Press Releases

05/06/14 | Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be planning to run out the clock on immigration reform this Congress, to the detriment of the country, Wisconsin, and their own political interests. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow Republicans have offered weak excuses for their inaction, despite the fact that the […] | Read More »

05/05/14 | On In-State Tuition Bill In Florida, Speaker Will Weatherford Steps Up; On Immigration Reform in Congress, Speaker John Boehner Steps Back In a must-read story entitled, “How House Speaker Will Weatherford saved the ‘Dreamer’ tuition bill,”  Mark Caputo of the Miami Herald captures the pivotal role played by the Republican leader in using the power […] | Read More »

05/05/14 | President Obama has deported more than 2 million people, many of whom would qualify for legislative immigration reform.  Just last week, on May Day, advocates across the nation rallied for legislation and for an end to the separation of families.  Today, an editorial at Bloomberg calls for action from Obama, and asks him to reduce deportations. […] | Read More »

05/02/14 | House Republicans have so far been all talk, no action on immigration reform, but apparently even their chatter is worrying anti-immigrant conservatives.  Steve King ominously warned yesterday that “this place will blow up” if the House ever tries to take up immigration reform, prompting “a crisis like we have not seen in years in the House […] | Read More »

05/02/14 | Rep. Polis Joins Youth Leaders to Discuss Key State Level Immigration Victories This Week, New Political Reality on Immigration in Swing States As House Republicans continue to offer weak excuses for their failure to lead on immigration reform, pro-immigrant policies are being enacted in key swing states and evidence of the pro-immigrant majority in this […] | Read More »

05/02/14 | Meanwhile, In the House Pelosi and Hoyer Challenge Republican Leadership on Inaction As advocates from around the country yesterday rallied for immigration reform and an end to record deportations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took to the Senate floor to deliver an impassioned speech directed at the House GOP.  He sharply criticized their failure to take up immigration reform legislation even though […] | Read More »

05/01/14 | It’s Been 307 Days Since Senate Passed its Immigration Bill; 58 Days Left Until Window Closes for House GOP La Opinión, the nation’s largest Spanish language daily newspaper, issues a must read editorial on this May Day titled, “For Immigration Reform”: On May 1, Latino communities celebrate Immigrant Workers’ Day.  As years went by, that […] | Read More »

04/30/14 | It’s Been 306 Days Since Senate Passed its Immigration Bill; 59 Days Left Until Window of Opportunity Closes In a development that surprised no one, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) yesterday walked back his comments from last week in which he mocked his fellow House Republicans for dragging their feet on immigration reform.  Speaker […] | Read More »

04/28/14 | Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) recently generated wide attention by mocking his fellow House Republicans’ unwillingness to tackle immigration reform.  Yet the tough words from the Speaker about his conference belie the simple fact that Speaker Boehner himself could put immigration reform to a floor vote if he so desired and that a vote on reform would […] | Read More »

04/25/14 | State of Play on Politics and Policy, In Congress and the Administration Pressure from across the country continued to mount this week on both House Republicans and the Obama Administration.  On this week’s Office Hours call, we discussed the policy changes prioritized by members of the immigrant and Latino communities and the political ramifications for […] | Read More »

04/25/14 | Advocates Applaud U.S. Attorney Hickton for Delivering Justice, Urge Eric Holder to Follow Hickton’s Lead After a hard fought public campaign to reunite him with his U.S. citizen children, 24-year Ohio resident Jose Alfredo Ramos Gallegos received justice today. As Lisa Thompson of the Erie Times-News reports: U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton has filed a motion to […] | Read More »

04/24/14 | Two Million Deportations by Obama Administration Not Enough for Leading Republicans Erica Werner of the Associated Press reports that a group of Republican Senators are already criticizing the Obama Administration’s review of its own immigration enforcement policies and priorities even though the review isn’t even complete.  Apparently, these 22 Senate Republicans have a crystal ball.  […] | Read More »

04/23/14 | But Will House Republicans Step Up? As House Republicans continue to block immigration reform in Congress, several prominent Republican leaders are speaking up about the policy and political imperative for immigration reform, and are stepping up their criticism of House Republican obstruction: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA): Former Rep. Davis, a past head of the National […] | Read More »

04/21/14 | A new post published on the Latino Decisions website, “Immigration Legislation or Executive Action Will Shape Latino Vote,”  compiles recent and relevant polling on Latino voters to show how their views and political behavior are shaped by immigration issues.  The analysis, from Latino Decisions’ David Damore and Thomas Schaller, highlights the potential political damage to […] | Read More »

04/21/14 | To Date, Boehner and House Leadership All Hat, No Cattle on Immigration Reform  According to a report from Laura Meckler in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) recently told a Las Vegas audience of industry donors that when it comes to immigration reform legislation, he is “hellbent on getting […] | Read More »

04/17/14 | There is growing pressure on the Obama Administration to preside over immigration enforcement reforms and to deliver affirmative relief to those who would qualify for legalization under the Senate’s immigration bill.  While the White House is engaged in a sustained effort to dispute and muddy some of the recent statistical looks at their enforcement record, two […] | Read More »

04/16/14 | In Conversation with Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, Rep. Diaz-Balart Lays Out Likely Chain of Scenarios on Immigration In an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) predicts that President Obama will take executive action on deportations this summer if House Republicans continue to block immigration reform. Rep. Diaz-Balart also dismissed the […] | Read More »

04/16/14 | Yesterday, President Obama met with religious leaders on the topic of immigration reform.  A White House statement issued following the meeting noted that President Obama “emphasized that while his Administration can take steps to better enforce and administer immigration laws, nothing can replace the certainty of legislative reform and this permanent solution can only be […] | Read More »