PRESS CALL: Citizens, Immigrants and Legal Experts Respond to GOP’s Support for Ending Birthright Citizenship

For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                     Contact: Katy Green

August 20, 2015                                                                                                                                     650-464-1545

**** PRESS CALL ****

Friday, August 21st at 12:15pm ET
DIAL: 800 329 0864; Passcode: CITIZENSHIP


Citizens, Immigrants and Legal Experts Respond to GOP’s Support for Ending Birthright Citizenship

Bad Politics, Terrible Policy, and Disastrous for the Country 

Washington, DC – Following the Republican Party’s swift rightward lurch on the concept of birthright citizenship (enshrined in the Constitution they claim to revere), U.S. citizens, immigrants and legal experts are speaking out about the dangerous of pursuing this policy.

On a press call Friday at 12:15pm ET, children of undocumented immigrants will join Ricardo Aca, DACA recipient who works at the Trump Hotel, and legal expert David Leopold to respond to the latest stream of anti-immigrant demagoguery; unpack what repealing the 14th amendment really means; and explain the broader political implications for the Republican Party as they continue to question the citizenship of voting age Latinos.


WHAT:           Citizens, Immigrants and Legal Experts Respond to GOP’s Support for Ending Birthright Citizenship

WHEN:            Friday, August 21st at 12:15pm ET

WHO:                Girsea Martinez, Member of United We Dream and U.S. Citizen Child of Undocumented Parents

Ricardo Aca, DACA recipient who works at the Trump Hotel in Soho

Hina Naveed, DREAMer and Organizer for the Staten Island Dream Coalition (Hina’s little sister is a U.S. Citizen)

David Leopold, Immigration Attorney and Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director for America’s Voice

DIAL-IN INFO: 800 329 0864; Passcode: CITIZENSHIP

Follow Frank Sharry and America’s Voice on twitter @FrankSharry and @AmericasVoice. 

America’s Voice – Harnessing the power of American voices and American values to win common sense immigration reform 

United We Dream Action (UWDA) is a powerful nonpartisan network led by immigrant youth across the country. UWDA educates the public and promotes public policies and programs which advance the cause of dignity of all immigrants.  More information about UWDA and our sister organization, United We Dream at


For Immediate Release                                                                      Contact: Monica Reyes

Thursday, August 20, 2015                                                                                641-229-1419


DREAM Iowa Responds to Racist Iowa Radio Host: “Offensive, Dehumanizing and Plain Immoral”  

Mickelson’s Support for “Enslaving” the Undocumented Offers Fresh Reminder for Why #UniteIowa Forum on Immigration is So Important

STORM LAKE, IOWA – Yesterday, Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson reinforced his strong support for “enslaving” undocumented immigrants if they don’t leave the United States within a certain amount of time.

Per Joe Strupp of Media Matters:

“Influential Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson — whose show is a frequent destination for Republican presidential candidates — is standing by his plan to make undocumented immigrants ‘property of the state’ if they refuse to leave the country after an allotted period of time. In comments to Media Matters, Mickelson described his plan as ‘constitutionally defensible, legally defensible, morally defensible, biblically defensible and historically defensible.’…

“’All you have to do is put up a sign on the border,’ Mickelson said. ‘Just put up a sign that says ‘After 60 days from this date certain if you’re in the state of Iowa and you are here without legal status and you are criminally in the state of Iowa, you will become the property of the state and we will compel labor from you because you are a criminal and the 13th Amendment allows us.’’”

Following is a response from Monica Reyes, Co-founder of DREAM Iowa, a DACA recipient who grew up in rural Iowa:

“To say Mickelson’s comments are beyond the pale would be the understatement of the century.  His comments are offensive, dehumanizing and plain immoral.  To suggest enslaving me and my family is not just a personal attack; it’s a fresh reminder of one of the darkest times in our nation’s history.  This is degradation in its purest form.

“At the same time, it’s this sort of hateful, racist rhetoric that’s driving me to participate in the #UniteIowa Presidential immigration forum next week.  We’re sick and tired of the divisive rhetoric and hateful demagoguery of immigrants on the campaign trail.  Let’s start a civil, thoughtful conversation on immigration reform that’s driven by finding solutions, not scapegoating communities.”

The #UniteIowa presidential candidate forum on immigration will take place in Storm Lake, IA on August 29th.  Hosted by Kyle Munson of the Des Moines Register, the event will feature leaders from across Iowa on all sides of the immigration issue, including Democratic presidential candidates, Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Lincoln Chafee. All presidential candidates have been invited to attend.  More info, including how to register for press credentials, is available at

About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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