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Democrats and Republicans have long fought — though not consistently — to win over Latinos and entice them to go to the polls. Activists traditionally put a lot of energy into delivering that elusive voting bloc. But this year, some of the same activists are
Many of the old political chestnuts about how and when U.S. Latinos vote are eroding. Voting blocs like Mexican-Americans in border states and Cuban-Americans in South Florida are becoming less monolithic and more difficult to predict.
After President Barack Obama broke a self-imposed deadline to act on immigration reform, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday issued a resolution demanding that he keep his latest promise and do something about
¿Otro cierre del gobierno federal? ¿Deportación de millones de DREAMERs? El Senador republicano y máximo líder del Tea Party en el Congreso, Ted Cruz, ha vuelto a la carga en contra de los más de 2.1 millones de jóvenes inmigrantes
El presidente de Estados Unidos, Brack Obama, proclamó el mes de la herencia hispana a partir de este lunes hasta mediados de octubre. En una declaración, Obama resalta las contribuciones de los hispanos a la historia de Estados Unidos y recuerda que sigue
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor will not appear on the general-election ballot as a candidate for Senate — and it all came down to just two words Taylor included in his letter to the secretary of state’s office.
The ruling is a boon for independent candidate Greg Orman, who already had a legitimate chance to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. His odds undoubtedly improved by Taylor’s removal from the ballot, since Taylor can no longer take up any anti-Roberts votes. Taylor had raised little money and gotten minimal traction in polls, and he ended his candidacy earlier this month. But Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, said his name would still appear on the ballot because he did not declare himself incapable of serving, which Kobach said was
It wasn’t part of the jobs message he planned to pitch, but Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that immigration reform would help boost the economy.
“Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” the Ohio Republican said after a speech at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess.“Our legal system is broken, our border isn’t secure, and we’ve got the problem of those who are here without documents,” the Speaker continued. “It needs to be fixed. We’re a nation of immigrants, the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be." His immigration comments, in response to an audience question, weren’t part of his prepared remarks. They followed a 20-minute-speech in which Boehner laid out his five-point
San Francisco lawmakers are moving toward providing $2.1 million for lawyers to represent undocumented immigrant children facing deportation after crossing the U.S. border to escape violence in Central America. The number of cases pending in San Francisco Immigration Court has tripled in the past three years, creating a shortage of attorneys to represent children and others there. “These kids are escaping violence and persecution, and they’re coming to this country because they want to be safe,” said David Campos, the San Francisco lawmaker who offered the funding proposal. “We as a country have an obligation to at least give these kids due process.” Campos himself arrived in the U.S. at age 14 as an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala.
Dozens of protesters made their voices heard at the state Democratic Party headquarters in Phoenix on Thursday morning, calling for President Obama to take immediate action with administrative relief to stop deportations and for Democratic representatives to deliver what they said were unmet promises on the issue. About 40 people attended the protest organized by the Puente Movement, a migrant justice and human-rights organization, the leaders of which directed criticism at elected Democrats for not meeting the needs of Arizona's immigrant community.
"Behind me is a community that's tired of being taken for
Black and Hispanic Connecticut residents were more likely than others to be uninsured before the rollout of the federal health law, and new data suggest that the first sign-up period for coverage under Obamacare made a dent in that disparity. The data, based on a survey of people who signed up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange, also show that close to three-quarters of enrollees have used their coverage to obtain medical care. Among those who bought private insurance through the exchange, 76 percent said they have a primary-care physician, as did 66 percent of Medicaid enrollees. Exchange officials announced the data at a press
DENVER, Colo. – All of Colorado’s county jails have now confirmed to the ACLU of Colorado that they no longer honor detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE routinely issues detainer requests, or "ICE holds," to local jails. They ask sheriffs to continue holding a person in jail for up to five days past the time when the person would otherwise be released, so that ICE can decide whether to take that person into federal custody for a possible immigration violation. Between October 2011 and August 2013, ICE issued over 8,700 detainer requests to Colorado jails. Last April, the ACLU of Colorado wrote to every
SPARTA — Immigration activists were calling for reform Wednesday after immigration officials arrested a dozen area men targeted for deportation this week. About a dozen people, including a handful of clergy, spoke during a hastily organized news conference Wednesday, saying there is rampant fear and uncertainty among the Hispanic community since word of the arrests spread. “The really sad thing is the kids. These kids grow up in fear,” said the Rev. Tim Oudenhoven, whose Hispanic congregation at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta has grown to nearly 250 members. “We don’t ask for papers at the door of the church,” he said. The arrests, which took place Monday and Tuesday, were part of “an enforcement operation targeting convicted criminals and egregious immigration violators,”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid believes Republicans have walked into his trap.
