In response to the announcement that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will retire, the following are the reactions of Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, and Juan Escalante, Communications Manager of America’s Voice and a DACA recipient: Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: In the mid-1990s, I met Paul Ryan when he… Continue »

Washington Post’s Greg Sargent and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Highlight Promise Speaker Ryan Made, But Has Not Kept, to Angelica Villalobos In a new piece in the Washington Post’s The Plum Line blog, Greg Sargent focuses on a promise that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made last year to Dreamer Angelica Villalobos. Read Sargent’s piece: “One year ago, Paul… Continue »

Will He Cave to the “Hell No Caucus” or Help GOP Pragmatists Desperate to Distance Themselves from Trump? Washington, DC – As we head into December, it’s increasingly clear that, in the words of a headline from The Hill, “Congress is barreling toward explosive immigration fight.” With all Democrats and many Republicans in favor of enacting legislation that provides… Continue »

A HuffPost story from Matt Fuller and Elise Foley reports that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has told conservative House Republicans to expect that a legislative fix for Dreamers will be included in an end-of-the-year spending package. The following is a reaction to this report from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund:… Continue »

Do Ryan and McConnell Represent Americans, or Steve King? Washington, DC – Republican elected officials should embrace a clean legislative solution for Dreamers, rather than loading up a legislative package with “poison pill” provisions that are designed to scuttle the package and set up another Washington blame game. “Americans are tired of the blame game… Continue »

Washington, DC – News reports indicate that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will impanel a working group of House Republicans to work on Dreamer-related immigration legislation. No one should be confused about the intention of the committee – this is a transparent attempt to slow-walk and scuttle Dreamer legislation, not to improve it. According to Frank… Continue »

In Wisconsin today, DACA recipients who are constituents of Speaker Paul Ryan launched a hunger strike in support of DACA and the Dream Act. The hunger strike is led by the advocacy group Voces de la Frontera and their student arm, Youth Empowered in the Struggle. The group will occupy Monument Square in Racine, Wisconsin,… Continue »

With Demagoguery, Distortions and Wedge Politics, Republicans Embrace Nativism and Trash a Defining Feature of American Identity Today the House of Representatives will vote on two anti-immigrant bills aimed at throwing red meat to the GOP base and attempting to help President Trump change the subject after his stunning healthcare setback. The bills do nothing… Continue »

Washington, DC – Just one day after the Department of Homeland Security released extensive, Draconian memos on how to implement Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan traveled to the US/Mexico border.  In response, over fifty immigration, refugee, faith, labor, and legal service organizations sent the House Speaker a public letter,… Continue »

Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina issued another very strong statement taking issue with what ICE has been saying about their client. We wanted to share the entire release as this case has gotten so much attention – and because ICE continues it’s false narrative about Daniel: Today, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division Office… Continue »