Press Releases

07/22/13 | In a new piece posted at The Atlantic’s website, Republican strategist and former House leadership aide John Feehery tells political reporter Molly Ball that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “ought to ditch the Hastert rule.” As the article details: Feehery actually wrote the speech in which Hastert laid out the rule that bears […] | Read More »

07/22/13 | On the Sunday shows, Boehner’s Lack of Leadership Leaves Steve King As the Defining Voice of the Caucus Judging by this weekend’s Sunday shows, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is now “the man” when it comes to House Republicans stating a clear position on immigration policy. On the popular Sunday show called “Al Punto,” hosted by […] | Read More »

07/19/13 | Congressman Xavier Becerra and Immigration Reform Advocates Discuss Next Week’s House Hearing on the KIDS Act and State of Play in Congress Today, America’s Voice alongside other immigration advocates and policy experts held the nineteenth in a series of weekly “Office Hours” press briefings.  Moderated by Frank Sharry, Executive Director at America’s Voice, today’s call featured Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman […] | Read More »

07/19/13 | Summary: Political stakes for Republicans to act on broad immigration reform remain high; political space for Republicans to act on broad immigration reform grows; half-measure options–like a DREAM Act-lite under discussion–show Republican evolution is at the beginning stages. Conventional wisdom states that House Republican leadership has an intractable problem on its hands regarding immigration – […] | Read More »

07/18/13 | House GOP Leaders Float Baby Steps at a Time When Broad Reform is Needed In recent days House Republicans are floating ideas and expressing optimism that they can get something done on immigration reform.  There’s talk of a KIDS Act to help Dreamers.  There’s talk of piecemeal measures that might add up to a comprehensive […] | Read More »

07/17/13 | Conventional Wisdom is Crumbling, Excuses are Falling Away, and It All Comes Down to Boehner Conventional wisdom states that House Republican leadership has an intractable problem on its hands regarding immigration – an unruly anti-reform caucus that is resistant to sensible reform because its members fear primary challengers, worry about Tea Party opposition and think […] | Read More »

07/16/13 | Jorge Ramos Lays Fate of Reform at Feet of John Boehner; Rep. Trey Gowdy Suggests the GOP Should Stake Out Positions but Not Go to Conference Immigration reform is the top priority of Latino voters and expectations are sky-high among Latino immigrants hoping to get on a path to legal status and eventual citizenship.  But […] | Read More »

07/15/13 | When Will Boehner and His Caucus Allow this Majority View to be Expressed in the House? As a series of series of newpolls and analysis highlight, support for passing a bill with citizenship continues to grow and diversify: An Overwhelming Majority of the American Public Supports Immigration Reform with Citizenship: A Gallup poll released last […] | Read More »

07/12/13 | GOP Conference Meeting, Sec. Janet Napolitano’s Resignation, Latino Influence on 2014 Congressional Races, Future Latino Voters are Up for Grabs  Today, America’s Voice Education Fund alongside other immigration advocates and policy experts held the eighteenth in a series of weekly “Office Hours” press briefings.  Moderated by Frank Sharry, Executive Director at America’s Voice Education Fund, today’s call featured Matt Barreto, Associate Professor, […] | Read More »

07/11/13 | Steve King “Hell No” Caucus Small and Embattled; A Group in the Middle that is Likely to “Vote No, but Pray Yes”; and an Unknown Number of Reformers Depending on which article you read about the House Republican immigration meeting yesterday, you come away with a different take on where they are heading. For us, […] | Read More »

07/10/13 | As immigration reform advocates, we’re used to the pessimism of “conventional wisdom” and we’re used to conventional wisdom being wrong.  Rahm Emanuel once said that immigration reform was the “third rail of American politics,” yet the illegal immigration wedge strategy was a bust in every recent election.  Tom Tancredo made it his pet issue, left […] | Read More »

07/10/13 | Last Sunday, David Brooks of the New York Times had this to say on NBC’s Meet the Press: I’ve seen a lot of intellectually weak cases in this town.  I’ve rarely seen as intellectually a weak case as the case against the Senate immigration bill.  The Republicans say they want to reduce illegal immigration; the […] | Read More »

07/09/13 | The day before tomorrow’s House Republican internal meeting on immigration, Latino Decisions, America’s Voice, CHIRLA Action Fund and SEIU outlined the opportunities and challenges House Republicans face as they decide how to move forward this year. Said Professor David Damore, Senior Analyst for Latino Decisions and Associate Professor of Political Science at UNLV: The conventional wisdom […] | Read More »

07/08/13 | When House Republicans hold their closed-door internal meeting on immigration this Wednesday, members of Congress would be wise to ask Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to recount the cautionary tale of the Republican Party’s demise in his home state of California. In 1994 Governor Pete Wilson (R-CA) pushed through the infamous anti-immigrant Proposition 187 and ignited […] | Read More »

07/03/13 | Some Conservatives Call on GOP to Double Down on Romney’s “Whites-Only” Strategy    Remember the 2012 election season when Mitt Romney focused primarily on mobilizing white voters, advocated for “self-deportation” and alienated Latino voters so thoroughly that it helped Barack Obama win the swing states of Florida, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado?  Remember the post-election stampede of conservative commentators who acknowledged that Romney and […] | Read More »

07/01/13 | Just a few days after the Senate passed historic immigration legislation, on a webinar / press call today Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the latest in a series of polls that shows the opportunities and challenges for the GOP as the party of Reagan tries to repair its image with Latinos. This poll of […] | Read More »

07/01/13 | House GOP Out of Excuses on Immigration Reform This weekend, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) again voiced his opposition to “a special pathway to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants, noting that he would not push legislation in which “people who are here unlawfully get something that people who have worked for decades to immigrate lawfully do […] | Read More »

06/28/13 | With immigration reform having passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote, attention is now focused on the House of Representatives.  Pundits are immediately jumping to the question, “how will immigration reform pass the House?”  However, an equally important question is “what happens if the House blocks immigration reform?” While there is much discussion of […] | Read More »