Rubio’s desperate immigration lie

July 24, 2014

There are few people who better embody the Republican Party’s self-destructive implosion on immigration reform than Marco Rubio. The Florida Republican spent the first half of 2013 championing a comprehensive immigration reform bill and helped shepherd its passage through

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Mitch McConnell mum on Ted Cruz immigration push

July 24, 2014

Mitch McConnell won’t say whether he backs Ted Cruz’s push to attack President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies on immigration — but the Senate minority leader believes Cruz should get a vote on his proposal. Cruz (R-Texas) is urging Republicans to support a divisive effort

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How Obama’s court strategy may help save Obamacare

July 24, 2014

Last fall, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid deployed the “nuclear option” to help get three liberal judges onto the D.C. Circuit appeals court. Tuesday’s ruling on Obamacare is a dramatic example of why they forced the issue.

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Obama califica de maniobra republicana la demanda en su contra

July 24, 2014

El estado de Texas (suroeste de Estados Unidos) pagará 12 millones de dólares mensuales por el desplazamiento de mil efectivos de la Guardia Nacional a la frontera para enfrentar el flujo de niños inmigrantes, indicó hoy una fuente oficial.

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Republicans Press on Border Security; Perry to Send Troops

July 22, 2014

Republicans grappling with the surge of Central American migrants entering the country this year have lined up behind a common goal: ratcheting up security along the Southern border.

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On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

July 24, 2014

Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation's biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life.

In a Gallup survey released last week, 17 percent volunteered immigration as America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership. Though a small plurality, it was a sharp increase from the 5 percent who named the issue in Gallup's June poll, conducted just days before the youth migrant crisis at the border broke into the headlines and cast fresh light on the nation's troubled immigration policies. Past polling shows a history of dramatic spikes in immigration concern, each coinciding with political flare-ups


 

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Immigration Judge Warns Against Swamped U.S. Courts: 'We Are Reaching A Point Of Implosion'

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said. "We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. The problem, according to judges, lawyers and immigration groups, is the sheer number of cases clogging the courts, due in part to beefed-up

 

 

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Contested elections have LULAC in turmoil

July 24, 2014

Last week I was honored to be present at the 85th annual convention of LULAC in New York City. I was there as an author, signing my memoir along with several other Hispanic authors. It was good to see so many old friends and pleasing to know that the oldest and largest Hispanic organization in America marshals onward. LULAC was founded in 1929, to protect the rights of Mexican-Americans who were victims of ethnic prejudice and blatant discrimination in south Texas.

While Mexican-Americans were routinely shot and killed by European settlers after the Mexican-American War, it became an especially violent time during the early 1920’s. Mexican-Americans weren’t allowed to share the same dining locations, bathrooms, or water fountains with Whites, thus

 

 

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Obama's Immigration Choices Will Define the Fate of Both Parties

July 24, 2014

Inflammatory as it's been, the debate over unaccompanied Central-American children crossing the U.S. border is only the warm-up for an approaching immigration confrontation with even greater stakes. Regardless of how Congress handles his request for more border resources, President Obama is moving toward a historic—and explosive—executive order that will provide legal status to a significant number of the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. One senior White House official says that while "what's happening at the border will provide atmospherics for the [president's] decision," it won't stop him from acting on the undocumented—probably before the midterm elections. The resulting collision over Obama's

 

 

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House GOP makes digital push

July 24, 2014

Republicans repeatedly beaten down by the Democrats’ technological dominance have finally found a source of pride: an official House leadership operation that’s relentlessly digital. But that doesn’t mean the road to political parity on the Web is easy. A case in point: On a recent Thursday afternoon, lawmakers shuffled into the second-floor suite in the Cannon House Office Building to tape short speeches for their personal YouTube channels. Committee and office staffers were crammed into a small overheated room working on graphics that can improve the performance of their boss’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. Rep. Tom Rice was also on hand to host his first Google+ Hangout. As the South Carolina freshman removed his suit jacket, and sat upright on a wooden stool in front of a Mac

