President Obama followed up last night’s speech on executive action with one in Las Vegas today, at Del Sol High School, where he kicked off a push for legislative immigration reform almost two years ago.  We the People Rising, the extremist anti-immigrant group that was responsible for the ugly Murrieta, CA protests earlier this year,… Continue »

Opponents of immigration reform like to treat Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio as some kind of tough-guy hero — Fox News today cut coverage of President Obama’s Nevada speech to switch to an interview with Arpaio.  And today, Arpaio became one of the first to announce that he will be filing a lawsuit against Obama over the… Continue »

The executive order President Obama announced yesterday wasn’t perfect — it will leave out millions of immigrants who deserve to be protected — but it was a significant first step toward permanent relief for America’s undocumented.  Coast to coast last night, from Los Angeles to Oregon to New York and Washington, DC, hundreds of immigrants… Continue »

Today, Americans United for Change announced a new TV ad called ‘Leadership’ in support of President Obama’s executive action. The ad features former President Ronald Reagan who in 1986 exercised executive action to defer deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers.  As House Republicans have refused to take any action on immigration reform of their own or to vote… Continue »

President Obama announced his long-awaited executive action for immigrants last night and Republicans and conservatives, well, let’s just say they are not taking it well.  Commentators and legal experts concur that President Obama is well within his legal authority, and that yesterday’s executive order is no different from moves taken by former Presidents Ronald Reagan or George Bush and every other president… Continue »

As prepared for delivery: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless… Continue »

With the details of the president’s immigration executive action now public, Frank Sharry of America’s Voice shares his reflections: This is the biggest victory for immigrants and their allies in the past 25 years.  We rejoice with the millions who can come forward, get a work permit and live without fear. Giving some 5 million… Continue »

Watch Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy & Policy for United We Dream, on Chris Hayes today — partial transcript below.  In response to a question about how Republicans will claim that tonight’s executive action is “amnesty,” Lorella tells Chris Hayes that Republicans had the chance to act, and they didn’t.  Republicans are already losing it, big… Continue »

Real Issue Remains: GOP Has No Plan to Solve the Problem of 11 Million Undocumented People Despite partisan handwringing and Republicans’ overheated rhetoric, President Obama’s impending immigration announcement is a sensible application of the chief executive’s inherent authority on immigration.  The legal case is clear and, in fact, every president since Eisenhower has taken executive… Continue »

Tonight, President Obama will announce a sweeping executive action that will change life for millions of immigrant families.  While advocates are beginning to celebrate, opponents of immigration reform are beginning to lose it completely. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) likened Obama’s executive action to the Japanese internment camp order (and was slammed by Rep. Mike Honda for it).… Continue »