Another prominent Republican is speaking out against the vicious anti-immigrant rhetoric occurring in the GOP presidential contest. In his column at the Washington Post, Michael Gerson, who served as chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, challenges the tactics of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

How many undocumented immigrants in Alabama would meet the criteria set by new federal regulations to be “low priorities” for deportation if they were to be detained?

How many undocumented immigrants in Alabama would meet the criteria set by new federal regulations to be “low priorities” for deportation if they were to be detained? Every story we hear, every family drama, seems to describe cases that would fall under these regulations, which establish that immigration agents should prioritize the deportation of those who pose a real threat to public safety, not mothers and fathers who came to this country to devote themselves to work in various industries and create a better future for their families.

A leading immigrant advocacy group warned Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday that his endorsement by Rep. Lamar Smith, author of several immigration bills, could later haunt his White House aspirations in a general election.

Alabama immigration law H.B. 56 is driving undocumented immigrants out of the state, leaving jobs empty and some farms unable to harvest their crops. Most aren’t leaving the country, though — and an Alabama lawmaker says that’s fine with him.

The champions of Alabama’s far-reaching immigration law have said that it is intended to drive illegal immigrants from the state by making every aspect of their life difficult. But they have taken a very different tone when it comes to the part of the law concerning schools.

Salinan Tom Arpke said Wednesday he was shocked by the maximum $5,000 fine the Governmental Ethics Commission levied against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s campaign for mistakes made in filing expense and contribution reports for the 2010 election.

Utah’s Republican attorney general has blistered his own party’s 2012 presidential candidates for their harsh rhetoric on immigration, which he claims has alientaed Latino voters. “The party has lost those [Latino] voters,” Mark Shurtleff said at an immigration summit in Salt Lake City Wednesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “They aren’t in danger — we’ve lost them.”

The harsh stand on immigration by some GOP candidates surprises Lionel Sosa, a Republican ad man who calls the rising anti-immigrant rhetoric “grossly insensitive and irresponsible.”

Freshman Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) remains a Tea Party favorite and, despite his protests to the contrary, the leading vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2012. Central to Rubio’s appeal is his Cuban-American heritage.