Blog posts in immigration

  • 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. read more »
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  • 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. read more »
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  • 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. read more »
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  • 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.

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  • 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. read more »
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  • Watch Wilmer Valderrama tell his immigration story

    Wilmer believes in the American dream, and now he's fighting for immigration reform.

    Actor Wilmer Valderrama’s family came from Venezuela to the United States. He recently recorded a short video with OFA to tell the story about why he’s fighting for immigration reform.

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  • Meet the new face of inaction

    There's a fresh face standing in the way of comprehensive immigration reform.

    It's time to let House Majority Leader Eric Cantor know the cost of inaction on immigration reform.

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  • Enough of this inaction

    Volunteers tell representatives in the House to lead on comprehensive immigration reform.

    Congress sacrifices up to $37 million dollars a day, simply by refusing to act on a bill that has already passed with bipartisan support in the Senate. That's unacceptable—and that's why OFA volunteers took action in 34 key districts on Saturday.

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    Immigration Day of Action Organizing
  • With your help, this could make immigration reform a reality

    Minority Leader Pelosi filed a discharge petition to bring comprehensive immigration reform to a vote in the House.

    This doesn't have to be left up to Speaker Boehner anymore. That's why OFA is passing out flyers, making phone calls, and organizing constituents to pass this crucial legislation. We will end Congress's inaction. read more »
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  • Americans speak out against Congress's inaction on immigration

    The cost of inaction isn't abstract. It's real and it's personal, and communities are footing the bill.

    The fight for comprehensive immigration reform isn't confined to Washington. Local communities are footing the bill for Congress's inaction, and community members are speaking out. In these letters to the editor, writers talk about the benefits of immigration reform and how Congress's inaction is costing their constituents.

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  • OFA won't let lawmakers ignore the cost of their inaction

    Volunteers nationwide are keeping up the drumbeat and making their voices heard on immigration reform.

    The cost of the House of Representatives' inaction on immigration reform is now up to $10 billion, but the drumbeat for reform is growing louder and louder. OFA volunteers are mobilizing on the ground, over the airwaves, and in packed auditoriums from coast to coast for reform.

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  • Meet the Dream Team for immigration reform

    This is the next phase of OFA's strategy on immigration reform.

    The House is doing nothing productive on immigration reform. But thanks to OFA's amazing volunteers, the rest of the country is a different story.

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  • An open letter to Speaker Boehner

    This is the cost of inaction on immigration reform.

    Some members of Speaker Boehner's caucus didn’t get the memo that immigration reform was dead for the year. read more »
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