Evidence is mounting that comprehensive immigration reform will be a priority in 2009. Click here to listen to the audio from today’s call.
Many in Republican circles have already recognized the need to distance themselves from King and his anti-immigration politics. Former McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said in an interview yesterday that for the Republican Party to win in the future, the GOP has “to change its attitude” toward Latinos. Given the tone of the immigration debate, he said, “I don’t blame Hispanics for not voting for us.” Similarly, in Newsweek, Karl Rove said that in order for the GOP to stay afloat, Republicans must support policy that “strengthens citizenship, grows our economy and keeps America a welcoming nation.”
“What the Bush administration is attempting to do in its twilight will do nothing more than hurt workers for decades to come. This comes as no surprise. The Administration has a record of coddling unscrupulous employers while going after hard working people. The raid on the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa is the perfect example: They decided to go after the employer only after sustained negative media forced them to.”
“This reality series won’t capture the reality of the Latino population living in Maricopa County. Sheriff Arpaio’s dangerous crusade has left the Latino community scared and his county less safe by prioritizing racial profiling over executing felony warrants. FOX television, famous for its controversial shows, may not realize how controversial a figure Arpaio is to the Latino community in the United States and should expect a backlash.”
Today, President-Elect Barack Obama appointed Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security is charged with protecting the U.S. from terrorism and responding effectively to natural disasters, among other duties.
Latino voters believe that the Republican Party has little concern for their community, according to a recent survey released by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. The survey, conducted by Latino Decisions on behalf of NALEO, interviewed 800 Latino registered voters from Nov. 7 through Nov. 14th in 21 states with the largest Latino voter populations, accounting for 93 percent of the Latino electorate.
In an interview with Gannett News Service published this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid noted his plans for the 111th Congress to both address and pass immigration reform legislation.
Reid told Gannett News, “On immigration, there’s been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and (Arizona Republican Sen. John) McCain to move forward on that. … We’ll do that.”
Today, several news organizations are reporting that Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) is a front runner for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the new Obama administration. The Department of Homeland Security is charged with protecting the U.S. from terrorism and responding effectively to natural disasters, among other duties. America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry: “Governor Napolitano gets it: she knows that an integral part of securing the borders and restoring control and order to our broken immigration system is enacting comprehensive immigration reform.”