Well, if there’s one thing we can all agree on right now, it’s that this election has ripped conventional wisdom to shreds. A new report by America’s Voice, The GOP: Fenced in by Immigration, details how nineteen pro-reform candidates beat hard-liners in twenty-one battleground house and senate races across the country.

Republican analysts are now chiming in: the GOP encouraged the kind of “red-meat” xenophobia within its ranks that blocked immigration reform. And it backfired, bigtime. “Here’s the truly ominous trend for the Republicans: Hispanic voters nationwide chose Obama over McCain by 67 percent to 31 percent. This is a huge shift from 2004, when George Bush won an estimated 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, and the trend was instrumental in moving states such as Florida, Nevada and Colorado into the Democratic column last Tuesday….”

Today we grieve with the family of Marcello Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who was stabbed to death in Suffolk, NY, by seven teens. These teens, between the ages of 16 and 17, admitted they, “wanted to beat up someone who looked Hispanic,” according to newsday.com. It is time for politicians on both sides of the aisle to come together to condemn the kind of rhetoric we’ve let pass for “debate” and craft a humane, common-sense immigration reform.

For three years now NDN has argued that the way the Republicans had handled the immigration issue – by demonizing Hispanics – was one of the biggest political mistakes made by a political party in the last 50 years of American politics. As Peter Wallsten writes in the LA Times today, this failure with Hispanics may have cost them 4 prominent states in this election, but may cost them Arizona and Texas in the coming years. Originally posted at NDN.org

We’ve been talking about the ‘sleeping giant’ for some time… Straight from the experts at NDN, here’s a “Preliminary Analysis of the Latino Vote”: Hispanics Participation Rates Continue to Increase, Hispanics Have Decisively Swung to the Democrat, and Hispanics Provided The Margin of Victory in These Four States.

With its unprecedented size and level of political engagement this cycle, the Immigrant Vote has grown into one of the most important new blocs to monitor coming out of this historic election. Since numbers are king today, here are a few whoppers to keep in mind as the results roll in: 1.6 Million, 8%, 44%, 16, 500,463…

The massive spike in Latino and immigrant citizen turnout we’re set to see this year is also a direct result of large-scale voter mobilization efforts by campaigns and organizations like the We Are America Alliance. Candidates beware: come January, this new voting bloc will be demanding that the next president make real strides to bring his party on board to fix our dysfunctional immigration system, not just our dysfunctional economy.

GoVote.org is a handy new site that provides voters all the information they need on where to vote early, polling places, ID requirements, and more- in English and Spanish. All first-time voters have to do is put in their zip code, and voila- problem solved. Now there’s no excuse not to vote- so pass it on. Empower your friends. Go vote.

The highest court in the land has decided to hear the case of Ignacio Carlos Flores-Figueroa, a Mexican citizen who found himself behind bars after he was convicted of “aggravated identity theft.” According to Flores-Figueroa’s lawyers, he made up a Social Security number so he could get a job at a steel plant in East Moline, Ill. He was sentenced to more than six years in prison.

According to a new Immigration Policy Center report, New Americans’ share of registered voters exceeded the 2004 victory margins in 16 states, including the battlegrounds of Florida, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. Indeed, New American Voters- immigrant citizens and the citizen children of immigrants- are the fastest-growing new voting bloc in the US. Since 2006, they’ve accounted for 1 in 10 registered voters, but ‘turbo-charged’ citizenship and voter registration efforts that built off of the momentum of the 2006-2007 immigration marches have only driven these numbers higher.