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Immigration Reform Won’t Solve The GOP’s Huge Problem With Minorities

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

(Business Insider) In the wake of Mitt Romney's defeat, many Republicans are embracing immigration reform. But the GOP's minority problem runs deeper than a single issue.




As the GOP picks up the pieces from a shattering election defeat, one clear lesson has emerged:The party must win over Latinos, a fast-growing demographic that swung heavily toward President Obama. Latinos were turned off by the GOP's hardline stance on illegal immigration, with Mitt Romney promising a strict enforcement policy that would encourage Latinos to "self-deport" and rejecting a Democratic proposal to provide a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants. As a result, party elders are nowfalling over themselves to urge the GOP to compromise with Democrats on an immigration reform package. Even strident voices in the conservative infotainment circus, such as Sean Hannity, have suddenly dropped their previous objections to giving immigrants "amnesty." 

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Immigrants and Unions Work To Oust Notorious Arizona Sheriff

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

(Truth Out) Latino workers in the Phoenix area are fighting back against the bullying sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. They’ve registered over 34,000 new voters for the November election.

The “Adiós Arpaio” campaign is part of a strategy by the hotel union UNITE HERE to turn around Arizona’s anti-worker policies, in a right-to-work state where Latino workers have only recently begun to flex their political muscles. Maricopa County contains 60 percent of Arizona’s population

Organizers say they feel a seismic shift in the political landscape. “I’ve never been part of something historic before,” said Lucia Vergara Aguirre, president of UNITE HERE Local 631. The union has been growing, representing workers at the Phoenix airport complex and at several downtown hotels, and has other organizing drives underway.

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Dozens demonstrate against immigration crackdown in Detroit

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

(Detroit Free Press) Dozens of families marched 4 miles from Clark Park to President Barack Obama's Detroit campaign office Saturday to protest what they call harassment and terror tactics by U.S. immigration officers in Latino-populated parts of southwest Detroit.

Prompted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions last week that included the questioning and detaining of Latino parents before and after dropping children off at local schools like Cesar Chavez Academy, the group called Saturday for Obama to curtail what they described as racial profiling.

"Cesar Chavez is a pillar of the community," said Joyce Schon, a lawyer who represents BAMN, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights By Any Means Necessary. "This is just wrong."

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Anti-Immigrant Group Launches Racist Ad Campaign To Pit African-Americans Against Immigrants

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012


(Think Progress) The anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, which seeks to limit legal immigration, has put out a new, racist ad that tries to pit African Americans against immigrants. It features an African American man with his family explaining that he needs a job:

What I don’t understand is why our leaders are going to admit another million immigrant workers next year to take jobs when 3 million black Americans can’t find work. I mean, do our leaders really think black Americans don’t want to work? Let’s slow down mass immigration and save jobs for Americans — all Americans.

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Undocumented Latinos in Arizona fear for children as key clause takes effect

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012


(The Guardian) Latinos living without immigration papers in Arizona have begun bombarbing helplines and lawyers' offices with anxious requests about how to provide for their children should they be arrested under a controversial new police power that came into effect this week.

A phone line hosted by the Arizona branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has received almost 4,000 calls in just two days, many from anxious parents who fear that their children could be left abandoned should they be picked up under the so-called 'show-me-your-papers' provision. Hundreds have been asking for help setting up a "power of attorney", which gives a relative or friend who has US citizenship the right to care for minors in such an eventuality.

"People are terrified. They fear that they will go to the store to buy groceries and won't get home and their kids will be left alone at school," said Luz Santiago, a pastor in Mesa. She said she has personally handled about 50 requests for power of attorney since Tuesday.

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Longer lives, later families and greater diversity

Monday, September 17th, 2012


(USAToday) The fundamental demographic force that has shaped the nation since its founding and fueled its robust growth in recent decades will endure another 30 years: immigration.

"We have always prided ourselves on being a nation of immigrants," says William Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "We will continue to be a nation of immigrants."

An analysis of population trends and projections by Frey, one of the nation's premier demographers, creates a vision of the USA in 2042 that combines change and status quo.

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Arizona immigration law to take effect as judge upholds contentious section

Friday, September 7th, 2012

(The Guardian) A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision.

The ruling by US district judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

The requirement has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a US supreme court decision in June upholding the requirement.

Opponents then asked Bolton to block the requirement, arguing that it would lead to systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions of Latinos if it's enforced.

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11th Circuit upholds most of Georgia’s illegal-immigration law

Friday, August 24th, 2012


(Atlanta Journal Constitution) UPDATE at 5:50 p.m.: Regarding the section of the law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants, the court found not only that Georgia’s law infringes on the federal prerogative to make immigration law. The court further ruled that Georgia could not make it illegal to induce an illegal immigrant to enter the state once already present in the U.S. Those provisions remain blocked from taking effect by a court injunction.

To be clear, and to correct my inapt phrasing in the original post, the court did not say the other sections of the law are constitutional. A lower court had enjoined two sections from taking effect while the question of constitutionality is argued. The section of the law dealing with checking detainees’ immigration status is still being challenged, although the Supreme Court’s rulingabout a similar law in Arizona suggests that section is likely to remain in place until and unless there are specific challenges to the way it is applied.


The 11th Circuit has upheld the controversial section of Georgia’s 2011 illegal-immigration law that allows law enforcement to check the immigration status of people detained for certain crimes. The federal appeals court found 22 of the law’s 23 sections met constitutional muster and kept only one section blocked from taking effect. 

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Asian Americans Aren’t A Model Minority, They’re A Neglected Minority

Sunday, August 5th, 2012


(Business Insider) The Pew Center’s recent report “The Rise of Asian Americans,” which shows that Asians, not Latinos, comprise the largest group of immigrant arrivals in the United States, took many people by surprise.

The data also show that Asian Americans have the highest education and per capita income. Together with low reported discrimination, the report paints a portrait of American success.

On the face of these findings, now already three years old, Asian Americans should expect to have a bigger voice in American politics and, indeed, in American society.

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Diversity Roundup: Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

(National Journal) Is the U.S. Race Relations Problem Solved? As the first black president, Obama’s election in 2008 was hailed by many as a new era in the U.S. where race relations would be faced head on, theAssociated Press reports. But the varying viewpoints from several Americans and experts show just how divided the nation remains over the issue.

The (Limited) American Dream: For many Latinos, owning a home is an extremely important event, mostly because it’s equated with achieving the American dream, writes Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network, for Fox News Latino. But with an 11 percent unemployment rate for Hispanics and the limited scope of President Obama’s foreclosure aid programs, Hispanics are struggling to realize their dreams, Korn argues.

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