Newly emboldened GOP targets illegal immigration

Nov 24, 2014

AUSTIN — Texas Republicans, ready to take advantage of a more conservative Legislature, are wasting no time pitching a harder line against illegal immigration.

But policy differences in the GOP, along with opposition from Democrats, foreshadow a bitter debate when the

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Ted Cruz: Republicans Shouldn't Fear a Government Shutdown Over Immigration

Nov 24, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz is threatening to reprise his role as a catalyst to a government shutdown, arguing on Sunday that Congress should use spending bills to block President Obama's recent executive action on immigration.

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'90s immigration battle remade California's political landscape

Nov 24, 2014

The view in California can be hard to decipher, blurred by nonchalance or smog or the blinding insistence of the sun. But not when it comes to immigration. There, all is sharp and distinct, politically speaking, as if before and after had been

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Obama defiende medidas a favor de inmigrantes

Nov 24, 2014

El presidente Barack Obama restó importancia el domingo a las críticas de que se excedió en su autoridad al tomar medidas unilaterales para proteger a millones de inmigrantes sin residencia legal en Estados Unidos de la amenaza de

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¡Polémica! Jefe policial de Arizona demanda a Obama por reforma migratoria inminente

Nov 24, 2014

Atención: En Estados Unidos, el conocido jefe de policía de Arizona (suroeste) llamado Joseph Arpaio, ha demandado ahora ante un Tribunal Federal al famoso presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, por promover presuntamente

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Why Univision is so important to Obama

Nov 24, 2014

On Thursday night, the usual rump shaking and pyrotechnics of the Latin Grammys were delayed as President Obama announced his executive action on immigration. ABC, NBC and CBS chose not to air the address. That left Spanish-language network Univision, which pushed back the Latin Grammys by about 15 minutes to make time for the president, as the largest network to broadcast it. That was one of the most important audiences for Obama. And Univision’s successes and challenges in the U.S. over the last few years offer a powerful perspective on how America’s Hispanic population is changing.First, Univision has a huge and growing potential audience for its Spanish-language programming: 35 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home today, up from 10 million in 1980, writes Marco Hugo Lopez of the Pew

 

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Rudy Giuliani Says White Cops Are Needed To Stop Black People From Shooting Each Other

Nov 24, 2014

A Sunday TV appearance to discuss the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Missouri turned into a racially charged exchange between Rudy Giuliani and a professor, with the ex-mayor telling the black educator that white police wouldn’t be needed to patrol black neighborhoods “if you weren’t killing each other.”

Giuliani was discussing the response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on “Meet the Press” with Georgetown Prof. Michael Eric Dyson. The former two-term New York City mayor argued that the reason that predominantly black towns such as Ferguson have police forces that are mostly white is because of black-on-black crime. “The white police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other,” Giuliani said. The turn of phrase Giuliani used prompted Dyson

 

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Obama immigration order could pose problem for Rubio

Nov 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Even before President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday night, GOP voters weren’t thrilled Sen. March Rubio, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, had supported legislation calling for comprehensive immigration reform — including a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally.

Obama’s speech, in which he announced an executive order protecting about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, may have made things even trickier for the GOP senator from West Miami, who says he opposes the president’s action. The reason is Rubio’s history on immigration.

Rubio was a co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would grant legal status to about 11 million undocumented immigrants, toughen enforcement of rules against overstaying work and

 

 

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Hillary Clinton: Obama Immigration Action ‘Historic’

Nov 24, 2014

Hillary Clinton called President Obama’s immigration actions “historic” during an event in New York City Friday night.

“It’s really the lives of people who are in many instances longtime residents and workers who have not only raised children, but made contributions and in many, many instances, because of the way our system operates, paid taxes already,” Clinton said, according to Politico. The likely 2016 presidential candidate said that Obama acted “in the face of not only past inaction but, I think it’s fair to say for those of us who have observed the Congress’s attitude toward immigration in the House of Representatives, likely to be the future as well.” Hillary Clinton also drew attention on Thursday night when she tweeted support of the Obama’s immigration plan soon after his speech.

