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Alabama's "HB 56 Is In Ruins": The Repudiation of Self-Deportation, Krikorian and Kobach

Two years ago, we were deeply involved in the battle against Alabama’s HB 56, the harshest immigration law in the country. HB 56 was a self-deportation bill that relied on racial profiling to harass immigrants in the state. But, as Benjy Sarlin notes, today, HB 56 is in shambles: “Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama … Continue reading »

Memo to House GOP on Immigration: It’s Not Immigration Reform that’s Facing Death, It’s Your Party

A new poll of Latino voters from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that Republicans have much to worry about when it comes to the Party’s national prospects and how they address immigration reform.  As a New York Times recap states: More than 6 in 10 Hispanic respondents said they felt closer to the Democratic … Continue reading »

What Part of "Self Deportation" Doesn't Mitt Romney Understand?

It’s been almost a year since the 2012 election, and Mitt Romney has had time to do some thinking.   In an interview with CNN last Friday, Romney talked about the failures of his 2012 campaign and said that his largest error involved his outreach to Latino voters. As he told CNN: The largest strategic … Continue reading »

ICYMI: RNC Chair Priebus Calls “Self-Deportation” Approach – Championed by Romney Last Year – “Horrific” & “Hurts Us”

On Immigration Reform Steve King Continues to Fill Void Created By Boehner’s Inaction in the House  In comments reported by Business Insider, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus criticized Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – and in the process called Mitt Romney’s signature stand on immigration policy “horrific” and “hurts us.” In response to questions about King – … Continue reading »

Steve King and the “Spell” Cast from the 2012 Elections

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells CNN this morning, “Last year, almost everybody in my conference would have agreed with me on this immigration issue…This year it seems after the presidential election a spell has been cast over a good number of Republicans and they seem to think the presidential election was about immigration.  I’d ask them: … Continue reading »

Republican & Conservative Movement Leaders Support Immigration Reform

Updated September 13, 2013 Republican & Conservative Movement Leaders Support Immigration Reform Since the 2012 election, leading Republican and conservative voices are calling for a new Republican approach to immigration, as evidenced by the following quotes: Republican Elected Officials Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), wrote in an op-ed, “Everybody agrees that America’s immigration system is broken, … Continue reading »

New Latino Voter Poll: On Immigration, Republicans in 24 Battleground Districts Harmed by Ugly Rhetoric, Half-Measures, and Process Excuses; Helped by Embracing Full and Fair Immigration Reform

Today, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the results of a new poll of Latino voters in 24 Republican-held battleground districts.  The poll probed how immigration reform and the two parties’ handling of it in the House could impact key 2014 races. Said Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies at Stanford University … Continue reading »

Under the Heading of “You Must be Joking!”

Some Conservatives Call on GOP to Double Down on Romney’s “Whites-Only” Strategy    Remember the 2012 election season when Mitt Romney focused primarily on mobilizing white voters, advocated for “self-deportation” and alienated Latino voters so thoroughly that it helped Barack Obama win the swing states of Florida, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado?  Remember the post-election stampede of conservative commentators who acknowledged that Romney and … Continue reading »

Must-Read News on Immigration Reform, July 3, 2013

The Huffington Post: Republicans Who Back Immigration Reform More Likely To Win Latino Vote: Poll Hullabaloo by David Atkins: Republicans will become more racist, not less DailyKos by Markos Moulitsas: Whites are the only important demo for Republicans … if they want to keep losing Politico By Seung Min Kim: SEIU, advocacy groups pressure House on immigration … Continue reading »

GOP Hypocrisy: RNC Wants Latino Outreach While NRSC Will Run Anti-immigrant Ads

On the one hand, the Republican National Committee (RNC) recognizes the need to pass immigration reform in order to engage with Latinos, Asians and other immigrant communities.  They even released an outreach report earlier this year in which the sole policy recommendation was supporting immigration reform. On the other hand, the National Republican Senatorial Committee … Continue reading »