New analysis of the role Latino voters will play in contested races this November and new independent polling by the New York Times and CBS News point to the fact that moving forward on immigration reform would be both good politics for Democrats and broadly supported by the public.

Senate Democratic leaders yesterday released a centrist and serious immigration reform proposal. Much of the proposal draws on bipartisan negotiations that had been underway between Senators Schumer and Graham. They made a sincere invitation to Senate Republicans to join with them to get a comprehensive bill done this year. With Arizona and other states lining up to take matters into their own hands, the urgency could not be clearer

A new framework for legislation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) represents an important step forward in the immigration debate. As the controversy over the Draconian, anti-immigrant law in Arizona continues to build, the initiative by Senate Democratic leaders provides a workable path forward for both parties to come together and enact a lasting federal fix to the problem this year.

Senator Lindsey Graham has been truly courageous in working with Democrats on both comprehensive immigration reform and climate change legislation. He has seemed deeply committed to both. But now he is threatening to derail climate change because he’s angry that Democrats are promising to move immigration reform, too. Yesterday he called the Democrats’ commitment to advance immigration reform “a cynical political ploy.” What’s going on here?

America’s Voice is disappointed and outraged by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to sign into law a highly punitive bill that puts a target on the backs of all Latinos in Arizona and does nothing to solve the state’s, and the nation’s, pressing immigration problem. It will breed chaos on the ground, destroy community policing, cost Arizona taxpayers millions, and fail to restore control and order to the broken immigration system. Today is a sad day for Arizona and the nation. The Governor’s action only points to the urgent need for the federal government to step up and enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) released a letter to the Obama Administration asking for a halt in deportations of immigrant youth who would be eligible for the DREAM Act, which would permit certain undocumented students to become permanent legal residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years.

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) represent a state that is the poster child for the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Both have supported an approach to a reform package that combines border security, a crackdown on illegal hiring, a path to citizenship for those in the U.S. illegally, and reforms to the legal immigration system as the real solution to our broken immigration system.

The Arizona State House of Representatives just voted in favor of Draconian legislation that declares open season on immigrants and Latinos in the state. If signed into law by the governor, S.B. 1070 – the so-called “Safe Neighborhoods” bill — would make every undocumented worker in Arizona guilty of a criminal offense and require state and local police to go after them. Supporters of the legislation have cited clothing, music or an accent as details that should prompt a criminal investigation—a suggestion that should send chills through the entire population, not just Latinos, for its blatant endorsement of profiling by appearance instead of behavior.

Despite a spate of headlines this morning to the contrary, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has made his commitment to bringing immigration reform to the Senate floor this year crystal clear.

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “Though it may disappoint breathless headline writers and purveyors of conventional wisdom, who used Reid’s remarks as fodder for their own beliefs about the politics of immigration, we remain on track for comprehensive immigration reform this year and confident about Senator Reid’s commitment to the issue.”

On April 15, thousands of people associated with the Tea Party movement are expected to rally around the nation, demanding lower taxes and less government. These so-called “tea parties” stand in stark contrast to larger rallies and other events that have cropped up across the nation calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a rational solution to our broken immigration system. The immigration reform events provide an interesting contrast to the Tea Party movement because comprehensive immigration reform is about getting more people into the tax system, not less.