Today’s Los Angeles Times reports on what it calls President Obama’s “time out” from his “year of action.” Of course, one of the issues subject to delay was immigration reform: Immigration reform, once deemed a pressing back-to-school item, will wait at least until the winter holidays. That delay has not sit well with advocates: “It… Continue »

In case you missed it last night, watch the speech below (starts around 23:27) or view the transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you to Senator Menendez, and to the Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congresswoman Velázquez, for those extraordinary introductions, but more importantly for the outstanding work that you do each… Continue »

For the first time since his decision to delay executive action, the President is slated to speak tonight to a group of Latino leaders at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Conference.  He shouldn’t be surprised if he finds an audience frustrated by six years of broken promises and unmet expectations on immigration.  Two important… Continue »

A new Gallup poll released today finds that President Obama’s approval ratings among Latinos are nearly the lowest they’ve ever been. Obama’s lowest numbers with Latinos (see chart below) came around 2011-2012, after a first term in which he set a record number of deportations and took no action on immigration reform, despite making the… Continue »

Zing! The location of Obama’s presidential library has not yet been decided, but the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is already soliciting donations for it — specifically for a section of the future library they are proposing to call the “Deporter-in-Chief” wing. ICIRR’s action yesterday follows years of record deportations from President Obama, as well… Continue »

For those still wondering why the Latino community and immigration activists and allies are so frustrated by President Obama’s announced delay on immigration executive action, Joe Sudbay’s piece “Democrats Can’t Keep Ignoring Immigrants and Their Allies” is a must-read.  Joe, a friend of the immigration reform community and an advisor to America’s Voice, authored a… Continue »

Washington, DC – As news reports today confirm, President Obama will officially delay his announcement on executive action until after the 2014 elections.  Following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: “We are bitterly disappointed in the President and we are bitterly disappointed in the Senate Democrats. We advocates didn’t make… Continue »

Here’s Francis Wilkinson at Bloomberg weighing in on why President Obama should act now on immigration and deportations, rather than waiting until after the midterms or later.  Basically, the electoral map already looks bad for Democrats this fall.  Democrats should want Obama to shake things up and possibly improve the playing field.  Even if an executive action… Continue »

Yesterday, forty national faith leaders delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in any future executive action. With new reports of Honduran children being killed following their deportation from the US and Mexico, the short message underscores the critical importance of protecting children… Continue »

Remember Obama’s June 30th Rose Garden speech? While I will continue to push House Republicans to drop the excuses and act –- and I hope their constituents will too -– America cannot wait forever for them to act.  And that’s why, today, I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as… Continue »