Minorities now the new majority in many suburban schools

Dec 22, 2014

In 1970, 1 out of every 40 residents in DuPage County was a person of color. By 2030, it's projected that minorities will comprise the majority of the county's population. The demographics of DuPage, long perceived as affluent and lily-white,

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'Unjust': Rights groups slam spread of facilities for immigrant families

Dec 22, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security this week announced it is opening the largest immigrant family detention facility in the United States, amid concerns from immigrant-rights groups. The center in Dilley, Texas, was opened on Monday

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Undocumented immigrants hoping paper trail will guarantee reprieve from deportation

Dec 22, 2014

Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.

The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under

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Inmigración, oportunidad perdida para algunos republicanos

Dec 22, 2014

La sesión del Congreso de Estados Unidos concluye con una división fuerte en torno a las leyes de inmigración y los republicanos temen que pagarán un precio muy alto en las elecciones presidenciales y del Senado de 2016.

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"Soñadores" Arizona "cuentan horas" para tramitar licencias

Dec 22, 2014

Los jóvenes indocumentados de Arizona amparados bajo la acción diferida "cuentan las horas" para iniciar los trámites que les permitan obtener una licencia de conducir, un derecho que les fue negado por una medida de la gobernadora estatal, Jan Brewer, y al que

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Obama: Sony hacking not an act of war

Dec 22, 2014

President Obama says in an interview to be broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hacking attack was an act of war by North Korea. "I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive,” Obama said on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley," according to a transcript. “We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.” Obama said he was “sympathetic to the fact” that Sony has business considerations to make in their decision to cancel the release of “The Interview,” a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in theaters on Christmas Day following terror threats.

Sony’s chairman fired back after Obama last week said it was a “mistake” to cancel the release. “We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Hispanic representation on Harris County grand juries far below population

Sec 22, 2014

Republican leaders are so far refusing to telegraph their strategy for combating President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration. But they’re under enormous pressure from the right to act fast. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have no shortage of options. The question is whether any of them would stop Obama in his tracks. Aides to GOP leadership say one weapon in their armory would be for Republicans to sue the president, either by expanding the GOP’s current lawsuit against him on ObamaCare or bringing new legal action.

Republicans, who will take over the Senate in January, have also threatened to block all of Obama’s executive branch nominees, unless the president reverses his plan shielding up to

 

 

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Paul fires back after Rubio labels him an Obama cheerleader

Dec 22, 2014

The foreign policy battle between Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) escalated Sunday on the political talk shows and Twitter, with the Florida lawmaker labeling Paul the “chief cheerleader” of Obama’s foreign policy.

“Rand, if he wants to become the chief cheerleader of Obama’s foreign policy, he certainly has a right to do that,” Rubio told ABC News. “I’m going to continue to oppose the Obama-Paul foreign policy on Cuba because I know it won’t lead to freedom and liberty for the Cuban people, which is my sole interest here.”

The two Republican lawmakers and possible 2016 presidential candidates have spent the better part of the week exchanging barbs over President Obama’s recently announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba by easing trade and travel restrictions and reestablishing

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

Dec 22, 2014

The year 2014 brought a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes. Her popularity continued to decline, her book tour drew mixed reviews (along with her book), and some in the liberal wing of the part are urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her status as most prohibitive Democratic front-runner in history has not changed. She remains the overwhelming favorite against both Warren and Vice President Joe Biden. Sixty-three percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they'd vote for her if their state's primary (or caucus) were held today, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Biden garners 14 percent, Warren wins 11 and three other candidates get less than

 

 

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Elizabeth Warren and the left's answer to the tea party

Dec 22, 2014

WASHINGTON -- After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate recently from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left?

Though there are superficial similarities between the Massachusetts Democrat and the Texas Republican, the question is actually easy to answer. Elizabeth Warren is not Ted Cruz. She cannot possibly be Ted Cruz -- because she is Jim DeMint. DeMint, the former Republican senator from South Carolina who now runs the conservative Heritage Foundation, is widely seen as the godfather of the tea-party movement. His fiery rebellions, first against the impure conservatism of President George W. Bush and then more forcefully against President

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Where have all the Latinos gone? A statistical mystery in local politics

Dec 22, 2014

The four people who competed to replace Bonnie Pannell on the Sacramento City Council in November were all African American. That probably didn’t surprise anyone; District 8 is a historically black seat representing historically black communities. Historically, however, as in, used to be.

