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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 »

More Evidence Donald Trump’s Ugly Rhetoric Is Inspiring Latinos To Become Citizens And Vote

As we noted yesterday, a report has noted that while the number of eligible Latino voters is 40 percent higher in 2016 than in 2008, our voting muscle remains undermobilized. However, more and more evidence is showing that Latinos are becoming energized thanks to help from the unlikeliest of people: Donald Trump. “Donald Trump’s scathing … Continue reading »

“Caucus To End Hate”: Iowa Latinos Respond To Joint Trump, Arpaio Rally With Protest, Voter Registration Drive

Iowa Latinos participated in a silent protest and voter registration event in response to Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Marshalltown, Iowa yesterday, where he eagerly received an endorsement from notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Immigrant activists preparing to protest the Trump/Joe Arpaio rally in Marshalltown. — Kate Linthicum (@katelinthicum) January 26, 2016 Sheriff … Continue reading »

Rise in GOP Anti-Immigrant Policy & Rhetoric on Wrong Side of Three Key Trendlines

As GOP Anti-Immigrant Politics Ratchets Up: Number of Undocumented Immigrants Declines; Latino Opinion of GOP Tanks; and Number of Latino Voters Rises One of the dominant storylines of the Republicans’ 2016 presidential primary campaign has been the ascendance of anti-immigrant policy and rhetoric. Donald Trump’s attempt to mainstream hate and racism toward at Mexicans, Muslims and the … Continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: SCOTUS Will Take Up DAPA/DACA+. So What Happens Next?

Earlier today, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments on the DAPA and expanded DACA lawsuit. What does this mean exactly? Finally, immigrant families will have their day in court. If the Supreme Court does the right thing and unfreezes DAPA and the DACA expansion, it will transform the lives of millions of … Continue reading »

Republicans Kicked Off Their First Debate Of 2016 Like They Finished Off 2015: Out-Trumping Each Other On Immigration

Republicans kicked off their first Presidential debate of 2016 just like they finished off 2015: Trying to out-Trump each other in order to suck up to the anti-immigrant crowd that now makes up their base.   One of the most heated moments of the night came from Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who yet again bickered with each … Continue reading »

Sorry Gov. Haley: Entire GOP Field Following Siren Call Of “Angriest Voices” On Immigration

Ahead of Tonight’s GOP Debate in SC, Leading GOP Contenders Propose Mass Deportation or Self-Deportation During this week’s official Republican response to the State of the Union address, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called on the country to resist “the siren call of the angriest voices” in how we welcome and treat immigrants.  The fact is that the … Continue reading »