Budget Deal Fails To Be Fiscally Responsible

(Arlington, VA) – Today The LIBRE Initiative released a statement ahead of the expected vote on a Budget deal that would raise spending levels by $320 billion and extend the debt limit until at least 2021. The LIBRE Initiative President Daniel Garza issued the following statement: “Latinos, along with all Americans, expect our elected officials … Read More

White House Should Not Close the Door on Refugee Admissions

(Arlington, VA) – According to press reports, the administration is currently conducting internal discussions about whether to further reduce the admission of refugees from around the world. Refugee admissions have already been reduced by one third from previous levels, and there is apparently consideration of eliminating them entirely. These cuts – and additional cuts have … Read More

Asylum Rule Change May Make the Situation Worse

(Arlington, VA) – The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice have announced an interim final asylum rule that denies asylum to most applicants arriving at the U.S. southern border after having transited a third country. This new rule – which includes a few narrow exceptions – is expected to take effect this week. … Read More

House of Representatives Approves Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

(Arlington, VA) – Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1044, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. This bipartisan legislation increases the per-country caps for family-sponsored green cards from 7 percent to 15 percent, and eliminates the per-country caps for employment based visas. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike … Read More

ICYMI: Barron’s Covers Stand Together’s Summit Immigration Remarks

(Arlington, VA) – Barron’s published an article highlighting the efforts of The LIBRE Initiative and Americans for Prosperity. Read the entire article here. Below are excerpts from the piece. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch’s influential network of donors and business leaders is continuing its years-long push for immigration reform, even as hope for any immigration legislation … Read More

Dreamer Solution Falls on Congress, not Supreme Court

(Arlington, VA) – Today the Supreme Court announced it will consider challenges to the president’s action to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during its next session.   Kevin Hernandez, Policy Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement: “The Supreme Court has indicated that it will address the narrow question … Read More

Congress Should Resolve Border Funding Issues, then Address Root Causes

(Arlington, VA) – Last night the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing funding legislation to address the worsening situation at the southern border. The House bill includes $4.5 billion in funds for food, water, and medical assistance, and would impose new conditions for care of unaccompanied children. Unlike the bill passed in the … Read More

Deportation-Only Approach to Immigration is Not the Solution

(Arlington, VA) – The president has indicated that the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon initiate the removal of “millions” of aliens currently in the United States without legal authorization.   Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement: “The president has a duty to enforce the nation’s immigration … Read More

ICYMI: Texas needs Washington to fix our immigration system

(Mission, TX)— The Austin American Statesman published an op-ed by Coalitions Director for The LIBRE Initiative- Texas, Jorge Martinez, urging Washington lawmakers to act on improving our country’s immigration system. Read the entire article here.   Below are excerpts from the piece:   It’s not just immigrants who are hurt by the inaction. The country … Read More

Immigrant Heritage Month Activities Announced by The LIBRE Initiative

(Arlington, VA) – Today The LIBRE Initiative announced a series of events and activities to take place during the remainder of the month of June, to commemorate Immigrant Heritage Month. These activities kicked off on June 5, when The LIBRE Initiative joined with Microsoft and other partners to ring the opening bell of the NASDAQ. … Read More