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  Marco Rubio talks immigration reform at Google
  
Marco Rubio talks immigration reform at Google
Marco Rubio (R-FL), a republican U.S. Senator for Florida has been pretty quiet about immigration reform lately, but he was asked about it at Google and he gave a five minute answer. Rubio, when asked if legalization of the undocumented would help the economy, said, “That’s just a fundamental decision the country will have to make. If the country decides they are prepared to incorporate 8 or 9 million people that violated our laws. The next question will be, ‘Are you prepared to hav....

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 Democrats ready to force vote on Immigration Reform Democrats ready to force vote on Immigration Reform
This week, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last year but stalled in the Republican controlled House, their latest move to pressure Republicans to advance an overhaul this year. The petition comes after failure from House Republican leadership to bring immigration reform legislation forward, despite broad-based support from the American public. A majority of the H....

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 Head of NCLR calls Barak Obama “Deporter in Chief”
  
Head of NCLR calls Barak Obama “Deporter in Chief”
The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called President Barack Obama the "Deporter in Chief," denouncing the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La Raza, also directed her anger and frustration at House Republicans for stalling on immigration legislation, which is languishing some eight months after the Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive bill. Murguia made the comments at an awards dinner. "For....

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 New impulse to help Dreamers afford College New impulse to help Dreamers afford College
A joint effort was launched in the House and Senate to encourage states to grant in-state tuition or financial aid at public colleges to young undocumented immigrants. The funding would offer considerable help for many hoping for an affordable chance at higher education. Undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children, often called Dreamers, can receive in state tuition in 19 states, including those represented by the four lawmakers who signed on to the bill. Senator Patty Murra....

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 Follow the struggle for reform

Follow the struggle for reform
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the call for President Obama to halt deportations, saying that just being in the country illegally is not enough reason for illegal immigrants to be sent home. In remarks over the weekend to Telemundo, a Spanish-language network, Pelosi said illegal immigrants must have notched serious criminal charges to merit deportation contradicting federal law that says the presumption is against, not with, illegal immigrants. "Our view of the law is tha....

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 Eva Longoria calls stop to deportations

Eva Longoria calls stop to deportations
Actress and political activist Eva Longoria may have played a prominent role in President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, but she's not entirely satisfied with the way his administration has handled immigration. In an appearance on HuffPost Live, Longoria criticized the record level deportations under Obama as well as the Secure Communities program, which requires local law enforcement to share fingerprint data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to identify deportable im....

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 Activist dreamer publicly questioned Obama Activist dreamer publicly questioned Obama
San Francisco, CA The young man who interrupted the speech by President Barack Obama last week in San Francisco to ask him to use his executive authority and help to millions of undocumented workers, this intervention wasn’t planned "just got tired of hearing the same speech again ever, no concrete solutions, especially when he spoke of the day of Thanksgiving and family fun." In an interview from San Francisco, Hong said that when he decided to speak “was shaking." "Do not even expecte....

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 President Obama visits reform activists in fasting
President Obama visits reform activists in fasting
On day 18, “Fast for Families” welcomed the visit of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. SEIU’s Eliseo Medina, from National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) Dae Joong Yoon and the DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota’s Cristian Avila as well as FIRM‘s Rudy Lopez and Sojourner‘s Lisa Sharon Harper along with 22 other advocates fasting in solidarity, met with the President and First Lady in a private session at the “Fast for Families” tent where both listened....

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Women not give up the fight for reform
Immigrant rights and feminist organizations are coming together in an attempt to reframe immigration as a women’s issue, which they hope will redefine the fight over changing the nation’s immigration laws. So far, the groups have sought to influence immigration legislation in the Senate, undertaken large scale demonstrations and united national women’s groups. And even as chances of an immigration overhaul have faded in recent weeks, their efforts have mobilized women across the countr....
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Game ‘Catch an illegal immigrant’ cancelled
Austin, TX A “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game that was scheduled on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin for Wednesday has been canceled by the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). The group’s chairman, Lorenzo Garcia, said in a statement that the organizers feared that UT administrators would retaliate against the group and that a protest of the event, called for by the Houston activist group Librotraficante, “could create a safety issue for our volunteers.” After admittin....
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Boehner takes another turn for Immigration Reform
Washington, DC House Speaker John Boehner says he will not allow any House passed immigration legislation to be blended with the Senate’s sweeping reform bill, further quashing the chances of comprehensive immigration reform legislation being signed into law anytime soon. “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” Boehner told reporters Wednesday. Immigration reform advocates had hoped that a “conference” or legislative negotiation between House and Senate ....
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Jeff Denham co-sponsored Immigration Bill
Republican Jeff Denham R CA, announced over the weekend that he will be the first Republican to become a cosponsor of HR 15, the comprehensive House immigration bill introduced earlier this month, Denham said he was going to urge other members of his party to join the bill as cosponsors as well. “It’s about coming up with a solution that’s bipartisan, Republicans and Democrats coming together.” The 184 cosponsors of HR 15 were exclusively Democrats prior to Denham’s announcement, although t....
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Arkansans marched to the Capitol, joined national protests
Hundreds of people marched to the state capitol in an attempt to keep immigration reform on the national debate. With the government partially shut down, rally organizers admit that immigration reform is like a lot of other no budget issues, which slide into the background, but want to change that. People marched from Philander Smith College and Dickey Stephens Park to meet in the Capitol. The organizers commented that about 500 people attended the march. This group was not only marche....
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Arkansas participates in the national day of dignity and respect
Immigrant rights organizations across the country continue to increase the pressure on members of Congress to pass a bill immigration reform by holding more than 183 events in 40 states. Taking participation Arkansas on October 5, starting in Rogers, a march and celebration, as part of the "Day of Dignity and Respect" for all immigrant families, at the close of the International Festival, and the demonstration of October 12 in Little Rock in front of the Capitol. Local community organizati....
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Democrats arrested and 200 more at the rally for reform
Washington, DC. Eight Democratic members of Congress activists joined the march on Tuesday, October 8. To block a street view of the Capitol, with an attempt to revive efforts for immigration reform has stalled in the House. Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Al Green (D-Texas), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) participated in the protest. The eight congressional Democrats and ....
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