DNC chair: Martin O’Malley right on border kids’ ‘certain death’

August 21, 2014

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also thinks deporting children detained at the border is sending them back to “certain death.” The White House went apoplectic last month when likely 2016 presidential

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Microsoft Ditches ALEC In Latest Blow To Conservative Group

August 21, 2014

Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will end its involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative advocacy group, reportedly because of the group's lobbying against renewable energy.

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Washington Post Sorry for Julian Castro Fajita Headline

August 21, 2014

The Washington Post apologized Wednesday for publishing a headline readers of that paper found racially offensive in an article about HUD Secretary Julian Castro. The headline, published in Tuesday’s online and print versions, read “We’ll need more fajitas,” the San Antonio

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Aseguradoras discriminan a enfermos crónicos

August 18, 2014

Defensores de pacientes con serios problemas de salud dijeron que uno de los principales objetivos de la nueva ley de salud en Estados Unidos es ser socavado. La reforma impulsada por el presidente Barack Obama buscaba asegurarse de que terminara la discriminación de las

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Residentes de Long Island se oponen a albergue de niños migrantes

August 18, 2014

Existe la posibilidad que una iglesia del área de Long Island abra sus puertas a niños migrantes, pero residentes del área se oponen a ello, aclamando que la acción sería algo peligrosa. El reverendo de la iglesia Holy Cross Lutheran Church

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Immigration reform ignored in key House race

August 21, 2014

AURORA, Colo. – It was supposed to be here, in these diverse Denver suburbs, that the nation’s fiery immigration debate would dominate a competitive House race. The immigrant population is booming, evidenced by the more than 100 languages spoken at public schools here, the line of foreign flags displayed in the main atrium at City Hall and the bustling Latin and Korean restaurants that line the streets.

But the immigration debate that’s raging in Washington is almost an afterthought in the tight battle between Mike Coffman and Andrew Romanoff. Though they agree on almost nothing, Coffman, the incumbent Republican, and Romanoff, his Democratic challenger, scoff at the national narrative that the sixth congressional district will be won and lost on the issue of immigration reform.

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

August 21, 2014

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws. "The president

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Mexican Legislators Tour U.S. Beef Supply Chain

August 20, 2014

The U.S. Meat Export Federation last week hosted a congressional delegation from Mexico for a firsthand look at U.S. meat production. The three visiting legislators are members of the lower house of the Mexican Congress, where all three serve on the Livestock Committee – including the committee's president, Salvador Barajas, and Dario Badillo of Hidalgo and Raudel López of Aguascalientes. A top official from Mexico's Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Coordinator of Livestock Development Francisco Gurria, was also included in the delegation. "USMEF was pleased to have the opportunity to host such an influential group," said Chad Russell, USMEF regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. "At both a

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Michigan GOP braces for tea party showdown

August 21, 2014

Michigan Republicans are gearing up for a showdown at their state convention Saturday that could unite the GOP for the general election or embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder by exposing deep ideological divisions.

At stake is the renomination of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who faces a challenge from Hartland tea party leader Wes Nakagiri over the way Snyder and Calley have governed since voters handed over complete control of state government to Republicans in 2011. Calley’s allies have been working for nearly a year to recruit and elect delegates to the state convention who will pledge their support for the incumbent and muscle out tea party sympathizers who might vote for Nakagiri on Saturday in Novi.

