Why Are Some Undocumenteds Nervous About Obama’s Immigration Reform? (TIME): First, while details released earlier this month about the program helped clarify some doubts about the application process, potential applicants have yet to see the questions they’d be asked. Second, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says people would be considered for the program if they haven’t been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor and do not otherwise pose a threat. But it’s unclear what officials mean by “significant” and a “threat,” so those who have had run-ins with the law are unsure whether to risk applying. Their hesitation is heightened by the caveat that applicants’ information would be shared with immigration enforcement in cases that involve serious crimes or fraud.
New Latino Registrations Could Help Determine Battleground States (National Journal): A new study suggests that a rise in voter registrations among Latinos could help swing the presidential race in nine battleground states. The study, conducted by Latino Decisions, a nonpartisan advocacy group, relies on state registration counts, Census data and information compiled by two analysts.
Growing Latino Vote in NC (Democracy North Carolina): A report released today reveals that North Carolina has 115,000 registered Latino voters or nearly 25,000 more than the official count at the State Board of Elections (which only began asking voters their ethnicity in 2002). That’s a 35% increase over the number in October 2008.
Romney targets Hispanics in Florida (The Hill): Romney cancelled a campaign stop in Orlando earlier in the day, with his campaign saying he “was too exhausted to make the trip” after a whirlwind weekend in which he criss-crossed Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin and announced his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) as his running mate. Democrats seized on the cancellation, with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz implying Sunday night that Romney might have canceled the event because he’s worried about explaining Ryan’s Medicare reform plan to Floridians.
Latinos Expected to Dominate Ariz. Politics in Coming Years (Hispanic Business): The Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center will focus on studying the role of Hispanic voters in the future of Arizona’s politics, education, economy and more. Its first report this month projects Latinos will likely dominate politics in 20 to 30 years, and the findings generated national attention.
Ryan Does Nothing to Bring Women or Latinos to Romney (U.S. News & World Report): Choosing Paul Ryan will do very little to help Mitt Romney in these key voting blocs where Romney is struggling. Women and Latinos care about the economy and jobs when they go to vote just like everyone else, but abortion and immigration reform are threshold trust questions for many of these voters, much the way support for gun rights are for many rural voters. If a politician fails to pass muster on these issues, many people won’t hear anything else he or she has to say.
News Corp launched MundoFox network on 50 stations, covering 11 million Hispanic homes (Associated Press/The Washington Post): The MundoFox network launched Monday on stations such as KWHY-TV in Los Angeles and WPXO-LD in New York, covering some 11.1 million Hispanic U.S. households, or nearly 80 percent of the total. By comparison, top-ranked Univision reaches 96 percent of the market, while No. 2 Telemundo, owned by Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, reaches 94 percent.
The State of Latinos in the United States (Center for American Progress): This issue brief examines the state of Latinos in the United States at large in regards to five key areas: the workplace, educational attainment, health, veterans affairs, and political leadership.