Migration Policy Institute. October 2012.
In the lead-up to the 2012 US presidential election, a major point of contention between Republican and Democratic candidates has been the division of responsibility for immigration policy and enforcement between the federal government and states. This is not surprising. When viewed through the local law enforcement lens, the current arrangement looks more like a patchwork of overlapping and potentially conflicting authorities than a systematic nation-wide approach to immigration enforcement. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
The Democratic National Committee. September 4, 2012.
Full-text of the Democratic Party Platform adopted by the delegates at the Democratic Party convention.
Congressional Research Service. June 12, 2012.
This report provides answers to frequently asked questions about the presidential nominating process, including how the delegates to the national conventions are chosen, the differences between a caucus and a primary, national party rules changes for 2012, and the national conventions themselves.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42533.pdf [PDF Format, 26 pages].
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. June 4, 2012.
As Americans head to the polls this November, their values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Unlike in 1987, when this series of surveys began, the values gap between Republicans and Democrats is now greater than gender, age, race or class divides. Overall, there has been much more stability than change across the 48 political values measures that the Pew Research Center has tracked since 1987. But the average partisan gap has nearly doubled over this 25-year period — from 10% in 1987 to 18% in the new study. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-pdf/06-04-12%20Values%20Release.pdf [PDF format, 168 pages].