Press Releases

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 »

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 »

06/27/13 | Huge Victory Sets Up Battle in the House – and for the Future of the GOP Below is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Immigration reform with a path to citizenship is an idea whose time has come.  Today a strong majority in the Senate stepped up and approved a historic […] | Read More »

06/26/13 | In the 2007 Senate immigration legislative debate, only 34 of 48 Democratic Senators voted to support immigration reform.  In 2010, 5 Democratic Senators voted against the DREAM Act.  By contrast, today’s 67-31 cloture vote indicates that when this week’s vote takes place on the Senate immigration bill – a bill that includes a path to […] | Read More »

06/25/13 | Remind Opponents What’s at Stake if Reform Fails in 2013   The Senate is just days away from voting on their bipartisan immigration bill and the House is poised to take up immigration in the coming weeks. Today, advocates and members of Congress hosted a Google+ Hangout to update the progressive community on the latest […] | Read More »

06/25/13 | With the Senate clearing an important procedural hurdle on immigration reform yesterday and prospects looking good for a strong bipartisan vote on final passage later this week, attention is moving to the House of Representatives.  While the conventional wisdom among the commentariat is that the House will thwart immigration reform, that assumption vastly underestimates key […] | Read More »

06/24/13 | Today the Senate cleared an important procedural hurdle.  The cloture vote on the amendment sponsored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) passed, by a 67-27 margin. A vote on passage of this amendment is now set to take place on Wednesday, followed by another crucial cloture vote and then final passage of […] | Read More »