Data demolishes age-old nativist tropes about immigrants being a drag on the economy and tells us what everyone familiar with immigrant communities already knows: bringing more immigrants out of the shadows would be a significant boost to the American economy. The budget reconciliation package being considered by the House addresses a number of overdue changes… Continue »

“They use us as ‘piñatas’ – as something political. But we have to stop this. We need something permanent.”  Washington, DC – Dreamers are reacting to Judge Andrew Hanen’s anti-DACA ruling by stressing the urgency of enacting legislation that creates pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants this year.  But a permanent solution for those with… Continue »

Congress must deliver pathways to citizenship this year Washington, DC – Following Judge Andrew Hanen’s anti-DACA ruling, leading Democrats are stressing the urgency of delivering legislation that creates pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants this year. With millions of futures hanging in the balance, only Congress can enact a permanent solution.  This past week, the… Continue »

Administration Should Continue to Use TPS as a Tool to Extend Protections for Those Here Who Need Refuge from Dangerous Conditions Today the Biden Administration announced it would be redesignating and extending TPS for Somalia. The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, in response to the 18 month… Continue »

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the DACA ruling by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen:  DACA is hanging by a thread.  The lives of young immigrants who are American in all but paperwork are under severe legal threat. It’s only a matter of time before the conservative… Continue »

The perfected art of delay, obfuscate and blame  Washington, DC – As leading Democrats from across the party express their support for the inclusion of pathways to citizenship in the budget agreement, Senator John Cornyn and Republicans are reacting in their predictable ways. Senator Cornyn tells CNN the following about the inclusion of immigration reform… Continue »

Washington, DC – Momentum is building for an immigration breakthrough this year. Leading Democrats – from across the party – are publicly supporting the inclusion of pathways to citizenship in the budget agreement and its chances of success this year. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: During a Q&A during yesterday’s press briefing (see video… Continue »

Reconciling is in style. In Congress, budget reconciliation is at the center of the debate, as a mechanism to advance legislation through a simple majority, rather than with the sixty votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the face of zero Republican collaboration. And, there is a real effort to attach legalization measures for undocumented… Continue »

A recording of the call is here. Earlier today, potential Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and experts from Guatemala and the United States will join Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35) to explain the urgent need for the Biden Administration to designate Guatemala for TPS.  Country conditions in Guatemala have continued to deteriorate over the years with… Continue »

Washington, DC – Senate Democrats announced a $3.5 trillion budget agreement last night as part of its Build Back Better agenda. The plan is expected to address jobs, care, climate, and, yes, citizenship.  While we do not yet have details regarding how many immigrants are covered, the inclusion of pathways to citizenship in the budget… Continue »