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.
America’s Voice Research on Immigration Reform
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.
Major anti-immigrant organizations such as the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform are closely aligned with the Republican Members of Congress who are now in charge of immigration policy for the U.S. House of Representatives. In a series of hearings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, Immigration Subcommittee Chair Elton Gallegly, and Immigration Subcommittee Vice-Chair Steve King are continuing their long history of blaming immigrants for issues from unemployment to pollution. To prove their case, they are calling key witnesses from within the anti-immigrant movement, disguising them as experts on the impact of immigration on U.S. workers.
Leaders of the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Reps. Lamar Smith, Elton Gallegly, and Steve King, are professing profound concern for people of color and American workers. But their voting records tell an entirely different story, and America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) is exposing the rank hypocrisy behind their strategy.
The hard-line anti-immigrant lobby and their champions in Congress believe that the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States today should be offered only one option: get out. "Attrition through enforcement" is the name they have devised for a basket of policies that are designed to achieve the goal of mass deportation on the sly. First articulated by Mark Krikorian, director of the anti-immigrant group the Center for Immigration Studies, the policy has been steadily advanced in the Congress by Reps. Smith, Gallegly and King. In this report, America's Voice Education Fund uncovers the origin of "attrition through enforcement"; its radical goal to achieve the mass removal of millions of immigrants; and the impact this proposal would have on both our economy and politics.
House Republican leaders have placed a familiar cast of anti-immigrant characters in position to draft the chamber's strategy on immigration. Rather than change course and embrace comprehensive immigration reform -- the only proposal that would truly level the playing field, turn workers into taxpayers, and restore the rule of law -- they are simply recasting their anti-immigration agenda using pro-worker terms. AVEF reviews their voting records on worker issues, and finds that they have a long history of opposing policies to help American workers succeed.