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  • “Republicans Cannot Win the Presidency With the Margins That Mitt Romney Got Among Latinos. And Yet Here They Are, Again, Just Two Years Later….”

    Given the Republican Party’s need to improve its standing with Latino voters in order to win back the White House, the GOP’s embrace of anti-immigrant politics during the 2014 election cycle is a remarkable development.


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  • Chris Hayes on Scott Brown’s Border Obsession – and What it Means for 2016

    Chris Hayes did a segment on New Hampshire GOP Senate Candidate Scott Brown’s obsession with the border, noting we’ve seen this anti-immigrant strategy before: Mitt Romney, 2012.


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  • New Alison Lundergan Grimes “Amnesty” Ad is An Example of How Democrats Should Not Run on Immigration

    Democrats should leave it to Republicans to be the anti-immigrant party that has fought tooth and nail to block an immigration reform proposal supported by a strong majority of American voters…


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  • ICYMI: The Future of GOP Relations With Latinos, in One Ad

    Frank Sharry: “The GOP needs to do an autopsy on the post 2012 GOP autopsy.  The 2014 Republican message to the fastest growing groups of voters in America: we don’t like your kind and what you want threatens us…”


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  • “I Don’t Want My Husband to be Deported”: Families Tell Obama Why He Must Act on Immigration

    We wanted to hear directly from people affected why the President should act. Here are submissions from all over the country…


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10/31/14 With Republicans Blocking Reform Legislation, President Gears up for Executive Action While State and Local Governments Enact Pro-Immigrant Policies While we await the results of the 2014 elections, the implications for the future of immigration reform are already clear.  As long as Republicans control one or both chambers of Congress, prospects for comprehensive immigration reform […]
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10/31/14 This morning on Jose Diaz-Balart, Rachel Maddow discussed United We Dream‘s latest confrontation of Hillary Clinton calling the tactic politically smart. I think it probably is smart politics. I think in politics, it’s probably better to be feared than loved and when you take direct action like that, it does make people mad at you. In […]
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10/31/14 Last night’s Univision debate between Andrew Romanoff and Rep. Mike Coffman was groundbreaking and surreal. Only a few years ago, this congressional district was represented by Tom Tancredo. It is a stunning example of what Gary Segura of Latino Decisions likes to say… “demography is relentless.” In addition to symbolizing the growing importance of Latino […]
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10/31/14 Excellent post from dreaminonempty at DailyKos about Latino voters titled: Most of the data on Latino voters is bogus. Here are the real poll numbers. And, as you’ll see, the post does a deep dive into poll numbers in key states, using data collected by Latino Decisions: Recently, there was a story claiming Republican candidates were […]
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10/31/14 The Atlantic: Not That Kind of Republican By Molly Ball October 31, 2014 Fiscal Times: A GOP Congress Will Face 12 Million Pleas for Immigration Reform By Rob Garver October 31, 2014 National Journal: Forecast: Right Turn Ahead By Ronald Brownstein October 30, 2014 NBC News: Latino Political Advertisers Busy As 2014 Races Tighten By […]
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This year, if there’s one thing Democrats need from their base, it’s enthusiasm. With elections just five days away, there’s a lot of speculation and analysis about how President Obama’s record-breaking deportations and failure to take executive action will affect voter enthusiasm. Gary Sergura, one of the principals of Latino Decisions put it like this: […] (10/30/14) »

As the Monkey Cage blog wrote yesterday, “When one thinks of states with growing Latino populations rarely do Georgia or Kansas come to mind.” But that’s no longer the case. At the beginning of this election cycle, both Georgia and Kansas were expected to be easy Republican wins, but clear victories in those states are […] (10/30/14) »

Reuters: Advocates Worry Obama May Scale Back or Delay Immigration Action October 30, 2014 La Voz Colorado: Election 2014 Countdown By Ernest Gurulé October 29, 2014 The Hill (Ballot-Box): As Democrats lose Latinos, Senate could follow By Alexandra Jaffe October 30, 2014 New York Times: Latino Support for Democrats Drops a Bit, Poll Says By […] (10/30/14) »

As we noted earlier, there was an ugly incident last night in Boulder, when angry Cory Gardner supporters surrounded a group of immigrant youth. Here’s the release from CIRC (Colorado Immigration Accountability Project):  Following a rally headlined by former Colorado Congressman and anti-immigrant firebrand, Tom Tancredo, another event for Republican Senate Candidate Cory Gardner last […] (10/29/14) »

For those predicting that the Republican Party can or will adjust its recent hard right course after November 4th – and start appealing to Latino voters in the process – recent events should give them pause.  From its establishment wing to its Tea Party base, the Republican Party is gearing up for a pitched battle over […] (10/29/14) »

Given his prominent anti-immigrant role, we’re always keeping an eye on the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. Yesterday, Jen Hayden at DailyKos explained how he “continues to waste taxpayer money“: When the Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, withdrew his name from the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, Kris Kobach—the worst secretary of state in the […] (10/29/14) »

With Republicans Blocking Reform Legislation, President Gears up for Executive Action While State and Local Governments Enact Pro-Immigrant Policies While we await the results of the 2014 elections, the implications for the future of immigration reform are already clear.  As long as Republicans control one or both chambers of Congress, prospects for comprehensive immigration reform […] (10/31/14) »

For those predicting that the Republican Party can or will adjust its recent hard right course after November 4th – and start appealing to Latino voters in the process – recent events should give them pause.  From its establishment wing to its Tea Party base, the Republican Party is gearing up for a pitched battle over […] (10/29/14) »

RNC Chairman Reince Preibus Reverses Field from 2012 Post Mortem; Embraces GOP’s Lurch to the Anti-Immigrant Right  Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairmen don’t typically endorse specific policy recommendations.  But following the 2012 election in which Latino voters rejected Mitt Romney and the GOP, Chairman Reince Preibus and the RNC’s post-2012 autopsy report broke with precedent and made […] (10/28/14) »

Republican Opposition to Legislation and Executive Action Leaves Only One Policy Position Left to Support: The Broken Status Quo Washington, DC –In 2012, Republicans lost the White House in part because of their over-heated, anti-immigrant rhetoric. In 2014, they’ve doubled down on that strategy of attacking immigration reform. That was on full display yesterday as […] (10/24/14) »

During recent congressional debates over immigration, we called rabid anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King the leader of the Republican Party on immigration, recognizing that despite the leadership gavel in Speaker John Boehner’s hands, King was the real driver of the GOP’s policy direction in the House (note the absence of a vote for immigration reform in the House, […] (10/23/14) »

Republican Candidates Demagogue Immigration and Border Security in 2014 at the Expense of GOP Viability in 2016 Washington, DC – Given the Republican Party’s need to improve its standing with Latino voters in order to win back the White House, the GOP’s embrace of anti-immigrant politics during the 2014 election cycle is a remarkable development.  GOP […] (10/22/14) »