Andres Oppenheimer: GOP Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Alienating Latinos and Threatening Republicans’ Chances Kerry Eleveld: Home Raids Against Central American Refugees Could Give GOP “An Escape Route by Driving Down Participation” Among Latino & Immigrant Voters With immigration center stage in the 2016 presidential cycle, one of the most important questions in assessing the 2016 election cycle… Continue »

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Immigrant rights groups delivered a massive 136,000 petition signatures to the White House yesterday calling on President Obama to stop the ICE raids targeting vulnerable Central American refugees for deportation. Join us today to deliver the signatures of 136,000 Americans asking POTUS to #StopTheRaids! #FamiliesFightBack pic.twitter.com/hTGA5L5PHX — RI4A (@RI4A) February 2, 2016 We’re glad to… Continue »

Earlier today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez slammed an upcoming, Republican-led Judiciary Committee hearing on Central American refugees, saying it lacks any “serious attempt to legislate” and will only serve to “continue to feed the hucksterism and red meat politics that Americans hate.” Rep. Gutiérrez addressed the very real-life situation of immigrants living in fear across communities as… Continue »

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration deported a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite the government earlier having approved her DACA application and granted her “advanced parole” request to travel to and from Mexico.  The case of Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez is a troubling example of the Obama Administration not living up to… Continue »

Last night, we learned that the Obama administration has ramped up efforts targeting young people who fled violence, for deportation. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a high school student who left Honduras in 2014 was arrested on his parents’ front steps and faces deportation to that crime-ravaged nation.  In Charlotte, young men who fled violence in El Salvador were… Continue »

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack introduced legislation aimed at uniting deported Iowa City Pastor Max Villatoro with his family. Pastor Max’s case generated widespread local and national attention last year when—despite being a prime candidate for prosecutorial discretion under the Obama administration’s new guidelines—Max was separated from his family and deported to Honduras. Congressman Loebsack’s legislation would allow Villatoro to be… Continue »

On Tuesday, hundreds of demonstrators in San Francisco and Los Angeles held simultaneous actions in protest of recent ICE immigration raids targeting Central American women and children fleeing violence. In downtown San Francisco, 200 demonstrators protested in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement building. Ultimately, 16 of the protesters who had chained themselves… Continue »

Nearly 300 organizations have signed a letter to President Obama today urging his administration to grant some Central American refugees currently in the US temporary immigration relief. The organizations, ranging from immigrant, humanitarian, civil rights, labor rights, to faith-based groups, are asking the Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala,… Continue »

Senators Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, and 20 of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate have sent a letter to President Obama calling for a halt to recent ICE raids targeting Central American mothers and children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for deportation. “We are troubled by the priorities reflected in these enforcement actions,” reads… Continue »

As the Republican Governors and Attorneys General of 26 states play politically-motivated games, their lawsuit blocking the implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA is having real-life consequences for millions of immigrants across the nation. In a must-read piece, Esther Lee of ThinkProgress talks to immigrants whose families would be eligible for DAPA and expanded DACA. These… Continue »