On Meet the Press yesterday morning, Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart spoke about the mission of his new Sunday morning show Enfoque, and some of the topics he intends to “focus” on – primarily issues that heavily impact the Hispanic community.
As we’ve been pointing out for some time here, comprehensive immigration reform weighs heavily among those issues.
Check out our new video, “Immigration: More Rogue than Right?,” and then raise your voice about our nation’s unjust immigration policies. Last week, the Washington Post reported that federal immigration agents have quotas to round up “easy targets” — moms and dads working to feed their families — instead of going after serious criminals….
As the President himself stated: “Events like these remind us that real change doesn’t start in the White House or the halls of Congress. It starts with people like you in communities across this country, standing up and making your voices heard.” I think we could say yesterday was a good start.
The tipping point is here. The time has come. In all political and social movements there comes a moment when the confluence of events is so powerful they just can’t be ignored or dismissed. The long-running effort for comprehensive immigration reform is one such movement and its moment of truth is at hand.
Our immigration system is badly broken and a majority of Americans support reform. The White House supports it. Most Democrats and some Republicans are prepared to vote for it. Only a vocal minority oppose it.
Yesterday Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland, a local immigrant rights organization, was among the dozen grassroots and national immigration reform advocates to meet with President Obama at the White House. The meeting was called in the wake of growing anger and frustration at figures that indicate the Obama Adminstration has been deporting more immigrants a year than Bush, while making very little progress on the kind of comprehensive immigration reform that he promised to champion.
That’s the question many grassroots immigration reform advocates were asking, heading into today’s meeting at the White House. It’s a question the tens of thousands of advocates coming to Washington on March 21st to push for real reform are looking to answer. It’s a question that ICIRR’s Joshua Hoyt asked in an Op-ed for the Washington Post last week. He talked specifically about the danger of alienating Latino voters, who helped flip four states for Obama in 2008.
On behalf of America’s Voice, Bendixen&Amandi conducted a national poll of 1,010 Latino voters in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia in December 2009. Interviews were conducted in Spanish and English and the margin of error was 3%. Immigration is a key issue…
The New York Times / CBS poll conducted a telephone survey of 973 adults from April 22 to 26, 2009. The poll had a margin of error of +/-3%. Support for pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants higher in 2009 than in 2008. Forty-four percent of poll respondents supported a path to citizenship for undocumented…
A new national survey of Latino Protestant registered voters assesses their views on immigration and the 2008 election. This growing voting bloc reported viewing immigration as a key factor in influencing their vote- on par with abortion and more important than gay marriage. Many respondents said immigration issues have a big influence on their choice of candidate, and that they consider immigration to be a faith issue.