A short but compelling lesson in history: Leading up to the 2010 elections, polling showed immigration to be the second most important concern of Latinos (after the economy). Still Alex Sink, a 2010 Florida candidate for Governor, and her gubernatorial campaign made a strategic decision to deemphasize immigration and... Continue »
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that he is suspending his state's participation in the ineffective Secure Communities deportation program based on concerns over its impact on community policing and public safety. Continue »
America's favorite distraction Sarah Palin continued her will-she-or-won't-she-run-for-President bus tour yesterday with a visit to New York's Ellis Island and the "Statute" of Liberty and took time to ruminate about immigration. Continue »
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Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that New York will “suspend” its participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) controversial Secure Communities program. The Secure Communities program is supposed to catch and deport undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes. It’s a program that we could support if only... Continue »
Amid mounting evidence that Secure Communities does more harm than good, Gov. Cuomo is reevaluating the value of the program for his state. Continue »
Rep. Lamar Smith, the Republican Chair of the House Judiciary Committee -- and one of the notoriously anti-immigrant "Three Amigos," just can't help himself when it comes to attacking and demonizing immigrants. Today, This time, Smith -- the GOP's top political strategist for Latino outreach -- is taking on... Continue »
There he goes again. This time, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)--the GOP's top political strategist for Latino outreach--is taking on asylum-seekers fleeing persecution and seeking freedom in America. Today, Smith's House Judiciary Committee is marking up the "Keep Our Communities Safe Act," H.R. 1932. This made-for-TV show... Continue »
Elier Lara is concentrating on final exams this week and not worrying about his immigration status. The University of Cincinnati honor student has learned that his attorney and the chief deputy counsel for the Department of Homeland Security filed a joint motion requesting dismissal of Lara's deportation case. Continue »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he was suspending New York's participation in a federal immigration enforcement plan that has drawn fire from immigrant advocates, civil liberties lawyers and elected officials in the state and around the country. Continue »