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November 5th, 2008
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Obama's Aunt Zeituni: Symbol of Everything Wrong with the Immigration Debate  

Obama's Aunt Zeituni: Symbol of Everything Wrong with the Immigration Debate
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The details of the story couldn't be juicier for the right-wing, red-meat crowd. The timing is no coincidence. Read more »

 

In the coming days, we can expect a lot of analysis of the role Latinos and new citizens had on the outcome of last night's historic vote. This is from the National Institute for Latino Policy:

"The Editson/Mitofsky Exit Poll found that 66 percent of Latino voters supported Barack Obama, over 30 percent who voted for John McCain. This put to rest the argument that Latinos would not vote for a Black person and reverses gains in Latino support that the Republican Party had made with the Latino community (in 2004, 39 percent of Latinos voted for George W. Bush).

"Now begins the analysis and speculation about what role the Latino vote played in this historic election. At the national level, because Obama's margin of victory in terms of Electoral College votes is projected to be so large, it can be argued that whether or not Latinos existed, Obama would have won this election handily anyway.

"However, since the Electoral College is based on the vote in each state and most are winner-take-all systems, the role of the Latino vote in key states appears to have been important. From the early exit polls, states where the non-Latino vote went for McCain and in which it appears that the Latino vote for Obama shifted the overall vote in favor of Obama were Florida, Colorado and New Mexico. These three states gave Obama 41 electoral votes of the 338 he had won as of this writing. More dicey are Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. In this sense, it appears that Latinos did not play the role of a 'swing vote' in this election."

 

Immigration: the 'Sleeping Giant' Sleeps no More  

Immigration: the 'Sleeping Giant' Sleeps no More

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Hunger Strikers Seek New Immigrant Rights Movement  

Hunger Strikers Seek New Immigrant Rights Movement

Protesters are putting their bodies on the line to call for a new approach to immigration. Read more »

Miami-Dade Leaning Democratic as Cubans Age  

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After Immigration Raid, a Pastor Tries to Calm the Chaos  

After Immigration Raid, a Pastor Tries to Calm the Chaos

Pastor Roberto Velez became a leader of an emerging Hispanic community in Mississippi after ICE arrested 595 workers at a local transformer plant. Read more »

Europe Turning Away Migrants at Gunpoint  

Europe Turning Away Migrants at Gunpoint

Weapons were pointed directly at migrants trying to enter Italy during a recent operation coordinated by the European Union's border control agency. Read more »

Obama Calls on Latinos to Vote in  

Obama Calls on Latinos to Vote in "Record Numbers"

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ICE'd: Another U.S. Citizen Detained and Deported for Looking Mexican  

ICE'd: Another U.S. Citizen Detained and Deported for Looking Mexican

Guillermo Olivares Romero, 25, was held in a detention center for two weeks. Read more »

 

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