Latino, Asian, and New American voter turnout was at an all-time high in 2008. The power of these voters is now undeniable, and immigrant-bashing has become a losing campaign strategy. All signs indicate that the incoming administration and Congress will tackle immigration reform, and that the leadership of the Republican Party is rethinking its position on the issue.

Lorraine Henderson, who serves as the regional director of Homeland Security, Customs, and Border Protection in the Boston area is ready to appear in Federal court for “harboring an illegal alien.” The charge could carry up to 10 years in jail, but it comes as little surprise to those who have tracked the incompetence, corruption, and misplaced priorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, had a thorough piece in today’s Chicago Tribune on just what derailed the GOP this election. “As the Republican Party surveys its post-election train wreck, the pain must be even greater knowing that, with Hispanic voters, the GOP drove itself off the track.” The GOP immigration wedge strategy became a serious liability for the Republican Party at every level of the electoral contest this year. With the addition of latest anti-immigrant campaigner, Virgil Goode, our post-election analysis now shows 20 of 22 battleground races we tracked favoring candidates who took a more comprehensive approach on immigration. How many did hardliners win? Two.

Contrary to claims of “only seeking to reduce illegal immigration,” CNN host Lou Dobbs joins Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the list of grumpy old men certain to turn any incident � earthquakes and hurricanes included � into their own personal tirade against immigrants. The goal of all this fear-mongering? Three words: publicity, fame, and money. Sheriff Joe welcomes controversy with his public tirades against � not only immigrants � but all Latino residents of Maricopa County. And in exchange, what’s the good sheriff getting for Christmas?

Fresh from the folks who brought us “Immigrants Cause Global Warming,” the contentious Center for Immigration Studies is serving up their latest threat to homeland security: Third-World Gold-Diggers. Check out Walter’s full analysis over at IPC’s new blog Immigration Impact.

Did Dan Stein, president of the recognized hate group FAIR, miss the fact that 15 of his anti-immigrant allies in the House of Representatives just got booted out? Well yesterday Kevin Appleby, of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, stepped in to expose his shoddy analysis in a letter to the editor. He conjures a striking visual of the Stein op-ed: If I had to draw it, his article would look like an ostrich with its head in the sand.

It’s official. Self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Arpaio has finally made good on the American Dream. That is to say, Joe’s landed his own reality television show. The bad news? Fox’s newest star has a history of promoting virulently anti-Latino policies that leave tough police-work behind in favor of blatant racial profiling. The good news? Apparently, the show is set to air on Saturdays at 5 pm. Pink underwear competition on prime time? Not so much.

We can only hope that other members of the 111th Congress follow Rep. Gutierrez’s leadership here. What if we could mandate a renewed “palling around” by DC elected officials with real people who understand the real needs of their communities? Maybe we’d finally make headway on issues like immigration reform.

Today’s Wall Street Journal blog featured our election analysis in a post entitled, “More Immigration Losers.” The byline? GOP hardliners need to face reality. “Virginia Republican Congressman Virgil Goode’s narrow loss to Democrat Tom Perriello became official last week, and it caps another bad showing for immigration restrictionists. For the second straight election, incumbent Republicans who attempted to turn illegal immigration into a wedge issue fared poorly.”

Sen. Martinez has been one of the courageous Republican leaders speaking out on the divisive immigration rhetoric employed by his party. Will Sen. Martinez feel more freedom to speak up on immigration, now that a looming re-election is out of the picture? Nothing’s certain, but it is safe to say that the GOP’s moderate base on immigration is an endangered species worth preserving.