Maybe immigration reform isn't dead after all

Apr 22, 2014

Conventional political wisdom suggests that immigration reform in a midterm election year has a snowball's chance in July of getting any traction.

But maybe that wisdom isn't so conventional. Some Republicans say they are warily preparing for the possibility

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Meet the woman who could turn Texas purple

Apr 22, 2014

When Leticia Van de Putte walked into the storied Willard Hotel one block from the White House last month, she didn't invoke the stares of gaping tourists or eager handshakes from power-seeking staffers.

Instead, she rolled her own suitcase wearing Texas Longhorn cowboy boots -- .

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GOP Beats Democrats to Spanish-Language Airwaves

Apr 22, 2014

Republicans are beating their Democratic opponents to the Spanish-language airwaves in 2014, seeking to make early and positive impressions on the growing Hispanic community. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday became the fourth Republican gubernatorial candidate

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Hillary Clinton defiende la reforma migratoria

Apr 20, 2014

'Una gran oportunidad perdida'
La exsecretaria de Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, se definió como una defensora de la reforma migratoria que beneficie a los inmigrantes.

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Alarma: El gobierno de Obama vuelve a publicar las reglas de asilo actuales

Apr 20, 2014

Tremendo: Solo aquellos inmigrantes actuales que muestren además una alta posibilidad de obtenerlo podrán ser luego escuchados por un juez. El alto número de vigentes solicitudes presentadas en el último año encendió todas las alarmas en

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AFL-CIO Releases Recommendations on Administrative Action on Immigration

Apr 22, 2014

Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--April 21, 2014 - Since April 17, 2013, the AFL-CIO has joined its vigorous support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a call on the administration to cease needless deportations. Today, the AFL-CIO issues a detailed policy statement that fleshes out the pro-worker case for the Department of Homeland Security to stop the deportation crisis. The highlights of the AFL-CIO’s three policy recommendations are as follows:
DHS should grant affirmative relief with work authorization to individuals who are low priorities for removal or eligible for prosecutorial discretion under existing DHS policies. This would stop employers from “playing the deportation card” that pits workers against each other. DHS should reassert the primary role of the federal government in determining and implementing enforcement

 


 

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Can Eva Longoria Help Kickstart The 2016 Hispanic Vote?

Apr 22, 2014

Back in the day, well before it was under constant financial stress, public television learned to gather support for its operations by casting a wider net of funders beyond the usual suspects. Anyone who has watched public television over the years is familiar with appeals to “viewers like you.” The “viewers like you” slogan is listed in the credits of the people – not just the institutions — who sponsor the programs.

I was thinking about public television last night when reflecting on the strategy of a really interesting Kickstarter campaign which is soon coming to a close. Filmmakers Gianpaolo and Alessandro Pietri – who are twin brothers, based in Puerto Rico – are seeking to raise $158,000 on Kickstarter for El Voto Hispano, a documentary examining the emerging power of the Hispanic vote. So far (last time I checked: April 21, 7:30AM Pacific) they’ve collected close to $55,000 in pledges. But they .

 

 

 

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Latino Groups Target Voters Ahead of Midterms

Apr 22, 2014

For Lizette Escobedo, getting voters to turn out for midterm elections is always a challenge. But she said motivating Latino voters for the 2014 midterm elections may be especially difficult amid growing discontent over the lack of movement on immigration reform. Escobedo is the National Director of Development and Communications for Mi Familia Vota, an organization working to increase civic participation among Hispanics.

Immigration reform is still a big priority for many Latinos, she explained. "If the community doesn't turn out to vote for leaders that will make those decisions, there is a lot to lose," Escobedo said. Despite the stalled legislation, voting rights groups are beginning their push to ramp up interest and participation before the 2014 midterms. Groups like Mi Familia Vota and Voto Latino have recently launched voter registration campaigns designed to re-energize the Latino

 


 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

mmigration Activists Try to Ramp up Pressure on Obama Again

Apr 22, 2014

For months now, the pattern has been the same. Immigration activists, frustrated with inaction, latch onto some small glimmer of hope: a new campaign to pressure the powerful, or an approving remark by someone who can break the legislative stalemate. Each time the prospect of progress fades as quickly as it appeared.
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White House, Perez Continue Unemployment Extension Push

Apr 22, 2014

The White House and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continue to press the House to pass an unemployment benefits extension — but so far there’s no word of a new offer to sweeten the pot for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

“We continue to press Congress to take action to restore those benefits,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “Extending them would be, of course, hugely impactful to the families who receive them directly, but also of great benefit to the economy, and Congress ought to take action.”

