USCIS Removes “Nation of Immigrants” from its Mission Statement In a move that is seemingly rooted in desperation to rewrite the history of our nation, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday announced their decision to remove the “nation of immigrants” language in their mission statement. The change in USCIS’ mission arrives a day before the… Continue »

The latest polling from Quinnipiac offers another reminder that the American public, across party lines, overwhelmingly supports Dreamers gaining citizenship. The new poll is the latest in a series of polls each finding that at least 80% of the public wants Congress to protect Dreamers. The polling also finds that the public is seeing through the White House and… Continue »

New Report from National Partnership for New Americans Exposes Ballooning Backlogs Under Trump Administration Today, National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) released a must-read report entitled, Building a Second Wall: USCIS Backlogs Preventing Immigrants from Becoming US Citizens. The report uncovers the sorry state of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing, which has resulted in a… Continue »

As nationwide efforts marking Citizenship Day kicked off yesterday — including a new White House initiative to reach out to the nearly nine million permanent US residents who are eligible for citizenship — LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new campaign could help hundreds of thousands of LA immigrants become citizens. As part of the “Step Forward”… Continue »

Enforcement at Historic Highs, Citizenship is Central, GOP Politics Favors Action Now In the fast-moving discussion of immigration reform, here are three keys to the current debate: 1.  Despite Republican Rhetoric, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Are Already in Overdrive: Here are the facts: President Obama has presided over a record-high number of deportations; the… Continue »

In advance of a House Republican summit and statement of principles on immigration that is expected to mention legalization — but not citizenship — for undocumented immigrants, one House Republican is firing back against the idea of preventing people from becoming citizens. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) told Jorge Ramos yesterday that “you have to have some type… Continue »

Tonight, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union. Over the weekend, pundits and reporters obsessively speculated about what the President will say and how he will address key issues, like immigration reform. In a letter to supporters Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President, laid out the President’s 2014 meme: In this year of action, the… Continue »

This morning, we lifted up La Opinión’s new editorial on immigration reform, “The Citizenship Lie,” which discusses reform must contain citizenship.  The editorial’s answer: yes, because “the mere idea of creating a separate category of people by arbitrarily limiting their integration into society and future political participation is repugnant, considering the history and ideals that… Continue »

We can’t count the number of times this question of whether immigration reform can pass has been asked.  Last week, at our last “Office Hours” of the year, a number of advocates made the case about the unrelenting pressure from our movement, which only continues to grow. Frank Sharry said, “The immigration movement has been growing… Continue »