 

 

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Immigration rally in New Haven seeks Gov. Malloy’s help for children

July 24, 2014

NEW HAVEN >> Dozens of demonstrators of all ages held signs with messages such as “not one more deportation” and shouted for justice to show their support for immigrant children Tuesday. The demonstrators called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to do something to help the children involved in the current immigration crisis. The Malloy administration recently denied a request to temporarily house some of the undocumented migrant children from Central America at the Southbury Training School, citing concerns about the facility not being suitable. State officials called the state’s vacant properties unsuitable for various reasons, including size, mold, asbestos and lead issues. Kica Matos of New Haven, director of the Immigrant Rights and Racial

 

 

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Milton Hinton: Gov. Chris Christie keeps breaking promises to middle class

July 22, 2014

Do you remember the 2009 gubernatorial election? At the time, the entire state was upset and turning against Gov. Jon Corzine who was running for a second term. Many Democrats crossed party lines and gave their support to Republican Chris Christie, who won the election with approximately 48.5 percent of the vote to Corzine's 44.9 percent. Candidate Christie ran on a platform of putting people back to work, lowering the tax burden on the middle class, ending wasteful spending in government, and setting high ethical standards for those in public service. Today, New Jersey by some measures is dead last among the 50 states in job growth, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. We are not investing

 

 

 

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Dems to chop Obama’s border request

July 24, 2014

Senate Democrats will chop $1 billion from President Obama’s emergency spending request to secure the Texas border but have rejected Republican demands to change legal protections for child immigrants from Central America.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told colleagues Tuesday that she will move a bill with $2.7 billion in emergency spending for the border, substantially less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama, according to Democratic sources. The legislation will not include language demanded by Republicans and some centrist Democrats giving the administration more flexibility to swiftly deport children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other noncontiguous countries,

 

 

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Jim Himes tells C-SPAN caller: This isn’t Fox

July 24, 2014

Democratic Rep. Jim Himes on Wednesday offered some advice to a particularly angry conservative caller: Try a little less Fox News. On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, a caller from Michigan asked for the Connecticut congressman to try to defend a laundry list of grievances he had with President Barack Obama, including the Benghazi attacks and the IRS scandal. Himes smiled during much of the statement, during which the caller rattled off a large number of complaints, including the claim that the White House and not Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was responsible for the October 2013 government shutdown. He also referenced older issues like his comments about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious program. “Any other president

 

 

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Battleground Georgia: Democrats see 2014 flip

July 24, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Georgia — Democrats have made a national cause of turning Texas blue, even though the chances that Wendy Davis will win the governor’s race this fall remain small — and the likelihood that Texas will be a true battleground any time before 2028 probably even smaller. Georgia, on the other hand, is happening now.

Democrats here don’t have to wait for the demographic projections to come true. The state’s voting population is already much more African-American than even 10 years ago, Latinos are on the rise, and there’s a business community relocating to the Atlanta metro area at a pace that looks a lot like the migration to Northern Virginia and the North Carolina research triangle the past 15 years that turned both states into presidential battlegrounds.

Those shifts, together with the surprisingly competitive

 

 

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Democratic Poll: The Issues That Resonate With Single Women Voters

July 24, 2014

A new poll of likely voters in 12 Senate battleground states suggests a populist economic message and focus on women’s health issues could help Democrats improve their standing with unmarried women voters in advance of the midterm elections. The poll was conducted by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s Democracy Corps in collaboration with Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, which focuses on increasing participation among unmarried women voters.

It found that Democratic candidates are currently underperforming with unmarried women voters, beating Republicans among the crucial demographic by just 11 points, compared to a 20-point gap in the 2010 midterms. But the poll also gave Democrats suggestions for messages that

 

 

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GOP Struggles With Fundraising for Women’s Initiatives | Rules of the Game

July 24, 2014

It’s been a promising year for Republican women who have set out to fix their party’s “woman problem,” but not good enough for their bank accounts.

