Illegal Aliens to Attend State of the Union

“Looks like crime does pay after all. Three illegal immigrants have scored plum seats at tomorrow’s State of the Union address, courtesy of some friendly Democrats. Reps. Marc Veasey and Luis Gutierrez are each bringing an ‘undocumented’ guest,” notes Twitchy.com.

True Immigration Reformers Ready for New Legislative Fight

“The forces that helped to bring down a proposed sweeping overhaul of the U.S. immigration system in 2007 are quietly mobilizing to do the same again. As President Obama prepares to use his State of the Union address tonight to appeal for expanded legal U.S. immigration and a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants already here, activists are lining up their legions of supporters to fight it,” ABC News says.

“It’s hard to get people rallying when there isn’t even a legislative vehicle yet,” said Ira Mehlman of the 250,000-member Federation for American Immigration Reform. “But what happened in 2006 and 2007 is that the information got out — this is what’s in the bill, this is why it’s bad for you, here are all the gaping holes – and the bill went down.”

A Shift in Hispanic Votes Could Cost Democrats, But Study Doesn’t Answer Key Question

The Georgetown Public Policy Review has a report analyzing the impact of shifts in the Hispanic vote for different Congressional races. “Based on this data, a dramatic shift in Hispanic support toward Democrats would have yielded startlingly small gains in the House. Under the 42 percent Hispanic voting scenario, a 10 percentage point shift toward Democrats would net only one additional seat, and a 20 percentage point shift would turn only six seats.”

“Conversely, shifts away from Democrats by Hispanics could be devastating. Under the 42 percent scenario, a 5 percentage point shift toward the GOP would have turned five races into Republican victories. A 10 percentage point shift to the right would have handed Republicans 12 seats, and a 16 percentage point shift would have flipped 21 districts.”

The study does not look at income or other demographic factors, which influence Hispanic voting as well.

FoxNews Poll: Border Security As Important as Interior Enforcement

“American voters are still divided over the top priority in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration. While 43 percent say it’s securing the border, almost as many — 41 percent — think it’s more important to deal with illegal immigrants already in the country, according to a Fox News poll released Monday. Views today are virtually unchanged from two years ago. At that time, 43 percent of voters said secure the border first, while 42 percent said focus on undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. (March 2011),” Fox News says.