Boehner Blasts Reid, Won’t Allow ‘Immigration Reform’ on Border Bill

July 30, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner vowed the House would not allow the Senate to add any “comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act” to the House’s $659 million border bill Tuesday.

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Latinos Stand to Gain from Obama's Action on Immigration

July 30, 2014

As anticipation builds on what executive action President Barack Obama will take on immigration, one thing is clear, Latinos stand to be significantly affected.

Granted, a bill passed in Congress may have done more and Obama’s actions may not be all some demanded.

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Alabama's Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Hurt Its Economy

July 30, 2014

Alabama's refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility to 235,000 uninsured, low-income residents is hindering the state’s economic development efforts, experts argued at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s summer conference on Monday.

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El debate de Abbott y Davis en el Valle de Río Grande

July 28, 2014

Las campañas por la gobernación del estado han llegado a un acuerdo sobre los términos del debate sobre el Valle de Río Grande, lo que despeja el camino para que los candidatos tengan la primera oportunidad de enfrentarse en esta contienda que está siendo observada a

Chicago se moviliza para recibir a mil niños centroamericanos

July 28, 2014

La Alcaldía de Chicago comenzó a trabajar con organizaciones humanitarias locales para acondicionar refugios en la ciudad que puedan alojar y dar servicios a mil de los niños centroamericanos que cruzaron la frontera sin acompañante.

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Cruz urges rejection of border bill

July 30, 2014

Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies. Cruz has urged House and Senate Republicans to rally around his proposal to attack Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, an administrative change Obama made in 2012 to halt the deportation of some young immigrants. But on Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a bill that includes $659 million in money for the border and a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law — but no change to DACA. Cruz and other members of the party’s right flank argue that DACA is driving Central American migrants to the border, convincing immigrants they will


 

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White House Contemplates Work Permits For Undocumented Migrants, Sources Say

July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.

Yet there's little sign that the urgent humanitarian situation in

 

 

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Proposed GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Backfires, Helps Democrats Raise Millions

July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1 million in a single day on Monday, chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said. The fundraising juggernaut was driven by Democratic opposition to a lawsuit House Republicans intend to file against President Barack Obama related to the enforcement of certain Obamacare provisions.

"Since the announcement of the lawsuit, we've raised more than $7.6 million," Israel said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. The committee has received more than 160,000 donations, Israel said, and the average donation amount is $19. On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) published an op-ed

 

 

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Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

July 30, 2014

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016. “I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.” His remarks came in an address at a Washington conference hosted by the conservative group, Young America's Foundation.

Cruz was a key player in last year’s fight against the law and pushed his colleagues in Congress to try to defund Obamacare ahead of a looming spending deadline. The debate between Republicans and Democrats on the issue eventually resulted in a 16-day

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

House border bill: Light on judges, no funds for legal counsel for child migrants

July 30, 2014

While imposing tough new deportation rules on children fleeing Central America, the border crisis bill unveiled by House Republicans on Tuesday stands out most for the lack of new money provided to hire more immigration judges and to help the unaccompanied minors get legal representation. All departments would get less money than Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama have proposed. But the discrepancy here — when compared to the Senate bill filed last week — is stark.

Just $22 million is provided to the Justice Department under the House bill — $12.9 million to hire additional immigration judges and $9.1 million for technology upgrades to expedite the hearing process through video conferencing, for example.

 

 

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Dems eye linking immigration reform to border bill

July 30, 2014

Senate Democrats are actively warning they may try to attach the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill to the package if House Republicans pass a pared-down funding bill for the border crisis. The complicated calculus reflects the fact that the Senate’s own $3.57 billion border supplemental legislation appears unlikely to clear a procedural vote on Wednesday. So if the House is able to pass its $659 million package later this week, Senate Democrats may press to attach their sweeping 2013 immigration reform bill to the House’s legislation. “If they pass that, maybe it’s an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform, if they’re finally sending us something on immigration,”

 

 

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Christie: Dead man walking or comeback kid?

