Press Releases

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 »

06/24/13 | Victory in the Senate Expected this Week, Challenge to the House Comes into Focus  Today, the Senate begins a series of votes that will determine whether immigration reform will moves toward final passage.  Should it pass as expected, the spotlight will turn to the House of Representatives to act on this historic opportunity.  Below is […] | Read More »

06/21/13 | The prospects for passing immigration reform improved markedly this week. A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows that immigration reform grows the economy and reduces the deficit.  The latest Gallup poll shows broad and deep support for reform that includes a path to citizenship.  And an over-the-top bipartisan deal in the Senate more than […] | Read More »

06/21/13 | House and Senate State of Play, Corker-Hoeven Amendment, CBO Report Today, America’s Voice Education Fund alongside other immigration advocates and policy experts held the seventeenth 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 Eliseo Medina, Secretary Treasurer, Service Employees International […] | Read More »

06/21/13 | One-by-one, the major arguments and excuses used by opponents of immigration reform to justify their opposition are being demolished.  From the fiscal and economic arguments against immigration reform that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of the Senate’s immigration bill eviscerated, to the “not enough border security” excuse, answered by the extreme border security amendment […] | Read More »

06/20/13 | Leaders in Florida, Texas and Illinois Target Senators with Ads, Polling, and Statewide Actions Listen to DRM Coalition’s new Spanish language radio ad targeting Senator Rubio here. As Senate leaders are set to announce an agreement on a border security deal, community leaders from key states are escalating pushback against Senators still seen as obstacles […] | Read More »

06/19/13 | Right now, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to talk about immigration reform.  Immediately following the 2012 elections, Speaker Boehner said to ABC News “This [immigration] issue has been around far too long…A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself and others can find […] | Read More »

06/18/13 | The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of the Senate’s immigration bill: The CBO score shows that there are now 197 billion reasons for Congress to do the right thing and pass immigration reform this year, and 700 billion more reasons over […] | Read More »

06/18/13 | National Journal reports that anti-immigrant House members are asking why Republicans should pass legislation that would give citizenship to “11 million undocumented Democrats.”  This fear of citizenship – and future voting behavior – courses through much of the immigration debate and underscores many Republican amendments designed to make the path to citizenship less attainable.  As […] | Read More »

06/17/13 | “They are only asking for a chance to give back to their home” Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the champion of the DREAM Act for over a decade, took to the Senate floor today to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the successes of the young people […] | Read More »

06/17/13 | Strike 1: Passing King Amendment to Deport DREAMers; Strike 2: Tomorrow’s Mark Up of a Judiciary Committee Bill to Criminalize Immigrants; Strike 3: If the House Blocks Immigration Reform for the Year  Understandably, most of the recent attention regarding immigration reform has focused on the Democrat-controlled Senate, where it appears that a strong bipartisan majority […] | Read More »

06/17/13 | Because Cornyn’s Proposal is a Poison Pill that Threatens the Heart of the Senate Immigration Reform Bill As we’ve been saying, Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) border security amendment is a thinly disguised effort to thwart the path to citizenship – the bill’s popular heart and an essential component of workable immigration reform.  With wide ranging criticisms spanning […] | Read More »

06/15/13 | Will Adults in Republican Party Stand Up to Cynical, Mean-Spirited, and Draconian Legislation from House GOP?  Early next week, the House Judiciary Committee is primed to move forward on new and draconian immigration legislation that shows that they have learned nothing since the 2012 election and are intent to duplicate and repeat the policy and […] | Read More »

06/14/13 | Today, America’s Voice Education Fund alongside other immigration advocates and policy experts held the sixteenth 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 Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director, Language ETC; Evelyn Rivera, South East Regional Organizer, United We Dream; and Kamal […] | Read More »

06/14/13 | One year ago this weekend, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for DREAMers.  This bold executive action, spurred by the actions and advocacy of the DREAMers themselves, reignited Latino voter enthusiasm for President Obama, crystallized the immigration distinctions between President Obama and Mitt Romney and played a decisive role in the 2012 […] | Read More »