Elections

Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Demographics, Elections with 1 Comment
Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

The U.S. electorate is undergoing a seismic shift that is playing itself out over the course of decades. As the American Immigration Council describes in a new report, “New Americans”—immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as the native-born children of immigrants—comprise a growing share of voters in the United States. The same is [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Written by on October 16, 2014 in Elections, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Many opponents of immigration reform view the U.S. job market as a playing field upon which two teams compete: the native-born and immigrants. From this perspective, every job gained by one side amounts to a job lost by the other. And so every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job [...]

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What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Elections, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Within minutes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic primary defeat to an obscure Tea Party candidate on Tuesday, political strategists and media pundits began to weigh the role immigration reform played in his loss. Some even began to sound the death knell for immigration legislation this year. To determine whether Cantor won or lost [...]

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Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Written by on May 20, 2014 in Elections, Voting with 0 Comments
Politics is Personal for Young Undocumented Immigrants

Young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children—often referred to as DREAMers—have grown up here, gone to school here, and formed deep roots in local communities. And while their immigration status prevents them from voting or even accessing affordable higher education in some states, DREAMers are civically active in pushing for reforms [...]

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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

For more than 100 years, the federal government has had authority over U.S. immigration policies while states possessed only limited power to regulate the “lives and livelihoods” of immigrants living within their borders. However, the past decade has seen an increase in immigration-related legislation including anti-immigrant laws, which have failed both as policy and as [...]

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Fremont’s Anti-Immigrant Ordinance Out of Step with Other Cities in Nebraska

Fremont’s Anti-Immigrant Ordinance Out of Step with Other Cities in Nebraska

Last week, the residents of Fremont, Nebraska voted to keep a 2010 anti-immigrant housing ordinance on the books. While the small town, with a seven percent foreign born population, has chosen to continue down its current path of exclusion, other places in Nebraska are pursuing inclusive strategies to welcome immigrants and other newcomers to their [...]

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¿Es Cierto Que los Inmigrantes Están Destinados a Darle la Espalda al Partido Republicano?

Written by on February 11, 2014 in Demographics, Elections, En Español, Myths with 0 Comments
¿Es Cierto Que los Inmigrantes Están Destinados a Darle la Espalda al Partido Republicano?

El último pronóstico catastrófico sobre la política inmigratoria viene de la mano de un informe publicado por el grupo conservador Eagle Forum. En el mismo, los autores advierten a los sectores conservadores sobre el terrible impacto que la llegada de nuevos inmigrantes tendrá en el futuro electoral del Partido Republicano. Aunque esta idea no es [...]

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Are Immigrants Really Destined to Give the GOP the Cold Shoulder?

Written by on February 10, 2014 in Demographics, Elections, Myths, Voting with 0 Comments
Are Immigrants Really Destined to Give the GOP the Cold Shoulder?

The latest catastrophic forecast on immigration policy comes in the form of a report released by the conservative Eagle Forum warning Republicans about the presumed dire impact that the arrival of new immigrants through legal channels will have on the GOP’s electoral future. While this idea is far from new, the report relies on assumptions [...]

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Are GOP Immigration Standards Enough to Shake Up the Conversation?

Are GOP Immigration Standards Enough to Shake Up the Conversation?

Reactions to the release of the House GOP leadership’s principles for immigration reform ranged from ecstatic to furious yesterday—and that was just within the Republican Party. Outside the tortured world of House politics, reactions tended more toward cautious praise for releasing something as a starting point, but with serious doubts about the shortcomings of the [...]

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SOTU Shows Parties Moving Closer on Immigration Reform

SOTU Shows Parties Moving Closer on Immigration Reform

During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Obama made it clear that improved immigration policies go hand-in-hand with the economic recovery, and nudged the House of Representatives to make the next move on immigration reform.

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