Although the neighborhoods that make up District 8 are strikingly diverse, by the numbers, this is a Latino district. According to the demographic figures used in the city’s 2011 redistricting process, about 30 percent of the residents are Latino.

So, how is it that no Latino candidates were running in this race, and that there never has been a Latino representing the district? For that matter, why isn’t there any Latino representation on the City Council?

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Republicans' way to the presidency depends on immigration action

Dec 22, 2014

Will the vocal subset of anti-immigrant Republican members of Congress undermine one of the most interesting potential presidential candidates their party has recruited in years? Or will congressional leaders from Texas and elsewhere foster a constructive conversation?

That's the question that arises with Jeb Bush's announcement Tuesday that he'll explore a run for president in 2016. That news, from a conservative leader who understands our immigration system is broken, puts into sharp relief the choice congressional Republicans have before them in the year ahead. They can play executive action for short-term, localized political gain, or they can rise above the fray and offer a vision that uplifts their party in 2016 and beyond.

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

How immigrants may qualify to stay under Obama 'amnesty'

Dec 22, 2014

San Diego — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.

The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under measures President Barack Obama announced last month. Applicants must prove they were in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 2010 — a tall order for many accustomed to avoiding trails. For critics, conditions are ripe for fraud. The administration has not said which documents it will accept, but advocates are taking guidance from a 2012 reprieve for immigrants who came to the country as young children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, allows vehicle registrations, baptism records

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

More Central Americans apprehended than Mexicans

Dec 22, 2014

For the first time since detailed records began being kept in 1992, undocumented immigrants from Mexico made up less than half of those apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. More Central Americans were caught crossing into the United States illegally than Mexicans, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. While Mexicans made up the single largest nationality apprehended by CBP, the combined number of Hondurans, El Salvadorans and Guatemalans apprehended was even larger. “It’s the first time in recent history where (migrants other than Mexicans) exceeded Mexican nationals,” a DHS official said. But the big picture remains the same: Statistics show that the number


 

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Lutherans, Vatican move closer on 500-year Reformation anniversary cooperation

Dec 22, 2014

The general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Rev. Martin Junge, says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point.

He was speaking during preparations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017 when Lutheran and Catholics are expected to cooperate in an act of Christian unity.

Junge was speaking during a discussion December 18 in the Lutheran church in Rome, where he said the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics is being transformed "from conflict to communion," the LWF said in a December 19 statement.

In a world "in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers," Junge hailed the movement of the Lutheran and Roman

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Majority of Nebraskans polled would put out welcome mat for immigrants

Dec 22, 2014

Nebraskans appear ready for immigration reform. They just don’t want President Barack Obama going it alone.

A clear majority of Nebraskans — 63 percent — said they would support allowing illegal immigrants to stay in this country and obtain citizenship if they passed certain tests, including a criminal background check. But a clear majority — 57 percent — opposed Obama’s recent executive order that protects some immigrants from deportation, according to a poll commissioned by The World-Herald. The automated telephone poll of 800 registered voters from across Nebraska was conducted by Victory Phones, a national research and public polling firm. The survey was conducted Dec. 16-17 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The World-Herald Poll comes

 

 

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Marco Rubio, Rand Paul trade shots over Cuba on TV, Twitter, Facebook

Dec 22, 2014

MIAMI--As they jockey for possible presidential bids, Republican senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are taking aim at each other on TV, Twitter and Facebook over Cuba policy.

Rubio, a Cuba hardliner from West Miami, has attacked President Barack Obama's effort to re-establish ties with Cuba. The pugnacious Kentuckian thinks the president made the right move. "He doesn't know what he's talking about," Rubio promptly said Thursday of Paul during a TV interview.

"Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat," Paul fired back Friday on Twitter "I reject this isolationism." The unexpected donnybrook exposed a latent tension in the Republican Party, with Rubio representing the conservative mainstream establishment

 


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Obama sheds ‘deporter in chief’ label, oversees steep drop in illegal immigrant removals

Dec 22, 2014

Homeland Security Department officials say the changing face of illegal immigration and the reluctance of “sanctuary cities” to help enforce immigration laws have led to the stunning drop in deportations over the past few years. Statistics released late Friday showed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported about 315,000 immigrants in fiscal year 2014, a steep drop from more than 360,000 deported in 2013 and well below the more than 410,000 the previous year.

