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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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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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How the 2014 Midterm Elections Could be Impacted by Immigration

How the 2014 Midterm Elections Could be Impacted by Immigration

By Tom K. Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego Despite hopes that 2013 would be the year of comprehensive immigration reform, legislation stalled in the House and the year ended without a bill. Since the House reconvened Tuesday, 427 days have passed since the November 2012 elections [...]

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How Latino and Asian Voters Made the Difference in 2013 Gubernatorial Elections

Written by on November 6, 2013 in Demographics, Elections, Reform, Republicans, Voting with 0 Comments
How Latino and Asian Voters Made the Difference in 2013 Gubernatorial Elections

In a Dickensian tale of two campaigns for governor, the Republican Party watched two very different strategies unfold on how to embrace or reject Latino voters on Tuesday. A majority of Latino voters voted for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he soundly won reelection, while Ken Cuccinelli lost his campaign to be Virginia’s governor [...]

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New Report Provides Specific Measures of Latino, Asian, and Immigrant Voters in Upcoming Elections

New Report Provides Specific Measures of Latino, Asian, and Immigrant Voters in Upcoming Elections

Following the 2012 presidential election, many Republican leaders and pundits concluded that Mitt Romney’s position on immigration hurt him with a range of voters, particularly Latinos and Asians. As a result, senior Republicans began to argue that immigration reform was not only inevitable, but was vital to the survival of the Republican Party. While this [...]

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Survey: Asian Americans Concerned with Legalization, Family Backlogs

Survey: Asian Americans Concerned with Legalization, Family Backlogs

In the current debate, immigration is often depicted as a Latino issue.  This is partially because just over half of America’s foreign-born population is from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the current political climate around immigration is largely seen as being driven by Latino turnout for Democrats in the 2012 election.  But this depiction [...]

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Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Despite a general consensus that adopting “self-deportation” as immigration policy helped sink Mitt Romney’s White House aspirations, the architect of this philosophy, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, isn’t ready to give in. Kobach doesn’t seem to care that most in his party have awakened to the fact that they are in a “death spiral” [...]

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In Presidential Election, “Self-Deportation” Goes Down to Defeat

In Presidential Election, “Self-Deportation” Goes Down to Defeat

It did not become certain until late Tuesday night that President Obama would win re-election. But for Mitt Romney, the campaign may have been lost during the Republican primary, when he cited “self-deportation” as the solution to our nation’s immigration problems. With the post-election dust now settled, it has become increasingly clear that supporting the [...]

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Elections Demand a New Way Forward on Immigration

Elections Demand a New Way Forward on Immigration

Even before the election was called for President Obama last night, pundits and pollsters were remarking on the fact that immigration—or more specifically, anti-immigrant policies—were a death knell for Mitt Romney.   Today, the analysis of whether and how the Republican party recovers from its devastatingly poor showing among Latinos—the key demographic group of the 21st [...]

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A Long Journey to the Voting Booth

A Long Journey to the Voting Booth

For some people, this year’s journey to the voting booth started years ago, in El Salvador or China or Cameroon, when it became clear that they had to leave their country and start over in America.   For those people, (whom U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services calls “Americans by choice,”) the journey to the polls has [...]

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