Press Releases

08/02/13 | The pro-immigration reform movement came out in full force this week, delivering a clear and loud message to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and his Republican caucus: we’re not backing down on immigration reform.  From protests to rallies to “special” House deliveries, activists and immigration advocates from across the spectrum joined forces to show the ever-growing […] | Read More »

08/01/13 | More than 30 Leaders Arrested on Capitol Hill to Protest Unjust Immigration Policies & Send Message that Fight for Immigrant Families Has Been Escalated  America’s Voice Founder and Executive Director Frank Sharry was one of more than 30 immigrant rights, labor, faith and other leaders who were arrested this morning as part of an immigration-related […] | Read More »

08/01/13 | “Respect Our Families, Respect Our Work, and Give Us a Vote on Citizenship” View the photoblog here As Members of Congress head home for the August recess, United Farm Workers, United We Dream and America’s Voice sent all 224 of them off on today, with a sweet American-grown cantaloupe, harvested by immigrants in California, showcasing […] | Read More »

07/31/13 | While Anti-Immigrant Forces Will Make Some Noise, In-District Action to be Driven by Pro-Reform Majority Ahead of the impending August recess, pro-immigration forces are on the move with hundreds of grassroots events planned from coast to coast. A number of media outlets today highlight the momentum, unprecedented organization, and breadth of support on behalf of […] | Read More »

07/30/13 | The immigration reform movement is ready for the August recess.  Advocates are organizing events, gearing up for town halls and making sure members of Congress feel the heat.  The demand?  Give us a vote on citizenship.  The fact is that a bipartisan majority for immigration reform with an inclusive path to initial legal status and […] | Read More »

07/29/13 | Frank Sharry: “Speaker Boehner Allowed Steve King a Vote to Deport DREAMers, Why Not a Similar Vote on a Path to Citizenship?” New polling released today by Public Policy Polling (PPP) demonstrates that voters grasp the damage Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) immigration approach is having on the GOP and want Republicans in Congress to enact […] | Read More »

07/29/13 | Support From Across Spectrum, Money and Polling Favor Proponents; Opposition is a “Paper Tiger” A CBS News headline asks “Are the tides turning for immigration reform in the House?” and then lists numerous reasons why those who support broad immigration reform have the strong upper hand: It was only a week ago when prospects for […] | Read More »

07/26/13 | GOP Steve King Problem = Latino Problem; After KIDS Act Hearing, Latino Polling Says Go Big or Go Home Today, America’s Voice alongside other immigration advocates and policy experts held the twentieth in a series of weekly “Office Hours” press briefings.  Moderated by Frank Sharry, Executive Director at America’s Voice, today’s call featured Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the […] | Read More »

07/26/13 | This week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) proved that he is setting the GOP agenda on Immigration.  King’s comments comparing young undocumented DREAMers to drug mules put a spotlight on the quandary facing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as he tries to improve his Party’s badly tarnished brand with Latino voters and quiet the extremists in his caucus. However, […] | Read More »

07/26/13 | Boehner Calls Reform “More Difficult” in Light of Extremist Comments, When They Should Make Passing Reform More Imperative As anti-immigrant extremist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continues his media tour to defend his infamous comparison of DREAMers to drug smugglers, he has company – another high-profile Republican has joined Rep. King in comparing immigrants to animals. […] | Read More »

07/25/13 | Boehner’s Apologies Not Enough; Only Swift and Bold Action will Stop the Slide Polling of Latino voters in 24 Republican-held battleground districts released by Latino Decisions and America’s Voice yesterday demonstrates the damage that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and his allies are inflicting on the Republican Party’s competitiveness among Latino voters.  Additionally, polling in Rep. King’s […] | Read More »

07/24/13 | Today, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the results of a new poll of Latino voters in 24 Republican-held battleground districts.  The poll probed how immigration reform and the two parties’ handling of it in the House could impact key 2014 races. Said Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies at Stanford University […] | Read More »

07/23/13 | Ahead of House Hearing, Nation’s Largest Spanish-Language Newspaper Criticizes Republican Approach & Motivations The nation’s largest Spanish language newspaper, La Opinión, today issues a blistering editorial in English and Spanish titled “Cruel and Indecent” about House Republicans’ effort to substitute the so-called KIDS Act for broader immigration reform.  The editorial board writes: “[U]sing Cantor’s own […] | Read More »

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 »