October 11, 2012

Video: Virginia Polling

      Monday, October 15 Panelists: Michael McDonald, Associate Professor, George Mason University Matt Barreto, Associate Professor, University of Washington and Principal, Latino Decisions Vanessa Cardenas, Director, Progress 2050 Action, Center for American Progress Action Fund Alfonso Lopez, Delegate, VA House of Delegates Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice Click here to see brand-new… Continue »

    Wednesday, October 10 Panelists: James Mejia, President & CEO, Mejia and Associates; former President, Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  (Moderator) Robert Preuhs, Assistant Professor of Political Science, MSU-Denver Gabriel Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico, Director of Research, Latino Decisions Olivia Mendoza, Executive Director, Colorado Latino Forum Grace Lopez… Continue »

    Tuesday, October 9 Panelists: Rick Rodriguez, Carnegie Professor of Journalism, Arizona State University and former Executive Director of the Sacramento Bee (Moderator) Rodolfo Espino, Associate Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies, Stanford University; Principal, Latino Decisions Daniel Rodriguez, National Coordinating Committee Member,… Continue »

October 9, 2012

Video: Nevada Polling

    Thursday, October 4 Speakers: Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director, America’s Voice (Moderator) David Damore, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada-Las Vegas Andres Ramirez, President, Ramirez Group Leo Murrieta, Nevada State Director, Mi Familia Vota Astrid Silva, Founding Member, DREAM Big Vegas Click here to view brand-new Nevada polling released. Polling summary: 43% The percentage of Nevada Latino… Continue »

      Thursday, October 4 Panelists: Casey Klofstad, Political Science Professor, University of Miami (Moderator) Marc Caputo, Reporter, Miami Herald Darío Moreno, Political Science Professor, Florida International University Gaby Pacheco, Immigrant Rights Leader Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America’s Voice Jonathan Rodrigues, Organizer, Florida New Majority Click here to view brand-new Florida polling released. Polling summary: 36% The percentage of Florida… Continue »

September 19, 2012

UNIVISION

Editor’s Note: Our colleagues, Maribel Hastings and Pili Tobar, were in Charlotte and provided updates from the convention. They’ll be covering a wide range of events hosted by various groups, including NALEO and Voto Latino. Also, during the convention, America’s Voice’s Executive Director, Frank Sharry, was on a panel hosted by the National Journal, ABC and Univision on… Continue »

The 2012 Republican National Convention has begun, and we wanted to put together this guide of what you can expect from the convention, its nominee, and its delegates on immigration. To begin with, there’s Mitt Romney.  Romney tacked to the extreme right on immigration during the primaries, but has hardly mentioned the topic at all… Continue »

July 15, 2011

E-Verify

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) are pushing legislation that would force all employers to use the federal government’s flawed E-Verify program before hiring any workers. This may sound simple, but making E-Verify mandatory would actually jeopardize the jobs of millions of Americans, expand red tape for businesses, cost taxpayers billions, and fail to identify undocumented workers more than half the time. What’s worse, it won’t actually fix the broken immigration system.

MANDATORY E-VERIFY LEGISLATION: JUST THE FACTS

Summary of the Legal Workforce Act (Smith Bill) (NILC, June 2011)

Lamar Smith’s Employment Eligibility Verification System: Harmful to the Economy and Dangerous for U.S. Workers (NILC, June 2011) 

Summary of the Accountability through Electronic Verification Act (Grassley Bill) (NILC, June 2011)

E-Verify Has 50% Failure Rate, Throws Hundreds of Thousands of Legal Workers Out of a Job (America’s Voice, June 2011)


WHAT’S THEIR REAL AGENDA? MASS DEPORTATION

Report: “Attrition through Enforcement’: Just Another Name for Mass Deportation” (America’s Voice, February 2011)

The Anti-Worker Truth about the Republican House Judiciary Committee (America’s Voice Education Fund, January 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY IS NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME

“Findings of the E-Verify Program Evaluation,” report conducted for the federal government showing 54% error rate for undocumented workers who go through E-Verify (Westat, December 2009)

Employment Verification: Federal Agencies Have Taken Steps to Improve E-Verify, But Significant Challenges Remain (Government Accountability Office, December 2010)

