Press Releases

03/18/14 | Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to ignore immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, Colorado, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the votes exist to pass […] | Read More »

03/18/14 | The Legal Authority and Political Consequences of Executive Action on Deportations In February, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) slammed the brakes on immigration reform.  Last week, President Obama ordered Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review his options for executive action to reduce deportations.  These developments beg the question: if the GOP continues to squander an […] | Read More »

03/17/14 | Tomorrow, it will have been one year since the Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a post-election autopsy analyzing the GOP’s shortcomings in 2012 and making recommendations on how the GOP can ensure a different outcome in future presidential elections.  Notably, the RNC autopsy captured that the Republican Party’s historically low performance with Latino voters in […] | Read More »

03/14/14 | Rep. Lofgren Joins Legal Experts and Advocates to Talk House Floor Action & Potential for Administrative Relief from the Obama Administration After more than a year of head fakes and false starts on immigration reform that would combine smart enforcement, legal immigration reforms and legal status with a path to citizenship for the 11 million […] | Read More »

03/13/14 | It seems that House Republicans can’t help themselves.  Could it really be that their hatred for President Obama and immigrants is so intense that they want to get rid of common sense policies that help military families stay together? Yesterday and today, House Republicans are backing two bills – the so-called ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) […] | Read More »

03/12/14 | For House Republicans who call themselves supporters of immigration reform, their vote for the so-called ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) today thoroughly undermines their so-called commitment to reform.  Consideration of a related measure, HR 3973, continues tonight and a vote is expected tomorrow. As we noted earlier, the bill seeks to strip the President’s executive authority […] | Read More »

03/12/14 | US Attorney, David J. Hickton, Uses Limited Dept. Resources to Prosecute Non-Criminal Immigrant Father, Who’s Been Model Citizen for 20 Years  Part of the Obama Administration’s “get tough” strategy on immigration has been to throw the book at ordinary undocumented immigrants and then claim credit for prioritizing the deportation of “criminal aliens.”  Case in point: […] | Read More »

03/12/14 | After Voting to Gut DACA for DREAMers and Slamming the Brakes on Common Sense Immigration Reform, House GOP Now Gearing Up Vote to Deny Ability of the President to Use Executive Authority Yes, it’s gotten this bad.  After more than a year of head fakes and false starts on immigration reform that would combine smart […] | Read More »

03/11/14 | Tomorrow, House Republicans are planning floor action on the ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973).  Both bills seek to strip the President’s executive authority.  In case there was any confusion about the intentions and implications of these bills, the House Judiciary Committee explicitly cited the Deferred Action […] | Read More »

03/11/14 | Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to ignore immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, California, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the votes exist to pass […] | Read More »

03/11/14 | Greg Sargent Uses New Analysis to Show How Republican Opposition to Immigration is Threatening the Republican Party’s Future In a piece titled, “Why Republicans should embrace immigration reform, in one chart,” Greg Sargent of the Washington Postpresents a new analysis by Michael McDonald at the United States Elections project that highlights how relentless demographics are reshaping […] | Read More »

03/10/14 | Nation’s Largest Spanish Newspaper Delivers Important Editorial Calling for Both/And Approach The nation’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, La Opinión, editorializes today that President Obama should take executive action to “prevent the deportation of people with deep roots in this country.” Notably, the editorial captures that the rising pressure on the White House to deliver executive relief […] | Read More »

03/07/14 | Rep. Gutiérrez and Janet Murguía Discuss Multi-Pronged Approach to Pressuring Republicans and President Obama to Deliver Reform An array of calls from both the pro-reform movement and congressional Leaders, calling on the White House to rollback deportations, drew attention far and wide this week.  And while this may mean short-term heartburn for the White House, […] | Read More »

03/06/14 | Well, it’s (semi) official.  At the markup of Rep. Diane Black’s (R-TN) anti-immigrant bill yesterday, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte indicated that the legislation will be moving to the House floor next week. Per an assessment by Donna Cassata of the Associated Press: The first immigration bill in the House this year would prohibit […] | Read More »

03/05/14 | During last evening’s 2014 NCLR Capital Awards dinner, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and NCLR President Janet Murguía both made impassioned pleas to President Obama to roll back the deportation machinery that rips families apart on a daily basis.  Without a doubt, this will increase pressure on the Obama Administration to take bold executive action.  But […] | Read More »

03/04/14 | New Report Details How Immigration Reform is Shaping Politics in the State & Opportunities and Challenges for Both Parties    The longer House Republicans delay a vote on immigration reform in Washington, the worse the long-term political consequences.  Case in point: Arizona. A new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, illustrates […] | Read More »

03/04/14 | After its latest judicial setback, the anti-immigrant movement’s strategy for long-term victory is in disarray. The centerpiece of their strategy, developed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Mark Krikorian at the Center for Immigration Studies, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Representative Steve King (R-IA), has been to block immigration reform at the federal level […] | Read More »

03/03/14 | With Backing of Hardline Anti-Immigrant Movement, House Judiciary Committee Set to Mark Up Rep. Diane Black’s Bill to Eliminate Outreach Position Speaker John Boehner’s recent assertion that the House likely would not address immigration before the 2014 midterms generated widespread attention and condemnation.  Yet as the Judiciary Committee schedule makes clear, Speaker Boehner’s assertion needs […] | Read More »