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Immigration Reform Is a Black Thing, Too

Nov 24, 2014

The administrative relief measures that President Barack Obama announced Thursday will benefit an estimated four million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. This long awaited measure came several months after the president promised to take executive action in the absence of any cooperation by an obstructionist Congress to pass legislation.

What some, including The Root’s Charles Ellison, are calling a risky political concession to Latinos is really a much-needed executive action taken by the president that will benefit African, Caribbean, Afro-Latino immigrants and African Americans. As an immigrant rights activist and the daughter of Nigerian parents, the president’s decision is both politically and personally significant to me, my family and the communities that my

 

 

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The anxieties of the GOP majority

Nov 24, 2014

It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion.

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a conference room in the Capitol Visitor Center for what’s become a monthly conclave. For the junior representatives, this was a chance to get some face time with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Everyone knew that the next evening, President Barack Obama planned to deliver an in-your-face rebuke to Boehner, who’d warned the president not to “play with matches” and act on his own to suspend deportation of millions of immigrants.All of those gathered had reason to be angry: Here was the president pretending, absurdly, that he hadn’t just had his butt whipped in the midterms, and defying the biggest GOP House

 


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The 9 most fascinating numbers from national exit polls

Nov 24, 2014

The best thing about elections — if you are a numbers nerd like me — is the massive amount of raw data about the American public and what they think, as well as the how and why of it. Yes, only about 36 percent of eligible voters cast ballots three weeks ago, but that amounts to almost 77 million people — a pretty great sample to sort through. I sifted through the national exit poll in search of clues about the state of the American electorate. The nine numbers that jumped out at me are below. ■ 4. That’s the margin by which Democrats beat Republicans among women nationwide in the vote for the House. That’s a significant decline from President Obama’s winning margins among women (11 in 2012, 13 in 2008), though

 


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Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

Nov 24, 2014

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

President Obama used executive action this week to reshape the country's immigration system. The president's actions mean that millions of immigrants will no longer face deportation. Many will be able to work legally in the United States. Karthick Ramakrishnan is a professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of California-Riverside. Professor, thanks very much for being with us. KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN: Thank you for having me. SIMON: Let me ask you to detail the fine points as you see them. How much will circumstances still vary from state to state?

RAMAKRISHNAN: First of all,

 

 

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Cuban doctor with Ebola in stable yet worrying condition

Nov 24, 2014

The health of Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, who was flown to Switzerland last Thursday from Sierra Leone where he contracted the Ebola virus, is stable though a cause for concern, the Cantonal Hospital of Geneva said Saturday.

"Today his state of health remains stable, but is worrying. The patient is in a special room in a section isolated from the rest of the hospital," the medical center said in a communique.

The wife of Dr. Baez Sarria, a specialist in internal medicine and a member of the brigade of Cuban doctors who traveled to Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola virus, said in a statement to the official daily Juventud Rebelde that on Friday her husband called her twice from Geneva.

She said they have been in constant contact since he was


 

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Republicans renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Nov 24, 2014

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ascent to the top of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee is likely to reignite the decades-old debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Alaskans have been fighting for the right to drill in wilderness on their state’s northern shore since 1977, when the government first punted on the question of whether to allow oil exploration The new role for Murkowski (R-Alaska), a long-time advocate for drilling, presents the best chance Alaskans have had in years to extract oil from the refuge, which is about the size of Delaware. Murkowski advocated opening up 2,000 acres in ANWR for drilling in a policy blueprint she released last year.

GOP control of Congress helps her cause, potentially clearing the way for legislation to reach President Obama’s desk.

 

 

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What’s Behind Latino Impatience with Bill de Blasio

Nov 24, 2014

Angelo Falcón, longtime head of the National Institute for Policy, has a deserved reputation for his relentlessly acerbic wit, but last month, addressing a meeting of the newly formed Fair Representation for Latinos campaign, he looked weary and exasperated. He was trying to rally the troops—a turnout of around 50 leaders in education, activism, government and the private sector--behind his stat-driven analysis, which he asserted to be proof of a flaw in Mayor Bill de Blasio's new progressivism: the failure to be inclusive enough of Latinos.

