What the GOP has to gain – and lose – among Latinos when it comes to immigration reform

Recently there have been a series of high profile endorsements for comprehensive immigration reform from the Republican Party. Immediately after the November 2012 election Bobby Jindal made a plea for more civility and and less stupidity on the immigration issue. Before too long, it was the Gang of 8 in the U.S. Senate which included four prominent Republican […]

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Latino voters personal connections to immigration reform

Latino Decisions released new polling data today highlighting why immigration reform has become the number one political issue for Latino voters, and the answer is close personal connections between Latino voters and Latino undocumented immigrants.  The poll finds that 58% of Latino registered voters now cite immigration reform as the top priority for the Congress […]

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Latino voters favor gun restrictions

The grim statistics and on-going stories about children, men and women killed by guns in America have led many to conclude that enough is enough; something must to be done to curb the senseless loss of lives gun violence. That something needs to be done is without controversy as Americans across the ideological divide desire […]

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Immigration Equality-LD Poll: Latino Voters Overwhelming Support Inclusion of Gay Families in Immigration Reform

Originally posted at Immigration Equality A new Immigration Equality/Latino Decisions poll of Latino voters shows strong support for immigration reform legislation that includes lesbian and gay binational couples. Support for ending the separation and exile faced by LGBT Americans who are unable to sponsor their partners for residency is strong among Latino Catholic and Evangelical […]

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New Poll: Immigration policy stance directly tied to winning the Latino vote

A new Latino Decisions poll finds that Latino voters are paying very close attention to the immigration debate in Congress and that a candidate’s stance on immigration policy will directly effect how many Latino votes they win or lose.  The new poll of 800 Latino registered voters nationwide was conducted in partnership with America’s Voice, […]

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Latino Voters and the Debate Over CIR

Today Latino Decisions presented results from our most recent polling on Latino voters and the immigration policy debate. Immigration has quickly emerged as the most important issue to the Latino electorate, and there is strong evidence that the politics of immigration will continue to weigh heavily on Latino voter decisions. For more details on the […]

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We still need the Voting Rights Act to give equal access

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO   These days, voting is largely uneventful.  You show up at the polls, check in, vote, and get your sticker. Long gone are the days of having to take a literacy test, such as that used in Alabama in 1965 that was a 68 question civics exam that I doubt […]

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Latinos are the Holy Grail of the religious right

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO What do Evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons all have in common?  And no, this is not the beginning of a joke. The growth of all three faiths is being fueled by the Latino population.   Latinos are not just the fastest growing population but as a group they are […]

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Truncated Transnationalism: The Migrant Vote in the 2012 Mexican Presidential Election

This article first appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of the NACLA Report on the Americas At a June 2012 voter registration training in Modesto, California—where eligible Latino voters are chronically under-registered—activist Dolores Huerta shared her lifelong experience with a group of college student volunteers. “Voter registration is not simply about signing people up,” Huerta said. […]

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Blacks and Latinos face more discrimination in states fully covered by Voting Rights Act

New brief filed with Supreme Court documents higher rates of prejudice, voting discrimination and inequality faced by African Americans and Latinos in jurisdictions fully covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Racial discrimination and prejudice remain prevalent in the United States, so the U.S. Supreme Court should fully uphold the Voting Rights Act, […]

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