• Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona jumps into crowded Senate race to succeed Kyl

    By Uriel J. Garcia Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2012 to replace outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. Carmona, who has never held elected office, becomes at least the 10th candidate in a crowded field. He made...

  • Guest Voz: Medicare Patients Must Defend What Is Left

    LatinaLista -- While the federal deficit is a scary enough scenario, it remains for too many people an abstract event. It's not until Washington starts eliminating programs and reducing funding for others that the seriousness of the situation comes home. Unfortunately, the very programs targeted for cuts or elimination are some of...

  • Survey Reveals ICE Officials’ Sporadic Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion

    Metro Latino USA Washington, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) released a new survey finding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and attorneys across the country are applying different standards on prosecutorial discretion despite the issuance of national policy memoranda this summer. The...

  • Guest Voz: On this Veteran’s Day, we should start treating our veterans better than we do

    LatinaLista -- On Veteran's Day, it's easy to read opinion pieces praising veterans and veterans' families for their sacrifices. Yet, it's not often that we read a commentary that goes beyond praising and takes the nation to task for how veterans are treated once the parades are done and the applause dies...

  • So why wouldn’t Latinos support sensible gun laws?

    LatinaLista -- Sorpresa, sorpresa! A new poll released yesterday by the bipartisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns shows that Latinos believe in sensible gun laws that keep people safe. According to the poll results: Sixty-nine percent of Latino voters believe laws governing the sale of guns should be stronger. A large majority...

  • Growing Mexican trade helps Arizona exports keep pace with other states

    By Joshua Armstrong Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - A strong Mexican economy is helping Arizona keep pace with other states in export sales this year, according to recent data from the International Trade Administration. Mexico accounted for more than a third of the state's international trade in the first half of 2011,...

  • What Latinos can gain through Occupy Chicago

    By Martin Macias, Jr. Extra News CHICAGO -- On Sept. 17 in New York City over 2,000 people began protesting nonviolently against corporate influence and against the financial crisis caused by greed and mismanagement of Wall Street firms. More than one month later, the protests continue to grow and gain attention from politicians...

  • House committee OKs bill to waive environmental rules for Border Patrol

    By Joshua Armstrong Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would waive environmental regulations for Border Patrol activities within 100 miles of any U.S. border. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has said his National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act clears up the Border Patrol's "checkerboard access,"...

  • Record Latino voter turnout in 2008 didn’t please everyone as new report shows increase in states change voting laws

    LatinaLista -- Record turnout among Latinos and youth during the 2008 presidential election was something that has been celebrated and talked about ever since it happened. Yet, the release of a new analysis by the Brennan Center of Justice at New York University School of Law, reveals that such a milestone in...

  • Good-bye Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs, Hello Hispanic Commission

    By Gabriel Pilonieta-Blanco El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- The Governor's Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs (GACHA) of Delaware has ceased to exist as such, and by means of Governor Jack Markell's executive order, the new institution representing Hispanics in Delaware will be the Delaware Hispanic Commission. Since the creation of the Hispanic...

  • Chilean Navy Ship visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

    By Priscilla Cabral-Pérez Hawaii Hispanic News HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The Chilean Navy training ship Buque Escuela Esmeralda arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Aug. 30. Esmeralda is the second tallest and longest sailing ship in the world and has visited Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, U.S., and Canada on this training cruise. The crew...

  • Texas border mayor challenges latest reality show attempt to portray Laredo, TX as a city under cartel siege

    LatinaLista -- The clock is ticking to tonight's CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate. Already, pundits are speculating on what the headlines will be tomorrow morning from tonight's debate. All are itching to see how the candidates talk about Social Security since TX Gov. Perry has made some radical statements on the issue....

  • New online political trend puts democracy back in the hands of the people

    LatinaLista -- There's a new political trend happening across the nation -- average people making their voices heard Washington in unorthodox ways. No doubt, the trend has been influenced by the success of the Tea Party, who was very effective in installing sympathetic candidates to their causes and who have turned Washington...

  • New White House initiative “petitions” the public to let Washington know when they’re unhappy

    LatinaLista -- There's no doubt the Internet has changed how people act on their frustrations with government. Whether it's heeding protest calls posted on Facebook and Twitter or creating special pages for causes or blogging, the Internet is the key to 21st Century organizing and protesting. One of the most effective forms...

  • South King County, Washington rethinks budget cuts to tackle growing problem among Latino youth

    LatinaLista -- As Congress returns to Capitol Hill next week and fresh debate begins over the federal deficit, it's hoped that Congress understands that some of the very programs they deem or will deem expendable could have a huge negative impact on the Latino community. They only have to look at what...

  • US has long way to go to show Mexico what kind of ally it is in stemming war on US doorstep

    LatinaLista -- The latest senseless killing in Mexico that claimed the lives of 52 people at a Monterrey casino at the hands of cartel extortionists finally shocked some reaction out of the country's government. The five men detained in the fire of Casino Royale in Monterrey confirmed they had no plans to...

  • Guest Voz: AT&T and T-Mobile merger — a bad call for Latinos, blacks and low-income

    LatinaLista -- The only time people give a second thought to their mobile phone service is when they don't have service. Well, according to the Center for Media Justice, if the merger of T-Mobile and AT&T is approved a lot more people will give more than a second thought to their phone...

  • State legislators hear about the vital importance of an educated Latino workforce at annual summit

    LatinaLista -- There is a lot more on the horizon that can drag down the economy of the United States than last week's S&P downgrade. Namely, it will be the thousands of Latino students who have failed and continue to fail to graduate from college or even make it out of high school...

  • Latest immigration decree from Obama admin shows Latino voters cheated out of change

    LatinaLista -- State lawmakers across the nation, led by conservatives, have prioritized passing punitive legislation targeting undocumented immigrants to the detriment of the nation's economic health. In the report, "2011 Immigration-Related Laws and Resolutions in the States" published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, "state legislatures enacted 151 laws and adopted...

  • Debunking (yet again) false claims about security fears at the U.S.-Mexico border

    LatinaLista -- A new report by the Center for American Progress on the safety of the U.S.-Mexico border reshines a light on conditions that most locals have been confirming all along -- things aren't as bad as some in Congress say. The report, Safer than Ever: A View from the U.S.-Mexico Border:...