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Daily Border Bulletin- Mexicans Wonder Why Drug War Doesn’t Rate in Presidential Debate, Opening a Path to Citizenship, and more

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Mexicans wonder why drug war doesn’t rate in presidential debate- Mitt Romney’s single mention of Latin America in the last presidential debate, calling it a “huge opportunity” for the United States, generated immediate glee from Latin Americans across Twitter.

Opening a path to citizenship- Since President Obama signed an executive order allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought in as children to apply for temporary legal status, nearly 5,000 have been approved, and could eventually find a path to citizenship.

Speaking Spanish will not put Romney in the White House- In a surprising turn of events, George Romney, brother of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has decided to address the Hispanic community in Metro Detroit – in Spanish.

Daily Border Bulletin- Romney Again Backpedals on Immigration, New Economic Partnership May Endanger Mexican Farmers, and more

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Romney again backpedals on immigration- Six months ago, Mitt Romney was denying he’d ever endorsed Arizona’s immigration law and its “show-me-your-papers” requirement for suspected illegal immigrants.

New economic partnership may endanger Mexican farmers- Some Mexican farmers fear that the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations, which Mexico is to join in December, may threaten the country’s agricultural sector.

Just a quick reference to Latin America in third presidential debate- President Barack Obama pushed his on-the-job knowledge in foreign policy in the third and final presidential debate before the Nov. 6 election, while challenger Mitt Romney defended himself.

Daily Border Bulletin- Obama Wins Latino Support with Immigration Stance, Tables Turning for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and more

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Obama wins Latino support with immigration stance- Obama’s immigration stance and his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has locked in support from a fast-growing demographic group that has been trending sharply Democratic in the wake of increasingly hard-line Republican positions on immigration.

Tables turning for Sheriff Joe Arpaio- Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become an almost unstoppable force in his 20 years in office by driving home two themes: that he will unceasingly crack down on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration.

Opinion: Mexico trade war not worth it- In an article published Friday in Politico, Contributor Mickey Kantor details the risks of a trade war that could result if the U.S. decides to cancel a tomato trade agreement with Mexico.

An Immigration Policy Update Ahead Of My HACU Workshop

This Saturday, I will be facilitating a workshop at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 26th Annual Conference  “Transformational Leadership in Transformational Times,” at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel at 10 a.m.

My workshop titled “Immigration Policy Update – Dream Act, Obama’s Deferred Action Policy, Arizona Border Issues," will serve as a primer on the changing dynamics of the national immigration debate.

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision on Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070, President Obama’s decision to grant deferred action to DREAM Act eligible immigrants, an increase in the overall safety on the U.S - Mexico border, a drop in the number of migrants illegally crossing our southern border and the rise of Mexico's middle class the climate for immigration reform has radically changed over the last year.

This workshop will foster a discussion about where the debate over fixing our broken immigration system is headed in 2013. Here are some more things to consider:

Over the last four years, the Obama Administration has created a better and more equitable immigration system while also making the U.S.-Mexico border safer and more prosperous. As we continue our efforts to fix the broken American immigration system, we must acknowledge that the current debate is occurring in a different strategic context today than it was a year ago.

For background information on NDN's work in this space please make sure to check out NPI Fellow Rob Shapiro's outstanding report, "The Impact of Immigration and Immigration Reform on the Wages of American Workers."

Also be sure to read the following reports by NDN/NPI’s 21st Century Border Initiative: Realizing the Value of Crossborder Trade with Mexicoexamines the rising importance of the export sector and how to strengthen our relationship with Mexico, our nation’s number two export market and Realizing the Full Value of Tourism from Mexico to the United States,  a tourism report that outlines five steps to help unlock the tremendous economic value of Mexican tourism into the United States.

Check back daily for the latest news and reports in the 21st Century Border Initiative’s Daily Border Bulletin, and follow us on Twitter, @21border and be sure to follow me @kramos1841.

Daily Border Bulletin- Latino Voters Deciders in 3 States, Latino Catholics and Evangelicals Differ in Obama Support, and more

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Campaigns see Latino voters as deciders in 3 states- Volunteers for President Obama have flooded into Latino-owned nail salons, buttonholing potential Obama voters as they sit captive in their chairs.

Latino voters support Obama, but Catholics and Evangelicals differ widely- A new survey released Thursday shows that while Latino voters generally support the reelection of President Barack Obama by a wide margin over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, there are wide political divisions among the population's religious groups, such as Catholics and evangelicals.

Joe Biden mocks Mitt Romney on self-deportation- Immigration reform finally came up on Tuesday night for the first time in any of the presidential or vice presidential debates, and Vice President Joe Biden wasted no time in mocking Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney over his support for self-deportation.

Daily Border Bulletin- Opinion: Obama on Immigration Reform, Courts Hand AZ a Victory on Immigration Law, and more

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Opinion: Obama on immigration reform- In a Huffington Post article published yesterday, Matt Sledge explains President Obama’s record on immigration, which Governor Mitt Romney focused on aggressively in the second presidential debate.

Courts hand Arizona a victory on Immigration Law, but say no to part of Alabama's- Strict immigration enforcement won one and lost one Wednesday in the courts. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by a coalition of civil rights groups that are challenging the “show me your papers” provision of Arizona’s immigration law, known as SB 1070.

ACLU: Emails by Arizona immigration law sponsor show anti-Latino bias- Opponents of Arizona’s hard-line immigration enforcement law are using emails sent by a former state senator who championed the law to support allegations it was racially motivated.

