Daily Border Bulletin – Has Mitt Romney put Arizona in play for 2012?, Russell Pearce to Testify On SB1070, Detention for Immigrants That Looks Less Like Prison,

Al Kamen of the Washington Post examines recent polling data and demographic growth of Hispanics in Arizona and concludes that given Romneys harsh anti immigrant stances, states with high Hispanic rates may be in play in 2012. In Texas the federal government has unveiled new detention facilities which are designed to look less like prisons and more “recreational” in nature. Russell Pearce, ousted Arizona Senate Majority Leader has agreed to come and defend SB1070 in the Senate on April 24th.

Has Mitt Romney put Arizona in play for 2012? Al Kamen of the Washington Post examines recent polling data and demographic growth of Hispanics in Arizona and concludes that given Romneys harsh anti immigrant stances, states with high Hispanic rates may be in play in 2012. “Okay, so Super Tuesday last week wasn’t quite super for Mitt Romney. None of the Three Amigos — Rick, Newt and Ron — was knocked out. Women voters were seen as fleeing the GOP as a result of that contraception chatter and Rush’s observations. Then a Fox News poll last week gave Obama a whopping five-to-one lead over Romney among Latinos, a group that gave President Bush about 40 percent of its vote in 2004 and gave John McCain, even with President Obama’s huge win, a fairly respectable 31 percent in 2008.”

Russell Pearce to Testify On SB1070 Russell Pearce, ousted Arizona Senate Majority Leader has agreed to come and defend SB1070 in the Senate on April 24th.””Schumer, in his February letter to Brewer, stated that the federal Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, passed in August 2010, provided more than $600 million for border security, including hiring 1,000 new Border Patrol agents and deploying unmanned drones. He said the legislation “has achieved dramatic results” on the border. Schumer said he wants to ask Brewer why she signed SB 1070 and whether she still believes it is necessary “in light of the substantially increased security situation along our southern border.” “As you frequently ask the president to visit the southern border to discuss border security, we expect that you will be eager to engage in a productive dialogue with the Congressional Committee responsible for acting upon any border security recommendations you provide,” Schumer wrote.”

Detention for Immigrants That Looks Less Like Prison In Texas the federal government has unveiled new detention facilitieswhich are designed to look less like prisons and more “recreational” in nature. “On a patch of Texas farmland near the Gulf of Mexico, immigration officials on Tuesday unveiled one of the most visible results of a three-year-old plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration detention system: a brand-new center intended to provide a less penal setting for detainees. Just don’t call it prison, they insist. The center is the nation’s first to be designed and built with the new reforms in mind and represents a shift from the federal government’s longtime reliance on jails and jail-like buildings that immigrant advocates have long argued are inappropriate and unduly harsh for people being held on civil violations. Detainees will be free to move through much of the center 24 hours a day. Unarmed staff members, dressed in blue polo shirts and khaki trousers, are known as “resident advisers,” not guards. ”


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