July 30, 2014

More than a few Republicans see Chris Christie as something akin to Bruce Willis’ character in “The Sixth Sense” — the last man to realize he’s no longer alive. But as he heads to New Hampshire Thursday for his second trip to an early presidential state this month, nearly a dozen aides, top supporters and early-state activists told POLITICO in interviews they believe the New Jersey governor actually does have a political pulse — and that the ingredients exist if not for a full comeback, then at least a chance to be taken seriously again as a presidential hopeful.

Among the factors they point to: No smoking gun has emerged in Bridgegate. No one has replaced him as the early Republican front-runner in 2016. A big chunk of the Republican establishment remains dead set against Rand

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Most in Poll Say Children at Border Merit Relief

July 30, 2014

Most Americans surveyed in a poll released Tuesday said the United States should give shelter and assistance to children from Central America coming here illegally without their parents while the authorities decide whether they can stay.

In the poll, by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan organization that conducts research on religious values in public life, 69 percent of respondents said the children should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay “if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country.” About a quarter of Americans in the survey, 27 percent, said the minors should be “treated as illegal immigrants” and deported to their home countries. Of those polled, 56 percent said the families of children coming from Central

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Can Democrats Flip Texas, Arizona and Georgia?

July 30, 2014

Democratic political strategist David Plouffe made waves a few weeks back when he suggested that Texas, Arizona and Georgia would soon become blue-ish states. His analysis is here and also reflected below: “All three have large minority populations that, in the case of Georgia and Texas, have been getting larger at a rapid clip and that vote primarily Democratic. . . . Each of these states has postindustrial areas where the Democrats are doing well. . . . The Democrats have a chance in all three of these states if the minority vote continues to grow, if white voters eventually experience the same kind of cultural change that residents of other ideopolises have.”

Okay, Plouffe did suggest that these states would be the next ones to flip, but the quote isn’t actually from him. It is John

 

 

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Southwest Fresno leaders criticize hiring of white teacher for Gaston school's cultural studies

July 30, 2014

With just weeks before the new Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School opens in southwest Fresno, community and church leaders are calling on Fresno Unified School District to reconsider its hiring of a white teacher to instruct African-American, Latino and Southeast Asian studies there.

At an early morning news conference Monday, a small group of concerned citizens led by Rev. Karen Crozier met in front of the school on Church Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. People at the gathering said the new school, which is the first southwest Fresno middle school in decades, needs teachers who reflect the ethnic and racial background of its students.

Crozier and others were dismayed to learn the person hired to teach the school's three

 

 

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Top Agribusiness Food Companies Dumping Waste in our Waters

July 30, 2014

Companies like Tyson Foods, Cargill, Inc., and Perdue Farms Inc. dump their garbage—more than 206 million pounds of it—into our water almost every year and leave others to worry about the clean-up. Now, as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a rule to restore the Clean Water Act, these companies are pulling out all the stops to maintain their freedom to dump and pollute, regardless of the toxic outcomes. Tyson Foods, who primarily produces chicken, sends over 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways every single year, according to a new report from Environment America. They account for 9 percent of the nationwide total, and they share their top spot with other similar corporate agribusiness and food producing companies who are sending waste into the Great

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

The GOP’s Latino Dilemma

July 30, 2014

Last year, in a rare moment of political lucidity, Republicans gave themselves good advice on appealing to Latino voters. “If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence … they will close their ears to our policies,” wrote the Republican National Committee in its Growth and Opportunity Project report. “[O]ur Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test,” it continued, “measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.” Republicans had to solve the immigration problem in order to move forward. And for a few months, it looked possible. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spearheaded a comprehensive immigration bill, lobbying conservative activists and successfully moving it out of the Senate. Almost immediately, however, the party’s right-wing

 

 

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ALEC Agenda in Dallas: Evisceration of Medicaid, School Privatization and Expansion of Gas Exports

 