Even more striking is the drop in the number of immigrants kicked out from the interior of the U.S. — the 11.5 million or so who dominate the debate. ICE removed 102,000 in 2014, the lowest rate since 2006, which was before President George W. Bush began to take immigration

 

 

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Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

Dec 22, 2014

A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black youth, greater perceptions of being discriminated against cancelled out the protective effects of parental education.

“High socioeconomic status (SES), particularly higher parent education, is known to be protective against depressive symptoms in young adults,” said senior author Elizabeth Goodman, M.D., of the MGHfC Division of General Academic Pediatrics. “But the relationship between higher SES and reduced depression

 

 

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Licenses for dreamers: When, where and what it means

Dec 22, 2014

The courts have ruled and, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, the Arizona Department of Transportation will accept driver's-license applications from young, undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Here's more on the immediate impact across the state.

Question: Do the dreamers get their licenses immediately?

Answer: The order doesn't mean those eligible will apply for — or receive — their driver's licenses straight away. The minimum age to apply for DACA is 15, meaning some recipients aren't old enough to drive.

And like any other new driver, the applicants must provide identification, pass a written exam and then take a road test.

If they don't pass either part

 

 

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Jeb Bush is not the white knight Latinos have been waiting for. We're sick of the GOP

Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush is beginning to run for presidente on one platform and one platform only: that he can deliver the Republican party to El Dorado – that is, the Mexican masses who are the future of America and can keep the GOP from going the way of the Whigs.

Yes, he’s the brother of George 43 and son of George 41, and he successfully ran Florida for eight years, an effort that deserves a Macarthur Genius grant or something. But the only thing that distinguishes Jeb from the other Reeps interested in throwing their sombrero into the 2016 presidential race is his relationship with Latinos.

See, Jeb has this crazy idea that Latinos are humans and worthy of living in this country, something that he’s tried to teach to his fellow conservatives to no avail. So instead, he’s made a point of reaching out to

 

 

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Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Dec 17, 2014

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

After six years in which his administration took a tough line on deportations, Obama’s decision to shield up to 4 million more undocumented immigrants from being removed from the country was in part aimed at repairing damage with a key constituency whose support for the president has plummeted.

Their backing will be critical for Obama in the face of GOP efforts in the coming months to block his deferred-action program by denying federal funding for it or to overturn the measure through legislation.

 

 

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Latina tapped to head ICE on the hot seat, Sen. Cruz calls her 'rubber stamp for illegal amnesty'

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has vowed to do all he can to keep President Barack Obama’s nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, from being confirmed. The nominee, Dallas-based U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña, said in written answers to questions by a Senate panel earlier this year that she supported unilateral action by Obama on various aspects of immigration, adding that he had the legal authority to issue executive orders on the matter.

That prompted Cruz, one of the Senate’s most conservative members, to denounce Saldaña as “another rubber stamp for illegal amnesty.” Saldaña, who is 62 and the first Latina U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, is among Obama’s most controversial nominees. She is expected to come up for

 


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Newtown lucha por recuperarse a dos años de la matanza

Dec 15, 2014

Al acercarse el segundo aniversario el domingo de la balacera en una escuela de Newtown, funcionarios locales y otras personas afectadas por la tragedia han estado ocupados en muchos ámbitos mientras la ciudad continúa recuperándose de la masacre de 20 niños y seis educadoras. Algunas familias que canalizaron la congoja en activismo han seguido adelante con esfuerzos para contener la violencia con armas y mejorar el tratamiento de salud mental. La ciudad ha comenzado a revisar ideas para la creación de un monumento conmemorativo permanente y ya han empezado los primeros trabajos de construcción en la nueva Escuela Primaria Sandy Hook para reemplazar el edificio escolar demolido el año pasado.

 

 

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Preparan el relanzamiento del Gran Colisionador de Hadrones

Dec 15, 2014

Hace dos años, el acelerador de partículas más grande y potente del mundo, el Gran Colisionador de Hadrones (LHC), fue parado para un reacondicionamiento técnico. Esta semana ha sido probado y está listo para su reactivación. Su ciclo anterior culminó con el histórico hallazgo del bosón de Higgs. Ahora, ¿qué hay detrás de su relanzamiento?