Conservative factions of the Republican Party have considered blocking Calley from

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Rick Perry’s indictment might be the break Democrats need in Texas

August 21, 2014

Never say Rick Perry never did anything for Latinos in Texas. In fact, the controversial Republican governor now may have done for Hispanics in the Lone Star State what Noah did for shipbuilding. Perry’s indictment Friday for allegedly abusing his official powers could not have come at a more needed and opportune time for Democrats scrambling desperately to light a fire under voters, especially Latinos, in the mid-term elections. Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas, is symbolic of the state’s Republican Party, which Democrats are hoping to topple this year and set up a takeover in the 2016 presidential campaign, which would be historic. But to do so, the Democratic Party needs an overwhelming turnout from

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Nearly 600,000 Texas Latinos Left Out of Health Coverage Options

August 21, 2014

Of the nearly 1 million poor Texans left with no affordable health insurance option due to the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid, more than half are Latino, according to a report co-released today by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and National Council of La Raza. The report calls attention to the coverage gap created by Gov. Rick Perry’s decision not to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act–extremely poor Texas adults who do not qualify for the state’s traditional Medicaid program (which right now covers poor pregnant women, children, seniors, and people with disabilities) but also earn too much to qualify for financial help in the Marketplace are left with nowhere to turn. “Despite broad public support and the very clear

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott pulls campaign ad in which convicted human trafficker endorses him

August 20, 2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott has pulled a re-election campaign advertisement after learning that the man who endorses him in it was convicted of human smuggling, The Miami Herald reports. In the Spanish-language advertisement — which is devoted to Rick Scott’s success in creating jobs for Floridians — Maikel Duarte-Torres is seen hugging the governor and saying, “four years ago, the economy was very bad. Rick Scott helped Florida’s economy and you can see the difference. He’s created jobs. That’s why I support Rick Scott. I’m just like him. I’m like the American Dream.”

Three years ago, however, Duarte-Torres was being held in a prison in St. Maartens after having been convicted of trying to smuggle two Cuban girls from the Caribbean country into


 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

How Will Latino Voters Change the Global Warming Fight?

August 21, 2014

Republicans may have a new reason to worry they won't win over Hispanic voters.

An analysis of nine polls tracking Hispanic voter preference released Wednesday shows that Hispanics are increasingly anxious about global warming and environmental conservation. That could put Latinos at odds with Republican lawmakers in Congress who deny man-made global warming and denounce President Obama's plan to cut air pollution from power plants.

"From immigration reform to conservation, Latinos want candidates and elected officials who will best represent the issues they care about and will do so by promoting laws that will treat our community with dignity and respect," said Leo Murrieta, national field director of the nonprofit Mi Familia Vota.

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Advocates Seek to Delay Deportations for Millions

August 20, 2014

Eleven people living in the United States illegally, including a high-profile activist, plan to apply for deportation deferrals on Wednesday as part of an effort to pressure President Obama to include many millions of immigrants in any executive action to reduce deportations.

The coordinated effort was organized by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino who is a well-known leader of the immigrant rights movement, after he was briefly detained in South Texas in July. Mr. Vargas and other advocates want the White House to halt deportations for most of the estimated 11 million immigrants here illegally by vastly expanding a 2012 program of deferrals for young people who came when they were children.

“We are asking the administration, How inclusive are you going to be?” Mr. Vargas

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

The Myth of the GOP Hispanic vote

August 20, 2014

Advocates of “immigration reform” promise that if Republicans give legal status to the millions here illegally, overwhelmingly Hispanics, they will end up voting Republican. At least this will initiate a meaningful dialogue. The same claims have been made for decades about blacks, Jews and working women. There are very good reasons why the dialogue never gets very far. As every conservative should know, human beings are complicated and basically apolitical. The typical voter does not make a checklist of issues or perform a cost-benefit analysis of party platforms in deciding which way to vote. The preference is usually made very early in life based upon tradition, heritage, the perception of which party is in power in one’s community, and which party or candidate seems to relate to their circumstances. Black Republican candidates

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Young Latino Mayor Pete Aguilar Could Turn a Red House Seat Blue

August 20, 2014

ong before he aspired to be in Congress, Democrat Pete Aguilar’s dream was to be like his father who worked for the local utility. “My mother tells the story that she made me a little uniform just like his and I think she has baby books that she shows ...He worked for the local gas company for 37 years,” Aguilar said. But he didn't fill his father's shoes. Instead, at age 26 he set his own path and became the youngest city council member in the California city of Redlands’ 126-year history when five council members, Democrat and Republican, picked him out of 11 candidates to fill an open seat. He was elected to the seat a year later, his first election. Then his colleagues appointed him mayor in 2010 and again in 2012. Today Aguilar’s going after another vacancy, the U.S. House seat for California’s 31st