"Right away he hired Lilian Barrios-Paoli, Schools Chancellor Fariña and Gladys Carrión," said Falcón. "At the time it was 26 percent of the appointees, but those were the ones that were publicly announced. We asked for the full list and they wouldn't provide it. By September it was down to

 

 

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Obama Immigration Orders Could Drive Latino Vote In Battleground States For 2016

Nov 24, 2014

WASHINGTON – Nevada welcomed President Barack Obama on Friday as he came to rally support for his executive orders on immigration. It’s no coincidence that he headed to the Silver State, where 27 percent of the state’s population is Latino and helped propel him to victory there in both presidential elections.

Democrats are hoping that nationwide, the decision by Obama to make sweeping changes to immigration policy will help secure the party's standing with Latino voters. No one who is receiving legal status will be able to vote in 2016 (or ever, unless the rules change further), but the logic goes that U.S. citizens among their family members, friends and fellow nationals and will reward Democrats for the new policy.

Immigration is the wedge issue for this demographic.

 


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How a Coalition Pushed for a Hotel Workers' Minimum Wage

Nov 24, 2014

Most Sunday mornings last summer, Julia Gould set up a table at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Alongside stalls selling shiitake mushrooms, free-range poultry and orange-blossom honey, she was selling an idea: a $15.37-an-hour minimum wage for the city’s hotel workers — more than twice the federal minimum wage and one of the highest minimum wages in the nation. As shoppers wandered past, Ms. Gould asked them to sign a petition calling on the Los Angeles City Council to approve the proposal. She also urged them to write on a whiteboard their reasons for supporting the higher wage. One shopper wrote that “to live a healthy life, you need a living wage,” while a woman carrying a Starbucks coffee scribbled that she supported the idea “because rent is expensive.” A second community organizer

 

 

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If Labor stayed home, then members reaped what they sowed

Nov 24, 2014

The head of a prominent labor union last week calculated that a good percentage of the pro-labor vote stayed home Nov. 4.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as a speaker on a labor panel at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, said that union members and nonunion “working people” typically make up 20-22 percent of the electorate. He estimated that this election, where Republicans swept nationally, the number was ground down to about 12 percent.

Exit polls showed that those who did vote were primarily concerned about economic issues, he said. But Trumka blamed the candidates, saying Democrats failed to go beyond broad messages like raising the minimum wage. “People don’t want to hear messages. They want to hear an agenda. … They punished a lot of candidates

 

 

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In San Antonio, Ambitions Rise for Hispanic Democrats

Nov 24, 2014

In the beginning, there were two Henrys. Henry B. González made history in 1961 by becoming the first Hispanic from Texas elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Twenty years later, Henry Cisneros followed, becoming the first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected to lead San Antonio in 1981.

When González and Cisneros rose to prominence, Hispanic Democrats were few and far between in their respective political arenas. Now, the Alamo City's political cup is filled to overflowing, with an abundance of ambitious Hispanic Democrats — and some Republicans — vying for political posts or waiting their turn to do so. “San Antonio has always been an incubator for Latino talent that has then moved to the statewide and national stage,” Cisneros said in an interview. “We have a lot of talent

 

 

 

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GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response to Obama

Nov 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a tea party favorite in the 2012 race, urged the Republican leadership in Congress to "use any means available to stop this unconstitutional attack on our liberty." Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who once filibustered the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director in a dispute over surveillance of U.S. citizens, said: "I will not sit idly by and let the president bypass Congress and our Constitution."

