Immigration News & Blog Roundup: NRA Aims at Latinos; Undocumented Wane; La Raza Death Threat; Candidate "Soft on Illegals"

– Adiós Michigan? Just as we recently reported on George Lopez’s Latino outreach efforts in Michigan, Politico’s Jonathan Martin reports John McCain’s campaign is pulling out of the state, “a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.” See: McCain pulling out of Michigan

– Don’t You Threaten La Raza. “Christopher Michael Szaz was sentenced today in North Carolina for emailing a death threat to the staff of the National Council of La Raza,” says NCLR on its website. Don’t miss the kicker: “In an ironic twist of fate, it has come to light that Szaz’s Hungarian-born father, now deceased, was an immigrant activist in Washington.” See: NCLR Death Threat Punished in Court of Law

Rifle [REE-fleh] is Spanish for Rifle. America’s Voice can’t even imagine “what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall in the focus group where the NRA developed the latest, most bizarre, approach to reeling in Latino voters of this election”: a Spanish-language TV ad running in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas that “yokes immigration fears to the gun rights debate by raising the specter of crime by illegals.” See: America’s Voice | How do you say backfire en Español?

Fewer Undocumented Immigrants. The AP brings us the news that, “the number of illegal immigrants entering the United States has slowed significantly the past few years, falling below the number of those entering the country legally, according to the report by the Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington think tank.” See: Illegal immigration declines as economy falters – By Stephen Ohlemacher/AP. See the Pew Hispanic Center’s report: Trends in Unauthorized Immigration: Undocumented Inflow Now Trails Legal Inflow.

– Immigration Robocop. Supporters of North Carolina Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s reelection campaign target her rival Kay Hagan. “Freedom’s Watch, a Washington-based conservative advocacy group, is making automated calls to North Carolina voters that say the Democratic Senate candidate is soft on illegal immigration,” says the Raleigh News and Observer. See: Robocall targets Hagan on immigration.

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