According to a study, the Hispanic vote is expected to be crucial in states such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington and North Carolina, where a close contest is anticipated between Obama and the Republican nominee

During the first six months of last year, the federal government deported more than 46,000 parents who claimed their children are U.S. citizens, according to a new report that has raised concerns about what happens to children after their parents are expelled.

As Mitt Romney begins to pivot toward a general election match up with President Obama, he’s looking to keep the focus off some of his tough statements on immigration, which have hurt his standing with Latino voters, and target the president.

Today, political scientists from Latino Decisions released a new Latino electoral influence model for 2012 in a conference call with reporters and other interested parties. Supported by America’s Voice Education Fund, the new model will allow political observers to fully understand how the Latino vote could impact key Presidential, Senate and gubernatorial races in 2012 and beyond. The model uses historical turnout information for different demographic groups and real time polling data to develop those different scenarios.

A bill proposing changes to Alabama’s illegal immigration law has been introduced in the House. HB 658 by Rep Micky Hammon.

Former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce – the man behind the nation’s first, “show me your papers” anti-immigrant law – admitted an important truth in a new interview with The Washington Post. Pearce said in reference to Mitt Romney, “His immigration policy is identical to mine…Attrition by enforcement. It’s identical to mine – enforce the laws. We have good laws, just enforce them.”

Yesterday, I had the privilege of representing America’s Voice Education Fund, alongside Renata Soto of National Council of La Raza and Fred Redmond of the United Steel Workers and the AFL-CIO, at the Daimler AG shareholder meeting with more than 6,000 attendees in Berlin, Germany.

The Mississippi legislature’s anti-immigrant bill, HB 488, is dead for the session, after failing to move in the State Senate. That led The Birmingham News’ Joey Kennedy to write, “As bad as our Legislature is, I never thought I’d have to say that even Mississippi’s Legislature is smarter than ours.”

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been in the news a lot lately. As we’ve reported, a lot of activists, including some of our allies in immigration advocacy, have been trying to expose ALEC and its shady dealings for awhile. It’s working. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have ended their sponsorship of ALEC

Civil rights leaders traveled to Berlin this week to ask Mercedes executives to speak out against Alabama’s anti-immigrant law. The delegation is part of an effort to pressure Alabama’s top automakers — Honda, Hyundai and Daimler AG — to oppose Alabama’s HB 56, known as the toughest immigration law in the country.