Press Releases

08/16/13 | Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform this year, but failed to embrace an inclusive path to initial legalization and an achievable path to eventual citizenship.  Instead, for the 11 million undocumented immigrants settled in America, the RNC proposes renewable work permits – including for the […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | Family Celebrates and Thanks Supporters; Broad Immigration Reform Still Needed  Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy—will imminently be released from Geauga County (OH) Jail after being granted a one year stay of deportation. Pro-reform activists mobilized quickly to tell Pedro’s story when Immigrations […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | One Year After DACA–The Biggest Pro-Immigration Policy Change in Decades–Pro-Immigration Movement Continues to Sizzle, While Anti-Immigrant Rallies Fizzle A year after the biggest pro-immigration policy change in decades – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program for DREAMers (DACA) – went into effect, the immigration reform movement continues to fight for a comprehensive solution that […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | Prosecutorial Discretion Granted, But ICE Refuses to Say When Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez Will Come Home Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez–husband, loving father of four, and primary caretaker of his oldest son, Juan, who has cerebral palsy— has been granted a one year stay of deportation, yet Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is so far refusing to release him from […] | Read More »

08/16/13 | On Immigration Reform Steve King Continues to Fill Void Created By Boehner’s Inaction in the House  In comments reported by Business Insider, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus criticized Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – and in the process called Mitt Romney’s signature stand on immigration policy “horrific” and “hurts us.” In response to questions about King – […] | Read More »

08/15/13 | Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells CNN this morning, “Last year, almost everybody in my conference would have agreed with me on this immigration issue…This year it seems after the presidential election a spell has been cast over a good number of Republicans and they seem to think the presidential election was about immigration.  I’d ask them: […] | Read More »

08/14/13 | In an article titled, “Immigration Overhaul Advocates Make Big August Push,” Holly Yeager of the Washington Post writes: “An unusual alliance of advocates — including Internet moguls and evangelicals, representatives of big business and labor unions — is working across the country during the August congressional recess in an all-out push for immigration reform.  The […] | Read More »

08/13/13 | Anti-Immigrant Event Targeting Cantor and Featuring Steve King Fizzles; Event in McCarthy’s District Promoted by Pro-Reform Movement Set for Tomorrow Will Sizzle  For all the talk of the vaunted anti-immigrant movement’s ability to mobilize opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, their big event in Richmond, VA yesterday turned out to be a big bust. Embarrassed by […] | Read More »

08/12/13 | The Senate’s leading anti-immigrant voice, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), predicted to the New York Times in June, “The longer it lays in the sun, the more it smells, as they say about the mackerel.” Sessions’ pungent quote was in reference to the immigration legislation which at that point was pending in the Senate, prior to its overwhelming bi-partisan passage by the […] | Read More »

08/09/13 | Immigration Advocates Bank Early Successes; Only Thing Missing is a Vote in Congress This week the strategies and tactics that immigrant advocates are using to convince Members of Congress to support immigration reform with a path to citizenship bore significant fruit.  After years of organizing and fighting battles at the local, state, and national level, […] | Read More »

08/09/13 | House Republicans are Facing Constituent Pressure at Home As week one of the August recess comes to an end, the pro-reform movement is making our call for immigration reform with citizenship heard loud and clear.  And as a new round of clips shows, Republicans are starting to feel the August heat. Jordan Fabian of ABC/Univision writes: Is Republican opposition to a pathway […] | Read More »

08/08/13 | From Coast to Coast, the Immigration Reform Movement is Engaging the House GOP in a Public Discussion on Immigration Reform and the Question of What to Do with the 11 Million Undocumented Americans Already Here Pro-reform forces are making their presence felt in districts around the country, and House Republicans are being forced to grapple […] | Read More »

08/07/13 | The Scope and Energy of Immigration Reform Activities Beats the Ranting of a Pair of Nativist Kings  Creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is supported by a bipartisan majority of the House.  The only thing standing in the way is Republican leadership’s insistence on requiring a majority of Republicans to support it before they schedule […] | Read More »

08/06/13 | Supporters of Immigration Reform with a Path to Citizenship Make their Presence Felt As Congress begins August recess, the pro-reform movement is making waves. Matea Gold of the Washington Post writes: Lawmakers hoping for a respite from Washington’s intense lobbying climate won’t get a break back home during the August recess.  Once a lull in the political […] | Read More »

08/06/13 | With Members of Congress home for recess, the growing grassroots movement behind citizenship for undocumented Americans is taking action and already producing results.  As the New York Times editorialized on Sunday, “an amazing array of determined advocates from all corners of the country has plunged into a month of protests, rallies, vigils, town-hall meetings, phone-calling […] | Read More »

08/05/13 | House GOP Gets a Zero Grade for Progress  As Congress slinks home for the August recess, immigration reform remains the rare example of an issue with potential bipartisan backing and public support from across the political spectrum.  Recognizing that a strong majority of the House of Representatives would pass such a bill – today – if […] | Read More »

08/02/13 | Senators Harkin and Durbin Join Business, Labor, DREAMers, and Others to Host Forum for Commonsense Immigration Reform Today, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) visited Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) district to hold a pro-immigration forum in the wake of King’s ugly comments equating DREAMers with drug runners who have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling […] | Read More »

08/02/13 | “Immigration Reform Summer” Kicks Off with Hundreds of August Recess Events Across the Country; Civil Disobedience and Cantaloupes in Washington; and What it all Means for the House GOP and Immigration Reform Today, America’s Voice alongside other immigration advocates and policy experts held the twenty-first in a series of weekly “Office Hours” press briefings.  Moderated by Frank Sharry, Executive […] | Read More »