Midterm immigration ads may hurt GOP in 2016

Oct 21, 2014

One ad in the Kansas race for Senate depicts shadowy men climbing a barbed-wire fence as a narrator warns that “illegal immigration is threatening our communities and taking jobs away from Kansans who need them.”

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Democrats Love Seeing Minimum Wage on the Ballot

Oct 21, 2014

As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour.

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Republicans Court Latinos Without Touching Citizenship

Oct 21, 2014

While a slew of Republican leaders, and now the Republican National Committee itself, have endorsed the idea of reforming U.S. immigration laws, only a handful—Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Arizona Senator John McCain, and now Rand Paul—have said explicitly that

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Activistas protestan en California y exigen reforma migratoria

Oct 21, 2014

Los Ángeles. Al cumplirse 28 años sin aprobarse una reforma migratoria, activistas protestaron hoy en oficinas de congresistas republicanos en California.

Con la entonación de “mañanitas”, decenas de manifestantes se apostaron

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Contaminan quebrada de San Juan

Oct 21, 2014

La quebrada Chiclana en el barrio Caimito, en San Juan, lucía pintada de blanco por una sustancia desconocida.

Se podían observar los residuos de la sustancia, mientras personal de manejo de emergencias de San Juan, y el líder comunitario Juan Cruz, recorrían el cauce,

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Why the GOP might not need immigration reform any time soon

Oct 21, 2014

After Mitt Romney lost in 2012, the Republican Party crafted a plan of action intended to bolster its showing among constituencies that backed the reelection of the president. Among the prescriptions was improved outreach to the nation's Latinos, which was already at the heart of a new push for reforms to the immigration system. Then, as you know, the effort stalled, and with Rep. Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) primary election loss, came to an even-more-sudden halt. At Bloomberg, Francis Wilkinson writes, with an eye toward 2016, that the 2014 elections will cement the Republican Party's relationship with white voters. Wilkinson quotes an immigration advocate, who says that the party will "face a future defined by an anti-Latino and anti-immigrant brand and the rapid and relentless growth of Latino, Asian-American and immigrant voters."


 

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In Raising Immigration, G.O.P. Risks Backlash After Election

Oct 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire has one of the smallest populations of illegal immigrants in the country. Only about 5 percent of its 1.3 million residents are foreign-born, and 3 percent are Hispanic.

But tune into the Senate race between Scott P. Brown, the Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic incumbent, and you might think the state shares a border with Mexico, not Canada.

When someone called a talk radio show to ask Mr. Brown about global warming the other day, Mr. Brown immediately started talking about border security. “Let me tell you what I believe is a clear and present danger right now,” he said, brushing aside the caller’s concerns about the environment. “I believe that our border is porous.” Footage of agents patrolling the rocky, arid Southwestern landscape

 

 

 

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Latino voter mobilization efforts in Riverside, Coachella Valley

Oct 21, 2014

A Latino-voter-issues town hall tonight in the eastern Coachella Valley and a Latino youth get-out-the-vote rally in Riverside Tuesday are among the latest efforts to mobilize the Latino vote two weeks before the Nov. 4 election. There will be voter registration at the Coachella Valley event. Today is the deadline to register to vote in California. I wrote last week about concerns among Latino activists that Hispanic voter turnout will be especially low this year. Latino turnout is low in any non-presidential-year election, but disillusionment among Latinos about the lack of progress on immigration reform and other issues could depress turnout even further, experts and activists say. Latino turnout could be critical in a number of races nationwide and in California, including the 31st congressional district in San Bernardino County,

 

 

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Perez pushes ‘shared prosperity’ while avoiding speculation on post of attorney general

Oct 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on Monday defended departing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. while avoiding speculation on whether he might become Holder’s successor.

After a long speech at the National Press Club in which Perez – a Snyder native – renewed the Obama administration’s call for a higher minimum wage and other policies to share the nation’s wealth, Perez declined to dive deep into questions about the possibility that President Obama soon might nominate him to run the Justice Department.

But Perez – cited by many Washington sources as one of

 

 

 

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How a surge in Puerto Rican voters is changing Florida politics

Oct 21, 2014

The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach.

And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change.

Puerto Ricans have been migrating by the thousands to the area — part of the largest exodus from their island territory to the mainland since World War II. They currently make up about 10 percent of Central Florida's population, and their numbers continue to grow. A Pew Research Center report released in August shows that Orange County alone was home

 


 

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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott campaigns en español, drawing praise — and critics

Oct 21, 2014

As the number of Hispanic voters across the country has grown, so has the number of gringo politicians who want to say something to them — in Spanish. But Miami is not always a good place to come practice. So many locals are fluent that they can be merciless to those who mangle the language of Cervantes.

More than a few of those critics privately assailed Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week when he used his closing at a debate against Democratic rival Charlie Crist to deliver a halting paragraph — far beyond the usual cursory few words — in Spanish, a tongue the Republican governor concedes he has yet to master.

