Latino Principles: The challenge for Republicans today is that they must actually “get to work.”
The State of Immigration in America
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Republicans Ignore Immigration Reform:George W. Bush and Karl Rove understood the need to reach out to Latino voters.
Electoral Punishment: Immigrant rights groups’ strategy: “electoral punishment” of any lawmaker who gets in the way of immigration reform.
Boehner Hispanic Voters: Boehner changed course again because the right, angered at his shift toward immigration, demanded he change again.
Border Complaints Drop: No one filed a report alleging a civil rights or abuse violation involving the US Border Patrol in the El Paso area.
State of the Union Immigration — A lack of movement could augur resentment. Latinos might stay home if immigration remains unaddressed.
Brown Immigrants will have something less to celebrate this year, since no one has taken meaningful action to resolve their status.
Self Deport — Make their lives so miserable that they’d run back home, wherever “home” was, just to get away.
Matt Barreto: Messaging on immigration could well be a critical and effective tool to mobilize the Latino vote in 2014 with significant partisan implications if the GOP continues to stall or block immigration reform.
Maureen O’Hagan: Immigration reform groups noticed that gay rights groups were able not only to change laws but also to refocus the debate: Gay marriage wasn’t only a sexual orientation issue; it was an equality issue.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If recent history has taught us anything it is that immigration must come from the bottom up. If there is any hope of comprehensive immigration reform, it must start with the House of Representatives.
Rachel Young: Members of Congress ‘Clearly not doing their job,” declared one Councilmember.
Selena Teji: Under current immigration laws, even legal permanent residents can face deportation and bars on reentry following a conviction for a low-level drug offense.