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

U.S. Must Help Attack the Root Causes of Border Crisis

August 20, 2014

Cristian Omar Reyes, an 11-year-old from Honduras, lost his father in March after he was robbed and murdered by gangs while working as a security guard protecting a pastry truck. Three others he knows were killed this year. “I’m going [to the U.S.] this year no matter what,” he told The New York Times in early July. If he follows through, Cristian would join the 57,000 children fleeing the “Northern Triangle” of Central America — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — making the perilous journey to the U.S. that sparked the crisis on our Southern border last month. So far, the U.S. response has focused on securing the border with Mexico and urging the three countries to do more at home. This approach falls short two ways: it doesn’t do nearly enough to change the conditions in the region and thus the minds of those like Cristian

 

 

 

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Texas State Senator Proposes Free Community College Tuition

 

August 20, 2014

The "Texas Promise" is modeled after the "Tennessee Promise," a plan recently approved in April to cover the first two years of community college.

Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for Texas lieutenant governor, said the proposal would "put Texans and jobs first by removing "the barriers." The proposal represents the "first major higher education policy proposal in the race for the state's No. 2 job," the San Antonio Express News reported.

"Every hard-working high school graduate in Texas deserves an opportunity to go to college, receive technical education and obtain post-high school credentials. It is time to get Texans prepared for the jobs of the future," Van de Putte said in

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

San Antonio’s diversity in leadership a stark contrast to volatile Ferguson

August 20, 2014

Less than a month ago, San Antonio City Council members elected one of their own, Ivy Taylor, to complete Julian Castro’s term as mayor.

Castro, a rising Hispanic leader, has relocated to Washington. D.C., to serve on President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, one of the first Hispanics to serve as mayor of a major American city, says the election of Taylor further reinforces how San Antonio has embraced its diversity — even in politics.

“The decision ... underscores once again San Antonio’s place as one of the most inclusive and fair-minded cities in America,” Cisneros told me recently. “It demonstrates that people of all

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Council overrides veto of minimum wage hike

August 20, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The City Council Monday overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of an ordinance to increase the minimum wage in San Diego and give workers five paid sick days, almost certainly setting up a showdown with opponents in the business community. With six votes needed to override the veto, the council voted 6-2 in favor, with Councilmen Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman dissenting. Councilwoman Lorie Zapf — who opposed the ordinance when it was passed on July 14 — did not attend the special meeting.

The minimum wage is set to go up to $9.75 on Jan. 1, $10.50 in January 2016 and $11.50 in January 2017. Beginning in January 2019, the pay scale will be indexed to inflation.

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Latino group sides with EPA on climate rule

August 20, 2014

A board member at a major Latino environmental group joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy in promoting the agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

In a Tuesday column in the Orlando Sentinel, McCarthy and Maria Cardona, who is also a Democratic strategist, said the rule would particularly benefit Latinos who live in areas with poor air quality. “This is not a partisan or an ideological issue,” the women wrote. “This is about the health of all Americans.”

Half of all Latinos live in areas that exceed air pollution standards, they said. Many Latinos work in businesses that give them greater exposure to hot weather and air pollution, such as agriculture and construction. That has led to

 


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Martinez says she opposes marijuana law changes

August 20, 2014

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she opposes efforts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to reduce marijuana possession penalties. Martinez said at an event in Bernalillo that marijuana possession in illegal under federal law and she believes that's the way it should remain. She called current penalties appropriate. The Santa Fe city clerk said Monday that petitioners seeking to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana garnered enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. And Albuquerque city councilors voted Monday to ask voters whether they supported reduced penalties, although Mayor Richard Berry could veto the measure.