 

Daily Border Bulletin- Opinion: Romney Said Illegal Twelve Times; Obama, Romney Spar Over Immigration; and more

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Opinion: Romney said illegal twelve times. Enough said.- Twelve times. When asked what he would do about undocumented immigrants without green cards who were otherwise living here as productive members of society, Governor Romney said the word “illegal” in one variation or another twelve times.

Obama, Romney spar over immigration in second debate- President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney sparred over immigration policy on Tuesday for the first time during the course of their debates, and the sparks did fly.

Presidential Debate: candidates come out swinging, discuss immigration- For the first time this election season, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney squared off on the hot-button issue of immigration.

In Second Debate, Romney Continues To Embrace "Self Deportation"

Last night’s debate presented Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney with yet another opportunity to turn his back on the "attrition through enforcement" model of Self Deportation, best embodied by Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation SB 1070. Once again, Romney did not in any way distance himself from his long-held immigration plan, the objective of which would be to make life so miserable for undocumented immigrants that they would simply leave the country. But don’t take my word for it—below are Romney’s own words on the subject.

"Now, let me mention one other thing, and that is self-deportation says let people make their own choice. What I was saying is, we're not going to round up 12 million people, undocumented illegals, and take them out of the nation. Instead let people make their own choice. And if they -- if they find that -- that they can't get the benefits here that they want and they can't -- and they can't find the job they want, then they'll make a decision to go a place where -- where they have better opportunities. But I'm not in favor of rounding up people and -- and -- and taking them out of this country."

While it may be true that Romney says (he has a habit of changing his mind) that he is not for rounding up undocumented immigrants and removing them from the country, according to the Immigration Policy Center what he is proposing in "self deportation may actually be worse:

"Mr. Romney explains how he thinks "self-deportation" would work by saying “if people don’t get work here, they’re going to self-deport to a place they can get work.”  "Self-deportation" - or, more accurately, "attrition through enforcement" - goes far beyond denying unauthorized immigrants work. The strategy is currently embodied in state laws that include provisions denying education, transportation, and even basic services like water and housing to anyone who cannot prove legal immigration status. So far, the states that have attempted to roll out this plan have done little more than undermine basic human rights, devastate local economies, and place unnecessary burdens on U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants. "

Romney also went on at great length to distance himself from the idea that he believes that Arizona's self deportation law SB 1070 is a model for the country. Does this mean that he does not support an Arizona-style law for the country as a whole?

Absolutely not. The President rightly pointed out that Romney’s head immigration campaign advisor, Kris Kobach, actually wrote SB 1070, demonstrating the ridiculous nature of Romney’s denial.

"I do want to make sure that -- I do want to make sure that we just understand something. Governor Romney says he wasn't referring to Arizona as a model for the nation. His top adviser on immigration is the guy who designed the Arizona law, the entirety of it; not E-Verify, the whole thing. That's his policy. And it's a bad policy. And it won't help us grow."

That last point in the President’s statement is important, and illustrates that at the end of the day these two candidates could not differ more on the issue of immigration. The President believes that immigrants will help our country grow, as evidenced by his landmark Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This smart and fair move to grant targeted temporary reprieve for young undocumented immigrants is exactly the type of leadership that is missing from the Republican Party on this issue.

Last night that could not have been more clear.

Video of the Immigration Exchange is below:

For background information on NDN's work in this space please make sure to check out NPI Fellow Rob Shapiro's outstanding report, "The Impact of Immigration and Immigration Reform on the Wages of American Workers."

Also be sure to read the following reports by NDN/NPI’s 21st Century Border Initiative: Realizing the Value of Crossborder Trade with Mexico,  examines the rising importance of the export sector and how to strengthen our relationship with Mexico, our nation’s number two export market and Realizing the Full Value of Tourism from Mexico to the United States,  a tourism report that outlines five steps to help unlock the tremendous economic value of Mexican tourism into the United States.

Check back daily for the latest news and reports in the 21st Century Border Initiative’s Daily Border Bulletin, and follow us on Twitter, @21border.

Daily Border Bulletin- Border Welcomes First Rail Line in More than a Century, Deferred Action Approved for 4,600, and more

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Border welcomes first rail line in more than a century- The last time the Texas-Mexico border witnessed a ribbon-cutting for a railway bridge, the United States had yet to witness two world wars or Prohibition.

Deferred Action approved for 4,600 undocumented immigrants- Nearly 4,600 young undocumented immigrants have been granted deferred action under the Obama administration, lifting their fears of being deported and allowing them to work legally, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security on Friday.

Congressmen discuss college options for undocumented students- Rep. Raul Grijalva, of Arizona, and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, of Illinois, held a question and answer session on deferred action at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Young Women’s Christian Association.

Daily Border Bulletin- LA mayor proposes plan to grant immigrants IDs, Luce: Mexico is forgotten story of US election, and more

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LA mayor proposes plan to grant immigrants IDs- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has presented a plan that could give millions of immigrants access to banking services.

Luce: Mexico is forgotten story of US election- In a piece published yesterday in the Financial Times, Edward Luce details the importance of Mexico to American demographics and the economy.

A sharp contrast between Arizona congressional candidates- The two candidates for Arizona’s Congressional District, Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally, have consolidated their differing views on undocumented immigration and border security in the months leading up to the election.

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