The Fallout of Washington Inaction on Full Display Across the Country Between legislative victories at the state level, escalating pressure from faith leaders, and an ever growing and increasingly powerful Latino electorate, the broader movement in support of reform continues to grow and solidify its power despite the inactivity on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, the pressure… Continue »

At Politico’s Playbook breakfast this week, Ted Cruz offered some of his usual sage observations on Republican policy and politics: I think 2014 is poised to be a very, very strong Republican year.  I think if the election were held today, Republicans would take the Senate. … I think it is a possibility that it is an election… Continue »

The Criminal Alien Removal Initiative (CARI) is a little-known ICE enforcement program that we’ve been hearing about in places like New Orleans for the last several months.  ICE says that immigrants who are arrested get their fingerprints scanned, and agents determine if that person is a deportation priority.  Immigration and civil liberties advocates say that that… Continue »

New Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has his work cut out for him when it comes to immigration enforcement.  As Brian Bennett of Los Angeles Times highlights in a new story, entitled, “Border Patrol’s use of deadly force criticized in report,” the extreme and overly aggressive tactics by Border Patrol agents have resulted… Continue »

Los Angeles Times: Border Patrol’s use of deadly force criticized in report By Brian Bennett International Business Times: Texas The New Battleground State? Only If Eligible Hispanic Voters Turn Out More By Laura Matthews CBS DFW (Texas): Changing Demographics Shows Hispanic Voters Shaping Future Of Texas Politics By Marlee McCormick Burnt Orange Report (Texas): How… Continue »

Big news out of Colorado yesterday.  Republican Congressman Cory Gardner will enter the Senate race to challenge Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).  This sets up one of the few competitive 2014 Senate races where immigration could play a defining role. With its growing Latino voter population, Colorado is an interesting lens for immigration politics during this… Continue »

Just last week, we wrote about the Washington state legislature and the runaway vote they took to pass the state DREAM Act, 75-22.  Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed the bill into law, further helping immigrant students in the state be able to afford college.  The mood in the state capitol was ebullient yesterday… Continue »

MSNBC: On immigration, GOP swing votes want it both ways By Benjy Sarlin NBC News: Will Immigration Issue Mobilize Texas Latino Voters? By Sandra Lilley Texas Tribune: Report: Texas Lags in Hispanic Voter Turnout By Corrie MacLaggan Dallas Morning News: Report highlights implications of state’s growing Hispanic vote By Ben Kamisar Beyond Chron: NEW REPORT:… Continue »