Martinez called the efforts political moves to get young

 

 

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Gov. Brown says drought concerns helped build support for water bond

August 20, 2014

An annual environmental summit at Lake Tahoe on Tuesday gave Gov. Jerry Brown an opportunity for a victory lap on the new plan for a California water bond, which was approved by the Legislature last week. "It's pretty extraordinary," he said while discussing the negotiations that led to near-unanimous, bipartisan approval of the $7.5-billion proposal, which will be placed on the November ballot. "You have to have people of different points of view see the common ground." Brown said the state's ongoing drought helped prod lawmakers into action as well.

"A drought gets people's attention," he said.

The governor is seeking reelection this year, and he's often portrayed himself as

 

 

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Obama reconoce altos costos en las universidades de EEUU

August 18, 2014

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, reconoció este sábado la difícil situación que enfrentan los jóvenes para acceder a la educación superior en ese país, debido al costo creciente de las matrículas en los centros universitarios. Señaló que en la medida en que crecen los precios de las universidades, el Gobierno "no puede gastar más dinero en ese problema".

La afirmación fue hecha durante la presentación semanal de su programa emitido, a través de la radio y el Internet, indicó Prensa Latina. "Propusimos un plan para vincular la ayuda financiera federal al rendimiento de cada institución universitaria y crear un sistema de información mediante el cual los jóvenes y sus padres puedan determinar cuál es el que les proporciona

 

 

 

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Buscan otro supervisor de origen latino para LA

August 18, 2014

El camino para que el condado de Los Ángeles tenga un segundo supervisor latino ha comenzado a despejarse, y el proceso estaría en manos de un juez estatal, en un período más corto de lo esperado.
"Tenemos una medida en la legislatura estatal que no solo nos ayudará a tener un segundo supervisor latino en el condado sino que ayudará a otras ciudades del estado", dijo Thomas Sáenz, presidente y abogado general del Fondo Méxicoamericano para la Educación y Defensa Legal (Maldef). Maldef planeaba interponer una querella federal para forzar la creación de un segundo supervisor latino pero eso ya no será necesario.

Saenz hizo ver que la medida SB1365 del senador demócrata de Pacoima, Alex Padilla permitirá que en lugar de poner

 

 

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Slim propone financiar a hispanos en EE.UU.

August 18, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas. (AP) _ El multimillonario mexicano Carlos Slim expresó a líderes religiosos y comunitarios que aumentar los ingresos de los trabajadores y ofrecer a las empresas propiedad de hispanos un mayor acceso a capital puede ayudar a mejorar el estatus social y económico de los hispanos en Estados Unidos. Slim habló durante más de una hora sobre cómo mejorar la situación de los hispanos y empresas propiedad de hispanos durante la conferencia anual de la Asociación Católica de Líderes Latinos. Slim, magnate de las telecomunicaciones y según la revista Forbes es segundo hombre más rico del mundo, sugirió establecer una firma de inversiones o compañía dedicada a trabajar con pequeñas y medianas empresas propiedad de hispanos que

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

Executive Action Necessary
by: Maria Cardona

August 18, 2014

President Obama dubbed 2014 as the year of action in regards to the measures he has taken that will benefit the American people and the actions he will continue to take with or without this Republican Congress, which continues to be the least productive in history.

 

As a Latina who grew up with the American Dream ingrained in my mind, I know that the actions of this president are based on those American principles that accept immigrants who come to this country in search of the same dream.

 

We already know one of these principles is that if we work hard and follow the rules, we should have the ability to reach our dreams, get ahead and give our children a better future where nothing is out of their reach.

 

Since the President assumed power in 2009, inheriting one of the worst economies in recent history, together with the resilience and perseverance of the American people we have seen the country move forward.

Despite the good news with respect to the unemployment rate, there is still a lot of work to do and we cannot continue to wait for Speaker of the House, Congressman John Boehner, who has given in to the most extreme factions his party.

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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

 

 

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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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