Today’s Associated Press announcement that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) is the President-elect’s pick to head the Department of Labor is an exciting development for all workers in our country. Not only has Solis been a long-time labor advocate, she has stood firm for immigration policy that makes our nation stronger. She has also been a leader on the issue of immigrant detentions and the ill-conceived Bush administration raids.

As the Washington Post reported yesterday, citizenship delays likely prohibited thousands of immigrants from voting in this historic election. Immigrants already have to struggle with enough obstacles in the citizenship process: high fees, long waits, tougher tests among them. Now it turns out they have to deal with federal courts that won’t swear them in on a timely basis. It’s time for the courts to make naturalization a real priority.

The FOX network is giving a giant megaphone to a public official known for his anti-immigrant antics and racial profiling. “Smile! You’re Under Arrest” will celebrate the slimy depths Sheriff Joe has been willing to sink to in Maricopa County, Arizona. Well, today we’re launching a new video asking that Joe get the attention he really deserves- an investigation by the Department of Justice.

“Immigration Sunday” is just one of many faith-based efforts to bring communities together in the wake of stepped-up immigration enforcement that targets immigrant workers and their families, instead of reforming our nation’s immigration laws. As the Bishops of Minnesota continue to plan for “Immigration Sunday,” we hope that leaders of other states, and from all faiths, take up the call.

Immigration Impact reported on a new ruling today that would force DNA samples of any detained immigrant. Immigration and civil liberties groups are decrying the new rule, saying that it poses a direct threat to basic constitutional and privacy rights. Now, considering the likelihood of legal U.S. residents and citizens getting caught up in immigration raids, it’s even possible that individuals who are legally in the U.S. with no criminal history will be subjected under this new rule to DNA testing without their consent.

On Election Day, the American people hired leaders they believe will tackle and solve tough problems. They fired politicians who cover up inaction and ineffectiveness with slick sound bites and punchy slogans. The public wants action �- and results � on a range of tough issues. Of course, economic recovery is job number one, but the public demand for action on illegal immigration has been underestimated for too long.

No not really, but the Washington Post is reporting that Department of Homeland Security Head Michael Chertoff has had undocumented workers cleaning his home for over four years. Coupled with last week’s announcement that a high-ranking New England Border Patrol official had undocumented workers cleaning her home, hypocrisy at DHS now seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.

Farmworker Justice, an advocacy group for those who harvest our nation’s food, slammed a new series of midnight regulations by the Bush Administration. The regulations would slash wages and cut protections for the already-vulnerable workers who bring food to our tables. Now is not the time for throw-backs to bracero-era immigration policy. Congress must both reverse these midnight attacks on worker justice, and work toward a real, comprehensive reform in the 111th Congress.

It’s been a month already since we reported on the brutal stabbing of Marcelo Lucero and the rise of violence against those perceived as Hispanic. From Long Island Wins, a personal reflection on the events that took place in the wake of the Ecuadorian immigrant’s tragic death…

So, as Tancredo touts his accomplishments during his 10-year career in the House of Representatives, let’s not forget the damage that his demagoguery has done to the Republican Party. Not to mention immigrant workers and families, Hispanics, and all attempts to pass sensible immigration reform in the last decade. It’s a relief to know that, even for the Republican Party, his immigration views were too extreme.