Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto


Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

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This post originally appeared on NBCLatino.

Latinos support comprehensive immigration reform.  That statement is about as newsworthy is saying the next Pope will be Catholic.  What is extraordinary is when a Latino comes out against comprehensive reform, such as the case of Idaho GOP House member Raul Labrador.

At least three-quarters of the Latino electorate supports immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.  Not just bringing Latinos out of the shadows but allowing them to earn the right to become full members of our American democracy.  Earned citizenship has been steadily gaining support beyond the borders of the Latino community.

According to the latest Gallup poll, over seventy percent of Americans support a path to legal residency or citizenship.  Today not only does a majority of the voting American public support comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of Republicans support comprehensive immigration reform.

And among Republicans we have seen Evangelicals and Mormons taking the lead in advocating for immigration reform.  So in other words, there are two groups that are politically most supportive of comprehensive immigration reform – Latinos and religious Republicans, such as Mormons.

So why is it that a devout Mormon Latino has staked out such a hard-line against earned citizenship?  Second-term Republican congressman Raul Labrador has become the spokesperson against what his demographics would suggest he would support. (more…)