How Errors in E-Verify Databases Impact U.S. Citizens and Lawfully Present Immigrants (NILC, February 2011)

Quotations from Lawmakers: State Policymakers Critique E-Verify (NILC, Jan 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD COST AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

Letter from the Congressional Budget Office on the SAVE Act of 2008, another mandatory E-Verify bill (Congressional Budget Office, April 2008)

The True Costs of E-Verify (Center for American Progress, June 2011)

Costly and Ineffective: What Arizona’s Experience with Mandatory E-Verify Teaches Us (NILC, May 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD DESTROY AMERICAN AGRICULTURE

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Holds a News Teleconference on Immigration (May 2011)

Immigration Reform and the E-Verify Challenges to Georgia Agriculture (Farmworkers’ Forum, March 2011)

“Farmworkers and the Food System Will Suffer Under Smith’s Mandatory Employment Verification” (Farmworker Justice, July 2011)

“E-Verify is E-Normous Problem for Agriculture” (American Farm Bureau Federation, June 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD HURT AMERICAN WORKERS

“Reversal of Fortune,” article on labor opposition to E-Verify (National Journal, May 2011)

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Legal Workforce Act (June 2011)

AFL-CIO Letter to Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley (AFL-CIO, June 2011)

“The Republican Plan to Wreck the Economy” by Eliseo Medina (The Hill, June 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD EXPAND RED TAPE AND COSTS FOR BUSINESSES

‘Free’ E-Verify May Cost Small Business $2.6 Billion: Insight (Bloomberg, Jan 2011)

E-Verify Creates Burdens for Small Businesses (NILC, June 2011)

Small Business Owners Warn Mandatory E-Verify Would Be Bad for Businesses, Urge Comprehensive Immigration Reform Instead (Main Street Alliance, June 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY IS A BIG BROTHER NIGHTMARE

“E-Verify Is Big Government Overreach, Say Libertarian and Conservative Leaders,” recording of press call (CEI, June 30, 2011)

“We Should Trust, But Not E-Verify” (National Foundation for American Policy, July 2011)

Coalition Letter Against Mandatory Implementation of E-Verify (Competitive Enterprise Institute, March 10, 2011)

The New—Cardless!—National ID (Cato, June 2011)

“E-Verify is a Stealth National ID” by Bob Barr (The Barr Code, June 2011)


MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD OVERWHELM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

The Facts on Employment Verification: Current Proposals are Unworkable for SSA, Threaten Progress in Reducing Disability Claims Backlog (National Watermelon Association, March 2008)

Statement of Tyler Moran, Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center: House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on the Social Security Administration’s Role in Verifying Employment Eligibility (NILC, April 2011)


COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IS THE FAIR, AND PRACTICAL SOLUTION

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CAP, Jan 2010)

Voter Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Lake Research Partners, November 2010)

Public Opinion on Immigration Reform (America’s Voice, June 2010)


May 3, 2011

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About America's Voice

America’s Voice stands with the majority of Americans who support real, comprehensive immigration reform. We are joined by leaders from the law enforcement, local government, business, labor, civil rights, and faith communities who agree that Congress should restore the integrity of the nation’s immigration system.

Opponents of reform offer no ideas beyond building a border fence. They have consistently misinformed the public, and have offered no solutions. Americans don’t want endless debate. They want action.

Our goal is to create the public momentum for reforms that will transform a dysfunctional immigration system into a regulatory system that works. To achieve this, we conduct cutting edge public opinion research, perform rapid response communications in English and Spanish, and support courageous leaders who are standing up for real immigration reform.

 

 

We believe sensible immigration reform legislation should combine the following elements to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration:

  • A program that requires those here illegally to get on the right side of the law by passing background checks, studying English, paying taxes, and working towards full U.S. citizenship.
  • Reunification of families separated by outdated immigration laws.
  • A commission to regulate the future flow of employment-based immigration so that workers’ rights are protected and honest businesses can compete.
  • A crackdown on unscrupulous employers who hire undocumented workers and break labor laws to undermine their law-abiding competitors.
  • Smart and professional border enforcement, conducted in consultation with border communities.
  • Reform of current immigration enforcement practices, including the right to fair proceedings, humane treatment of immigration detainees, and respect for community policing.
  • Reduction of migration pressures in “sending countries” over time.

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