As he’s tightened his grip on the Senate and protected vulnerable Democrats from casting politically tough votes, furious Republicans have made the mantra “fire Reid” a rallying cry and major fundraising push ahead of the midterm elections.
But in Reid’s mind, Republicans are training all their fire on a guy most voters barely even know.
(POLITICO's 2014 race ratings)
“I’m meaningless,” Reid, a three-decade Hill veteran and the most powerful Democrat in Congress, told POLITICO Thursday. “People in red states don’t even know who I am.” If Democrats keep control of the Senate this year, they believe, it will be because they have prevented Republicans from nationalizing the midterm elections, keeping the focus squarely on the two
With the flow of judicial nominations slowing to a trickle this summer, District of Columbia officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the effect on the local bench.
Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield last week wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid describing the “adverse impact” of the backlog. Facing three judicial vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court, and a fourth coming in November, Satterfield requested votes on pending nominations before Congress adjourns. The Nevada Democrat’s office has not responded formally to the Sept. 10 letter, according to Leah H. Gurowitz, director of governmental affairs and public relations for the court. Despite the correspondence, first reported by Legal Times, the chamber appears poised to adjourn without considering the
Three states that featured some of the longest wait times on Election Day 2012 are routinely failing to have as many voting machines and poll workers as they are required to -- and the shortfalls are most negatively impacting minority voters, according to a new study.
The study, from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law and shared early with The Fix, shows Maryland and South Carolina both have major problems meeting their own standards, while Florida features some of the longest wait times in the country in large part because of resource allocation.
In Maryland, just 11 percent of precincts studied by Brennan met the state's standard of having one voting machine for every 200 registered voters. In South Carolina, a study of 16 counties showed just one-third of precincts in those counties met
Fox News acknowledged that a voter ID law may prevent people from casting votes while discussing the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin -- despite the network's sustained campaign to deny the negative repercussions these laws have on voting.
On September 12, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved an injunction blocking the state of Wisconsin from implementing voter ID laws that required voters to show photo identification in order to cast their votes. According to Reuters, these new rules are set to go into effect in time for the November general elections.
During the September 17 edition of Special Report with Bret Baier, Fox correspondent Mike Tobin reported on the upcoming gubernatorial election between Governor Scott Walker (R) and Democratic challenger
WASHINGTON — As Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey explores a 2016 presidential campaign, he is under growing pressure from his State Legislature to rejoin a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit New Jersey’s carbon emissions — and likely hurt his chances for the Republican nomination.
Mr. Christie, who withdrew from the program in 2011 as he first considered running for president in 2012, remains adamant that New Jersey not participate in the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, even though the majority of state legislators say it would be in New Jersey’s economic and legal interests. Business groups remain divided on the plan. “No, I would not think of rejoining it,” Mr. Christie told reporters during a recent trip to Mexico. “I think it’s a completely useless plan.” The New Jersey Superior Court ruled
Four House Democrats are circulating a letter that urges President Barack Obama to meet privately with undocumented immigrants as his administration weighs executive action that could grant a reprieve from deportations for millions in this country illegally.
The letter, obtained by POLITICO, asks Obama to meet with families who live under the “threat of deportations” daily, and it resembles a grass-roots effort led by Latino advocacy groups pushing for undocumented immigrants to meet with Obama.
“We hope you find a way to reassure these families — parents and children alike — that despite the delay, you will provide administrative relief to those desperate for hope and a legal resolution,” the letter says. “Given the ever-rising needs of families caught in limbo
Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are launching a coordinated radio buy Thursday targeting African-American voters. The ad continues the barrage of Democratic attacks on Republican Thom Tillis for cuts made to the education budget by the Legislature, where he is speaker. It also takes a swipe at Republicans for passing a law requiring identification to allow people to vote, something Democrats argue suppresses minority voters. The one minute-long ad, provided first to CQ Roll Call, features a conversation between two women.
“Ugh, more troubling news from Raleigh,” says the first woman.
“Ugh, what now?” the other woman asks. “Could it be worse than those Republicans rolling back our right to vote?”
“Well for our kids and grandkids,
Gov. Rick Scott slightly backed away Wednesday from one of his most-widely run attack ads that links Democrat Charlie Crist to a convicted Ponzi-schemer’s crime. Scott suggested his ad wasn’t really saying that Crist was an active participant in the fraud — but it’s “absolutely true” that Crist, due to his political flip-floppery, “swindled” the narrator in the ad who’s also a victim of Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme. “This individual was a victim of both Scott Rothstein and Charlie Crist. Both of them promised things, and they didn’t come through,” Scott said of the ad on Wednesday during a Miami campaign stop.
