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Statement in Response to Senate Passage of COVID-19 Package: Pili Tobar, America’s Voice 

“We must hold President Trump to his word that immigration status will not be a barrier to getting tested for COVID-19 or that seeking treatment will not be held against immigrants and their families or expose them to deportation or detention.” Today, the Senate passed the third COVID-19 relief package and the House is expected … Continue reading »

House COVID-19 Package Takes More Inclusive View of the “Public” in “Public Health”

House Democrats introduced a COVID-19 package that includes much stronger provisions to protect public health and to ensure economic security for all, unlike the Senate bill which favors billions for corporate bailouts and leaves many people out. The House bill is more inclusive of working families, including immigrant families — an approach that will more … Continue reading »

Pili Tobar: “Congress must ensure that we protect everyone, regardless of immigration status.”

The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, regarding the third Congressional coronavirus package currently being negotiated: Republicans in the Senate are pushing for an aid package that favors the wealthy and grants authority without accountability to the Trump administration. This is unacceptable. Speaker Pelosi is right to insist on … Continue reading »

Expansion of Muslim Ban to Broadly Target African Immigrants Underscores Need for NO BAN Act 

House Judiciary Committee To Mark-Up H.R. 2214, the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act or the NO BAN Act; along with H.R. 5581 the Access to Counsel Act of 2020 On January 31, the Trump administration announced it would dramatically expand the existing Muslim Ban to include banning six additional countries from immigrant or diversity … Continue reading »

2020 Elections: Here Are the Democratic Candidates’ Immigration Plans

First published June 13, 2019; last updated January 16, 2020 The 2020 Democratic primary has in general not been marked by major policy differences, and immigration is no exception. On immigration, the candidates’ plans are in near-consensus, with differences found only in degree and emphasis. Each plan recognizes the urgent need to create a pathway … Continue reading »

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Farmworkers

“This is a bill that will grant full rights and responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of hard-working immigrants and their families” Today, the House approved the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038), a bipartisan bill to put hundreds of thousands of farmworkers on a path to citizenship. The bill was the result of lengthy negotiations … Continue reading »

VOTE RECOMMENDATION: Farm Workforce Modernization Act Offers Hope and Legal Status to Farmworkers and Their Families

America’s Voice Urges YES Vote The Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) cleared the House Rules Committee Tuesday and is expected to be debated and voted on in the House Wednesday.  America’s Voice urges all Members of Congress to vote for this historic, bipartisan legislation to legalize farmworkers and their families in a way that … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Praises Introduction of Visionary “New Way Forward Act”

America’s Voice today praised the introduction of the “New Way Forward Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives, legislation to address and reform a range of injustices caused by current immigration law and policy. The new legislation was introduced today by Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), along with Karen Bass (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. … Continue reading »

Newly Introduced Refugee Protection Act Begins To “Right the Ship that Trump and Miller Have Run Aground”

On Thursday, the bicameral Refugee Protection Act (RPA) was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). At a time when America’s commitment to being a safe-haven for refugees and asylum-seekers is in serious doubt, this legislation provides a map to how we reestablish and improve the refugee program, resettle refugees in … Continue reading »

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 »