Morning Briefing: April 24, 2012

Mexican immigration into the U.S. is so slow it may now be in reverse. A new study from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that, “In the five years from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4m Mexicans immigrated to the US – exactly the same number of Mexican immigrants and their US-born children who quit America and moved back or were deported to Mexico.”

As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law this week, Mitt Romney will be forced to take a stance on immigration. The Romney campaign has been particularly focused on gaining the Latino vote, and his approach to the Supreme Court’s arguments this week may determine his tone on immigration for the rest of the election season.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday on Fox News that there’s a “1-in-3” chance the GOP will lose its majority in the House. That conflicted a bit with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who was more bullish, saying, “I am very confident that we will strengthen our majority.”

The government in the Netherlanders fell after lawmakers were unable to get enough votes to implement austerity measures, the latest sign suggesting Europeans are beginning to reject austerity. The Dutch collapse comes just days after French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost the first round of presidential elections to socialist Francois Hollande, who rejects austerity.

Newt Gingrich will “reassess” whether to drop out of the presidential race this week, depending on his finish in the winner-take-all Delaware primary today.

Despite pious promises of an earmark ban, 65 House Republican freshman have requested bringing back a form of earmarks — pushing for a loophole to allow them to bring home the same pork for their own districts most decried in their 2010 campaigns.

New state-by-state polls in Arizona and New Hampshire contain promising signs for President Obama’s reelection campaign. In New Hampshire, considered a swing state, Obama is up by nine over Mitt Romney in a new poll. And in Arizona, home of conservative icons Governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, President Obama is trailing by just two.

Voters in California will decide this November whether to keep the state’s death penalty legal or become the 17th state to abolish it after opponents of capital punishment gathered enough signatures to force it onto the ballot. California has the nation’s largest death row population.

And finally: The cash-strapped Minnesota Republican Party is facing eviction from the headquarters after having difficulty paying the building’s owner. “We’re not going to be evicted,” the chairman of the party assured reporters, saying they are “continuing to negotiate on the back payments as well as on a lease that better fits both our space needs and our budget.”