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Immigration 2014

Immigration Reform Advocates React to Cantor Primary Loss

View the America’s Voice statement here. CASA de Virginia: More than seventy Virginia activists this evening disrupted the “victory” celebration of Congressman Eric Cantor (VA 7).  Frustrated about his lack of action to resolve the immigration crisis, activists told the crowd that Cantor lost because he was inattentive to the district and that people in … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Reacts to News of Cantor’s Loss in VA-07 GOP Primary

Washington, DC – Tonight, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) conceded to GOP Primary challenger, David Brat, in the race for the Republican primary in VA-07. Following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to this news: “Let’s be clear: Eric Cantor was no friend of immigration reform.  He’s been … Continue reading »

Former CBP Commissioner on MSNBC: Children at Border is "International Humanity Crisis"

Former acting commissioner of the US Customs & Border Patrol Agency Jason Ahern spoke with Chuck Todd on MSNBC this morning about children at the border, and called the issue an “international humanity crisis.” Ahern emphasized the plight of the children and said that they are coming to the US to flee violence — a large number … Continue reading »

On Immigration, GOP Bowing to Wishes of Less than One-Fifth of Country

With the window for legislative action on immigration rapidly closing, new polling released yesterday underscores that House Republican leadership’s opposition to reform resonates only with a small and shrinking slice of the electorate – less than one-fifth of the country.  Separate analysis of the implications of House Republicans’ refusal to deliver on popular immigration reform … Continue reading »

Must-Read News on Immigration Reform, June 10, 2014

PBS Newshour: Immigration reform emerges as key issue in primary contest facing Eric Cantor By Rachel Wellford Wall Street Journal: Eric Cantor May Get Immigration Signal in Tuesday’s Vote By Laura Meckler Associated Press: Supreme Court: Children over 21 go to back of visa line Reuters: Supreme Court rules against immigrants over visa eligibility By … Continue reading »

Though Pro-Reform Republicans Fare Well in Primaries and Polls, Republican Leaders Side With Anti-Reform Sliver of the Party

Lindsey Graham Stands Strong, Eric Cantor Runs Scared Washington, DC – Despite real world evidence at the ballot box that embracing a practical approach to immigration reform is no problem, too many in the Republican Party continue to act as if the loud-but-not-large nativist wing of the party is in command.  For example, two Southern … Continue reading »

Must-Read News on Immigration Reform, June 9, 2014

Latin Post: Immigration Activists to Republicans: GOP Must Move on Reform This Year By Nicole Rojas Colorado Statesman (Colorado): Hoyer, Romanoff, back immigration reform By Ernest Luning Politico: No immigration in GOP’s June plans By Seung Min Kim Washington Examiner: House Republicans’ summer agenda is missing one pretty big issue By Susan Ferrechio The Hill: … Continue reading »

Vox: Jerry Brown May Have Vetoed 2012 TRUST Act Because of ICE Lobbying

This is a pretty juicy, never-revealed before anecdote from Dara Lind at Vox today.  Apparently ICE, facing insubordination from localities over Secure Communities and police holds on immigrants, lobbied California’s Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the TRUST Act in 2012.  They tried to talk him into a 90-day “pilot program” for California, but talks eventually fell … Continue reading »