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Gallop Poll- 50% Of US Hispanics Identify as Independent Voters

Gallop Poll- 50% Of US Hispanics Identify as Independent Voters

A majority of U.S. Hispanics identify as political independents (51%) rather than as Democrats (32%) or Republicans (11%). However, once their partisan leanings are taken into account, most Hispanics affiliate with the Democratic continue reading »

“There’s a Country That Pains Me”  by Margarita Hernández Contreras

“There’s a Country That Pains Me”  by Margarita Hernández Contreras

Many kids, probably millions, do not have happy days in the country that pains me. Many have to go out into the world, small and defenseless. Some do so ordered by their mothers; others, out of their own initiative. They climb into public buses hoping passengers will deposit coins into the palm of their dirty, scrawny dark brown hands. continue reading »

Hispanic Voters Put Other Issues Before Immigration

Hispanic Voters Put Other Issues Before Immigration

U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues. Twenty percent of Hispanics each mention one of the top three issues as mattering most to them, while 17% name economic growth, continue reading »

Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Law SB 1070 is Important but Limited Victory

Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Law SB 1070 is Important but Limited Victory

The Supreme Court invalidated most provisions of Arizona’s draconian anti-immigration law, known as S.B. 1070, including Section 6 which granted state police greater authority than federal officers to make warrantless arrests of anyone they suspected of being undocumented. continue reading »

FAQ On Obama’s New DREAM Relief Policy from United We  Dream and National Immigration Law Center

FAQ On Obama’s New DREAM Relief Policy from United We Dream and National Immigration Law Center

We know you guys have plenty of questions that need to be answered regarding President Barack Obama’s new DREAM relief policy, and we’ll be doing our best to get you that information as it comes our way. That said, here is a four-pager that we received late yesterday – continue reading »

Deportation ‘Deffered’: DREAMers Celebrate Victory on Immigration

Deportation ‘Deffered’: DREAMers Celebrate Victory on Immigration

A coalition of DREAMers, community organizers, immigration advocacy groups and their various allies celebrated a hard-fought-for victory outside the White House Friday afternoon after President Barack Obama's wrapped up his remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's drastic shift in immigration policy that would suspend deportation and grant work authorization to undocumented DREAM Act-eligible youths. continue reading »

As Romney Ducks Question, New Polls Show Broad Support for President Obama’s Action

As Romney Ducks Question, New Polls Show Broad Support for President Obama’s Action

New polling documents that the general public, including Latino voters and independent voters, are broadly supportive of President Obama’s bold decision to protect hundreds of thousands of DREAM Act-eligible young people from deportation. Yet while the American public has decided and voiced its support, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney continues to avoid the question. continue reading »

TIME Magazine Profiles Dreamers: We Are American

TIME Magazine Profiles Dreamers: We Are American

Define America’s Jose Antonio Vargas wrote a long essay about his journey as an undocumented immigrant–the full article is still behind the TIME paywall, but an excerpt was provided: There are an estimated 11.5 million people like me in this country, human beings with stories as varied as America itself, yet lacking a legal claim to exist here. It’s an issue that touches people of all ethnicities and backgrounds: continue reading »

Unregistered Latinos and Eligible-to-Naturalize Green Card Holders Could Swing Elections

Unregistered Latinos and Eligible-to-Naturalize Green Card Holders Could Swing Elections

Infographic: Top 10 States with High Concentrations of Potential Voters. In some key battleground states, the number of eligible but unregistered Latino voters runs into the hundreds of thousands or even millions. continue reading »

Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

Nearly a year ago, ICE Director John Morton issued a memo on prosecutorial discretion which led to the review of 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal proceedings. Advocates initially applauded this announcement, hoping that the administration would move quickly to close low-level, non-criminal immigration cases. continue reading »