In case you missed the major rallies for immigration reform over the weekend, check out the New York Times From Senate Majority Leader, a Promise to Take Up Immigration Overhaul: “The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, told an exuberant crowd at an immigration rally Saturday in Las Vegas that Congress would start work on an immigration overhaul as soon as lawmakers return this week from a recess.”

Thousands of people gathered at rallies across the country to call for comprehensive immigration reform and got vocal backing from the top two Democrats in the Senate this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) reiterated their support for comprehensive immigration reform and called for legislative action this year. The pledges of support come at a time when Latino voter enthusiasm about the November mid-term elections is very low, and point to the role the issue plays in galvanizing Latino voters.

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) made a remarkable statement today. In front a crowd of 350 in Yuma, Arizona, and according to the Yuma Sun, this is what he said:

“…our strategy on health care included taking as long as we possibly could so the American people could clearly understand (it).. and it took a year for it to get done,” Kyl said, adding they will do their best to slow up any other bills, like immigration reform, in the same manner.”

The Spanish-language media highlights mobilizations performed during the weekend for immigration reform in Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, El Paso, Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and San Diego

As we’ve discussed before, Republicans are facing a major fork in the road over immigration issues.

In one direction is the large contingent of GOPers who, no matter the short-term political damage (the failure of the GOP’s immigration wedge strategy in recent elections) or the longer-term stupidity of anti-immigration pandering (Latino demographic and voting trends aren’t exactly a secret), remains convinced that stridently anti-immigrant rhetoric and unyielding deportation-only policies are the proper course.

An editorial in today’s New York Times adds to a week of attacks on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), since last Friday’s release of a new report by the agency’s Inspector General that slams the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Today, the Spanish-language media highlighted an attack against a Mexican male from Staten Island, New York who was hospitalized after being subjected to a beating and racial insults.

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In the Spanish-language media today, outrage over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) programs, especially 287(g), continues to simmer. A new study on access to social services also receives coverage, and La Opinión scores an interview with immigrant-bashing California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner.

Last night, in an exchange with Charles Krauthamer on the O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly claimed that Mexico was invading the United States and that President Barack Obama should deploy the military to stop it. O’Reilly goes on to ridiculously claim that the threat Mexico poses to the Unites States is similar to the threat that North Korea poses to its southern neighbor.