Yet another positive improvement this country gains from its immigrant population was revealed on Tuesday, when a newly released study showed that top science students in the U.S. are primarily the children of immigrants. This new data should strike a chord for a nation at risk of falling behind in the global scientific community

There’s been growing pressure on President Obama to use his executive powers to provide relief to undocumented immigrants, particularly DREAM students. The White House maintains that the President does not have the power to take those actions, but he really does. On Friday, several top lawyers in the immigration advocacy movement provided the legal framework through which the President could protect DREAMers and others.

A new report that we released yesterday examines – and demolishes – the claim that Republicans can maintain a hard line on immigration reform and still court the Latino vote simply by running Latino candidates. This has been a key theme espoused by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), one of our “three amigos” on immigration, and also the architect of the failed GOP immigration strategy to date.

Last week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released their December 2010 report revealing namely that detention is a disproportionate measure and recommends an end to the 287(g) program

Today, the leaders of the House Mass Deportation Caucus, Reps. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Steve King (R-IA) and Lamer Smith (R-TX), have organized a hearing that they’ve disingenuously titled “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities.” That’s not what it’s about.

The number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in two decades — decreasing by 8 percent since 2007, a new study finds.

After primaries yesterday in Florida and Arizona, the 2010 general election cycle is in full swing — and one of the most important questions facing political observers is what the nation’s fastest-growing voter bloc will do. We won’t know the answer to that question until November, of course, but in America’s Voice’s updated report on “The Power of the Latino Vote” — and on a telephonic press conference featuring a panel of experts held today in conjunction with the report’s release — it’s clear that the immigration debatecontinues to be a driving factor behind Latino political engagement. . In all, the report examines the role of immigration and the potential influence of Latino voters in 41 key races in 12 states across the country – including potential battleground locations such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Nevada. The report – and the analysis featured on today’s call – make clear that Latino voters could make a difference in dozens of 2010 races.

This post is a weekly feature by Erin Rosa, Media Consortium Blogger: According to a recent study described by New America Media, passing comprehensive immigration reform and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants  wouldn’t negatively impact the job market for those who are already citizens. This is one of many myths promoted by… Continue »

Check out our new report entitled, “J.D. Hayworth – Leading the GOP Into a Political Wilderness on Immigration.” It’s telling that Hayworth’s Senate bid has already been endorsed by notorious anti-immigration crusaders Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (under several federal investigations for racial profiling) and Minuteman Civil Defense Corps co-founder Chris Simcox.

David Dayen reports for Firedoglake, in Latino Vote Could Hinge On Immigration Reform Efforts:

On a conference call yesterday put together by America’s Voice, immigration reform advocates released a study called “The Power of the Latino Vote,” looking at this constituency and their impact on the 2010 midterms. Despite having swung to Democrats decidedly in 2008, almost single-handedly giving Nevada, Colorado and Florida to Barack Obama over John McCain, a substantial portion of the Latino electorate, foreign-born but naturalized US citizens, has shown the propensity to switch parties from election to election.