"El LHC se está preparando para su segundo ciclo de tres años. Toda la máquina superconductora de 27 kilómetros de largo está ahora casi enfriada a su temperatura nominal de funcionamiento de 1,9 grados sobre el cero absoluto. El 9 de diciembre los imanes de una octava parte del anillo del LHC fueron accionados con éxito al nivel necesario", reza el comunicado oficial

 

 

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Dron casi colisiona con avión en Heathrow

Dec 15, 2014

De acuerdo a la investigación de la entidad, el Airbus A320 estaba a unos 213 metros de aterrizar cuando el piloto del avión detectó un pequeño objeto negro a la izquierda del aparato aéreo. El objeto, que más tarde fue identificado como un pequeño helicóptero a control remoto, pasó a sólo 6 metros de ala del avión. El dron no tocó el ala y el piloto logró aterrizar el avión sin problemas, tras el hecho ocurrido a las 2.16pm del 22 de julio pasado. Sin embargo, UKAB informó que el piloto se distrajo durante las maniobras de aterrizaje y aclaró que en caso de una colisión con el dron, el avión podría haberse estrellado provocando una catástrofe sin precedentes en el país. Los controladores aéreos de Heathrow fueron informados de inmediato del incidente

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

The GOP's Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

by Maria T. Cardona

Nov 12, 2014

The truth is that in recent months we have seen how low Republican leaders in Congress are willing to go.

The latest accusations from Speaker of the House, John Boehner, blaming the President for Congress' inaction on immigration reform, shows how desperate the Republican leadership is and how they are running out of excuses to not bring a vote on immigration reform to the floor of the House of Representatives.

 

Just a week after Republicans published a series of immigration principles they hope to see in an immigration bill, the leader of the Republican party questioned the possibility that a bill will be signed this year, blaming President Obama, saying he had little confidence that the president would enforce our immigration laws.

 

To be specific, Boehner said the Republican Party has doubts and distrusts the president to enforce the laws.

Please! The truth is that these latest accusations and excuses from Republican leaders are illogical, misleading and cannot be further from the truth.

 

The Obama administration has broken records in terms of levels of deportations. In fact, some of the president's Latino allies have criticized the large amount of deported immigrants, deportations which are the result of laws enacted by Republicans. In addition, this president has invested more money on strengthening border security, more than any other administration.

 

To suggest that this president will not enforce the law is a joke Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership are only playing politics instead of solving the real problems that our communities are currently facing.

 

Apparently, they do not realize that the more they accuse the President's inaction, the more they are furthering themselves from the Latino community and the much needed Latino vote in the upcoming midterm elections in November.

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Apartheidesque Republican Immigration Principles – DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL

by Nativo-Vigil Lopez

Febuary 10, 2014

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
-Frederick Douglass

It has now been 50 years since the War on Poverty began under President Johnson. Many positive safety net programs were created by the government during that period such as Head Start, food stamps and Medicare and they played an essential role in reducing the level of poverty. However, there have also been many political groups and harmful economic policies enacted that have worked to undermine these efforts. From

 

 

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A Growing Income Gap Results in More Educational Inequality

by Jimmy Franco Sr.

January 17, 2014

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
-Frederick Douglass

It has now been 50 years since the War on Poverty began under President Johnson. Many positive safety net programs were created by the government during that period such as Head Start, food stamps and Medicare and they played an essential role in reducing the level of poverty. However, there have also been many political groups and harmful economic policies enacted that have worked to undermine these efforts. From

 

 

 

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"They Call Us Illegal": Fast-Food Workers Face Silent Raids

by David Bacon

December 3, 2013

OAKLAND, California - Since the Golden Arches rose above the first Southern California drive-ins, workers have labored in their shadows for the lowest legal wage a boss can pay. Other fast-food chains have mushroomed since, copying the same ideas. Pay workers the least possible. Keep them guessing from week to week how many hours they'll get. If anyone gets upset, there are always many more people on the street, ready to step behind the counter, clean up the dirty tables or stand at the grill in the

 

 

 

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