The Supreme Court, in a vote of 7-2, has ruled that a lawyer for an immigrant charged with a crime has an obligation, constitutionally, to tell the client that a guilty plea carries a risk that he will be deported.

In Padilla v. Kentucky, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Jose Padilla, a legal permanent resident and army veteran who has spent approximately 40 years of his life in the United States, could not take back a guilty plea – one that was made after counsel assured him that pleading guilty to a drug charge would not lead to his deportation.

New polling of Latino voters reveals that 1) this group is among the least energized heading into the 2010 elections; and 2) progress on comprehensive immigration reform is key to re-energizing these voters.

Latino Decisions researcher and Stanford University professor Dr. Gary Segura highlighted and analyzed the findings:

Among all the key constituents in the 2008 Obama victory, Latino voters appear to be among the least enthusiastic about voting in the 2010 midterm.

New polling of Latino voters reveals that 1) this group is among the least energized heading into the 2010 elections; and 2) progress on comprehensive immigration reform is key to re-energizing these voters. Latino Decisions researcher and Stanford University professor Dr. Gary Segura highlighted and analyzed the findings: “Among all the key constituents in the 2008 Obama victory, Latino voters appear to be among the least enthusiastic about voting in the 2010 midterm,” he said.

March 2010 – Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Poll on Californians and their Government The Public Policy Institute of California conducted a statewide poll of 2,002 Californian residents from March 9 to 16, 2010.  The margin of error was +/- 2%.   Strong majorities of all adults and likely voters in California believe immigration policy… Continue »

As the scandal over leaked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memos continues to unfold in the Spanish-language press, leaders of grassroots organizations are calling for the firing of ICE director John Morton. Meanwhile, Republican support for immigration reform remains elusive, and eight states celebrate Cesar Chávez Day.

A group of grassroots leaders are demanding that the Obama Administration fire John Morton, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security. According to Deepak Bhargava,”This agency has gone rogue and is operating in clear opposition to the direction President Obama has set.”

Today, a group of grassroots leaders are demanding that the Obama Administration fire John Morton, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security.

On the heels of two new exposes about the inner workings of the Obama Administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, America’s Voice is issuing a sharp warning to ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton, as well as to his boss, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano: rein in the cowboys at Immigration and Customs Enforcement who put deportation “quotas” ahead of smart law enforcement policy, or find someone who will.

In light of the recent, um, developments this week, I’m wondering if RNC Chairman Michael Steele will be keeping his hard-won meeting with grassroots Latino and immigration reform advocates on Wednesday. These community leaders staged a sit-in at the RNC last Monday, just one day after 200,000 people from across the country traveled thousands of miles to march for real immigration reform in Washington, D.C.

Today, the opinion pages of the Spanish-language press assess the prospects for immigration reform — and note that more demonstrations are underway.