July 30, 2014

ALEC holds its 41st annual meeting in Dallas, Texas starting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. At this largest of its three annual national conferences, state legislators from across the country will meet with corporate and special interest lobbyists behind closed doors to vote on "model" legislation to change state laws. Numerous agenda items are reviewed below. ALEC's 40th annual meeting in Chicago was met by over a thousand protesters. Local groups in Texas held an educational event on Saturday, July 26, and are planning protest activities for Wednesday, July 30. This year, ALEC has a new executive director, Lisa Britton Nelson, who is a former lobbyist for Visa and AOL Time Warner


 

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Minimum-Wage Activists See Opportunity in McDonald’s Decision

July 30, 2014

Minimum-wage activists seized on a decision against McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel yesterday, saying the move may make it easier to unionize workers and ultimately raise wages.

In cases involving restaurants allegedly violating the rights of McDonald’s workers, General Counsel Richard Griffin found that the parent company can be considered an employer, along with franchise owners. That means if the parties in the disputes can’t reach a settlement, McDonald’s would be held jointly responsible, the NLRB said yesterday in a statement. While only the first step in a long legal process, the decision was celebrated by labor groups and decried by the retail industry, which said it threatens

 

 

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Clinton: Redskins name is ‘insensitive’

July 30, 2014

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the latest Democrat to support changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team. "I think it is insensitive, and I think that there is no reason for it to continue as a name of a team in our nation's capital," she said in an interview with Fusion. "I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute," she added. Clinton did not volunteer any possible new names for the franchise. "No. I haven't thought a lot about [it]," she said.

Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, joins a growing list of Democratic leaders who have called for a name change. Nearly every Democratic leader has already come out in support of dropping the team name, including President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi


 

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Mother Sues Border Patrol Over Death Of Child Shot Multiple Times

July 30, 2014

The mother of a 16-year-old Mexican national shot at least 10 times is suing the Border Patrol agents responsible for his death, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

The civil suit filed by the mother of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez comes amid a long-running debate over the Border Patrol's use of force. The agency has maintained that its officers opened fire on Elena Rodríguez on Oct. 10, 2012, after a group of people threw rocks at them from the Mexican side of the border. The agents were on the U.S. side responding to a report of drug smuggling in Nogales.

But the lawsuit contends that Elena Rodríguez was not throwing rocks and that he was merely walking along the street near the border wall separating the twin cities of Nogales,

 


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Mexico’s Growing Auto Industry: Bane Or Boon For U.S. Big Three?

July 30, 2014

Standing in front of the assembly line in Volkswagen’s massive campus in Puebla, Mexico, 35-year-old line boss Milton Araujo, looked at the shiny new Volkswagen Beetles rolling off the conveyer belt, illuminated by the bright lights overhead. “Back in the day, everybody had a Beetle,” he told Fox News Latino. “Now the car is different, much more modern.”

So is Puebla, which has emerged as one of the main hubs of Mexico’s automotive sector. “There are more stores, shopping centers,” Araujo said.

VW’s facility is a modern metropolis unto itself, covering more than 1.1 square miles, employing nearly 16,000 people and producing more than 500,000 vehicles a year.

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Storm Knocks Down 60 Feet Of Border Fence In Arizona

July 30, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico. The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and resumed Saturday night until Sunday morning, when debris from the Mexican side of the border traveled through a wash and piled up against the border fence. The fence, just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19, stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground. Border agents were alerted not long after the wall fell. "Resources have been deployed to the area until the fence is repaired. Our technology assets such as cameras are also able to assist us," U.S. Border Patrol

 

 

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Profesores objetan restricciones a uso de drones

July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treinta profesores universitarios señalan que las restricciones gubernamentales al uso de aviones teledirigidos entorpecerán la investigación académica sobre los artefactos.

