The executive order President Obama announced yesterday wasn’t perfect — it will leave out millions of immigrants who deserve to be protected — but it was a significant first step toward permanent relief for America’s undocumented.  Coast to coast last night, from Los Angeles to Oregon to New York and Washington, DC, hundreds of immigrants… Continue »

Today, Americans United for Change announced a new TV ad called ‘Leadership’ in support of President Obama’s executive action. The ad features former President Ronald Reagan who in 1986 exercised executive action to defer deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers.  As House Republicans have refused to take any action on immigration reform of their own or to vote… Continue »

President Obama announced his long-awaited executive action for immigrants last night and Republicans and conservatives, well, let’s just say they are not taking it well.  Commentators and legal experts concur that President Obama is well within his legal authority, and that yesterday’s executive order is no different from moves taken by former Presidents Ronald Reagan or George Bush and every other president… Continue »

Last night, Rep. Luis Gutierrez released English and Spanish-language videos celebrating President Barack Obama’s historic plan to protect millions of immigrant families from deportation: “We did it. We have fought side-by-side, we have cried together, and now we celebrate with joy, emotion, and gratitude. I see the faces of parents who will finally have the… Continue »

Boston Globe: Defying GOP, Obama acts on immigration Huffington Post: Immigration Activists Celebrate Bittersweet Victory After Obama Grants Relief McClatchy: Obama moves ahead on immigration overhaul Financial Times: Obama to shield 5m from deportation risk Newsweek: ‘Deporter in Chief’ No More: Obama Announces Relief for Millions of Immigrants CBS4 (Denver): Denver Immigrants, Activists Hail Obama’s… Continue »

As prepared for delivery: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless… Continue »

With the details of the president’s immigration executive action now public, Frank Sharry of America’s Voice shares his reflections: This is the biggest victory for immigrants and their allies in the past 25 years.  We rejoice with the millions who can come forward, get a work permit and live without fear. Giving some 5 million… Continue »

Quite a few Congressional Republicans are losing it over President Obama’s upcoming executive order on immigration — but the one who takes the cake may be Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State and the party’s notorious architect of all things anti-immigrant. Kobach has already cost Republicans one presidential election, and (along with Steve King and… Continue »

Watch Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy & Policy for United We Dream, on Chris Hayes today — partial transcript below.  In response to a question about how Republicans will claim that tonight’s executive action is “amnesty,” Lorella tells Chris Hayes that Republicans had the chance to act, and they didn’t.  Republicans are already losing it, big… Continue »

WASHINGTON, DC – Agridulce es quizá la mejor forma en que puedo describir el anuncio del presidente Barack Obama de que ampliará la Acción Diferida y unos 5 millones de indocumentados serán amparados de la deportación y obtendrán permisos de trabajo. Feliz, no saben cuánto, de que finalmente se haga algo más que hablar, prometer… Continue »