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Congressional Republicans Could Learn A Thing Or Two From The Pro-Immigrant Moves Of California

Congressional Republicans may be resisting comprehensive immigration reform in favor of Trump-style, enforcement-only measures, but that hasn’t stopped California from picking up the baton Washington simply doesn’t have the courage to touch. A must-read editorial from the Sacramento Bee highlights the groundbreaking work California legislators have both introduced and passed — from tuition, to driver’s … Continue reading »

In California And Nebraska, Driver’s License Victories Are Changing Lives Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Undocumented Immigrants

One small piece of plastic is drastically improving the lives of undocumented immigrants who call California and Nebraska home. In California — home to nearly three million undocumented immigrants, or about 25% of the nation’s undocumented population — 443,000 undocumented immigrants have received driver’s licenses under new state law, and thousands more have applied. State officials … Continue reading »

Los Angeles County Nixes Controversial Immigration Program

One vote was the deciding factor that put an end to the controversial 287g program in Los Angeles County, California. The program, which was adopted in 2005, allowed Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enter county jails in order to determine whether certain inmates could be transferred into federal custody to face deportation. Furthermore, … Continue reading »

46,200 Immigrants Apply for California Driver's License in First Few Days

In Washington, DC, the hot topic on immigration involves the newly sworn-in Republican Congress and whether they will really continue to alienate Latino voters by pushing for more ways to kill executive action. But in California, it’s a completely different story, as tens and thousands of immigrants have begun applying and testing for driver’s licenses, … Continue reading »

Carly Fiorina's Rhetoric on Immigration Does Not Reflect What a California Republican Should Know About Latino Vote

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard who lost her Senate challenge to Barbara Boxer in 2010, looks like she’s running for president.  In a field that is sure to become crowded with GOP senatorial and gubernatorial heavyweights, some are already writing her off as an underdog.  Our interest in Fiorina stems from the fact … Continue reading »

LA Times: The Union Power Couple that Made L.A. Politics

The Los Angeles Times today has a profile on Maria Elena Durazo and her late husband, Miguel Contreras, an L.A. power couple that used their skills in politics and organizing to give voice to the city’s Latinos and immigrants.  As the article mentions, the couple came from humble roots to lead a movement that transformed politics in Los … Continue reading »

California Officially Wipes Prop 187 from State Law; Will Current Dems Take a Stand for Immigrants?

It might be a symbolic gesture at this point, but in the immigration debate symbolism matters.  California’s notoriously anti-immigrant Proposition 187—the ballot initiative that spawned a movement and inspired untold numbers of leaders to enter organizing and politics—has been removed from California state law. It was already unenforceable thanks to the courts, but now that … Continue reading »

NEW AD: Farm Worker Candidate in CA-23 Releases New Ad Targeting Kevin McCarthy on Immigration

Raul Garcia, First Farm Worker to Run for U.S. Congress, Asks McCarthy Key Question: While We Wait for You on Immigration Reform, Who Should Be Harvesting America’s Food? Raul Garcia, a naturalized U.S. citizen and farm worker of 30 years, has had enough of the empty promises from his Representative on immigration and this fall, … Continue reading »

Bakersfield Farmworker is Challenging GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

We have long warned Republicans that their opposition to immigration reform will cost them dearly in the long run.  But some advocates are also looking to make the topic an issue in the short run — for example, Raul Garcia, a farmworker in central California who has emerged as the challenger to GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) this … Continue reading »

On Immigration, Republican Party Sides with Pete Wilson over Political Science

Research Finds Anti-immigrant Ads Don’t Mobilize White voters, But Do Mobilize Latino Voters While it is no longer breaking news that Republicans have rejected their own post-2012 consensus to rebrand their image to Latino voters and reposition themselves on immigration policy, the rationale behind the GOP’s decision to ignore recent electoral history remains unclear.  Remarkably, … Continue reading »