Immigrants are Working Hard to Make this Holiday Season Special for America, When Will House Republicans Start Doing Their Jobs Too? Washington, DC – While Members of Congress are on holiday recess, immigrants are working hard—as they do every day of the year – in some of our country’s toughest jobs.  We’ve been profiling workers… Continue »

Yesterday, on Human Rights Day, 70 activists with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor joined members of the Bakersfield Hispanic Chamber of Commerce outside GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s Bakersfield office, to once again demand that their Representative help move immigration reform forward.  As expected, McCarthy’s office was locked, and the constituents were prevented… Continue »

The consistent daily pressure and moral commitment of the immigration reform movement stands in stark contrast to the inaction and avoidance of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republican leaders in the House.  Not only are House leaders refusing to allow a vote on the bipartisan HR 15 bill—despite the fact that the votes exist to… Continue »

Igor Volsky at Think Progress writes: “House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told immigration advocates that lawmakers will not take-up immigration reform this year. As a result, an amendment to deport DREAM-eligible immigrants — which passed with overwhelming GOP support in June — will be the only immigration measure to have received a vote on… Continue »

Rachel Maddow talks to Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim about immigration reform — and the bogus excuse from GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy that the House didn’t have enough time to take up reform this year:

On Friday night, after House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy announced there would be no votes on immigration reform this year, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow did a couple of segments on the issue. She talked to our friend, Jose Antonio Vargas, who has been traveling the country building support:

Yesterday, a group of immigrant women with We Belong Together and CHIRLA successfully forced a meeting with GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, who came to meet with them shortly before midnight, after they’d spent hours engaging in an act of civil disobedience that left them locked in his office without food, water, or medication. A group… Continue »

Today, hundreds of activists in Chicago, Illinois and Bakersfield, California stepped up their tactics to pressure Congress to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. In Chicago, more than 500 people from faith, labor, elected officials and community organizations, including many undocumented families, joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) for… Continue »

As Republican Congressmen Denham and Valadao Cosponsor New Immigration Bill, Poll finds Huge Support Among Voters in Districts Held by McCarthy, Issa and Mckeon This week, as Republican Congressmen Jeff Denham and David Valadao stepped up to support the House immigration bill with a path to citizenship, new polls from three key California Republican districts… Continue »

Twenty-one days and 285 miles later, PICO California’s Pilgrimage for Citizenship ended in Bakersfield, California yesterday, with more than 2,000 immigration reform advocates joining 15 pilgrims in House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) home district. Eleven pilgrims (symbolizing the 11 million immigrants waiting for immigration reform in the US) began the walk in Sacramento last month,… Continue »