2016 Presidential Candidates

  • Alabama farmers speak out for immigration reform: “This is a public issue, not politics.”

    LatinaLista -- The issue of immigration reform has been something that the GOP has felt very comfortable stalling, whether it be in Congress or even on the presidential campaign circuit. The latest defensive...

  • Romney’s remarks implying Latinos want handouts still sting, especially in light of new economic report

    LatinaLista -- Mitt Romney's insulting response during the latest debate in which he replied the best way to attract Latino voters was to remind Latinos that we, nor our ancestors, came here looking for a handout but opportunity obviously has a predetermined image of Latinos. [caption id="attachment_12965" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Graphic showing the...

  • New report on guest farmworker program highlights rampant abuse

    LatinaLista -- One of the strongest arguments that comprehensive immigration reform needs to be addressed by Congress as quickly as possible has to do with the nation's food supply. Right now, farmers are allowed to employ foreign guest workers on temporary work visas to fill seasonal jobs, as long as they can...

  • Latest job report underscores the continued need for Affirmative Action policies

    LatinaLista -- As the nation begins the annual three-day celebration of Labor Day, today's employment reality is nothing to celebrate. For the first time since 1945, there was no job growth in a recorded month and unemployment is holding steady at 9.1 percent. This lack of job creation is fueling speculation from...

  • 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...

  • Poll underscores changing realization among Latinos, blacks and Asians that it takes more than hard work to be a success

    LatinaLista -- It's always assumed that if a person works hard, he/she will succeed in life. The harder you work, the greater your success. It's the premise for the proverbial "American Dream." Yet, a new poll released by Colorlines.com shows that the meaning of the American Dream has evolved, or to some,...

  • New research shows how vital the role of all Latinos is to the US economy

    LatinaLista -- The power of political action committees is fierce. One has only to look at the Tea Party to see what happens when determination sets in to elect only like-minded candidates. That's why news today that a new political action committee was being formed with another laser-specific agenda caught most people...

  • The roots of UK violence are alive and growing in the US among Latino, black and impoverished youth

    LatinaLista -- The sad and violent images of England under attack shouldn't just shock us but should signal a warning. Though police, politicians and the average citizen label the looters as "thugs" and claim they are acting, not out of a particular protest, but to commit crime for crime's sake, are blind...

  • Chamber leader says state immigration law jumble harms business

    By Cristina Rayas Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - A Phoenix business leader warned Tuesday (July 19, 2011) that businesses will continue to suffer from the jumbled approach to immigration issues by states, unless the federal government steps in. "Down the path of inaction on the federal level, we are going to continue...

  • Obama won’t find an audience completely happy with him at next week’s NCLR conference

    LatinaLista -- The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) holds their annual national convention next week in Washington, DC and has scored a coup in getting President Obama to commit an appearance. In fact, they beat out their fellow Latino org, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, who are still waiting...

  • In this moment in time, Latino priority should be ensuring debt ceiling is raised

    LatinaLista -- The #1 concern of the White House these days has little to do with the Hispanic Public Policy Summit wrapping up its two-day meeting on Capitol Hill or the announcement today of a "DREAM Act Sabbath" by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin and over a dozen faith leaders. (FYI:...

  • Almost 14 percent of Arizonans lived in “food deserts,” study says

    By Anthony Dewitt Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - There's nothing simple about Phoenix resident Alex Turley's simple trip to the grocery store to buy the basics. He might walk more than a mile in triple-digit temperatures so that he can catch the light rail, bus or rent a Zipcar. From there, it's...

  • Obama’s willingness to cut Social Security benefits cuts deep into the Latino community

    LatinaLista -- The pressure for President Obama to resolve the debate between Republicans and Democrats over whether or not to raise the debt ceiling is reaching the desperate stage. It must be, if as reported by The Washington Post last night, that President Obama is now willing to consider cuts to Social Security....

  • Cost analysis shows why it’s important Congress doesn’t cut programs aimed to reduce teen pregnancies

    LatinaLista -- Having a baby is expensive. A teen mom having a baby is expensive not only for the family but for the state as well. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released a new analysis of the public costs of teen childbearing at both the national and state...

  • Veto of Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act isn’t fair to Latino farmworkers

    LatinaLista -- Time and time again over the last few years, we have seen how politics trumps common sense and common decency when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable in the nation. It has happened again. Last night, California Gov. Jerry Brown ignored the pleas of farm workers and their families...

  • Guest Voz: Colorado dairy farm immigration raid went too far in criminalizing workers

    LatinaLista -- Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced changes to the immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities (click on "What's New" tab). It's a program that many were lead to believe would only go after "criminal aliens," those who pose a serious safety threat to...

  • Once blamed for the housing bust, Latinos now looked at saving housing industry

    LatinaLista -- It's rather ironic that Latinos, who were blamed for the nation's housing bust, are now being heralded as the ones who will save the industry from its demise. A new report State of Hispanic Homeownership by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals shows that if it were not...

  • Guest Voz: It’s time for Latinos to rally to the defense of Head Start

    LatinaLista -- The nation's budget deficit is serious business. Nobody can argue that. Yet, the fact that some in Congress are arguing that the poor and children of color can most afford cuts or eliminations of programs that don't just provide a service but directly impact their fragile quality of life versus...

  • Hispanic economists and policy analysts offer ideas on how to strengthen financial outlook of Latinos

    LatinaLista -- Today, Hispanic university economists, financial executives and policy analysts gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to discuss "The Hispanic Economic Experience." Coming from across the nation and throughout Texas, the economists met to deliver their latest research findings regarding the financial state of Latinos in the United States....

  • United Farm Workers asks nation to sign petition supporting Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act

    LatinaLista -- One of the least contentious elements being proposed as part of a larger immigration reform package has to do with creating a guest worker program to serve the agricultural industry. The reasoning is that such a program would provide more security to undocumented farm workers who are subject to an...

  • Pew Hispanic profile shows Puerto Ricans top Hispanic graduation rates, along with, single motherhood

    LatinaLista -- The depth of the average American's ignorance in understanding Latinos was never more clearly illustrated than during the confirmation process of now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Back then, there wasn't a day that went by that someone didn't question her citizenship status. The ignorance displayed with such a question,...

  • Immigrants in America: More Skilled and Educated Than Ever Before

    MetroLatinoUSA.com Washington D.C. - This Thursday the Brookings Institution released a new report, The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas, which finds that more working-age immigrants hold college degrees than lack high-school diplomas. This newly-released data has broad implications for an immigration debate that is driven largely by myths...

  • Low-wage job growth bad thing for Latinos and the nation

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to the low-skilled labor market, it's been immigrant and minority workers who have served as the backbone in those industries. Yet, there was a time when a low-wage job was considered to be a stepping stone to better paying jobs on the way to achieving the proverbial...

  • Without Social Security, majority of older Latinas would live in poverty

    LatinaLista -- As Congress begins to tackle the budget deficit and slashes programs they say are bankrupting the country, the truth is that without one particular program older black women and Latinas would be the ones going bankrupt. The program is Social Security and according to new research from the Institute for...

  • New interactive tool shows which country offers a better life

    LatinaLista -- With all the griping that we may do about life in the United States, a new tool developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows exactly how the U.S. measures up to other developed nations -- and how they measure up compared to the U.S. The Your...