Press Releases

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 »

04/16/14 | New Blog Post from Colorado DREAMer Highlights Gardner’s Extremism on Immigration  Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is going to have a tough time appealing to the state’s growing Latino population this November.  A new Huffington Post blog post from Isaias Vasquez, a Colorado DREAMer and current college student, highlights Cory Gardner’s abysmal voting record on immigration. […] | Read More »

04/15/14 | In Another Attempt to Force Republican Leadership to Hold an Immigration Vote, Democrats Highlight 30 Republicans Who’ve Spoken Up for Reform But Refuse to Act This morning, House Democrats announced a new strategy to force a vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration bill in the House, targeting 30 Republicans who are key to supporting the discharge […] | Read More »

04/15/14 | 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, New Mexico, 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 […] | Read More »

04/14/14 | The Obama deportation machine has come under fire recently for ramping up the deportation of immigrants with strong family ties and little or no criminal record. Not only is there a moral imperative to stop separating American immigrant families with these practices, but there’s a fiscal one as well:  the current immigration enforcement regime is […] | Read More »

04/14/14 | Republicans Continue to Risk White House in 2016 by Making Steve King Face of the Party in Immigration  In analysis at the website titled “Like Bush, Many Republicans Are Moderate on Immigration, Nate Silver assesses the political implications of Jeb Bush’s recent “act of love” comments regarding undocumented immigrants.  After examining Republican voters’ views on immigration policy, Silver […] | Read More »

04/11/14 | As Comprehensive Immigration Reform Stalls and Non-Controversial ENLIST Act Wavers, Fringe Republican House Members Continue to Prove their Stronghold Over House Leadership and House Agenda It’s been quite the couple of weeks for the extremist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) caucus. In the wake of comments from their ringleader himself who recently told young immigrants who […] | Read More »

04/11/14 | Must-read at Politico is the story of Howard Dean Bailey, an immigrant from Jamaica who served his country — and then was deported. Bailey was 17 when he followed his mother from Jamaica to the US, immigrating legally with a green card.  After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served for four […] | Read More »

04/10/14 | Rep. Paul Ryan Was Set to Headline Fundraiser with Rep. Steve King, But Iowa GOP Goes to Great Lengths to Say King Declined Invite Weeks Ago Questions Remain: Why Was King’s Name Listed on the Invite Just Days Ago?  And Why Was Paul Ryan Willing to Appear Alongside Steve King? This Friday, in Cedar Rapids, […] | Read More »

04/10/14 | Leader Pelosi Speaks Up, CHC Weighs In, DHS Secretary Johnson Gets Ready Pressure is growing on the Obama Administration to take executive action on deportation relief.  Yesterday, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) boldly joined the chorus.  And after meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, new U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson indicated […] | Read More »

04/09/14 | These Days Jeb Bush is on the Outs and Steve King is in Charge Washington, DC – Last weekend, Jeb Bush said something that once would have been unremarkable.  He said that for many undocumented immigrants, their decision to come to the United States is “an act of love, it’s an act of commitment to […] | Read More »

04/09/14 | New Washington Post Editorial, TRAC Study and Vox Backgrounder Make the Case While many advocates continue to pressure House Republicans to take action on immigration reform legislation, there is also growing pressure on the Obama Administration to get ready to take executive action if the House continues to slow-walk reform.  A number of new analyses, […] | Read More »

04/08/14 | Immigrant Advocates from Northern and Southern Borders Discuss Facts and Faces Behind DHS “Priorities” in Light of NYT and TRAC Studies In a conference call today with reporters, immigration experts and community leaders reacted to the latest reports about who the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is actually deporting, and how many could actually be […] | Read More »

04/08/14 | House Republicans are blocking immigration reform.  The reason Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gives?  “How can we trust the President to actually obey the law and enforce the law?”  The likely result of continued Republican inaction: in a matter of weeks, President Obama will exercise his legal authority to find ways to allow undocumented immigrants to […] | Read More »

04/07/14 | Maribel Hastings is a senior adviser with America’s Voice. CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: they are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine. The picture blows the water out of the argument that the deportations are focused on criminals or […] | Read More »