En una carta enviada a la Administración Federal de Aviación los profesores indican que las aclaraciones hechas el mes pasado a las reglas que deben seguir los modelos de aeronaves recreativas eliminarían la capacidad de los investigadores para usar aviones no tripulados en viajes a baja altitud sobre propiedades privadas. Los aviones a escala se han sofisticado y han mejorado su capacidad al punto de que son virtualmente indistinguibles de los teledirigidos pequeños. Además, el precio de los aviones se ha

 

 

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Reitera México condena a intento de militarización fronteriza de EU

July 28, 2014

México, DF. El gobierno de México reiteró su condena a cualquier intento de militarización de la frontera de Estados Unidos, “cualquier actividad debe tomar en cuenta el mejor interés de niñas y niños migrantes no acompañados, así como la cooperación entre México y Estados Unidos para mejorar las condiciones de crecimiento y desarrollo de la frontera común”, advirtió el canciller José Antonio Meade.

A su vez, el gobernador de California, Jerry Brown, coincidió al señalar que el tema de la migración debe despolitizarse, luego de destacar que no recurrirá, como lo ha hecho Texas, a la Guardia Nacional para militarizar la frontera con México. En conferencia de prensa conjunta el canciller Meade fue interrogado sobre la

 

 

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Develarán secretos de las guerras mundiales

July 28, 2014

Para conmemorar el hito, el canal History estrena una superproducción original que en seis episodios revisará los detalles detrás de las grandes guerras mundiales del siglo XX. Pero buscaron hacerlo con un enfoque diferente.

“La gran novedad aquí tiene que ver con cómo se ve a los personajes y contextos de los grandes líderes”. Así, el programa busca contar la historia a través de sus protagonistas e identificar la conexión que tuvieron ambos conflictos. ¿Cómo influyó la Primera Guerra en Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Mussolini y Stalin, todos protagonistas de la Segunda Guerra? Este programa, sigue una fórmula que el canal ha explotado con éxito: mezclar documentos históricos y testimonios expertos con un alto

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

It is always a good time to take care of our Medicare

by: María Eugenia Hernández-Lane

July 29, 2014

This summer while we spend many days outside enjoying the nice weather, surely many of us are also thinking about how great it is to spend this nice time with our loved ones and our friends who share with us these sunny days and breezy nights.
Maybe some of us are sipping coffee out back and enjoying the quiet of retirement that our working years gave us.


Of course you and your loved ones would want that sense of peace to last forever, especially when it comes to our healthcare. And if you are an older Latino or Latina, you’re likely using Medicare, and we need your help.


The Medicare program has been a target for fraud, yes fraud, because there are unscrupulous people taking advantage of our country’s older population. Obviously, those who manage the program cannot be everywhere at once, and they depend on you and other beneficiaries to help keep it running as it should. The population of older residents in the United States continues to rapidly increase, and Medicare costs are currently at more than $500 billion annually – an expense only expected to go up, and up.

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Lawsuit Against President Obama Is Just Another Excuse for Republicans to Delay Immigration Reform

by: David Bacon

July 17, 2014

The mass migration of children from Central America has been at the center of a political firestorm over the past few weeks. The mainstream media has run dozens of stories blaming families, especially mothers, for sending or bringing their children north. The president himself has lectured them, as though they were simply bad parents. “Do not send your children to the borders,” he said in a June 27 interview with George Stephanopoulos. “If they do

 

 

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Lawsuit Against President Obama Is Just Another Excuse for Republicans to Delay Immigration Reform

by: Maria Cardona

July 7, 2014

This week, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, announced his plan to sue President Obama for his alleged abuse of executive orders and failure to faithfully execute the laws of our country. Give me a break! When Boehner was asked whether Republicans were suing President Obama over one executive order in particular, the Speaker did not have an answer.

It could not be clearer that the President has executed the laws of the country, and has signed executive orders as an

 

 

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Are you a Mexican or an American first?

by: Rodolfo F. Acuña

May 30, 2014

What are you, a Mexican or an American? This was a question asked frequently when I was a growing – much more than it is today. This is perhaps because at that time we were clearly a minority and racism was more transparent and acceptable. It was a time when people believed that Jews killed Christ and Mexicans massacred Davey Crockett at the Alamo. The result was that this forced me to think in terms of “them and us.”

I was probably eight or so when my school mates first asked me and my cousin whether we would fight for Mexico or the

 

 

 

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