Press Releases

“Tweak” Bill Reinforces Rather than Repeals the Ugliness of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

04/06/12 | Yesterday, the backers of Alabama’s “show me your papers” anti-immigrant law introduced new legislation to tweak, but not repeal, the state’s law. The following is a reaction to the new bill from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. | Read more

New Latino Electoral Influence Model for 2012

04/05/12 | Today, political scientists from Latino Decisions released a new Latino electoral influence model for 2012 in a conference call with reporters and other interested parties. Supported by America’s Voice Education Fund, the new model will allow political observers to fully understand how the Latino vote could impact key Presidential, Senate and gubernatorial races in 2012 and beyond. The model uses historical turnout information for different demographic groups and real time polling data to develop those different scenarios. | Read more

Russell Pearce of Arizona Finally Gets Something Right: Says Romney’s Policy “Identical to Mine”

04/05/12 | Former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce – the man behind the nation’s first, “show me your papers” anti-immigrant law – admitted an important truth in a new interview with The Washington Post. Pearce said in reference to Mitt Romney, “His immigration policy is identical to mine…Attrition by enforcement. It’s identical to mine – enforce the laws. We have good laws, just enforce them.” | Read more

As Commentators Assess Romney Immigration Attacks, New Latino Voter Model to be Unveiled Thursday

04/04/12 | When Mitt Romney tried to open up a line of attack on President Obama over immigration this week, he brought the issue into the forefront of the 2012 presidential contest once again. Apparently, the Romney campaign is finally paying attention to Latino opinion polls, and has concluded that if the candidate can’t compete for the Latino vote, the best he can do is suppress it. Romney’s strategy will no doubt be echoed by Republican-aligned super PACs and special interest groups heading into the fall. | Read more

Despite Zero Credibility on Issue, Romney Attacks Obama on Immigration Failures

04/03/12 | While campaigning in Wisconsin yesterday, Mitt Romney debuted a new line of attack against President Obama—focusing on immigration. Said Romney, referring to immigration, “This has always been a priority for the President he chooses to do nothing about…Let the immigrant community not forget that, while he uses this as a political weapon, he has not taken responsibility for fixing the problems we have.” | Read more

GOP Problem with Latino Voters a Matter of Substance, Not Tone

03/30/12 | A range of stories today focus on Republican problems with Latino voters. It appears that across the Party GOP leaders are finally recognizing that courting Latino voters in the fall is threatened by an anti-immigrant, anti-Latino brand that has been cemented by the Republican primary. | Read more

Rubio’s Second Class DREAM Act Won’t Save Mitt Romney with Latino Voters

03/29/12 | The news that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) endorsed Mitt Romney for President has led to another round of pundit speculation about Rubio’s vice presidential prospects, which Rubio demurely “rejects.” But the chatter continues because some within the GOP apparently think that adding Rubio to the ticket could help the Party recover from its free-fall with Latino voters. They ignore two inconvenient truths: | Read more

Women’s Rights Advocates, Immigrant Families Disgusted by Lamar Smith’s Efforts to Play Politics

03/28/12 | As the House Immigration Subcommittee hearing, “Holiday on ICE,” gets underway, a press call today highlighted egregious and systemic problems inside our nation’s civil immigration detention facilities and questioned why House Republicans are making light of such serious issues and the need for reform. On today’s call, Immigration detention experts, women’s rights leaders, and victims of sexual abuse discussed the hundreds of preventable deaths and sexual assaults in detention centers across the nation and expressed outrage that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) is playing politics with people’s lives. | Read more

ICYMI: NYTimes Editorial Tears Apart Marco Rubio’s “DREAM Lite” As No DREAM At All

03/28/12 | Earlier this week, The Hill newspaper reported that Senate Republicans, led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), are pursuing an alternative, stripped down version of the DREAM Act in an attempt to improve the Party’s standing with Latino voters. Among the likely provisions in the Republicans’ version is a path to legalization that stops short of providing citizenship to young people who would qualify for the legislation. | Read more

Edwidge Danticat and Human Rights First Blast GOP Depiction of Immigration Detention as “Holiday”

03/28/12 | Today at 1:30, the U.S. House Immigration Subcommittee will renew its attack on immigrants with a hearing to “examine” the Obama Administration’s updated Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS). | Read more

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