Two new studies on immigration enforcement show that the border first/border only immigration policy is not enough.  After spending more on immigration enforcement than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, and achieving record levels of enforcement, the immigration system remains broken.  The missing piece—and the centerpiece of the reform we need to see in… Continue »

BREAKING: The Illinois State House has just passed the state’s immigrant driver’s licenses bill, 65-46.  Today is the last day of the legislative session and the last chance to pass the bill in the current term.  The bill, which has already been passed by the Senate, now goes to Governor Pat Quinn, who has already said… Continue »

Young students coming together to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—a national holiday set aside to recognize freedom, equality, democracy, and activism—usually, are applauded and encouraged. Not so in the case of conservative shock jock Mark Belling and the Racine Unified School District (RUSD) versus a Wisconsin youth group called Youth Empowered in the Struggle… Continue »

As momentum grows for a real debate on immigration reform with a path to citizenship, we expect the usual suspects (mostly Republicans) to adhere to their worn out “border security first” talking point as a way to thwart progress. Today, the Migration Policy Institute is releasing a new report, Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The… Continue »

Vice President Joe Biden appeared at a ceremonial swearing-in for Latino lawmakers sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute yesterday, and used the opportunity to express his confidence that immigration reform could and would pass through Congress. “It’s your time,” he told the audience of Latino elected officials, according to ABC News. In Biden’s other… Continue »

Immigration reform is next on the national agenda in 2013. In the video below, Comcast NewsMakers with Robert Traynham speaks with Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) about the prospects for real immigration reform in the 2013 Congress.  Watch: As Diaz-Balart says, there is both a “window of opportunity—in the first year of the next Congress” and “enough… Continue »

Immigration is the hot topic of 2013, and ABC News / Univision’s @TedHessen has picked out 20 top tweeters on immigration to follow and keep up with.  The list is here–congratulations to everyone listed! PS.  Congratulations to Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director of United We DREAM, named one of “Five from the Nonrpofit World Who Will… Continue »

Today, the above-the-fold headline in the Washington Post reads: “Obama prioritizing immigrant issues” (which matters because many people here still get the Post delivered).  The headline of the online version of the article is: “White House pushes forward on immigration ahead of bigger reform fight.” There is a new conventional wisdom for immigration reform, and the Obama… Continue »

December 21, 2012

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The following is a statement from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director at America’s Voice Education Fund, responding to today’s release of additional Deferred Action guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):   “There’s a lot of excitement around this announcement from DHS because the pieces are falling into place.  In less than two weeks, thousands of young… Continue »