Senator Kennedy was our hero, our leader, and our rock. For over four decades he was a towering figure in the ongoing work to make our immigration and refugee policies consistent with America's finest ideals. With his 1965 immigration legislation, Senator Kennedy made sure families were reunited without regard... Continue »
Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice, attended today's White House meeting with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. His statement follows: "Today's meeting represents a positive step in that President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform in this Congress. Secretary Napolitano also made it clear... Continue »
Tomorrow Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will hold a meeting with 130 immigrant advocates, business and labor leaders, and law enforcement representatives to discuss immigration policy. This "cattle call" comes amidst a growing chorus of criticism and concern from Latinos and other immigrant... Continue »
President Obama reiterated his commitment to moving immigration reform forward yesterday during comments made at the North American Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico. The President's comments point to the pressing need for Secretary Napolitano to move aggressively as the President's point person and for Congress to step up and... Continue »
Today, Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) will announce that he will not return to the U.S. Senate after the August recess. Continue »
Today, Judge Sonia Sotomayor became the first ever Latina and only the third woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. This will surely be seen as a historic moment for all Americans, including the Latino community. Unfortunately, what should have been a proud... Continue »
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced significant changes to the detention policies that have been in place since 2006. According the New York Times, "Details are sketchy, and even the first steps will take months or years to complete. They include reviewing the federal government's contracts... Continue »
On the heels of several reports critical of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) enforcement and detention tactics, America's Voice has created a new video demanding that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano do more to reject the failed strategies of the Bush Administration and move forward on workable comprehensive immigration... Continue »
Tomorrow, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) will introduce two bills that begin to correct some of these excesses crafted during the Bush years and continued under Secretary Napolitano. "People on the ground are becoming increasingly frustrated with DHS, and with good reason," said Frank Sharry, Executive Director... Continue »
Today, a series of news items shows the Republican Party still has not learned the lessons of the 2006 and 2008 elections. NEWS FLASH 1: After days of condescending questions designed to "grill" the President's distinguished nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, most Republican Senators on the... Continue »