“Charlie said he was a Ronald Reagan Republican. He was against tax increases. He was against raising your tuition. And he did both,” Scott said, repeating variations of the line when reporters sought
A recent poll of Florida voters showed that Latinos are more concerned about the effects of climate change than voters overall. All nine surveys conducted since 2011 gauging Hispanics’ views on the environment show that green issues matter. And, now, major environmental groups, from the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters to the Natural Resources Defense Council, are targeting Latinos to bolster their agendas.
Activists believe a tipping point has been reached for the green movement: a shift that political operatives are slowly waking up to and that could be instrumental in their courting of the all-important Latino vote on the eve of midterm elections.
“Contrary to the myth that Latinos are concerned with other
The overall poverty rate in the United States dropped for the first time since 2006, with Hispanics being the ethnic group that experienced the most significant change in income.
The U.S. Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday indicated that the poverty rate among Latinos in 2013 decreased by 2.1 percentage points from the previous year. In addition, income for Hispanic households increased by 3.5 percent between 2012 and 2013 to $40,963. The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents millions of Hispanic Evangelicals, attributed the rise in income to more Latinos pursuing education.
Nearly 7 million Latino and immigrant voters went to the polls during the 2010 midterms. To the surprise of observers, Latinos and immigrants made a huge difference from Colorado to Nevada and California — our turnout numbers may well have saved the U.S. Senate for the Democratic Party.
Since then, Latino and pro-immigrant electoral achievements have been even more impressive. The immigrant rights movement has racked up a string of local and national victories that should erase any doubts of our voting power: We are spearheading a demographic change that will completely upend political power dynamics in the country for generations to come. So, we WILL vote. But the power and optimism of our movement is now being tested by President Obama’s appalling
La decisión del gobernador de Texas, Rick Perry, de destinar soldados de la Guardia Nacional para proteger sus fronteras con México "no sólo es desagradable", sino también "condenable" y "reprobable", aseguró el presidente mexicano, Enrique Peña Nieto, en una entrevista publicada este viernes. Es una política "que no se inscribe en el espíritu de cordialidad y de buena amistad entre dos países", dijo el mandatario al diario El Universal.
Peña Nieto destacó que otros estados del país norteamericano han "cambiado su política, la han hecho mucho más amigable, especialmente para la población migrante". "Me parece que esta actitud es completamente reprobable
Hillary Clinton, que suena como posible candidata a la presidencia en las elecciones de 2016, reconoció en un acto público que analiza la posibilidad de ingresar en la carrera presidencial para suceder al actual mandatario, Barack Obama. "Es cierto, lo estoy pensando", aseguró.
La ex secretaria de Estado participó en un festival de recaudación de fondos organizado anualmente por el senador de Iowa Tom Harkin, que se retira tras 40 años de carrera política. La presencia de Hillary y su marido el ex presidente Bill Clinton (1993-2001) en ese estado, considerado clave en las elecciones, y al que no había vuelto desde su derrota en 2008,
La Prensa / En lo que va de este año, 400 personas en la provincia de Herrera han sido diagnosticadas con dengue, mientras que durante el mismo período del año pasado el reporte fue de 379 casos positivos, informó Alcibiades Domínguez, director regional de Salud. El aumento, según el funcionario, obedece a los altos índices de infestación que presenta el distrito de Chitré, con 28%. Frente a esta realidad, Domínguez indicó que un equipo interdisciplinario integrado por 300 colaboradores de Salud comenzaron, a partir del pasado viernes, un operativo casa por casa de inspección y fumigación. "En este operativo nos estaremos apoyando en los corregidores para que citen
The summer is almost over, and with it, I hope, is the hysteria over unaccompanied child migrants to this country.
I was born here in the United States. I was taught that America welcomes immigrants and refugees.
But when I saw the ugly protests and heard the racist rants about brown immigrants, I barely recognized this country or some of the people in it.
I've always taken for granted that we, as Americans, are a generous people, and that we've all learned the basic lessons of common decency. These include, for instance, treating others with respect, telling the truth and having compassion for the less fortunate.
But then I saw some of my fellow Americans targeting defenseless children.
Instead of treating them like human beings or welcoming them as refugees fleeing abject poverty, crime and violence, these Americans recklessly portrayed child migrants as drug smugglers, terrorists, disease- infected individuals and, overall, threats to national security.
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
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,
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