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who voted for the bipartisan bill that cleared the Senate in 2013, said the Congress should try to unravel Obama's actions, and he called for Republicans to call

 

 

 

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2014: Coastal Liberals, Latinos Key to California Vote

Nov 17, 2014

While California Republicans watch the national wave and wonder what might have been, California Democrats prepare to return to office in a one-party state. According to Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo, that is because coastal voters, and Latino voters, favor Democrats strongly. In a recent lecture in Sacramento, DiCamillo added that white voters in the state are evenly split, and favor Republicans heavily in Central Valley counties. "[O]ne of the biggest contributors to the Democratic Party's electoral successes here versus its dismal showing across the country relates to the very different voting preferences of the state's white non-Hispanic voters, and in particular, those living along the coast," DiCamillo said. The electorate in the Central Valley more closely resembles the electorate in the rest of the country, but the coastal and Latino vote hold sway in the state.

 

 

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Nevada GOPer Resigns As Speaker Over Controversial Columns On Race

Nov 24, 2014

The incoming elected Speaker of the Nevada Assembly Ira Hansen (R) said on Sunday that he would resign from his leadership position following a controversy surrounding columns he wrote about race, gender and other topics. "For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee," Hansen said in a statement obtained by Nevada reporter Jon Ralston. "The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record." On Thursday, the Reno News & Review highlighted

 

 

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Efemérides: hace 50 años murió Lee Oswald, culpado del asesinato de Kennedy

Nov 23, 2014

Lee Harvey Oswald, el único inculpado por el asesinato del presidente estadounidense John F. Kennedy, murió tiroteado por Jack Ruby cuando iba custodiado por la policía.

Estados Unidos rindió homenaje al presidente John F. Kennedy, asesinado hace 50 años en Dallas (Texas) y cuya figura, idealizada por la mayoría de los ciudadanos, sigue causando una fascinación alimentada en parte por las variadas teorías de la conspiración acerca de su muerte. Con las banderas de edificios federales y estatales ondeando a media asta, medios de comunicación, políticos y ciudadanos recordaron en casi cada rincón del país a Kennedy, el presidente más popular del último medio siglo, según una encuesta de la cadena CNN.

 

 

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Un niño muere tiroteado por la policía en Ohio

Nov 23, 2014

CLEVELAND, ESTADOS UNIDOS,24/11/2014(El Pueblo en Línea)-Un niño de 12 años murió en Cleveland (Ohio) después de recibir disparos de un policía que confundió la pistola de juguete que portaba el menor, confirmaron las autoridades locales.

El suceso se produjo en Cleveland cuando dos agentes acudieron a un parque de la ciudad por una llamada acerca de una persona esgrimiendo un arma de fuego, de acuerdo con un comunicado del Departamento de Policía de Cleveland. El subjefe policial Ed Tomba dijo que el agente disparó dos veces después que el menor sacó la réplica -que no tenía una pieza plástica color naranja en el cañón para indicar que no es un arma real- que tenía en la cintura. El murió

 

 

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Familia de afroamericano asesinado en Nueva York exige justicia

Nov 23, 2014

Los familiares del joven afroamericano Akai Gurley, asesinado este viernes en un complejo residencial al este de Nueva York por un policía blanco, exigió este domingo una investigación del suceso.

Este domingo, familiares y amigos Akai Gurley, joven afroamericano asesinado este viernes por un policía blanco mientras, desarmado, bajaba las escaleras de un edificio residencial en Nueva York, se sumaron a un acto convocado por líderes comunitarios afroamericanos, entre los que se encontraba el reverendo Al Sharpton. El reconocido líder de la comunidad afroamericana, el reverendo Al Sharpton, organizó un acto al que asistieron familiares y amigos de Gurley, a fin de apoyar los esfuerzos para

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

The GOP's Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

by Maria T. Cardona

Nov 12, 2014

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Apartheidesque Republican Immigration Principles – DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL

by Nativo-Vigil Lopez

Febuary 10, 2014

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

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

 

 

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A Growing Income Gap Results in More Educational Inequality

by Jimmy Franco Sr.

January 17, 2014

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

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

 

 

 

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

by David Bacon

December 3, 2013

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

 

 

 

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