Carney said he didn’t have an update on what the White House might be willing to offer Boehner.

Before leaving for the spring recess, Boehner reiterated his demand that the White House come up with a new offer before


 

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Earth Day by the numbers

Apr 22, 2014

More than 190 countries on Tuesday will mark the 44th Earth Day celebration, which honors the modern environmental movement. Countries will recognize the day with events promoting conservation, environmental friendly initiatives, and climate policies. In India, the Earth Day Network will host a book fair to raise awareness about the waste plaguing the country, while Kuwait's Chemical Engineering Society will host a beach cleanup event. States across the U.S. will hold nature walks, gardening events, animal rehabilitation presentations, and more. Green groups and administration officials are reaching out on Earth Day and throughout the week to promote ways individuals can shrink their carbon footprint.

Here’s a breakdown of Earth Day by the numbers:

• Established April 22, 1970

 

 

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In a nod to changing demographics, Gov. Rick Scott airing early Spanish-language campaign ad

Apr 22, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott will start airing his 2014 campaign’s first Spanish-language TV commercial this week, an earlier-than-usual Hispanic-outreach effort that reflects Florida’s changing demographics as well as the depth of the Republican’s aggressive $6 million ad blitz.

No other Florida governor has advertised so heavily — especially in Spanish — nearly seven months before his election. The ad’s title and message, “Oportunidad [opportunities],” jibes with two English-language positive spots Scott began running in mid-March. It’s all about jobs, which have increased on his watch.

“ Yo no soy un experto en la política, pero yo sé el valor de un

 

 

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Christie Is Using Romney Ties to Kickstart His 2016 Bid

Apr 22, 2014

As Christie Watch has been chronicling for some time now, Governor Chris Christie continues to tiptoe his way back into the 2016 presidential conversation, though it’s clearly an uphill climb. Tomorrow night, Christie will appear as the keynote speaker at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual Walk to Washington, and Christie Watch will be there to file a complete report on the event. But the governor is also planning to make some news in June when he attends Mitt Romney’s own annual event, a “policy summit” to be held in Park City, Utah. It’ll be another cattle call for would-be 2016 GOP standard-bearers, and also in attendance will be Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and Mike Huckabee.

Let’s unpack this a bit. Romney,

 

 

 

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Christie Campaign Has Spent At Least $314,000 in Legal Fees in Bridge Scandal

Apr 22, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign has been billed for at least $314,000 on legal fees so far in representing itself in regards to the George Washington Bridge lane closure investigations, a total that exceeds the committee’s campaign cash on hand.

Chris Christie for Governor retained Patton Boggs LLP in response to a federal investigation into the September lane closures, along with a probe by a New Jersey legislative committee. The campaign committee received subpoenas for information in regards to the matter from prosecutors and the legislative committee in January.

The firm billed a total of $160,000 for legal fees and documentation in March, according to campaign reports

 

 

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Ted Cruz and Rand Paul: Opposite directions

Apr 21, 2014

From my report on the Sunday shows' waning influence:

The Sunday morning shows once occupied a sacred space in American politics.

Today, many influential Washington players can’t even remember the last time they watched. The public affairs shows — “Meet The Press,” “Face The Nation,” and “This Week” — used to set the agenda for the nation’s capital with their news-making interviews and immensely influential audience. Now the buzz around the shows is more likely to center on gossipy criticism about the hosts, notably Meet The Press’s David Gregory, whose fate has become an incessant subject of conversation, most recently in a Washington Post story on Monday. Meanwhile, fans complain about the recurrence of familiar guests — Sen. John McCain again? — who simply

 

 

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There Is An Epidemic Of Republicans Plagiarizing From Rand Paul

Apr 22, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul’s libertarian vision for the Republican Party future has such broad appeal that a generation of Republican candidates is copying his platform — and in many cases, literally copying and pasting it on to their own websites.

