The claim by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), the chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee, that he is focused on "illegal" immigration was disabused at his latest hearing. Instead, the Chairman pitted native-born workers against foreign-born workers (plenty of whom are citizens). We also learned something about the GOP's... Continue »
New Census data on the growth of the Hispanic population continues to underscore the importance of this group in our national fabric -- and to the electoral map. Take Arizona for example: the Hispanic population grew 46% in the last decade and we now constitute 30% of the population of... Continue »
Some days, these stories just write themselves. Kansas legislator Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, suggested yesterday during a House Appropriations Committee meeting that illegal immigrants should be hunted down and shot. Continue »
Last spring, we saw lots of stories about support for an Arizona-type law. Pollsters would ask if voters supported the Arizona law and the results became the story, without highlighting the other side of the equation: that there is strong support for immigration reform. However, with Rasmussen, it's... Continue »
House Republicans really let their nativist flag fly yesterday with simultaneous hearings on "New Jobs in Recession and Recovery: Who Are Getting Them and Who Are Not" (or rather: "Why Immigrants are Supposedly Recovering from the Recession Faster than Natives and What We Can Do to Make Sure... Continue »
Proving that truism, the slowly emerging class of Republican presidential candidates increasingly looks like a bunch of bystanders. More-dynamic party forces are shaping both the GOP's public image and its internal debate in ways certain to reverberate through next year's nomination battle and the general election. Continue »
As the House Immigration Subcommittee begins its latest controversial hearing on immigration issues, the panel's leadership is facing withering attacks from two Latino leaders in Congress. Continue »
A proposal in the Texas state legislature to crack down on the hiring of undocumented immigrants features a huge exception for household labor -- once again exposing the breathtaking hypocrisy of some Republicans who want to sound tough on the issue, but still benefit from undocumented labor. ... Continue »
This backgrounder on constitutional citizenship reveals that recent attempts to deny citizenship to babies is unconstitutional and wrong, leading to millions of dollars lost in litigation, and viewed by the fastest growing voting demographic -- Latinos -- as an attack on their community. Moreover, revoking the 14th amendment... Continue »
This very powerful statement from African-American and Latino religious leaders was issued in advance of today's House hearing on immigration issues. Continue »