Sunday, June 20, 2021

House Republicans Vote to Block President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

Yesterday, House Republicans voted to block the president’s executive actions by passing a bill that stated the president’s actions were “null and void and without legal effect.” President Obama has already indicated that he will veto any bill that would block his executive order without offering a viable legislative alternative to reform our immigration system. […]

Comentarios From Maria: The President Will Not Abandon Immigration Reform

Congratulations, Republicans. Now prove you can govern. This will be particularly important, because–while Republicans are thrilled with the outcome of the midterm elections– they should realize that because of their track record it in no way portends an easier path to the White House in 2016 than they had in the past two election cycles. […]

Democratic Lawmakers Are Not Backing Down from Urging the President to Act on Immigration

On Wednesday, House Democrats signaled that they would not back down from urging the president to act on immigration as quickly as possible. There is little indication that Republicans in the House of Representatives will put forward a comprehensive immigration bill this year, thus adding to sense of urgency among Democratic lawmakers who have asked […]

Pew Research Study Finds only 9% of Latinos are ‘Angry’ With President Obama over Immigration Delay

According to a new Pew Research Study released yesterday, only 9% of Latinos surveyed are ‘angry’ with President Obama for his decision to delay action on immigration until after the election. Although the Latino community is understandably disappointed with the decision, the survey also found that Latino voter preferences will not hinge on a singular […]

Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Expresses Support for Executive Action on Immigration

On Monday, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano expressed her support for President Obama’s intent to act on immigration through executive action.  Under Napolitano, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came to fruition in 2012, and granted thousands of young, eligible undocumented immigrants the ability to stay and work in the U.S. […]

Comentarios from Maria: Yes, There is Good News to Report

It felt as though this summer was filled with nothing but bad news. The situation in the Middle East has deteriorated, the Ebola virus outbreak threatens to turn into a new pandemic, but despite all of this, we should take a moment to remember all of the strides that have been made in favor of […]

Comentarios From Maria: The Tremendous Power of Latinos Fuels Reform

Throughout my career I have had the pleasure of working with many organizations that do tremendous work and provide much needed services to the Hispanic community. One of these organizations is the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), where I am currently a part of organization’s the Board of Directors. There are over 54 […]

New York City Pledges $1.9 Million In Funding for Legal Representation for Migrant Children

New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced that the city has allocated $1.9 million in funds to pay for the legal fees of unaccompanied migrant children facing legal proceedings. This is very welcomed news for thousands of Central American minors who fled the region as a result of increased violence and instability in their […]

Minority Leader Pelosi Urges Immigration Activist to hold Republicans Accountable for Immigration Delay

This week, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged immigration activists not to lose sight of Republican inaction that has caused immigration reform to stall in congress. Pelosi acknowledged that the current frustration of many Latinos and activists is warranted, albeit misdirected, and Republicans should also be held accountable for their recent role in delaying meaningful […]

Comentarios From Maria: Obama’s wise move on immigration

As a Latina activist I was devastated to learn the President would delay executive action to keep undocumented immigrants with no criminal record from getting deported. He’d promised he’d do it, our community expected it, and the country’s economy needed it — especially as Republicans have abdicated their obligation to pass real and lasting legislative […]