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Update on the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform  

Issue: # 86  October  2012
In This Issue
IIC Conference Call
MRS/CLINIC National Conference
The Dupont Circle Hotel
The Economic Advantages of Citizenship
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Current Articles 


A Growing Consensus on Immigration Reform


 Immigration Impact



The New Values Voters:  Immigration


Center for American Progress




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Post-Election Analysis & Discussion


Monday, November 12th, 4:00pm EST


After the election results are in, we'll all be analyzing the results to see what may be possible in advancing immigrants rights in 2013 - locally, state-wide, and nationally. This

Interfaith Immigration Coalition call will provide a breakdown of who won, who lost, and what it means for immigrants rights advocacy in 2013. We will be joined by Angie Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy with the Center for American Progress, and other experts.

The call will be collaborative, as we'd like to hear thoughts from many people on the call about what the election results might mean for your work. There will be more time than usual for not only questions, but also conversations around next steps.


Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/P50Idl and you will be sent a link to the visual portion of the call on the morning of Nov. 12th. To join the call, use the information below. 



Conference Dial-in Number: (605) 475-4700
Participant Access Code: 833838#   




MRS/CLINIC National Conference


Migration Policy and Advocacy in 2013 and Beyond:

New Challenges and New Opportunities


Purpose:  The conference will examine migration from both federal and state/local perspectives and will discuss methods for advancing the migration policy agenda of the Church in 2013 and beyond.



Monday-Wednesday, December 3-5, 2012

Where:  Atlanta, Georgia


To find out more information and to register, go to: 



The Dupont Circle Hotel
Washington, DC


As the ONLY Irish owned Hotel in DC, and enjoying such a great location (on Dupont Circle, NW) the Dupont Circle Hotel is offering a very special offer to the Irish Diaspora in the United States and around the world.


Anyone going to their website (www.thedupontcirclehotel.com) who types the word "CLOVER" (all capital letters) in to the special discount box when doing a search for a room will immediately get a 10% discount from their best available rate, bringing the price down to the very lowest, lower even than on the popular travel sites like Expedia.


At the Hotel they will also be able to recognize these reservations and make sure they are being given the level of Hospitality they deserve.


San Diego Ethnic Communities Celebrate

Leaders of the Native American Indian communities in the Diocese of San Diego gathered to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The celebration took place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mission in Lakeside, CA in the Barona Indian Reservation. The event began with a mass presided by Bishop Robert Brom and was followed by a luncheon in the convention center of the Barona Casino.


Catholic cultural leaders were invited to attend the celebration by Chancellor Rodrigo Valdivia.


Pictured in the photo are Suu Nguyen, Leader of the Vietnamese Catholic community, Vietnamese Catholic members, and Bernadette Cashman, Leader of the Irish Catholic community.


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Naturalized Citizens Have the Power to Swing Elections 

by Walter Ewing


There is no doubt that immigrants are a force to be reckoned with in this year's presidential race. After all, the Obama administration unveiled its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June, just a couple of months before the official start of the campaign. And Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said that, if elected, he will not deport DACA beneficiaries (although he says he will discontinue the program). In other words, both candidates are going out of their way to woo immigrant voters-that is, naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote-as well as those second and third generation Americans for whom immigration is still a highly personal issue. This is smart politics. Given that the presidential election could be decided by the most razor-thin of margins, the ballots cast by naturalized citizens could prove decisive, especially in the handful of swing states upon which the election will probably hinge.  Given that the presidential election could be decided by the most razor-thin of margins, the ballots cast by naturalized citizens could prove decisive, especially in the handful of swing states upon which the election will probably hinge.


This conclusion is borne out by new data and analysis from Manuel Pastor and Jared Sanchez of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California. In a report entitled Rock the (Naturalized) Vote: The Size and Location of the Recently Naturalized Voting Age Citizen Population, Pastor and Sanchez start with the 8.1% of voting-age citizens in the United States who are naturalized immigrants. But then they narrow their focus further and look just at the 3.6% of the voting-age population consisting of naturalized immigrants who became citizens over the past decade. The reason for this degree of specificity "is partly because evidence suggests that the recently naturalized may be the most motivated around immigration issues and partly because their registration rates may have the most room for improvement."


As the report explains, naturalized citizens generally register to vote at lower rates than native-born citizens, but-once they are registered-they are just as likely to vote as the native-born. Moreover, naturalized citizens are more likely to be politically mobilized (to register and to vote) if they acquired their citizenship at a time when the public debate over immigration was running hot. This appears to have been the case in 2008, when voter registration rates went up among the recently naturalized at a time when immigration was a high-profile and inflammatory issue in the presidential campaign.


The immigration debate in this year's presidential race might have a similar mobilizing effect on recently naturalized citizens, spurring them to register and to cast ballots. And, according to the analysis by Pastor and Sanchez, the votes of recently naturalized citizens could prove pivotal in swing states if the election is close:

"In the 2004 presidential election-the most recent with an incumbent running for reelection-several key states were decided by low margins of victory. For example, the margin of victory in that year was only 2.6 percent in Nevada-a state where 5.1 percent of the voting age citizen population now consists of recently naturalized immigrants. The margins of victory in Florida and Colorado were around 5 percent-and the recently naturalized comprise 6 percent of the voting age citizen population in Florida and 2.1 percent in Colorado."

As more and more recently naturalized citizens register and vote-as their electoral clout continues to grow-Pastor and Sanchez foresee the rise of a more rational public debate about immigration. As they write, the rise of the naturalized voter may "help contribute to a more civil and balanced conversation about immigration-one in which political leaders and parties propose realistic solutions on immigration policy so that both voters and political leaders can concentrate on other important issues such as the economy and healthcare."


Put differently, fewer and fewer vehemently anti-immigrant politicians will win elections, thereby depriving them of their public platform to spew misinformation and hate.

Source:  Immigration Impact 

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