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In California, More Than 500,000 Undocumented Immigrants Now Have Driver’s Licenses Thanks To New Law

In the face of Congressional inaction on immigration reform, states and local governments are taking their own steps to better improve the lives of the nation’s undocumented immigration population — and there’s no better example of that than California. 12 states and Washington, D.C. currently allow undocumented immigrants to legally drive on our roads. But in … Continue reading »

New Campaign From LA Mayor’s Office Could Help 350,000 Angelenos Become U.S. Citizens

As nationwide efforts marking Citizenship Day kicked off yesterday — including a new White House initiative to reach out to the nearly nine million permanent US residents who are eligible for citizenship — LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new campaign could help hundreds of thousands of LA immigrants become citizens. As part of the “Step Forward” … Continue reading »

As Spotlight Shines On Fiorina, Reminders That She Won’t Fix GOP’s Immigration & Latino Problems

Devastating Loss of Latino Vote in CA 2010 Senate Race Was Even Worse Than Romney’s Total The consensus takeaway from last night’s Republican presidential debate is that Carly Fiorina was the big winner, perhaps emerging as the leading alternative to frontrunner Donald Trump.  Yet when it comes to Fiorina’s ability to potentially help the Republican … Continue reading »

As Republicans Gather In Agriculture-Rich California, A Lesson From The Devastating Effects Of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant HB 56

As Republican candidates descend on agriculture and immigrant-rich California for their second debate, you don’t have to wonder what kind of effects Donald Trump’s radical immigration “plan” would have on the state and elsewhere — all you have to do is look at Alabama. The draconian, Trump-style HB 56 — implemented in 2011 by state … Continue reading »

Ahead of Tonight’s Debate: Trump’s Un-American Ideas, Sharp Contrasts with Ronald Reagan, and the Threat of Long-Term Damage to the GOP

Ahead of tonight’s Republican presidential debate, a range of observers are echoing some of our key assessments about the role of immigration in the 2016 contest: the dangerous and radical notions advanced by Donald Trump; the contrasts between the current field and Ronald Reagan on immigration; and the long-term political blowback that the GOP will … Continue reading »

When GOP Hopefuls Descend On CA, Will They Pay Attention To Lessons Embodied By The State?

Ahead of Reagan Library Debate, Immigration and Labor Leaders Join Political Scientist to Discuss How CA Serves a Cautionary Tale for the National GOP Click here to listen to today’s recording. Tonight’s debate in California offers a reminder – a cautionary tale – for Republicans.  In 1994, California’s Governor Pete Wilson (R) pushed through the infamous … Continue reading »

As GOP Candidates Set To Debate At Reagan’s Library, Two New Ads Hit Party Hard On Deportation

As all GOP Presidential candidates are set to be in California in a matter of days for the second Republican debate, two new ads are hitting the party for its hardliner stance on deportation — and the toxic rhetoric of Donald Trump and others. One ad, from the National Immigration Forum Action Fund, “juxtaposes the words of three Republican … Continue reading »

Republican Blues In California And With Latinos Won’t Be Solved By Changes In Tone Or Empty Invocations Of Reagan

Ahead of a busy political week, here are a few of the key developments and takeaways surrounding the politics of immigration, an issue that continues to play a dominant role in the Republican presidential campaign. Sorry Reince, Policy Matters:  On Sunday, Jake Tapper of CNN asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebusif the GOP should be worried about … Continue reading »

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 »