Republicans launched a new crop of super PACs, recruitment programs and messaging campaigns to boost the GOP’s female candidates and win over women who vote. The latest such effort, an unrestricted super PAC unveiled in June by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, cleared $1 million in its first four weeks. “We cannot permit liberal orthodoxy to marginalize women or suppress their enthusiasm for our candidates,” declared Fiorina, chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, in the mission statement for her new Unlocking Potential Project. The Unlocking Potential PAC’s top donors last month were

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

GOP bill to send Guard to border

 

July 24, 2014

House Republicans will deploy the National Guard to the border, change trafficking laws to more quickly process Central American children and beef up judicial and law enforcement resources in legislation to tackle the surge of child immigrants entering the United States.

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who led the GOP working group developing the party’s plan, billed her team’s recommendations as “common-sense, compassionate, but tough” during a presentation to the entire House Republican conference Wednesday.

Her recommendations set up a scramble to pass an emergency funding measure for the border before Congress breaks for a monthlong August recess at the end of next week. House Appropriations Committee

 

 

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What if Mitch McConnell loses?

July 24, 2014

It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid?

There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now. In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who could get serious consideration in the event of a leadership vacancy. Cornyn’s ascension to the top spot is hardly a lock. A McConnell loss would mean Republicans would most likely

 

 

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Seeking redemption in 2016, Rick Perry finds power in immigration standoff

July 24, 2014

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — He came here for redemption. At the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church, Rick Perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang during the Sunday morning service. He bowed his head while the pastor preached about “God’s perfect plan of salvation.” Three years ago, the Texas governor blazed a trail across Iowa to become the instant Republican presidential front-runner. Perry had a solid record and signature bravado. (At the Iowa State Fair, he blew a kiss to the cameras and mockingly said of rival Mitt Romney, “Give him my love.”) But after humiliating fumbles, Perry’s 2012 campaign became a death march: He finished fifth in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses and dropped out soon

 

 

 

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Davis And Abbott See National Guard Border Deployment Differently

July 24, 2014

The candidates running for governor have opposing reactions to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border over the next month.

Republican Greg Abbott joined Perry for the announcement and applauded the governor’s call.

Abbott said deploying the Guard is crucial to addressing the organized criminal activities by drug cartels and gangs.

Democrat Wendy Davis agrees that Texas must act because Washington has not secured the border. Davis, however, wants the governor to call a special legislative session to come up with resources needed for adding more local law enforcement in border communities. She points out that the Guard units aren’t currently authorized to make arrests. Texas Adjutant General

 


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Texas Lieutenant Governor's Race Rated Most Interesting In The Country

July 24, 2014

he race for Lieutenant Governor in Texas -- which just happens to be the contest for the most powerful position in state government -- is making headlines. Governing Magazine rated the Texas race as the most interesting Lite Gov contest in the nation, citing the negative impact of Republican Dan Patrick's Tea Party extremism on functioning government. The article also cites the credibility of Democratic nominee, Senator Letiticia Van de Putte, and the historic role of the Senate in promoting compromise and consensus -- two words Dan Patrick would have to look up in a dictionary. This is a race every Texan needs to care about. Van de Putte out-raised Patrick on the July 15th fundraising report. Moderate Republicans quietly

 


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The GOP Lust for Latinos Picks Up Steam

July 24, 2014

Ronald Reagan once said that Latinos were Republicans. They just didn’t know it yet.

Never before has the GOP hoped those words were truer than in the upcoming fall elections leading into the 2016 American electoral marathon better known as the presidential campaign.

It is not new that many, including some conservative Republicans, believe that Latinos hold the fate of upcoming political elections in their hands.

