Our new report examines and demolishes Smith’s claim that the GOP can maintain a hard-line on immigration reform and still court the Latino vote by running Latino candidates.

Could it be that some GOP presidential contenders are finally listening, and are paying attention to the new, accurate conventional wisdom on Latino voters that is making rounds in Washington, DC? Because anti-immigrant groups like NumbersUSA and its Tanton-funded brethren are feeling no love from them.

This new report from America’s Voice examines—and demolishes—Smith’s claim that Republicans can maintain a hard-line on immigration reform and still court the Latino vote by running Latino candidates. The report highlights several key findings with major implications for Republican strategists and the 2012 cycle.

Obama administration officials, embattled on all sides on immigration, are pushing back to defend their record on border enforcement and deportations of illegal immigrants. In a speech today at a Democratic think tank in Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano chastised critics, mostly Republicans, who have said that illegal crossings and drug violence are out of control on the southwest border.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that illegal immigrant students and young adults who meet the criteria in last year’s failed legalization bill in Congress are not a “priority” for her department’s law enforcement efforts.

NumbersUSA, an advocacy group dedicated solely to reducing all immigration in the United States, has a soul-searching question for the Republican presidential hopefuls: Where’s the love? At a conservative conference last week organized by immigration hardliner Rep. Steve King (R), NumbersUSA was shocked to discover that the all of the several possible GOP candidates present didn’t want to talk about immigration.

Change Takes Courage. That is the name of a national campaign launched Thursday to urge President Obama to act decisively to deliver relief to immigrant communities around the country. “Change takes courage” is also a not-too-subtle message to the President to exercise his leadership and fulfill the promises he made during his initial election campaign.

A coalition of immigration-reform groups says a program that’s supposed to catch illegal immigrants with criminal records is causing people who aren’t criminals to be deported. About 1 in 4 people deported by the federal Secure Communities program had no criminal conviction, according to records obtained by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

04/04/11 a 7:47am por Maribel Hastings Algo no concuerda entre la realidad que viven muchos jóvenes que se beneficiarían del DREAM Act y lo dicho por el presidente Barack Obama en una entrevista con Univision en días atrás. “No estamos persiguiendo a estudiantes. Eso es completamente falso”. La semana pasada, en un foro público también… Continue »

A new analysis from the public opinion firm Latino Decisions highlights the challenge to both Republicans and Democrats when it comes to Latino voters and the 2012 election cycle.