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Self-Deportation

Incredibly, In 2013, Some Republicans Want GOP to Double Down on Self-Deportation

The Republican Party has embarked on a major overhaul of its recent anti-immigrant stance, spurred in large part by historically low levels of support from Latino voters in the 2012 elections.  Yet judging from the witnesses that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called at yesterday’s immigration hearing, not everyone in the GOP … Continue reading »

Grassley's Witness Kris Kobach Testifies: "Self-Deportation is Not Some Radical Idea" (Actually, It Is)

Today, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, the Ranking Minority member, Chuck Grassley, invited Kris Kobach, the former General Counsel of FAIR, the author of Arizona’s SB 1070, the architect of self-deportation and the immigration advisor to Mitt Romney, to testify. Senator Dick Durbin asked Kobach a series of questions about the … Continue reading »

One Year Ago Today, Mitt Romney Said "Answer Is Self-Deportation," Setting Stage for His Loss in November

Cross-posted at Daily Kos: Happy anniversary! One year ago today, January 23, at a GOP presidential debate in Florida, Mitt Romney first announced his support for self-deportation and set the stage for his loss in November.  To jog your memory, here’s how Romney responded to a question from co-moderator Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times about how a President … Continue reading »

If Mitt Romney Was Actually Mexican, Would He Still Support Arizona's SB 1070?

As we reported, yesterday a U.S. District judge lifted an injunction against the “show me your papers” provision of Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant law, allowing this draconian provision to go into effect.  Many agree that the implementation of this provision will involve rampant racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona. No doubt, additional legal challenges will be brought … Continue reading »

If Mitt Actually Were Mexican, Would He Still Support Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” Immigration Law?

Washington, DC – Yesterday, a U.S. District judge lifted an injunction against the “show me your papers” provision of Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant law, allowing this Draconian provision to go into effect.  It’s widely agreed that implementation of this provision will involve rampant racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona, and additional legal challenges will be brought to … Continue reading »

Mitt Romney Thinks He'd Have a Better Chance of Being President if He Was Mexican

Seriously. Watch for yourself. Mitt Romney–the guy who ran the most anti-immigrant campaign in recent history, who wants to build a “high tech fence” on the border between the U.S. and his now wished-for homeland (Mexico), who believes that self-deportation is a legitimate policy, and who thinks Arizona’s SB 1070 is a model for the … Continue reading »

UPDATED: Romney Now Claims He Never Met His Immigration Advisor Kris Kobach

UPDATE: CNN updated its article with a statement from the Romney campaign: Asked for clarification, a spokesman for the Romney campaign said Romney and Kobach have, in fact, met before at campaign events – but not in formal policy meetings. The aide said that in Monday’s radio interview, Romney was referring to policy meetings, which … Continue reading »

Romney Outreach to Latino Voters Remains an Uphill Climb

Washington, DC – At the Republican National Convention, leaders in the party have taken a curious approach to Latino outreach: avoiding the issue of immigration; refusing to disavow hard-line immigration positions; lecturing Latino voters; blaming Democrats for the GOP’s self-inflicted problems with Latinos; and making embarrassingly transparent overtures to appeal to Latinos based on quirks … Continue reading »

Day 2 of the RNC: Bring Out the Politicians With the Hispanic Last Names…and the Harsh Anti-Immigrant Platform

At a lunchtime panel with the Hispanic Leadership Network, Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval, and Jeb Bush sat down to talk about being governor of their respective states, and interestingly, how to talk to Latino voters about immigration. While Jeb Bush has consistently been moderate on immigration, both Martinez and Sandoval have mishandled the issue in … Continue reading »