Republican Senate, U.S. congressional, and state legislative candidates around the country have plagiarized from the Kentucky senator, BuzzFeed has found. The group includes two candidates with a serious shot at entering the U.S. Senate next year, Oklahoma’s T.W. Shannon and North Carolina’s Greg Brannon. Paul himself faced questions earlier this year for plagiarizing sections of campaign speeches from Wikipedia and other sources. But while he may have been sloppy, the other candidates are systematic, and their source of choice offers a glimpse into

 

 

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Fl. Immigrant tuition bill opens rift in Republican party

Apr 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick into gear his Hispanic outreach campaign when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

The abrupt procedural move by Senate President Don Gaetz and Senate budget chairman Joe Negron on Thursday caught Scott unaware along with fellow House Republicans and the party’s most respected former governor, Gov. Jeb Bush, who had privately asked some senators to hear the measure.

In a rare joint public statement, Bush, Scott and another former Republican governor, Bob Martinez, on Friday urged the Senate to take up the bill, which has majority support in the chamber. One former governor stands to benefit the most from the Senate’s failure to take up

 


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Supreme Court Rejects AZ's Appeal Seeking To Punish People Who Harbor Undocumented Immigrants

Apr 22, 2014

The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal, at the request of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, over a part of Arizona’s immigration law that would call on police to arrest people who harbor undocumented immigrants.

The justices had no comment Monday on their order declining to review a ruling that blocked enforcement of that part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found last year that the harboring ban was vague and trumped by federal law, which already prohibits the harboring of people who aren't in the country legally. The harboring ban was in effect from late July 2010 until a federal judge in Phoenix blocked its enforcement in Sept. 2012 as part of a challenge by civil rights groups. Immigrant rights advocates challenging the 2010 law told the nation's highest court that none of the country's federal appeals courts have

 

 

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Hillary Clinton Promises To Push Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Apr 22, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, says she is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform and the path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants.

Speaking at the Clinton Foundation in New York last week, the former secretary of state said Republicans should lift their opposition to comprehensive reform and pass legislation this year.

"I'm a huge supporter of immigration reform and a path to citizenship and will continue to advocate for that," Clinton told an audience at the foundation's "No Ceilings" initiative. When a young woman who identified herself as an undocumented immigrant asked Clinton what she'd do about immigration, the former New York senator made it clear that reforming the broken system would be one of her priorities. Clinton told the young

 

 

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The Climate Change Speech President Obama Must Make

Apr 22, 2014

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report reads like a science fiction writer’s vision of Apocalypse. But President Obama still fails to lead and to deal decisively with climate change and its looming tidal wave of human suffering.

What follows is a portion of the imagined climate change speech President Obama needs to make to the nation, and the world. See the entire speech here. Emancipation from Fossil Fuels: A New Birth of Freedom

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens: I come before Congress and the People of the United States tonight because we can no longer deny the horrific threat of carbon pollution, the corrupting influence of the fossil fuel industry, or the great danger we face as a nation. Just over 150 years ago, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. That act made slavery’s eradication and the

 

 

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Mi Gente response to “Education professor sparks conversation on representation of Latino faculty”

Apr 22, 2014

Mi Gente is offended and shocked at the Program in Education and its PowerPoint presentations that The Chronicle published last week. These presentation slides demonstrate the lack of understanding and respect for Latino communities—especially at Duke and in Durham. The use of sombreros, maracas, cigars and other images of Latino culture were used inappropriately and offensively. Our University often rebukes student organizations for similar acts, but it is even more disappointing and disturbing when these same sentiments come from faculty. This is a clear demonstration of the Program’s ignorance concerning diversity with respect to race.

As a student affinity group, this confirms the discomfort our members feel in the classroom.

 

 

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Drive for universal pre- school wins Latino support

Apr 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, California (Press Release) – A new Field Poll reveals that ninety-one percent of registered Latino voters in California believe it is either somewhat or very important to make publicly-supported preschool available to all four-year old children. Seventy-five percent of registered Latino voters feel that the projected cost of implementing universal preschool in California is worth the investment.

