Over the course of a single year, Russell Pearce fell from secure incumbency to resounding defeat. Jerry Lewis beat incumbent State Senator Russell Pearce soundly in the first-ever recall election of a state politician in Arizona history, getting 53.4% of the vote to Pearce’s 45.4%. Pearce had handily won his last 2 elections: defeating one challenger in 2008 and two in 2010, and winning 56% of the vote each time. As late as May 2011, Pearce bragged: “My constituency knows me, my district knows me — that’s why I have a 16-0 record with wins in my district.”
America’s Voice Research on Immigration Reform
A number of prominent Republicans have long been in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. See what they've had to say about the issue.
This report uses examples from across the country to document the "chilling effect" that police-DHS collaboration has on immigrant crime victims and witnesses, and describes how programs like Secure Communities (S-Comm) actually make all of us less safe.
This report explains why the forced E-Verify approach as advocated by Reps. Gallegly, Lungren, Bilbray, and their allies in Congress is a potential disaster for the nation's economy – in particular, California's precious agriculture industry. The same approach is also a precarious political move for California Republicans, who are increasingly shooting themselves in the foot with Latino voters.
This new report from America's Voice examines—and demolishes—Smith's claim that Republicans can maintain a hard-line on immigration reform and still court the Latino vote by running Latino candidates. The report highlights several key findings with major implications for Republican strategists and the 2012 cycle.
ARIZONA In 2000, there were 1,295,617 Latinos living in Arizona; by 2010, the Latino population had grown to 1,895,149. The Latino population grew by 46.27% from 2000 to 2010. Arizona’s growing population has netted it an extra seat in Congress, thanks in part to the growth of the Latino population. Latino population growth is responsible […]
This backgrounder on constitutional citizenship reveals that recent attempts to deny citizenship to babies is unconstitutional and wrong, leading to millions of dollars lost in litigation, and viewed by the fastest growing voting demographic -- Latinos -- as an attack on their community. Moreover, revoking the 14th amendment is not a solution for fixing our broken immigration system.