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Will He or Won’t He? Romney Keeps Ducking Questions  About Obama  Deferred Action Policy

Will He or Won’t He? Romney Keeps Ducking Questions About Obama Deferred Action Policy

The Romney presidential campaign continues to duck answering basic questions regarding a potential President Romney’s immigration policy. Yesterday, Radio Bilingüe featured both Obama and Romney campaign spokespeople on host Samuel Orozco’s Spanish language show. During the interview, Romney spokesperson Sharon Castillo refused to say whether Romney would keep or rescind the deferred action program for DREAMers–yet still tried to maintain that a President Romney would not deport DREAMers (see translated transcript below). continue reading »

Who Needs Evidence? Congressman Pins Blame For Capitol Hill Burglaries On Undocumented Immigrants

Who Needs Evidence? Congressman Pins Blame For Capitol Hill Burglaries On Undocumented Immigrants

Police on Capitol Hill are investigating a slew of thefts from House Members’ offices. The burglaries take place at night and the perpetrators usually steal “personal mementos and Congressional memorabilia that could be sold online. continue reading »

Segregating American Citizenship- Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012

Segregating American Citizenship- Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012

The Latino community is a large and integral part of American democracy, comprising more than 10% of the nation’s eligible voters and approximately 8% of its registered voters. Within specific states, those continue reading »

Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws-70% of Ag Workers are Undocumented

Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws-70% of Ag Workers are Undocumented

The American agricultural industry is facing billions of dollars in losses due to labor shortages resulting from recent anti-immigrant laws passed in various states around the country. The American farming industry is heavily continue reading »

PEW Report: Characteristics of the 60 Largest Metropolitan Areas by Hispanic Population

PEW Report: Characteristics of the 60 Largest Metropolitan Areas by Hispanic Population

Nearly half (45%) of the nation’s Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas, according to tabulations of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. continue reading »

Will Chicago Mexican Crime Organization Trials Bring to Light U.S. Gov’t Ethical Lapses?

Will Chicago Mexican Crime Organization Trials Bring to Light U.S. Gov’t Ethical Lapses?

The upcoming trial of Mexican drug lord Vicente Zambada-Niebla in Chicago will not only be about drug trafficking but also how the U.S. government allegedly turned a blind eye on other crimes in order to obtain intelligence information on Mexican cartels. continue reading »

If Mitt Romney was Actually Mexican, Would He Still Support Arizona’s’ SB 1070?

If Mitt Romney was Actually Mexican, Would He Still Support Arizona’s’ SB 1070?

As reported, U.S. District judge lifted an injunction against the “show me your papers” provision of Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigrant law, allowing this draconian provision to go into effect. Many agree that the implementation of this provision will involve rampant racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona. No doubt, additional legal challenges will be brought to stop it. continue reading »

The Latino Gender Gap: Latina Voters Prefer Obama by 53 Point Margin

The Latino Gender Gap: Latina Voters Prefer Obama by 53 Point Margin

With seven weeks until the election Republican candidate Mitt Romney's potential gender gap with women faces a new hurdle in the Latino community, as reported today by Pilar Marrero. According to the fourth week of the impreMedia/Latino Decisions tracking poll Latina voters plan to vote for President Obama by a margin of 74% to 21% for Romney - a 53 point gap. continue reading »

What Early DACA Application Numbers Tell Us About the Future of the Program

What Early DACA Application Numbers Tell Us About the Future of the Program

It hasn’t even been a month since the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) first started accepting requests for deferred action under its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, yet the New York Times reported this week that the first approvals are already on their way. continue reading »

Political Unrest in Venezuela : Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 16

Political Unrest in Venezuela : Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 16

In the coming months, Venezuela could experience significant political unrest and violence that lead to the further curtailment of democracy in the country. Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on October 7, 2012. continue reading »

Decision Upholding Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Relied On 1869 Case Warning Of  Rogues, & Strumpets

Decision Upholding Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Relied On 1869 Case Warning Of Rogues, & Strumpets

As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review the constitutionality of the state’s photo ID law, a University of Pittsburgh law professor flagged the flimsy and offensive precedent upon which the lower court relied when it upheld the law. In rejecting the plaintiffs’ argument that the law violates the state Constitution’s guarantee of “free and equal elections,” the court cited the 1869 case of Patterson v. Barlow, continue reading »

A Look Backward and Forward at Immigration Platforms

A Look Backward and Forward at Immigration Platforms

Eight years ago, the similarities between the Republican and Democratic platforms on the issue of immigration reform were striking. The 2012 immigration planks for both parties are equally striking, but for the opposite reason. continue reading »

Study Projects Increase Participation in Hispanic Vote But Less than 4% of Electorate in Swing State

Study Projects Increase Participation in Hispanic Vote But Less than 4% of Electorate in Swing State

A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies projects the share of Hispanic voters nationally and in battleground states for the upcoming 2012 election. Using Census Bureau data from prior election years and data collected this year we project that Hispanics will be 8.9 percent of the electorate in 2012 — continue reading »

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fosters Anti-Latino Discrimination

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fosters Anti-Latino Discrimination

According to a new report from the National Immigration Law Center, anti-Latino discrimination is alive and well in Alabama, and has gotten a seal of approval from the governor and the state legislature. HB 56, the state’s increasingly infamous anti-immigrant law, went into effect on June 9, 2011, and has since inspired all manner of bias aimed at Latino residents of the state. S continue reading »