Two years ago, we were deeply involved in the battle against Alabama’s HB 56, the harshest immigration law in the country. HB 56 was a self-deportation bill that relied on racial profiling to harass immigrants in the state. But, as Benjy Sarlin notes, today, HB 56 is in shambles: “Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama… Continue »

A new poll of Latino voters from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that Republicans have much to worry about when it comes to the Party’s national prospects and how they address immigration reform.  As a New York Times recap states: More than 6 in 10 Hispanic respondents said they felt closer to the Democratic… Continue »

It’s been almost a year since the 2012 election, and Mitt Romney has had time to do some thinking.   In an interview with CNN last Friday, Romney talked about the failures of his 2012 campaign and said that his largest error involved his outreach to Latino voters. As he told CNN: The largest strategic… Continue »

On Immigration Reform Steve King Continues to Fill Void Created By Boehner’s Inaction in the House  In comments reported by Business Insider, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus criticized Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – and in the process called Mitt Romney’s signature stand on immigration policy “horrific” and “hurts us.” In response to questions about King –… Continue »

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells CNN this morning, “Last year, almost everybody in my conference would have agreed with me on this immigration issue…This year it seems after the presidential election a spell has been cast over a good number of Republicans and they seem to think the presidential election was about immigration.  I’d ask them:… Continue »

The demographics in two southern states that have been safe bastions for the GOP are changing. And those changes will impact elections and the immigration reform. Virginia is considered a purple state at the presidential level. In 2012, President Obama carried the state and former Governor Tim Kaine was elected to the United States Senate.… Continue »

Updated September 13, 2013 Republican & Conservative Movement Leaders Support Immigration Reform Since the 2012 election, leading Republican and conservative voices are calling for a new Republican approach to immigration, as evidenced by the following quotes: Republican Elected Officials Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), wrote in an op-ed, “Everybody agrees that America’s immigration system is broken,… Continue »

Today, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the results of a new poll of Latino voters in 24 Republican-held battleground districts.  The poll probed how immigration reform and the two parties’ handling of it in the House could impact key 2014 races. Said Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a Studies at Stanford University… Continue »

Some Conservatives Call on GOP to Double Down on Romney’s “Whites-Only” Strategy    Remember the 2012 election season when Mitt Romney focused primarily on mobilizing white voters, advocated for “self-deportation” and alienated Latino voters so thoroughly that it helped Barack Obama win the swing states of Florida, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado?  Remember the post-election stampede of conservative commentators who acknowledged that Romney and… Continue »

The Huffington Post: Republicans Who Back Immigration Reform More Likely To Win Latino Vote: Poll Hullabaloo by David Atkins: Republicans will become more racist, not less DailyKos by Markos Moulitsas: Whites are the only important demo for Republicans … if they want to keep losing Politico By Seung Min Kim: SEIU, advocacy groups pressure House on immigration… Continue »