1050 17th Street, NW - Suite 490
Phone :(202) 463-8602 URL: Website
Pro-amnesty lobbying group headed by former open-borders activist Frank Sharry
Has partnered with other far-left organizations such as Media Matters for America, the National Council of La Raza, and the Southern Poverty Law Center
Has partnered with such open-borders groups as the Border Action Network, and Reform Immigration for America
Financed by George Soros's Open Society Institute
Founded in 2004 as the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, America’s Voice (AV) maintains that the millions of illegal immigrants who currently reside in the U.S. make a mostly positive impact on society and should no longer be denied legal status or citizenship. To emphasize this point, the organization approvingly cites Stanford University Chicano Studies professor Gary Segura's assertion that “undocumented immigrants are Americans in every way but paperwork,” “are deeply embedded in the fabric of our society,” and “contribute to the economy in [many] important ways.”
Animated by these core beliefs, AV works to advance “policy change that guarantees full labor, civil and political rights for immigrants and their families”—most notably, “federal legislation that puts 11 million Americans-in-waiting [i.e., illegal immigrants] on the road to full citizenship.” Charging that current U.S. immigration laws are “outdated” and unduly restrictive, the organization calls for “comprehensive” immigration reform that implements incremental amnesty—“earned legalization,” as AV terms it. This process, in contrast to a free pass conferring instant citizenship, would require illegals to pay some type of monetary fine plus whatever back taxes they may owe, learn to speak English, show some evidence of an employment history, and submit to criminal background checks. AV recognizes that such stepping stones are far more politically palatable to the American public than blanket amnesty.
AV also seeks to make it easier for illegal immigrants' relatives living abroad to come to the United States, so as to promote the “reunification of families” whose members have been “separated” by existing immigration laws. By AV's telling, this would benefit society as a whole by allowing children to “grow up in stable American families” with both of their parents.
AV has vigorously championed the adoption of the DREAM Act, legislation that would not only lay out a path-to-citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and are still younger than 30, but would also allow them to attend college at the reduced tuition rates normally reserved for in-state legal residents.
In April 2013, AV supported a proposed Senate immigration bill advocating “a clear path to citizenship” for illegals already residing in the United States. Republican opponents of the bill, said AV, were essentially the types of “racist” politicians who had alienated Hispanic voters in recent decades with their “very public, very prominent anti-immigration stance.” Asserting, further, that “immigration reform has now replaced the economy/jobs as the number one issue facing the Latino community that these voters want addressed,” AV stated that Republicans could “reset their image with Latinos” only if they were to “change their position on immigration and embrace a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.”
 The organization adopted its current name in 2008 .
 In June 2012, President Obama, frustrated by Congress's failure to pass the DREAM Act via legislative process, decided to pass a version of it on his own, via executive order.
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