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Month: August 2015

Florida Senate Selection Offers Opportunity for GOP to Mend Fences on Immigration

Since the Republican Party experienced historic losses with Latino voters in 2008, many have called on the GOP to stop the intolerant rhetoric and get start solving the immigration issue that includes a new outreach to Latinos and immigrants, or risk becoming a regional party for years to come.

While the legacy of former Governor Pete Wilson continues to haunt California Republicans, GOP leaders in the Sunshine State have taken a different tack. The Florida Congressional delegation include a number of pro-immigration reform Republicans like Lincoln-Diaz Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. More prominently, retiring Republican Senator Mel Martinez—former head of the Republican National Committee—was a leading critic of the Party’s treatment of Latino and immigrant voters. He said on Meet the Press just after the 2008 elections: “The very divisive rhetoric of the immigration debate set a very bad tone for our brand as Republicans…there were voices within our party, frankly, which if they continue with that kind of rhetoric, anti-Hispanic rhetoric, that so much of it was heard, we’re going to be relegated to minority status.”

Native-born North Carolina man wrongly deported twice

Newly released documents show that federal investigators twice ignored FBI records and other evidence and deported a North Carolina native to Latin America, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Mark Lyttle, who is mentally ill and speaks no Spanish, was first deported alone and penniless to Mexico, where he has no ties.

Congressman Kirk’s Immigrant Blind Spot May Cost Him Dearly

At last week’s heavily attended town hall meeting on health care reform in Arlington Heights Congressman Mark Kirk continued to propagate what Newsweek just called one of “The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care Debate”: that proposed reforms will provide health insurance to illegal immigrants.

Police should be hands-off on immigration

More than 500 local and national groups joined the American Civil Liberties Union last week in demanding President Obama scrap a disastrous federal program that turns local police into surrogate immigration officers.

N.C. native wrongly deported to Mexico

The U.S. government admitted in April that it had wrongly deported an N.C. native, but newly released documents show that federal investigators ignored FBI records and other evidence showing that the man was a United States citizen.

For immigrants, Kennedy remained tireless advocate

Before 1965, Leticia Hermosa had little chance of crossing the Pacific to the U.S. from the Philippines. Hermosa, a nurse, and others like her just couldn’t get through the strict U.S. immigration quota system, which favored Western Europeans and essentially excluded those from Asia and Latin America.

Migrant arrest program under fire

President Barack Obama is facing growing pressure from some civil-rights, labor, religious and pro-immigrant groups to end a program that lets local authorities enforce the country’s immigration laws.

Hundreds of the groups on Wednesday issued a call to terminate the program, saying it can lead to racial profiling and isn’t an effective anti-immigration tool.

Homeland secretary calls immigration policy overhaul ‘a priority’

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that she was optimistic that a bipartisan immigration-policy overhaul would, at some point, get through Congress.

“This is not a new issue,” she said in a meeting with The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board. “It’s just putting together a comprehensive package that covers the immigration issues from A to Z. … It’s a priority for both me and the president.”