America’s favorite distraction Sarah Palin continued her will-she-or-won’t-she-run-for-President bus tour yesterday with a visit to New York’s Ellis Island and the “Statute” of Liberty and took time to ruminate about immigration.

So this is awkward. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign was caught fundrasing off of the DREAM Act.

Last week, Florida’s business, faith and Hispanic communities came together to celebrate the defeat of Arizona-like immigration bills in the Florida legislature. They made it very clear — they are done giving out free passes to Hispanic legislators that favor anti-immigrant bills.

Yet, just a week after this defeat, Rubio decided to blatantly ignore the message from Florida’s Hispanic community and favor the bigger national GOP anti-immigrant platform

Could it be that some GOP presidential contenders are finally listening, and are paying attention to the new, accurate conventional wisdom on Latino voters that is making rounds in Washington, DC? Because anti-immigrant groups like NumbersUSA and its Tanton-funded brethren are feeling no love from them.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the dramatic increase of the Latino population over the past decade, in both traditional “gateway” states and throughout the nation, with Latinos now comprising more than 1 in 6 Americans. According to Associated Press analysis of the new data, minority population growth makes up 90 percent of the total U.S. population growth since 2000.

On the last stop of his visit to Latin America, in El Salvador, President Barack Obama declared that “we have to make sure that we’ve got a legal immigration system that is effective and is not frustrating for families, doesn’t divide families.” Interesting enough, it almost seemed as if he were talking about the case of 4-year-old girl Emily Samantha Ruiz, who was born in the United States to undocumented parents.

As I was coming off the plane from Indiana this weekend, a Latina flight attended tabbed my “I support the DREAM Act” pin and said “me too.” Two years ago, I would have been surprised that someone I didn’t know would recognize my DREAM Act pin and express their support.

The Spanish-language media reports on the latest attack on constitutional rights, targeting children of immigrants, and what can be expected from the 112th Congress.

Can the Republicans write off Latinos and take back the White House in 2012? The answer is no. Can they stand united in opposition to the popular DREAM Act in the lame duck session of Congress and block comprehensive immigration reform in the next Congress and win back Latinos? The answer is no.

CBS reports Palin’s latest headline-grabber in, “Palin: Obama Doesn’t Have the ‘Cojones’ for Immigration Reform”. That pretty much sums up the level of the discourse here. See, it comes down to whose “balls” are bigger – Palin’s, Brewer’s, or Obama’s. There’s certainly more than enough testosterone in this debate to go around. Not to mention botox.