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Marco Rubio Plans To Introduce A Bill To Ban Visas From Countries Affected By The Ebola Epidemic

Oct 21, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) plans to introduce legislation that would ban new visas for people from the three countries affected by the Ebola epidemic; Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In a statement from his office on Monday, Rubio described a visa ban as a "common sense" restriction.

"While Ebola’s deadly reach has proven to be a complex and unique international challenge, the many uncertainties surrounding this virus continue to threaten U.S. national security," Rubio said. "Our biggest priority is ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to limit the spread of Ebola, contain it at the source, and protect Americans." Many health experts and officials have come out against imposing travel restrictions on the three nations

 

 

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It’s past time to clean up Martinez mess

Oct 21, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — John Sanchez? Who? Oh yes, that John Sanchez … upon information and belief, sitting lieutenant governor of New Mexico. We have scarcely seen or heard from Sanchez over the last three-plus years since he linked up with Gov. Susana Martinez in a voter-mandated frosty domestic union.

But, with another election entering the homestretch, there he is on the op-ed page of the Albuquerque Journal (“Martinez has cleaned up Richardson mess,” Oct. 15) recycling the lies and innuendo of the last gubernatorial campaign and taking shots at his predecessor, former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. What a contrast. Denish from the first day was an active and productive force in the government. It’s easy to see why the Martinez-Sanchez duo is running again on the backward-

 

 

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It’s Warren vs. Brown — in N.H.

Oct 21, 2014

Elizabeth Warren is taking on Scott Brown once again, this time in New Hampshire.

The Democrat is heading to the Granite State to campaign against the man she defeated in the Massachusetts Senate race two years ago. Warren will stump alongside Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, whom Brown hopes to oust in a bid to return to the chamber.

According to The Boston Globe, Warren wrote in a recent email to her and Shaheen’s supporters that, “never in a bazillion years did it cross my mind that Scott Brown would pack up and move to his vacation house in New Hampshire to run against our friend Jeanne… But that’s exactly what happened.”

A Shaheen aide told the Globe that the Warren appearance was set for Saturday. Warren has raised money for Shaheen and given her advice, but this is her

 

 

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U.S. High School Dropout Rates Fall, Especially Among Latinos

Oct 21, 2014

Five years ago, educators at Elkhart Community Schools realized they had a problem. Their dropout rate was too high. More than one third of the northern Indiana school district’s students weren’t graduating from high school on schedule. Among Hispanics, who make up about a third of the student body, the figures were even worse.

“It was a significant moment where we said we have to change the culture,” said Gail Draper, who heads the guidance department at Elkhart Central High School. “We had to do something to turn the tide.”

It seems to be working. In 2013, 85 percent of Elkhart’s students graduated on time, putting the district close to the state average. Perhaps even more remarkably, the graduation rate among Hispanics is now equal to — or even slightly above — that of the district’s overall


 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

NC Latinos lean democrat, but Republicans see opportunities

Oct 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Latino voters could decide a close North Carolina election in just a few weeks. Seven out of ten Latinos in a recent La Raza poll say they are "almost certain" they will turn out to vote. Those voters lean Democrat-- but not exclusively, and they say party is not their first loyalty. More than six out of 10 Latinos told pollsters they're voting to participate in democracy or because it's a patriotic duty, not because of party, candidate or single issue. At Latina radio 102.3 FM, the only campaign ads currently airing are being run by the national Democratic Party. But at a recent festival hosted by the radio station, there was a booth for the Republicans and a voter registration drive. "We don't see it much as a right, but we see it as a privilege," said radio host Judith Barriga. "Because

 

 

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Republicans Busted For Hyping Ebola While Blocking Obama Surgeon General Nominee

Oct 21, 2014

Republicans were busted on the Meet The Press and Face The Nation for hyping Ebola fears while refusing to confirm President Obama’s nominee to be Surgeon General.

CHUCK TODD: Senator, I’m going to go back to the surgeon general issue here. This seems to be politics. The NRA said they were going to score the vote, and suddenly everybody’s frozen. That seems a little petty in hindsight, does it not?

SENATOR ROY BLUNT: Well, you know, if the president really ought to nominate people that can be confirmed to these jobs, and frankly, then we should confirm them. There’s no question about that. But just a normal worker of conscious– CHUCK TODD: But should the NRA have a say? I mean, they can have an opinion. But should the NRA have that much

 

 

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What does Ted Cruz want a Republican congress to do?

Oct 21, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- Don't say Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't have a plan. The Texas Republican took it upon himself to lay out the vision of what he thinks a Republican-led Congress should do in 2015 if they retake the Senate after the midterms, outlining a 10-point agenda in a USA Today op-ed published Sunday. With plans to abolish the IRS and repeal Obamacare, Cruz acknowledged that Republicans would likely face vetoes from President Barack Obama and filibusters from Senate Democrats. But the potential 2016 presidential candidate appeared to look further than next month's election, saying obstruction from Democrats would drive Republican success in 2016. "We should lead boldly. No Washington games," Cruz said. "We will either pass a serious agenda to address

 


 

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The Latino “Crossover”: Growth factor in the US food industry

