While most observers recognize that the President Obama’s announced executive actions on immigration are sensible, legal, the right thing to do, and good politics, the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party and the conservative echo chamber are apoplectic.  From talk of impeachment to calls for imprisonment; from predictions of ethnic cleansing to visions of civil… Continue »

On a press call held this afternoon, congressional immigrant rights’ champions Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) discussed President Obama’s new immigration actions in a bilingual conference call with reporters.  The speakers, each immigration reform champions and leaders in Congress, highlighted their strong support for the president’s announced actions and made clear that they… Continue »

Warning to Republicans: be very, very careful of the ugly things you choose to say about President Obama and his recently announced executive action.  Latino Decisions released new polling today, and Latinos are not going to be too pleased with anyone who blocks the implementation of Obama’s announcement. Also, you might have to deal with Rep. Mike… Continue »

The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to President Obama’s speech today in Las Vegas: The President’s action to recognize the humanity of millions of hardworking men and women is the most powerful affirmation of the American Dream in a generation.  It is not an unprecedented action,… Continue »

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 »