Latino Evangelicals Rally Voters Around Complex Election 2012 Agenda (Huffington Post): Both left- and right-leaning Latino evangelical groups are staging multi-city voter registration and mobilization drives over the course of the next few weeks. And leading figures on either end of the political spectrum are focused on some of the same not-so-typical evangelical political priorities.
Latino Vote Is Not Growing So Fast (The Daily Caller): Even after a small rise it would still be way behind either white or black voter participation. In 2008, reports another Pew study, there was still a 16.2 point gap between the percentage of whites who voted and the percentage of Latinos who voted.
Supreme Court signals it’s OK with parts of Arizona’s immigration law (MSNBC): The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it appears ready to uphold one of the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law: a requirement that police officers check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.
Supreme Court skeptical of striking down Arizona immigration law (Los Angeles Times): But the justices said they were troubled by parts of the Arizona law that made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not carry documents or seek work. The stop-and-arrest provision has been the most contested part of the law.
Immigration becomes a new story (The Herald): So everyone buckle your seatbelts, if indeed more Mexicans are going back to Mexico than crossing into the United States. It would change a whole bunch of calculations in presidential campaigning. And it would make whatever the Supreme Court says about Arizona’s tough immigration law less consequential.
Mexican president discusses immigration in Texas (Boston Globe): While Calderon made reference to various initiatives U.S. states have passed to control illegal immigration, he singled out Arizona’s law, which he described as not only anti-immigrant but also as possibly racist.
Young men in Mexico say the US no longer offers them a better future (The Guardian): In a typical year, the young men in this agricultural region of western Mexico would have made the journey north to America. But not this year or for this generation: a better future across the border is a promise they no longer trust. In an historic shift, the tide of immigration from Mexico to the US has stalled. Villages that were empty of young men are now full.
Who Will Clinch The Latino Vote In November? (NPR): There are big questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to appeal to Latinos. Hispanic voters favor President Obama over Romney by more than two to one, according to a recent Pew poll. But not everyone is sure the president’s lead will translate to votes.
Marco Rubio Raises Profile as VP Talks Continue (Fox News Latino): As Romney begins his search for a running mate, Sen. Marco Rubio seems to be elevating his profile. In his latest effort, he outlined his vision Wednesday of a more muscular American foreign policy. The Florida Republican’s half-hour speech at the centrist Brookings Institution came four weeks after he endorsed Romney and two days after campaigning with him.