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Farm Workforce Modernization Act Makes Room for Future Reform & Bipartisan Collaboration

“Fixing a broken system can start in the fields and orchards, but it needs to spread far beyond farm country.” This week marked the introduction of legislation that supports the workers and businesses across the country who put food on our tables and are the foundation of the American economy. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act … Continue reading »

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Charts a Bipartisan Path to the Legalization of Farmworkers

Immigrants Put Food on America’s Table, Grow Our Economy and Turbo-Charge Our Ag Exports Led by Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California and Republican Dan Newhouse of Washington, a bipartisan group of legislators announced today the introduction of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. They were joined by an array of key Republican and Democratic … Continue reading »

Promoting U.S. Citizenship and the Inclusion of Immigrants and Refugees: New Deal for New Americans Act Introduced

Today, the New Deal for New Americans Act was introduced by Representatives Grace Meng (NY-06), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) at a Washington, DC press conference. The legislation calls for a new commitment from the United States to incorporating immigrants and refugees into the fabric of the nation by facilitating citizenship for … Continue reading »

“As Senator Graham performs today for an audience of one, those of us who knew him when mourn the loss of a leader who once fought bravely for great causes and now fights cravenly for a cruel man.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Gears Up for First Immigration Bill Markup Since 2013’s Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill Moving from a courageous champion of bipartisan immigration reform to a willing acolyte of the most xenophobic, blatantly racist and anti-immigrant president in modern American history, it’s been quite a journey for Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Today, the Senate … Continue reading »

TPS Venezuela Act Passes, Senate Must Act Immediately

The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, in response to the House’s passage of the TPS Venezuela Act of 2019, H.R. 549, that will grant protections to Venezuelans and American families as the country continues to descend into further chaos:  Passing the TPS Venezuela Act of 2019 is … Continue reading »

Tragic, Ugly Detention Cases Underscore Need for Congress to Enact Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act

“Trump and the Republicans quite literally don’t seem to care.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3239, the “Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act,” sponsored by Rep. and Doctor Raul Ruiz (D-CA). Only one GOP Member (Alaska Rep. Don Young) voted for this legislation to provide for basic standards of care for … Continue reading »

Democrats Taking Action to Address Trump’s Cruelty, Chaos, Failure and Floundering on Immigration and Border Policies

On Thursday, the House of Representatives is slated to consider H.R. 2203 (the Homeland Security Improvement Act), a bill authored by Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas to remedy many of the policies President Trump has put in place to address the surge in migrants from Central America at the U.S./Mexico border that have exacerbated – … Continue reading »

Today, House Republicans Expected to Vote Against Water, Food, Medical Screening and Toilets for Children in Immigration Custody

H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act Goes to House Floor Today Later today, the House will debate and vote on H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody Act, a bill that provides for basic humane standards of care for children, families and individuals in federal custody at for-profit … Continue reading »

House Republicans Fail to Stand Up for Venezuelan and American Families

Failure to Pass the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019 is Another Notch in the Belt of GOP Cruelty  In a House vote yesterday, Republicans failed to act on their promises and affirm the need for designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela, thereby failing to protect Venezuelans and thousands of American families. The Democrats … Continue reading »

As Senate Republicans Seek To Roll Back Protections for Children in Detention, Democrats Move Forward With Basic, Minimal Standards for CBP Custody

H.R. 3239 provides “basic, common, human decency that is sorely lacking” Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark-up Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill to remove basic protections for children in U.S. immigration custody and allow the government to hold children beyond the court-mandated minimum period of 20 days.  This is in stark contrast to … Continue reading »