Just last year, Republican leaders warned that an anti-immigration stance is suicidal

It’s becoming increasingly clear to anyone who’s paying attention that the far-right wing of the Republican Party — the tail that wags the dog, as it were — is the biggest threat to the GOP’s prospects for electoral success in the long term. Exhibit A is the extent to which the party’s establishment is cravenly cowering in the face of wingnut opposition to immigration reform. So much for the short-lived hopes that the GOP had learned an important lesson from its loss in the presidential election of 2012....

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Surprise! Migration from Latin America to U.S. is declining

Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight.com has penned a pair of columns that dispel lots of popular myths regarding U.S. immigration. For example: –Migration from Latin America, and especially Mexico, is falling and has been overtaken by immigration from Asia. – The share of U.S. Latinos who were born outside the country is shrinking. –Last year was the first since the mid-1990s that a majority of the Latino labor force was native-born. –The U.S. Hispanic population has never been majority foreign-born. –In 2012,...

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Boehner and his Republican pals unwittingly are aiding Hillary’s presidential prospects

Poor John Boehner! Much as he may want to, he can’t move forward with immigration reform for the simple reason that their are too many bigots in his House Republican caucus. But, of course, such obstructionism is not in the best interests of the GOP. Jonathan Chait EXPLAINS: At the start of 2013, I really thought immigration reform was going to happen. Unlike every Obama-supported initiative that Republicans had opposed, the cold political logic of cooperation was obvious: Republicans would alleviate their crippling weakness with Latino...

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Study: Fox News viewers are not well informed about immigration

THIS should come as no surprise to anyone other those folks who depend on Fox News to keep up on the real world: Americans who most trust Fox News are more likely to be uninformed about the immigration system and less likely to support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants than those who trust other news sources, according to a sweeping new study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution and Public Religion Research Institute. Of the Americans who trust Fox News to give them the most accurate information about politics and...

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Chamber of Commerce warns that GOP will lose in 2016 if it doesn’t pass immigration bill

If the Republican Party doesn’t buck the anti-immigrant element in its right wing, its prospects for recapturing the White House in 2016 are doomed. That’s the WARNING from a prominent leader of the business community: The GOP shouldn’t even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Monday. “If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016,” Donohue joked at an event on infrastructure investment in...

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