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News Entries in immigration

  • Common sense

    This month, House leaders released a budget proposal giving this administration everything they need to carry out their plans for indiscriminate mass deportation. We have to speak out.

    We live in a nation of immigrants. This administration's extreme agenda violates the very values that make us who we are as Americans.

  • They're even arresting DREAMers now

    A DREAMer with no criminal record was just arrested. He's 23 years old. He has no criminal record. He has a three-year-old son. He's been living in the U.S. for 16 years. But he was just arrested in his father's home.

    This is the latest escalation of the administration's deportation efforts, which have been marked by disturbing reports of largely indiscriminate raids. This isn't just an attack on a single individual—it's a foreboding sign of what's to come if we don't fight back, and a threat to the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers living in this country.

  • Get the facts: Truth Team Digest

    A special-edition deep-dive into U.S. immigration, refugees, and national security implications.

    Less than a week into their new session, congressional leaders are already taking steps to repeal Obamacare. Let's look a little more closely at what repeal would mean.

    Plus a couple of things you can do right now to make your voice heard on this issue.

  • A message from Secretary Madeleine Albright: America's core values

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—a political refugee herself—shares a special message about the recent executive orders targeting some of the world's most vulnerable populations.

    "There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty, and today she is weeping."

    America has been made stronger by the value we've placed on sheltering those seeking refuge. Any misguided and discriminatory action to turn vulnerable people away from our shores goes against our core principles.

    Read Secretary Albright's reflections on last week's executive order on immigrants and refugees.

  • We won't be silent

    Yesterday, we learned that leaders in Washington, D.C. are moving forward with actions to target the vulnerable among us. Speak up if you agree that walls, bans, and divisive politics don't represent American values.

    Yesterday we learned about a series of actions coming from leaders in Washington, D.C. that violate our American values.
    But we are a nation of immigrants, and turning away from others won't make us stronger.

  • An update on the fight for immigration reform

    We're not where we need to be on the issue—here's why.

    Rewind to June of 2013: The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reform our broken immigration system, but despite support from many members of the House of Representatives, Speaker Boehner refused to bring it up for a vote. Fast forward to today—here's where the issue stands.

    On Friday, July 10th, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for and against President Obama's actions to reform our broken immigration system, and in a few weeks they'll decide whether or not those actions can move forward.

  • Yumi believes in DREAMers

    Working with OFA helped her realize the power of we.

    Yumi is familiar with the experience of being an immigrant—her passion for helping DREAMers stems from painful periods in her own life. Read her story.

  • The House's vote on immigration

    The House's vote on immigration

    Tell House leadership to put an end to payback politics.

    The House voted on immigration on Thursday. But it wasn't on an effort to reform our broken system. Nope. Instead, House leaders held a vote that would make our broken immigration system worse.

  • Pass. A. Bill.

    I’m glad the President refused to wait any longer.

    The other side is talking about lawsuits, pledging to delay presidential nominations, and even threatening to shut down the government again.
    All because President Obama took executive action to help fix our broken immigration system.

  • What President Obama will tell the nation tonight

    If you agree that this is a time for action to fix our broken immigration system, add your name.

    Get ready: President Obama is addressing the nation tonight about the actions he's taking to help fix our broken immigration system.

    That's exactly what he said he would do—to take action within his authority as president where Congress has refused to act.

  • Making the case for action

    OFA volunteers across the country came out in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

    This is how volunteers kicked off OFA August.

  • The House finally held a vote on immigration... (It was pretty heartless)

    No, they didn't answer the national call for a comprehensive solution to our broken system.

    Speaker Boehner and House leadership used the border crisis to pass legislation that threatens DREAMers with deportation—these are hundreds of thousands of young people who grew up as Americans after being brought here as kids through no fault of their own.

  • An update on comprehensive immigration reform

    (Spoiler Alert: Speaker Boehner is still blocking progress, and the cost of inaction continues to grow)

    There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the future of the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. But the path forward is still the same—and that path is still blocked directly by Speaker John Boehner in the House of Representatives.

  • Your representative might need one of these postcards

    It's a quick, easy thing to do—but this is an action that counts.

    Since the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform, inaction in the House has cost our country nearly $12 billion. We know that these messages get seen by representatives and their staff. The more messages they get, the more momentum we'll build.

  • The House's inaction on comprehensive immigration reform is hurting my business

    Sharifa Elaraj, a small-business owner, talks about how the House's inaction is costing her.

    I joined this fight because as an immigrant and as an attorney, I believe that our undocumented brothers and sisters deserve a chance at the American dream, and as a small-business owner I know that every day we wait to fix our broken system is another day we threaten our communities’ small-business growth.

  • The story of an immigrant—my father

    Nora tells the story of a chemist who worked on the Apollo Space Program.

    I arrived in this country in January 1969 with my mother, my brother, and a stack of my favorite books. Six months after we arrived, on July 20, 1969, I came home from school and watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on a little black-and-white television set we'd bought secondhand from the previous tenants.

    The picture was grainy and the sound garbled, but I distinctly remember my excitement, and the words “One giant leap for mankind.” I had picked up enough English by then to understand some of the broadcast, though not all of it. Only later did I learn that my dad worked for a company that helped make that amazing story available to the entire world.