While Newt Gingrich does not have the right policy answer on how to fix our broken immigration system, his recent immigration remarks have helped isolate the key question that fellow GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were hoping to avoid – what to do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in America?

While Newt Gingrich does not have the right policy answer on how to fix our broken immigration system, his recent immigration remarks have helped isolate the key question that fellow GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry were hoping to avoid – what to do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in America?

Over the past several months, the controversy around DHS’ Secure Communities deportation program has grown exponentially as advocates for immigrants and victims of crime, state governors and law enforcement professionals, and even a DHS-appointed task force arrived at a serious conclusion: the program may claim to improve community safety, but is actually destroying the relationship between police and the immigrant community and undermining public safety as a result.

Republicans could be hurting their general election chances by calling for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and vowing not to reform the system until the border is secured, a pollster and a Republican strategist said on Tuesday.

While the country’s flailing economy is still shaping up to be the most important issue in next year’s election, the hot-button topic of immigration continues to play a prominent role in the Republican primary. Never has that been more apparent than today.

For President Obama, there’s good and bad news when it comes to the fast-growing Latino vote and its role in the 2012 presidential race. Obama captured two-thirds of the Latino vote in 2008, but he faces a distinct enthusiasm gap heading into his reelection bid, an expert on Latino public opinion said.

Why is Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorsing Rick Perry for president? For those not familiar with the Arizona lawman, Sheriff Arpaio has built up a reputation as perhaps the nation’s the fiercest anti-illegal immigration crusader, rounding up thousands of undocumented workers in Maricopa County for deportation.

Alabama’s construction industry is losing jobs faster than almost every state in the nation, and industry experts say some of the losses are due to the state’s strict new immigration law. Figures from the Associated General Contractors, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group, showed that construction-related employment in Alabama has fallen from 85,900 in June.

At present, the Republican presidential campaigns opposing Newt Gingrich must look at the unlikely front-runner as something of a piñata: a big, fat target ready to explode, showering votes on his rivals, once it is decided which angle offers the most decisive blow.

The AP reports that the agriculture industry is worried about enforcement measures like E-Verify, a flawed tool which would evaluate whether or not an employee is legal to work in the United States.