Press Releases

12/12/11 | At Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, most of the candidates continued to demonstrate how out of step they are with the public's wishes on immigration. As new Fox News polling makes clear, Mitt Romney and other candidates espousing mass deportation positions appeal to a very narrow sliver of anti-immigrant voters in the primary. Their immigration views are not representative of the majority of the Republican primary voting audience, let alone the overall American public. | Read More »

12/12/11 | At Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, most of the candidates continued to demonstrate how out of step they are with the public's wishes on immigration. As new Fox News polling makes clear, Mitt Romney and other candidates espousing mass deportation positions appeal to a very narrow sliver of anti-immigrant voters in the primary. Their immigration views are not representative of the majority of the Republican primary voting audience, let alone the overall American public. | Read More »

12/08/11 | Frank Sharry: "While Newt's candidacy may still go off the rails, it won't be because of his immigration position. In fact, his numbers seem to keep going up." | Read More »

12/07/11 | We know we sound like a broken record, but three new polls demonstrate, again, that the Republican presidential contenders are mostly far afield of where the public is on immigration. In contrast to the mass deportation approach advocated by many in the Republican field and by many GOPers in Congress, the American public, including Republican voters, supports a more practical and nuanced approach to immigration that combines immigration enforcement with a path to legalization for law abiding undocumented immigrants. | Read More »

12/06/11 | Despite many pundits and commentators saying that Newt Gingrich would face a primary campaign backlash over his immigration comments, several new polls show that likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa are less uniformly hard-line and less animated by the issue of illegal immigration than conventional wisdom would suggest – just like Republicans throughout the nation. | Read More »

12/05/11 | The issue of immigration continues to be definitional for the Republican presidential contest. Just this weekend: On CNN's "Face the Nation" Sunday, 2008 presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ) offered this advice to the Republican field: "The Republican Party has to discuss [immigration] in as humane a way as possible…We have to have empathy, we have to have concern and we have to have a plan." | Read More »

12/02/11 | While analysts try to make sense of the political implications of the ongoing Republican presidential primary dustup over immigration, conventional wisdom seems to be that Republican voters are relentlessly hard line on immigration matters. Polls that present false choices over immigration only serve to confirm that analysis. However, numerous polls conducted by a variety of reputable organizations make it clear that Republican voters' views -- and all Americans' views on immigration -- are far more nuanced than that. | Read More »

12/01/11 | The news that a visiting Japanese employee of Honda's plant in Lincoln, Alabama was stopped and received a citation under a provision of the state's "papers, please" immigration law is further indication that the worst-in-the-nation immigration law is devastating Alabama's reputation. On the heels of a similar story, the arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive earlier in November, the unintended consequences of the state's self-inflicted wound are piling up, with potentially devastating results for Alabama's economic productivity and bottom-line. | Read More »

12/01/11 | The news that a visiting Japanese employee of Honda's plant in Lincoln, Alabama was stopped and received a citation under a provision of the state's "papers, please" immigration law is further indication that the worst-in-the-nation immigration law is devastating Alabama's reputation. On the heels of a similar story, the arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive earlier in November, the unintended consequences of the state's self-inflicted wound are piling up, with potentially devastating results for Alabama's economic productivity and bottom-line. | Read More »

11/30/11 | While Newt Gingrich does not have the right policy answer on how to fix our broken immigration system, his recent immigration remarks have helped isolate the key question that fellow GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were hoping to avoid – what to do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in America? | Read More »

11/30/11 | While Newt Gingrich does not have the right policy answer on how to fix our broken immigration system, his recent immigration remarks have helped isolate the key question that fellow GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were hoping to avoid – what to do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in America? | Read More »

11/30/11 | Over the past several months, the controversy around DHS' Secure Communities deportation program has grown exponentially as advocates for immigrants and victims of crime, state governors and law enforcement professionals, and even a DHS-appointed task force arrived at a serious conclusion: the program may claim to improve community safety, but is actually destroying the relationship between police and the immigrant community and undermining public safety as a result. | Read More »

11/29/11 | On a press call today, experts in Latino politics and public opinion discussed the recent back and forth over immigration in the Republican presidential primary contest and helped to put the debate over immigration into its proper policy and political context. The speakers were unanimous in two assessments -- that the Republican field has moved far to the right in comparison to the proposals discussed during the comprehensive reform debates of 2006 and 2007, and that the GOP's move to the extreme right will significantly damage its nominee's ability to compete for Latino voters in the 2012 general election. | Read More »

11/29/11 | On a press call today, experts in Latino politics and public opinion discussed the recent back and forth over immigration in the Republican presidential primary contest and helped to put the debate over immigration into its proper policy and political context. The speakers were unanimous in two assessments -- that the Republican field has moved far to the right in comparison to the proposals discussed during the comprehensive reform debates of 2006 and 2007, and that the GOP's move to the extreme right will significantly damage its nominee's ability to compete for Latino voters in the 2012 general election. | Read More »

11/28/11 | In the recent dustup over Newt Gingrich's limited but sensible recognition of the simple fact that America will not and should not move to expel 11 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom have lived and worked here for well over a decade, Mitt Romney's current position on immigration reform has become clear: anything short of mass deportation is "amnesty." | Read More »

11/28/11 | In the recent dustup over Newt Gingrich's limited but sensible recognition of the simple fact that America will not and should not move to expel 11 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom have lived and worked here for well over a decade, Mitt Romney's current position on immigration reform has become clear: anything short of mass deportation is "amnesty." | Read More »

11/23/11 | At last night's Republican presidential debate, the issue of immigration erupted. The candidates were finally forced to go beyond their hollow sound bites about securing the border first and to confront the question of what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently settled in the United States. Newt Gingrich, who has been emerging as the alternative to Mitt Romney, reiterated his view that for at least some undocumented immigrants who are deeply rooted in America, there should be a path to legal status -- but not citizenship. Gingrich said, "I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century, and I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families." | Read More »

11/23/11 | At last night's Republican presidential debate, the issue of immigration erupted. The candidates were finally forced to go beyond their hollow sound bites about securing the border first and to confront the question of what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently settled in the United States. Newt Gingrich, who has been emerging as the alternative to Mitt Romney, reiterated his view that for at least some undocumented immigrants who are deeply rooted in America, there should be a path to legal status -- but not citizenship. Gingrich said, "I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century, and I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families." | Read More »