Oct 21, 2014

The first time I came to live in the United States was when I was still a child in the late fifties.
I remember how hard it was to get green or ripe bananas, or avocados, when the great Latin american immigration had not yet begun and there wereo nly a few families, all Puerto Ricans, in downtown Jersey City. My father used to make a special trip by train every two weeks to visit shops in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, and came loaded food that could well contain the desired green plantain to make ‘tostones’, or the cassava we could not find where we lived. My mother managed to prepare tasty meals and dinner to our liking. It was a tremendous ordeal to get the ingredients to make delicious boricua cakes.
At that time the “Hispanic” term did not exist, and Anglos called us “Spanish” or the pejorative “Spic” when they wanted to

 

 

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Texas using immigrant screening program amid constitutional concerns, others pull back

Oct 21, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) – An immigration advocacy group says more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are pulling back from a screening program for immigrants amid criticism that it may be unconstitutional, but the program is still being used in all Texas counties. The Houston Chronicle reports that under the Secure Communities Initiative, jailers submit the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail to the Homeland Security Department to run through an immigration database. If they get a match, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can file "detainer requests" asking local law enforcement agencies to hold suspects up to 48 hours until they can be transferred to federal custody for deportation.

The program unveiled in 2008 has been ICE's signature

 

 

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The Black-Brown Alliance That’s Turning Kansas Blue

Oct 21, 2014

Heading into the November elections, you could be forgiven for assuming the GOP hold on Kansas isn’t going to loosen. The home base of the Koch brothers, the state has become a poster child of Tea Party Republicanism, toeing the far-right line on voter ID laws, abortion restrictions and a host of other issues. In 2012, the National Journal rated the congressional delegation from Kansas as the most conservative in the country—and that was before a Koch-funded campaign succeeded in ousting moderate Republicans in that year’s primaries. Oh, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach happens to be a leading author of Arizona’s SB 1070, the infamous immigration law that

 

 

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Female voters hold key to midterms

Oct 21, 2014

Republicans have more women running for Congress this year than ever before. They have five female Senate nominees, one less than the record high set during the 2012 campaign. They also have 50 female House candidates, two more than in 2012. This high-water mark for Republicans is important because single, white women, along with minority voters, are the last line of defense for Democrats hoping to keep the GOP from a wave election.

Historically speaking, minority voters are less inclined to go to the polls in midterm elections than in presidential contests. That being so, Democrats are focusing on pumping up turnout among college-educated, young, single women, who are .


 

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Unfriending ALEC

Oct 21, 2014

Exactly 54 days after Lisa B. Nelson started her job as the CEO of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), she got some bad news from a major supporter: The tech giant Google wanted out of its relationship with ALEC. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the relationship had been a “mistake.” Nelson fumed that Google’s abrupt “Dear John” note was like “breaking up via text with your girlfriend when you’re 16.” So who or what is ALEC and why should anyone care about its relationships?

ALEC calls itself a nonpartisan organization that focuses on the principles of “limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.” Not quite. Here’s a slightly more accurate description from The New York

 

 

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Florida inicia la votación anticipada para los comicios legislativos

Oct 21, 2014

Miami, EEUU.- La votación anticipada para las elecciones legislativas comenzó hoy en varios condados de Florida (Estados Unidos), donde los votantes esperan olvidar las largas filas y la purga ilegal de electores que afectaron principalmente a las minorías en los comicios presidenciales de 2012. La División de Elecciones de Florida indicó que los ciudadanos podrán votar entre hoy y el 2 de noviembre en una treintena de los 67 condados del estado, entre ellos Miami-Dade, el más poblado de la región, mientras que en el resto comenzará durante el transcurso de la semana, informó Efe.

Las organizaciones civiles buscan asegurar que los electores tengan la información

 

 

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Avión espacial de EE.UU. aterriza tras un vuelo de casi 2 años

Oct 21, 2014

WASHINGTON.- El misterioso robot avión espacial X-37B de la Fuerza Aérea de EE.UU. aterrizó este viernes tras casi dos años volando, 17 de octubre, después de 22 meses en órbita terrestre realizando una misión militar secreta. X-37B ha llevado a cabo la misión de Prueba Orbital. Evidentemente, desde el mismo momento en que se ha dado a conocer la noticia han sido muchas las reacciones que se han ido produciendo en torno a este caso en concreto. No es para menos, ya que goza de un especial interés y así se está comprobando en varios foros de Internet, redes sociales y medios de comunicación.

Y es que X-37B ha llevado a cabo la misión de Prueba Orbital

 

 

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Oscar de la Renta, fashion icon, dead at 82

Oct 21, 2014

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose designs were the choice of First Ladies and movie stars, died Monday. He was 82. His evening wear creations, often gracing stars as they strode red carpets, were both coveted and timeless, and made him one of the most recognized names in fashion. His designs seemed to be everywhere, leading former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to joke once that de la Renta’s creations “have been to more award shows than Meryl Streep.”

Amal Alamuddin wore de la Renta when she married actor George Clooney in Venice last month. His designs were worn by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush; by actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

Scaremongering Over Child Refugees is Unacceptable

By Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D

September 12, 2014

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.

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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

 

 

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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,

 

 

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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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