Elections

Deciphering the Immigration Policy Positions of Ted Cruz

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Elections with 3 Comments
Deciphering the Immigration Policy Positions of Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) just became the first candidate to officially announce his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. In his campaign launch materials, Sen. Cruz highlights his immigrant heritage and recalls his father’s migration story from Cuba to the United States. However, his warm feelings around immigration seem to end […]

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Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Most Americans want immigration reform. President Obama’s executive actions took temporary steps to provide relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have spent years here, but it is up to Congress to pass legislation that would comprehensively improve the immigration system. According to a February poll from Public Religion Research Institute, nearly three-quarters of Americans […]

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After Election, Attention Turns to President Obama’s Immigration Plans

After Election, Attention Turns to President Obama’s Immigration Plans

After last night’s midterm elections, Republicans will control both the House and Senate for the last two years of President Obama’s administration. The GOP won Senate seats in at least seven states to give them a majority, and the party held onto its control of the House. That Republicans would control both chambers was to […]

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Why Individual Votes Matter in Tomorrow’s Election

Written by on November 3, 2014 in Elections with 0 Comments
Why Individual Votes Matter in Tomorrow’s Election

The actress Scarlett Johansson, among many others, has been filling my inbox with reminders to vote tomorrow. Everyone I know, in fact, has complained that they are inundated with email messages, flyers, phone calls and more. As one frustrated voter in Aurora, Colorado told a canvasser, “My phone won’t stop ringing. I remember.” But many […]

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Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Elections, Myths with 3 Comments
Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Along with campaign ads and ballot initiatives, the November elections inevitably bring allegations that non-citizens are turning out in droves to skew elections.  Despite repeated investigations over the years finding no indication that systematic vote fraud by non-citizens occurs, some voters will have to navigate cumbersome voter identification laws designed to address a non-existent problem. […]

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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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