say about President Obama and his recently announced executive action.  Latino Decisions released new polling today, and Latinos are not going to be too pleased with anyone who blocks the implementation of Obama’s announcement. Also, you might have to deal with Rep. Mike… Continue »

Since President Obama’s executive action announcement, we’ve been collecting notes on how Republican members of Congress and their right-wing base have responded to the news.  There’s been talk of impeachment, imprisonment, war, and ethnic cleansing — and Congress isn’t even in session.  Here’s what conservatives and anti-immigrant extremists have been saying in the last few days: Politico got… Continue »