Press Releases

03/26/12 | Instead of working to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Republicans in Congress are pushing for the expulsion of all 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. Their plan, called "attrition through enforcement," is to ramp up deportations and make life in the U.S. so degrading and unbearable that the remaining immigrant families simply pick up and leave on their own. To set the climate for this ugly agenda, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and the Immigration Subcommittee have held numerous hearings portraying immigrants as "criminals" who "steal jobs from Americans" and should be forced to leave the country. | Read More »

03/22/12 | When Mitt Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom's made his "Etch-a-Sketch" comments to CNN yesterday he revealed that the campaign planned "to hit a reset button for the fall campaign." Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post helpfully weighed in with the suggestion Romney start his move back to the center by changing positions on immigration: "Romney said that, as president, he would veto the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants who attend college. He promoted the notion of 'self-deportation' as a means of dealing with illegal immigration. And he praised Arizona's intrusive immigration law as a 'model for the nation. Hello? Latino vote?" | Read More »

03/21/12 | A detailed analysis of the 2012 electoral map by Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos shows that Mitt Romney's problem with Latino voters could be decisive in the November elections. The analysis relies on recent polling, information about Latino voter turnout, and examinations of 2012 battleground states to highlight the fact that Romney is in a deep hole with Latino voters that could cost him the election. | Read More »

03/21/12 | The news that former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) has endorsed Mitt Romney for president is a missed opportunity to shift the Republican Party's direction on immigration. Before Florida's primary earlier this year, Bush cautioned the Republican field about its continued mishandling of the immigration issue, noting, "That could be an issue in the general election that plays out in a negative way for Republican candidates. | Read More »

03/20/12 | A story in today's Congressional Quarterly reports that Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) is planning to introduce a dramatically stripped down version of the DREAM Act. This is clearly an attempt by Rivera to provide political cover to Republicans who recognize the perils of the GOP's strident anti-immigrant positioning. Just one, rather large (and insurmountable) problem: any attempt to amend or soften the Republican Party's immigration positioning runs smack dab into the person of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the leading anti-immigrant lawmaker in Congress. | Read More »

03/19/12 | Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney used his resounding win in Puerto Rico's Republican primary this weekend as evidence that he can actually compete for Latino voters this November. Unfortunately for Romney, his Puerto Rican primary win is of limited predictive value for potential general election performance among Latinos, for whom Romney's "self deportation" immigration stance will remain a defining issue. | Read More »

03/16/12 | Whether on the campaign trail or in the state house, the heated rhetoric used by opponents of common sense immigration reform is setting a troubling tone that some Americans are deciding to follow. At a GOP debate in January, Mitt Romney suggested that best way to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country was to force them to "self-deport." And while campaigning in Tennessee last year, then GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain took a page from Rep. Steve King and offered a different proposal to keep immigrants out -- an "electrified" border fence. | Read More »

03/15/12 | In an article entitled, "How Mitt Romney Lost Latinos," POLITICO's Glenn Thrush details how the Republican presidential frontrunner may have sealed his fate with Latino voters by fully embracing the vision of anti-immigrant architect Kris Kobach. (In other news, Kobach is coming under increased fire back home for gallivanting around the country fighting a war against immigration instead of doing his Secretary of State job in Kansas. Yet another thing for the Romney campaign to worry about.) | Read More »

03/14/12 | As was true in other conservative states this year, exit polls from the Alabama and Mississippi primaries show that the Republican electorate is not all riled up about the immigration issue. Few Alabama and Missisippi primary voters declared immigration to be their priority issue, while recent polling from Fox News Latino/Latin Insights continues to highlight the problem all leading GOP candidates face with Latino voters, due to their anti-immigrant, anti-Latino stances. | Read More »

03/13/12 | With demographic realities now undeniable, more and more political analysts agree that Republicans are committing political suicide by embracing hard-line, anti-immigrant policies. A piece by Paul Begala in The Daily Beast, lifts up some important quotes from prominent GOP strategists who agree that Republican candidates change on immigration if they have any hopes of winning a national election. | Read More »

03/12/12 | On a pre-primary press call, the day before the contentious Alabama GOP primary, immigrant reform experts and leaders from religious and immigrant youth communities shed light on the devastating toll that Alabama's anti-immigration law (HB 56) has had on Latino families and warned of the role Alabama will play in the national elections this November. | Read More »

03/09/12 | The nation's eyes are turning towards Alabama, as a series of developments with the state's "show me your papers" anti-immigration law intersect with political dynamics surrounding the upcoming Republican presidential primary and general election. | Read More »

03/08/12 | Yesterday, Miami-area high school valedictorian Daniela Pelaez and her sister, Dayana, came to Washington to meet with U.S. Representatives and Senators from Florida. The sisters, both of whom would benefit from the DREAM Act, recently won an administrative reprieve from deportation for two years. | Read More »

03/07/12 | National labor leaders have come out in strong opposition to Alabama's "show me your papers" anti-immigration law, noting the disturbing parallels with Alabama's civil rights history and calling on the state to repeal its divisive law. | Read More »

03/06/12 | Leading news outlets, political pundits, and commentators have come to a consensus: the Republican Party is in big trouble with Latino voters, largely because of its mishandling of the immigration issue. Yesterday, new polling from Fox News Latino documented the extent of the Republicans' "Latino problem," triggering a new round of analysis about the potential political consequences this November and for years to come... | Read More »

03/06/12 | Amidst a heated campaign to repeal Alabama's "worst in the nation" anti-immigrant law, this year is the first time that the issue of immigration has been officially incorporated into the historic Selma to Montgomery, AL march to commemorate our nation's struggle for civil and human rights. African American leaders have played a leading role in the campaign against HB 56 from the start. In October last year, Scott Douglas, Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, said that the Alabama anti-immigration law "combines some of the most heinous, vicious, inhumane Jim Crow legislation of the 1950s." | Read More »

03/01/12 | Today in Atlanta a three judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will hear arguments over Alabama's and Georgia's anti-immigration laws. In mid-April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about Arizona's "show me your papers" law S.B. 1070, the precursor to the Alabama and Georgia anti-immigrant initiatives. | Read More »

02/29/12 | Amidst Mitt Romney's victory in the Arizona primary yesterday are a series of indicators that show how the Republicans' mishandling of the immigration issue during the primary season could have serious general election consequences for the GOP. Romney's embrace of the immigration policy he calls "self-deportation" and his endorsement of Arizona's "papers, please" SB1070 as a "model" for the nation are among the most visible examples of the fact that the Republican presidential primary race has tacked to the extreme right on immigration, hurting their chances with Latino voters. | Read More »