There are increasing signs of serious economic fallout from Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law, HB 56. There are growing calls, even from some GOP Senators, to change HB 56. The Anniston Star says repeal it.
News reports continue to highlight the devastating effects of Alabama’s new immigration law on children, families, and entire industries. Meanwhile, supporters of the law, including anti-immigrant members of Congress and nativist organizations, seem quite comfortable with its destructive impact.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the dramatic increase of the Latino population over the past decade, in both traditional “gateway” states and throughout the nation, with Latinos now comprising more than 1 in 6 Americans. According to Associated Press analysis of the new data, minority population growth makes up 90 percent of the total U.S. population growth since 2000.
Today, Media Matters has more on Sessions’ spurious DREAM Act memo.
There is a wide gulf between extremists like Sessions and sensible Americans who recognize the importance of DREAM. In fact, 70% of the American people support the DREAM Act. In truth, the DREAM Act is a narrowly-tailored and traditionally bipartisan piece of legislation that ensures that only those with strong moral character qualify. As such, it would strengthen the military, bolster future economic competitiveness, and offer American taxpayers a return on their investment in hard-working immigrant kids who want to give back to the nation they love and call home.
Yesterday we wondered aloud about whether certain Republican Senators would cease and desist from their racial attacks on Judge Sotomayor so that, among other things, the GOP might have a chance to stop bleeding Latino voters. Looks like GOP leadership intends to do no such thing. As the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports: “The confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor have become, in a small but significant way, a referendum on the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Lots of immigration sideshows last week, but here’s the big picture: Senator Schumer (D-NY) announced plans to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill by Labor Day. According to the Associated Press: “I think we’ll have a good bill by Labor Day,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “I think the fundamental building blocks are in place to do comprehensive immigration reform.”
Three videos to watch from today’s hearing and a bonus (action) video from our friends at Presente.org. First, a clip of Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who speaks during the opening day of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he challenges the popular Republican theme that a 2001 speech that Sotomayor gave on handling issues of race and gender make her a ‘reverse racist’– Watch the video.
In the Senate, Sessions takes every opportunity to denounce comprehensive immigration reform, often in incendiary terms. The leading GOP Senator on the Judiciary Committee has aligned himself with people who bash immigrants and prioritize hate.
Sam Stein reports, in the top story on Huffington Post Politics today: “Since becoming the top ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions’ record has been almost solely analyzed for tealeaves on how he will approach Barack Obama’s forthcoming Supreme Court nomination.” It’s disturbing that the new Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee has very close ties to hate groups and white nationalists. More disturbing is that his colleagues in the Senate minority find nothing wrong with that.