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As the Republican race for the party’s presidential nomination begins and the 2012 cycle kicks off in earnest, the Party’s stance on immigration and ability to compete for Latino voters will be a major storyline. In this report, America’s Voice provides a review of GOP presidential candidate positions on immigration, finding that the field tilts hard in the anti-immigrant direction. We follow the candidate profiles with analysis of the Party’s lurch to the right on immigration in recent years, and provide four lessons for the Republican Party when it comes to Latino voters, immigration, and its potential significance for 2012 and beyond.
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.
Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) announced that his state will not participate in the federal government’s failed “Secure Communities” deportation program.
This in from Ruben Navarrette last night: You would think that the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee would have better things to do than respond to every column that mentions him.
The fact that Florida’s state legislature will not advance Arizona-style anti-immigration legislation this year is a welcome development – and one that should puncture several myths that surround the politics of immigration.
New polling from Pew Research Center shows that by a 3:1 margin, Americans want a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. This confirms that Republicans are blocking the solutions that the American people want.
There’s more news for those naysayers who claim that undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Last week, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimated that in 2010, the state and local taxes paid by households that are headed by undocumented immigrants came to approximately $11.2 billion in state and local taxes.
Polling shows that support for immigration reform is increasing, particularly among younger Americans. Yes, younger Americans strongly support immigration reform and immigrants. The anti-immigrant wedge doesn’t work with them.
A recent hearing on the H-1B work-visa program also made it clear that while Reps. Smith, Gallegly, and King have never met an undocumented dishwasher or field hand they liked, they recognize the vital role of high-skilled immigration to the United States.