IT’S OFFICIAL MITT ROMNEY GETS THE GOP NOMINATION

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This is it. Today, Willard Mitt Romney goes where no semi-Mexican Mormon has  gone before. Romney is officially  the Republican nominee for president. Forget presumptive. Forget putative. Forget probable. When Texas  doled out its 155 delegates, that pushed Romney over the 1,144 he needs to  clinch the title, and transform himself from front-runner to official  nominee.

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The battle between Romney and President  Obama began weeks ago, after it was clear there were no real contenders left to  challenge the former Massachusetts governor. Mitt Romney’s victory in the Texas primary on Tuesday gives him enough delegates to capture the Republican presidential nomination, but he remains some distance from recovering from the damage caused by months of tussling with rivals in his own party.

As Texans cast their ballots, Romney was campaigning in two swing states — Nevada and Colorado — that attest to the consequences of the nomination battle. Both states are home to large populations of Latinos. But Romney’s conservative positioning on immigration during the primaries has helped to spike his unpopularity among Latinos. He attacked rival Rick Perry, for instance, for granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
Romney can afford to lose the Latino vote, but not by the lopsided proportions seen in recent polls. A national survey released last week by NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo found Obama leading Romney among Latino voters 61% to 27%. Romney has been working to address the issue. Speaking to a Latino audience last week in Washington, he called the failure of schools that educate minority students “the civil rights issue of our time.” Polls have long found education to be a top priority for Latino voters.

Romney’s rightward tilt during the primaries also created problems for him with women. A poll released last week by ABC and the Washington Post showed 51% of female voters support Obama and 44% back Romney. Obama’s reelection campaign has sought to depress Romney’s standing among women by highlighting conservative stands that the former Massachusetts governor took during the primaries, such as his pledge to end public funding of Planned Parenthood and his support for a measure that would let any employer deny birth control coverage to employees based on moral objections.

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After weeks of sparring between Romney and Obama, it’s easy to forget how much pressure Romney faced from his party’s conservative wing during the primaries.

For weeks at a time, Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum each ran ahead of Romney in national polls of Republicans, thanks largely to conservative resistance to Romney, who was perceived as more moderate.
Ultimately, only Santorum, who had a stronger claim than Romney on ideological purity, posed a serious threat, winning 11 contests in states spread across the nation’s heartland. Santorum dropped out of the race last month after losing the Wisconsin primary.
 In the end, it took Romney nearly five months to clinch the nomination with his win in Texas. He needed 58 of the 152 Texas delegates at stake Tuesday to reach the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination, according to the Associated Press. With no opponents actively campaigning, Romney easily hit the mark.

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“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee,” Romney said in a statement Tuesday evening. “Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three-and-a-half years behind us.”
Over the next several weeks, Romney will pick up more delegates in the six remaining primaries, including California’s on June 5.

Read More: Chicago Tribune

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WHO WAS THE FIRST CUBAN-AMERICAN CONFIRMED FOR APPEALS BENCH?

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First Cuban-American Confirmed for Appeals Bench

Paul’s objection triggered a procedure that delayed a final vote for 30 hours — until Wednesday.

As Milbank writes, the GOP just can’t seem to help itself when showing disrespect to the Latino electorate:

The party’s presidential candidates have done long-term damage by vowing opposition to the DREAM Act (legalization for illegal immigrants who serve in the armed forces) and by trying to paint each other as too soft on immigration (highlighted by Herman Cain’s call for a lethal electric fence). Rubio and Jeb Bush have called for an end to what Rubio called“harsh and intolerable” rhetoric.

The Hispanic population is expected to double — to 30 percent of the United States population — in the coming decades. So if Latinos continue to vote 2-to-1 for Democrats, the Republican Party will become irrelevant. Zoltan Hajnal of the University of California, San Diego, an authority on racial politics, sees a parallel with the Republicans’ alienation of African Americans in the 1960s. “The image of the party is pretty clear to most Latinos,” he said, “and once party images are built, they get passed on from parent to child in a process that’s very resistant to change.”

The party simply can’t afford self-inflicted wounds such as the Jordan debacle. “He’s an integral part of our community,” Rubio told his colleagues.

The five senators opposing Jordan’s confirmation in Wednesday’s vote? David Vitter, Roy Blunt, Pat Toomey, Lee and Paul.

Read More: http://fcir.org/2012/02/16/first-cuban-american-confirmed-for-appeals-bench/

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IS IMMIGRATION INCREASING OR DECREASING?

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Despite Low Latino Migration, GOP Candidates Still Rely On Enforcement

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As the immigration debate heats up in the Republican campaign, some experts argue that immigration rates are actually cooling down.

“The Mexican immigration boom of the 1990s and early 2000s is unlikely to be repeated ever again,” Shannon K. O’Neil, an expert on Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote last week.

Despite all indications that new migration is not the problem it once was, GOP candidates carry on with the politically amenable “more border enforcement” mantra while remaining vague on the harder question: What do we do with the 11.2 million undocumented immigrants already here?

Doug Massey, head of the Princeton’s Mexican Migration Project, says that for the first time in decades, Latino migration has actually reached a net zero.

“For the first time in 60 years, the net traffic has gone to zero and is probably a little bit negative,” he said in an interview with the New York Times.

After a rapid immigration spike, experts still debate what factors contributed to the fast decline in Latino immigration in recent years. O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relation says that increased economic prosperity in Mexico, shrinking Mexican families, and increased criminal activities on the border are among the reasons given for the swift fall. Some also attribute lower immigration rates to new tougher border patrol strategies and higher deportation rates. However, the dip seems to have started far before the nation’s harsher state immigration laws (like those in Alabama and Arizona) came into effect.

Despite the immigration decline, Latino population increased 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to Census data — making Latinos America’s largest minority group. And for the first time since the 1970’s, native births account for the majority of Mexican-American population growth. In a study released in 2009, the Pew Hispanic Center concluded that one of every four children born in the U.S. today is of Hispanic heritage.

As immigration rates fell, Republican candidates ratcheted up their anti-immigrant talk, pledging aggressive measures to secure the border.

Herman Cain suggested installing an electrified fence and placing armed troops with “real bullets” on the border and Michele Bachmann called for “a secure double fence.”

Rick Santorum said in a September debate that, “until we build that border, we should neither have storm troopers come in and throw people out of the country nor should we provide amnesty.”

He said “we’ll have that discussion” of what do with the 11.2 million after a wall across the entire border is built.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/princeton-study-finds-imm_n_1195161.html

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