File this under ‘ways that being anti-immigrant is hurting Republicans this fall.’  Colorado’s Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat running for Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-CO) seat, has been slamming Coffman for trying to appear more pro-immigrant than he really is. It wasn’t that long ago that Coffman was a hardliner Republican on immigration, calling the DREAM Act a “nightmare” and… Continue »

Reps. Jeff Denham, Luis Gutierrez, and Mike Coffman came together today at the House Triangle to talk about the ENLIST Act, Jeff Denham’s bill to allow DREAMers to join the military, and why Republicans should pass it.  While Gutierrez is a longtime champion of immigration reform and Denham should be commended for his pursuit of… Continue »

Despite the 326 days Since the Senate Passed Immigration Reform With No Action from House, Coffman Continues to Talk About His Military Dreamer Bill and Do Nothing Today, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) spoke about the need to provide immigrant youth the chance to earn citizenship through service in the military. That would have been a… Continue »

What an Ex-Minuteman, Tom Tancredo, and Eric Cantor Have in Common Washington, DC – So much for the modernization of the Republican Party. In California, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has a very real chance to win the state’s Republican primary in early June.  Donnelly is a former Minuteman, who once likened unauthorized immigration to a war, and… Continue »

This morning, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) with Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and a small army of DREAMers held a press conference urging the GOP to pass Denham’s ENLIST Act.  The bill could’ve been attached to defense authorization legislation — but last week GOP leader Eric Cantor sided with Steve King against immigrant youth and shut that prospect down.  Today,… Continue »

Cross-posted from Latino Decisions: Also read the New York Times story by Julia Preston:  Young Immigrants Growing Disenchanted With Both Parties The United States government has been deporting large numbers of undocumented migrants as of late (see Figure 1 below), and the majority of them are Latino. In addition to negatively affecting the individuals removed… Continue »

Fox News Latino: Debate On Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants Who Serve In Military Heats Up By Elizabeth Llorente Roll Call: Rep. Denham to Continue to Push for ENLIST Act in NDAA By Emma Dumain EFE: Poll shows immigration could be key in close congressional races New York Times: A Preference for Republicans, Gun Control and Immigration… Continue »

While Republicans in Colorado are deathly afraid of Tom Tancredo winning their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Republicans in California are voicing their opposition to a similar candidate — Tim Donnelly, a former member of the Minuteman Project. Donnelly, a Republican who once compared the defense of the US-Mexico border to “a war,” is running some 40 points behind the… Continue »

Cantor Shuts Down Simplest Reform on Defense Bill Last year House Majority Leaders Eric Cantor (R-VA) spoke of how the party needed to champion a measure – the KIDS Act, he called it – that would put young undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship.  But last Friday, Cantor made clear that he would block attempts to include… Continue »

In Wake of Eric Cantor’s Decision to Block Non-Controversial ENLIST Act, Hearing Illustrates Consequences for Military and Country Today in Chicago, longtime immigration champion Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)’s Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations is holding a field hearing on the contributions of immigrants in the military and the need to expand enlistment policies to include DREAMers… Continue »