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“Out Of Touch”: Immigration Advocates React To Last Night’s Republican Primary Debate On Twitter

Last night’s Republican debate in Milwaukee featured an extended discussion on immigration — check out a longer take from America’s Voice here — including Donald Trump praising “Operation Wetback,” one of the darkest periods in American history. While many noted Jeb Bush and John Kasich deserved credit for speaking up against the disturbing mass deportation plan pushed … Continue reading »

Four Immigration Takeaways from Last Night’s GOP Presidential Debate

Last night’s Republican debate featured an extended discussion on immigration – a conversation that has continued during candidates’ post-debate media tours.  Below are four of our key immigration takeaways: Donald Trump Wants to Model Mass-Deportation After “Operation Wetback” – One of Darkest Chapters of Modern American History: Trump’s immigration comments during last night’s debate were … Continue reading »

Kasich’s Debate Comments on Immigration Stand Out

But His Position on DAPA and DACA Makes ‘No Sense’ In last night’s Republican debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich criticized Donald Trump’s unrealistic and inhumane proposal to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.  Kasich said: [I]f people think that we are going to ship 11 million people who are law-abiding, who are in this … Continue reading »

GOP Hostility Toward Immigration Reform & Latino Voters At Odds with Demographic Realities

Margaret Talbot of The New Yorker: “Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Sloganeering And His Rivals’ Scramble To Keep Up With It Won’t Be Easy To Forget” One year out from the 2016 general election, the Republican Party has a problem with Latino voters that threatens to make its historically-poor showing with Latinos in 2012 look quaint. In a … Continue reading »

Youngest DREAMers Need Not Apply: The Other Troubling Part of Marco Rubio’s DACA Comments

Lynn Tramonte: “Senator Rubio has Sunk to a New Low; Pro-Immigration Voters Will Certainly Remember” A number of leading observers reported on the significance of Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s statement yesterday that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as President, regardless of whether Congress has passed immigration legislation.  As Suzanne Gamboa reported for NBC … Continue reading »

Marco Rubio Makes Clear He Would End DACA Program Regardless of Status of Immigration Bill

Lynn Tramonte: “If He Won’t Stand up For Dreamers and Other Immigrants, How Can We Expect Him to Stand Up to Hardliners in Congress and Finally Pass Immigration Reform?”  At an event today in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio stated that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if he becomes … Continue reading »

Rep. Gutiérrez: When It Comes To Immigration, The Nation Pays The Cost Of A “Do-Nothing Congress”

In a floor speech earlier today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez offered his congratulations to his friend and colleague Rep. Paul Ryan on his recent election, but lamented “that the new Speaker had to promise not to address immigration reform as a condition of being elected”: “Maybe those on the other side of the aisle will come … Continue reading »

Republicans Have A New Latino Outreach Strategy: Don’t Reach Out To Latinos At All

  It looks like Republicans have a new strategy to improve on Mitt Romney’s dismal 23% Latino voter turnout from 2012: Cancelling the only GOP debate scheduled to air on Spanish-language television. Upset over perceived “gotcha” questions from moderators during last week’s CNBC debate, the RNC has suspended its relationship with NBC News and, for … Continue reading »

In Congress, The Courts, And 2016 Campaign, GOP Cedes Control To Anti-Immigrant Wing Of The Party

Lynn Tramonte: “Republicans Continue to Shrink From Leadership and Allow The Nativists in the Party to Run Amok” In Congress, the courts, and the 2016 campaign trail, the Republican Party continues to cede control to the anti-immigrant wing of the Party.  Among the latest reminders: In Congress, newly-elected Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made … Continue reading »

GOP: Giving Up On The Latino Vote?

  Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English and is available for reprint as long as the author is given proper credit. This column is available online in Spanish here. The Republican Party seems to have a death wish. In the fight for the presidential nomination, the Republican team is lead by a neurosurgeon … Continue reading »