What is new, though, is just how diligent and undeterred the GOP has been in quietly wooing the traditionally loyal Hispanics, trying to help them discover that, as the party patron saint Ronald Reagan said, they are Republicans and just haven’t realized it. In recent months, the GOP has been spending $10 million in improving its Hispanic field operations in key states

 

 

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Obama firma ley anti discriminación laboral

July 22, 2014

El presidente Barack Obama firmó dos órdenes ejecutivas para prohibir a los contratistas federales discriminar a los trabajadores del colectivo LGTB (Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales). Obama anunció sus planes el mes pasado, diciendo que era "molesto" e "incorrecto" que los estadounidenses vayan a trabajar temiendo poder ser despedidos por ser ellos mismos. El presidente ha estado presionando al Congreso para expedir una ley más amplia que se aplique a los trabajadores de todos los Estados Unidos, no sólo los que trabajan para el gobierno federal, pero la legislación se ha estancado ya que la Cámara de Representantes se niega a debatir sobre el asunto.

Funcionarios de la Casa Blanca dijeron que las órdenes

 

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La mitad de los niños con abogado no son deportados en EEUU

July 22, 2014

La mayoría de los menores inmigrantes indocumentados comparece ante un tribunal, y cinco de cada diez no son deportados cuando los representa un abogado, según un estudio reciente publicado por la Universidad de Siracusa, a partir de cifras recopiladas por la Oficina Ejecutiva de Revisión de Inmigración del Departamento de Justicia (EOIR). El informe, que analiza datos de niños que atraviesan solos la frontera sur del país desde 2005 hasta junio de 2014, revela que el 90% de los menores con representación legal comparece ante un tribunal, de los cuales el 47% termina quedándose en EEUU. Por el contrario, nueve de cada diez niños que no cuentan con un abogado son deportados, según el estudio, publicado por el centro de análisis

 

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Miles de inmigrantes latinos estafados en Nueva York recuperarán su dinero

July 22, 2014

El procurador del estado, Eric Schneiderman, anunció que restituirá u$s2.2 millones a los damnificados por dos ONG que ofrecían supuestos servicios legales Facebook Twitter Google E−mail Imprimir Crédito: Gentileza Telemundo El procurador del estado de Nueva York , Eric Schneiderman , anunció este lunes que restituirá 2.2 millones de dólares a los miles de inmigrantes , en su mayoría latinos, estafados por dos organizaciones que ofrecían supuestos servicios legales.

Los damnificados por International Immigrants Foundation Inc (IIF) e International Professional Association Inc (IPA) podrán enviar de inmediato sus solicitudes para obtener compensación por los fraudes. Las organizaciones ofrecían

 

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Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating

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 make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

 

Meanwhile, the story is being manipulated by the Tea Party and conservative Republicans to attack Obama's executive action deferring the deportation of young people, along with any possibility that he might expand it—the demand of many immigrant rights advocates. More broadly, the far Right wants to shut down any immigration reform that includes legalization, and instead is gunning for harsher enforcement measures. Even Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has sought to frame migration as a national security threat, calling it a “crime-terror convergence,” and describing it as “an incredibly efficient network along which anything hundreds of tons of drugs, people, terrorists, potentially weapons of mass destruction or children—can travel, so long as they can pay the fare.”

 

All of this ignores the real reasons families take the desperate measure of leaving home and trying to cross the border. Media coverage focuses on gang violence in Central America, as though it was spontaneous and unrelated to a history of U.S.-promoted wars and a policy of mass deportations.

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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

June 13, 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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Socioeconomic inequality facing Latino community must be bridged

by: Alvaro Huerta

May 30, 2014

It’s official: The topic of “income equality” is in vogue. From researchers to cable talk-show hosts, from policymakers to civic leaders, it seems like everyone is talking about the economic disparities between the affluent and the low-to-middle income earners in the United States.

In fact, recently, the popular book “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by the British author E. L. James, has been defeated by a dense book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” by the French economist Thomas Piketty, in many bestselling lists, including

 

 

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