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Immigration Reform

Santorum & Walker Advancing Anti-Immigrant Movement’s Cruel Wish-list as Rest of GOP Field Waffles on Immigration Reform

On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Rick Santorum responded to a question regarding what to do about 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in America by rejecting the notion of a path to legalization and saying, “You just use E-Verify.  You require E-Verify.” While Santorum was careful not to use the infamous Mitt Romney phrase “self-deportation,” this is … Continue reading »

After Flip-Flopping On Immigration, Marco Rubio Is Last Person Who Should Attack Anyone Else’s Record

What’s worse? A politician who ditches an issue (and his mom) after he got blow back, or a politician who hasn’t always been perfect, but keeps moving in the right direction on an issue? In our view, the politician who flips is far worse, showing no character or commitment. And, that’s what was on full … Continue reading »

New Pew Poll: Broad Support for Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants, Big Challenges for the GOP

Democrats represent the mainstream view, GOP contenders mostly pander to the GOP base As a new Pew Research Center poll released yesterday confirmed, support for legal status continues to be the mainstream position in the immigration debate. Julia Preston of the New York Times writes: “In the survey, 72 percent of Americans said immigrants here illegally should be allowed … Continue reading »

Immigration Forms Sharp Divide as 2016 Presidential Field Takes Shape

Democrats Stepping Up AS GOP Contenders Step (Way) Back Immigration is shaping up as one of the sharpest points of contrast between the two parties’ 2016 presidential fields.  While Democrats are embracing pro-immigrant policies and leaning into the new politics of immigration at a never-before-seen level, Republicans seem intent to ignore the lessons of the 2012 election … Continue reading »

DREAMers Refuse To Be Silenced By Citizens United And Iowa’s Steve King

Yesterday, immigration leaders held a press conference in front of the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa, to send a message to 2016 GOP Presidential candidates that DREAMers will not be intimidated by recent actions from Steve King. DREAMers Cesar Vargas and Marco Malagon are currently facing trespassing charges after both were arrested at … Continue reading »

DACA’s 900,000+ Enrollees Have Generated A Massive $422 Million In Application Fees

DACA’s 908,500 enrollees have generated a massive $422.4 million in application fees for the federal government, Buzzfeed reports this week. So much for immigrants being takers, right? DACA, which has been in effect since 2012, has allowed nearly one million young immigrants to work legally and live without the constant fear of deportation. Allowing immigrant … Continue reading »

Must-Read: “Republicans Are Completely Ignoring The Lessons From Their 2012 Autopsy Report”

Following Mitt Romney’s clobbering among Latino voters in 2012, GOP Chair Reince Priebus warned in a widely-publicized “autopsy report” that “our party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.” Now, it looks like Republicans have all but pulled the welcome mat … Continue reading »

Supreme Court Rejects Arizona’s Request To Revive Anti-Immigrant Law

Immigrant rights advocates in Arizona won a huge victory today after the Supreme Court rejected the state’s continued attempt to deny bail to undocumented immigrants. From the Arizona Daily Star: “In a brief order, the majority of the justices rejected a last-minute bid by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to give him a chance to … Continue reading »

The Border Is The Most Secure Its Been In Decades — But Don’t Expect To Hear That From Republicans

Continued Republican claims about an unsecure border — including recent fearmongering about a possible ISIS infiltration from Presidential candidate Rand Paul — just got doused with a cold bucket of reality. In a front page story earlier this week, the Washington Post’s Jerry Markon writes that “illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level … Continue reading »

The Republican Governors And Attorneys General Blocking Relief For Millions Of Immigrant Families

Earlier this week, a court of appeals denied the government’s emergency request to lift the temporary hold on DAPA and expanded DACA, two programs that would allow millions of families to live free from the fear of deportation. Legal scholars have noted that this bogus lawsuit — led by a coalition of GOP Governors and … Continue reading »