From Elise Foley comes a must-read piece on the immigration conundrum facing the national Republican Party as it enters the 2016 Presidential election. Following Mitt Romney’s 2012 landslide defeat among Latinos — thanks in huge part to his failed “self-deportation” policy — some GOP strategists realized the party needed a complete immigration overhaul if it… Continue »

In analysis from the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign titled, “His Original Sin,” Ron Brownstein of National Journal noted that Mitt Romney’s general election chances were all but destroyed by his run to the hardline right during the primary season.  Wrote Brownstein, “Of all Romney’s primary-season decisions, the most damaging was his choice to repel the challenges… Continue »

The Republican presidential field just can’t seem to avoid stepping in it on immigration.  Every week, nearly every 2016 contender seems to prove our point, that immigration is the GOP’s Kryptonite.  Among some of the recent developments: Chris Christie Calls 70% of Americans “Extreme” on Immigration: Despite carefully cultivating an image as a blunt truth-teller, New Jersey Governor… Continue »

Her Bold Move This Week Puts the Ball in GOP Court, But Most Top Contenders Don’t Seem to Feel Like Playing In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s immigration remarks, which we view as both far-reaching and significant on policy and politically savvy, the silence from several of the leading 2016 Republican presidential contenders has been deafening. As David Nakamura and Robert… Continue »

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott just let the cat out of the bag. Abbott has led the charge against President Obama’s 2014 immigration actions, with both DAPA and expanded DACA now on hold as the courts decide to whether or not let the programs go forward. Up until now, Abbott has been insisting that his… Continue »

Senator John McCain offered a stark warning to fellow Republicans: We must address immigration reform “in a constructive fashion, or we do not win the 2016 election.” The comment comes following a tumultuous few weeks for Republican candidates vying for the White House in 2016. On Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker earned condemnation from Democrats and… Continue »

If He Does What He Says, Chaos Would Result Scott Walker made news yesterday when he tried to clarify his immigration position – for the third time in six weeks.  His sprint to the right and his embrace of the populist opposition to legal immigration led to condemnation by Republican Senators, love from Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL), breathless support from… Continue »

Once a Supporter of a Path to Citizenship, Walker’s Current Position: Undocumented Immigrants Go Home, Executive Action Must End, Legal Immigration Should be More Strictly Limited, Border and Interior Enforcement Need to be Ramped Up We suspect that even Mitt Romney is surprised by the rapid and radical lurch to the right on immigration by… Continue »

Gov. Scott Walker’s latest attempt to clarify his muddled and contradictory immigration stance actually hurts, not helps, him – on both policy and political grounds. In case you’ve missed Walker’s dizzying reversals on immigration: after voicing support for a pathway to citizenship on numerous occasions, Walker said in early March that his views had changed and that he… Continue »

Today, People For the American Way, America’s Voice, and ColorOfChange.org released an open letter to Republican presidential candidates urging them to make clear that they don’t support CPAC’s ongoing relationship with ProEnglish, a group led by white nationalist Bob Vandervoot. Despite CPAC’s troubling history of welcoming white nationalists as participants and sponsors, Republican leaders continue… Continue »