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Women’s Pilgrimage To Travel To Border To Greet Pope Francis’s Message Of Dignity For Immigrants

Last September, the pilgrimage of 100 women walking 100 miles from Pennsylvania to Washington DC to greet Pope Francis inspired us in so many ways. We were there when the women triumphantly ended their journey at McPherson Square in DC, with many weeping. For these women, the journey wasn’t just a matter of lifting up … Continue reading »

Behind On The Presidential Election? We Have You Covered

It’s only February and the 2016 general election is still over 270 days away, but so much has already happen in this year’s cycle, it’s hard to keep track. On the Republican side, the Presidential field has gone from 15 candidates, to just seven as of today: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, … Continue reading »

Is The Jig Finally Up For Marco Rubio?

For a while, we’ve been tracking Marco Rubio’s slide to the extreme right on immigration, artfully camouflaged by consultant-crafted soundbites. Once upon a time the courageous supporter of a path to citizenship — even getting himself declared “The Republican Savior” by TIME — Rubio backtracked on his own bill barely two years later when he … Continue reading »

Will Latino Motivation To Rout GOP Be Undermined By Obama Immigration Raids?

Andres Oppenheimer: GOP Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Alienating Latinos and Threatening Republicans’ Chances Kerry Eleveld: Home Raids Against Central American Refugees Could Give GOP “An Escape Route by Driving Down Participation” Among Latino & Immigrant Voters With immigration center stage in the 2016 presidential cycle, one of the most important questions in assessing the 2016 election cycle … Continue reading »

Days Before Pope Francis Visits Mexico, Group Places #ImmigrantLivesMatter Sign On Border Fence

Days from Pope Francis’s visit to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, members from Border Network For Human Right have placed a #ImmigrantLivesMatter sign on a portion of the border fence between El Paso and Juarez. The Pontiff will hold mass in the border city on February 18th — the last full day of his highly-anticipated return to the Americas … Continue reading »

Immigration Makes A Brief Appearance At #DemDebate, Sorta

Thanks in large part to the Trump Effect, Republican candidates for President are guaranteed to spend significant portions of every debate seeing who can out-anti-immigrant who. Meanwhile, immigration activists were frustrated that the topic didn’t come up during last night’s Democratic debate on MSNBC until the final few minutes — and the responses weren’t exactly … Continue reading »

Immigration & 2016: Taking Stock After Iowa

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, here’s our assessment of the state of play for immigration politics. For Republicans:  The Entire GOP Field Has Lurched Hard Right on Immigration and Sunk the GOP Brand to the Bottom with Latino and Immigrant Voters: The entire Republican presidential field pledges to ramp up enforcement, block an … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Must Read Analyses on Roots & Consequences of GOP Lurch to Right on Immigration

Brian Beutler in The New Republic and Peter Beinart in The Atlantic Assess Republicans and Immigration Ahead of tonight’s Iowa caucuses, recent analyses from Brian Beutler of The New Republic and Peter Beinart of The Atlantic assess the roots and consequences of the Republican lurch to the right on immigration.  We excerpt the pieces below:  Brian Beutler in The New Republic: “This … Continue reading »

Iowa Still Matters And That’s Bad News For The GOP

Last January, I wrote that immigration hardliners like Steve King were making the Iowa Republican Caucuses irrelevant. Well, I was wrong — sort of. The demographics (not to mention the conservative ideology) of Iowa Republican caucus goers make it hard for Republican candidates to win both the Iowa caucus and the general election. But here’s … Continue reading »

During Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Visit Next Month, Pope Francis To Walk To Rio Grande “In A Powerful Show Of Solidarity”

In the midst of a US primary season where immigration has taken center-stage, Pope Francis is widely-expected to address the issue when he again visits the Americas and holds Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico next month. “Migration is a complicated situation and he’s not going to ignore the demands of national sovereignty … (but) he’s … Continue reading »