This morning, two young immigration activists, Carmen Lima, 13, from California, and Jennifer Martinez, 16, from Washington state, ran into Speaker John Boehner at a breakfast spot in DC. Here’s the release from Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) – the video is below, as is the transcript: This morning, a group of immigrant children, in… Continue »

Talking Points Memo by Sahil Kapur: GOP Nixes Immigration Reform In 2013 — And Probably 2014 Too National Journal by Marin Cogan: No, the GOP Is Not About to Capture Latino Voters International Business Times by Laura Matthews: Why Immigration Reform May (Or May Not) Die In 2013 Las Vegas Sun by Tovin Lapin: Immigration… Continue »

Via Elise Foley at Huffington Post, we learned of a new poll of 20 GOP House districts, which found strong support for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship: A majority of likely voters in 20 Republican-represented swing congressional districts support the broad outlines of comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, according to a… Continue »

While much of the Beltway coverage of immigration reform focuses on the latest timing excuses from House Republicans to justify their continued inaction, the pro-reform movement continues to escalate. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: What will ultimately get immigration reform over the finish line is outside pressure, not insider conventional wisdom.… Continue »

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada) By Sean Whaley, Laura Myers, Ed Vogel, and Ben Botkin: Political Eye: Heck targeted on immigration reform NBC Latino By Suzanne Gamboa: Immigration advocates press on despite House GOP No. 3 nixing legislation for the year International Business Times By Laura Matthews: Immigration Reform News: Advocates Say Bill Isn’t Dead ‘Until We Say So’… Continue »

Igor Volsky at Think Progress writes: “House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told immigration advocates that lawmakers will not take-up immigration reform this year. As a result, an amendment to deport DREAM-eligible immigrants — which passed with overwhelming GOP support in June — will be the only immigration measure to have received a vote on… Continue »

This weekend, our allies at the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform held a meeting in Virginia to plot their strategy to push reform. Via John Stanton at Buzzfeed: Immigration activists may have found an unusual ally in the daunting bid to convince Republicans that comprehensive immigration reform must happen: the nation’s 40 million Irish-Americans. “We… Continue »

Rachel Maddow talks to Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim about immigration reform — and the bogus excuse from GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy that the House didn’t have enough time to take up reform this year:

On Friday night, after House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy announced there would be no votes on immigration reform this year, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did a couple of segments on the issue. She talked to our friend, Jose Antonio Vargas, who has been traveling the country building support:

On today’s “Al Punto” public affairs show on Univisión, hosted by Jorge Ramos, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) announced that he will become the first Republican to co-sponsor HR 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: “Jeff Denham’s announcement is a… Continue »