California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D – Sacramento), author of the bill central to the polling, issues the following statement:

“Overwhelmingly, Latino voters believe that the Senate Democratic ‘Fair Start’ proposal is worth the upfront investment. I am not surprised. Californians intuitively understand that the more you invest in success up front, the less you spend remediating failure at the end. Latinos comprise over fifty-two percent of kids currently enrolled

 

 

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A-F School Grading Targeted in N.M. Equity Suit

Apr 22, 2014

Among the many school-funding lawsuits focused on equity and adequacy around the country, a case in New Mexico stands out. It focuses on the state's A-F accountability and teacher-evaluation policies—not strictly on spending levels—in targeting what the plaintiffs say are an unfair distribution of resources that makes the state's education budget a showcase for inequality. The suit, filed late last month by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), says the high-profile policies popular in several states effectively deprive low-income and English-language-learner students of key resources. The challenge also represents pushback, albeit indirectly, to the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Tallahassee, Fla.-based group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican. The group lobbies states to adopt policies like A-F accountability. New Mexico's Secretary of

 

 

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Agente fronterizo le disparó dos veces a mexicano

Apr 21, 2014

Su muerte desató controversia
Un mexicano que fue muerto a tiros por un agente fronterizo estadounidense en un área montañosa remota recibió dos balazos en el pecho tras presuntamente lanzarle piedras al agente, de acuerdo con un informe de autopsia dado a conocer el viernes. Dos casquillos fueron recuperados a unos cinco metros (16 pies) del cadáver de Jesús Flores, de 41 años, cuya muerte el 18 de febrero ocurrió en medio de una controversia sobre cómo los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza deben responder a los que les atacan con piedras. La Oficina del Forense del Condado de San Diego dijo que a la pistola del agente le faltaban tres balas. Los investigadores han dicho que Flores, que estaba en una colina por encima del agente,

 

 

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‘Dreamers’ vuelven a dividir a los republicanos

Apr 21, 2014

El gobernador Rick Scott estaba a punto de darle inicio a su campaña para tratar de llegar al voto hispano cuando dos importantes republicanos del Senado de la Florida le complicaron el camino al bloquear inesperadamente un proyecto de ley prioritario que habría reducido los costos de matrícula para algunos estudiantes indocumentados.

La abrupta decisión del jueves de Don Gaetz, presidente del Senado, y de Joe Negrón, director de Presupuesto del Senado, tomó a Scott por sorpresa, al igual que a otros republicanos de la Cámara, y al ex gobernador más respetado del partido, Jeb Bush, quien le había pedido en privado a algunos senadores que escucharan de qué se trataba la medida. En una declaración

 

 

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El FBI estaría investigando a Herbalife

Apr 14, 2014

Herbalife, una compañía internacional con base en Los Angeles, y que se dedica a la venta de batidos en todo el mundo, está bajo supuesta investigación criminal de parte del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, informó la prensa de ese país.

Según un informe del Financial Times y que reproduce The Verge, la investigación está aún en una etapa preliminar y hasta el momento no se han presentado cargos contra la compañía. Esta información es precedida de noticias sobre la apertura de una investigación civil contra Herbalife por parte de la Comisión Federal de Comercio. El gestor de fondos de cobertura Bill Ackman ha acusado públicamente a empresa de ser un esquema piramidal y ha publicado varios

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

The National Chicano Moratorium: August 29, 1970

by: Rev. Juan Romero

Apr 7, 2014

Fifty thousand Latinos from throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles filled Dodger Stadium on June 1, 1986.  It was the local culmination and cloture of the national consultation process of Hispanics sponsored by the Bishops of the United States: El Tercer Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral.  The new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Roger M. Mahony told the people, to their great applause, "I am your bishop," and proceeded to declaim for the local church the Pastoral Plan that had emerged from the collective consultations on the national and local levels. It was a glory day that throbbed with excitement and life! Frank del Olmo of the L. A. Times called it the largest gathering of Hispanics for any event in L.A. history. It was the celebration of a pilgrim journey of a people in col1ective fulfillment of the Lord's will.


What a contrast to that Christmas Eve of 1969 when a group of Chicano  activists, calling themselves Católicos Por La Raza, demonstrated outside of St. Basil's Church on posh Wilshire Boulevard during Midnight Mass. They were denouncing James Francis Cardinal McIntyre and the Church of Los Angles for being insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the Church.  Although those allegations had been made in anger, and received in great pain, the polarization between Mexican Americans and the Church that once existed was now symbolically healed. The Catholic Church was now overtly seen to be on the side of the Latino.

 

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The GOP's Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

by Maria T. Cardona

March 17, 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

 

 

 

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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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