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  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez plays “pick the immigrant” with congressional colleagues

    LatinaLista — Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez quizzes his colleagues to figure out who is an immigrant among some famous faces he showcases during his morning remarks on the House floor on June 27, 2012. Rep. Gutierrez asks his colleagues to guess which is an immigrant between singers Selena...

  • Conservatives have a greater problem than just with Latino voters — how to respect the Latinos on their side

    LatinaLista — Much has been written about the problem Republicans/conservatives are having with Latino voters. Yet, there seems to be another story that is being overlooked entirely — the problem conservatives are having with Latinos who are supposed to share their same agenda. Rising Latino conservatives The nation...

  • Supreme Court SB1070 ruling — an issue that impacts all Americans

    LatinaLista — Today was expected to be a big news day. All the cable news networks were waiting with bated commentary for the expected healthcare ruling by the Supreme Court. The financial cable news channels had lined up their experts to deliver immediate reaction the second the opinion was to be released....

  • Immigration, not the economy, is tearing the Latino community apart

    LatinaLista — Ever since the Obama administration's surprise announcement last week about deferring the deportation of undocumented youth, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has let others in his party do the talking for him. Unfortunately, the range of the rhetoric — from a threatened lawsuit by Iowa's Republican Rep. Steve King...

  • Is immigration reform the issue to rip the GOP apart?

    LatinaLista — The cracks in the unified front the Republican party has striven to project when denouncing immigration reform has been deepening over time. From Jeb Bush cautioning his colleagues to tone down their anti-immigrant rhetoric to more and more Latino Republicans openly challenging their leadership's official stance on the issue to...

  • Why the GOP is really mad at Obama for helping Latino students

    LatinaLista — As I reported last week, the criticisms thrown Obama's way by GOP politicians over the new deferred deportation policy for undocumented students were swift, furious and numerous. On Sunday, GOP reps twisted and turned in their seats on the Sunday morning...

  • Boston study shows low-income Latinos will take care of their health if given affordable options

    LatinaLista — Whenever citing areas where Latinos lack "responsibility," healthcare is always mentioned. Whether it's women not getting mammograms, men not going for check-ups, diabetics not following through with treatment, families not eating nutritiously and on and on, Latinos are faulted with not taking care of their health. Yet a new study...

  • Latino high school valedictorian delivers speech in Spanish —and it’s no big deal

    LatinaLista — The two quickest ways to set off a firestorm among anti-immigrant critics is to do one of two things: talk about amnesty or speak Spanish at a public event. It was the latter that has one California high school valedictorian facing a barrage of criticism and forcing a school district to...

  • New data shows the power of the Latino vote is no bluff

    LatinaLista — New data from the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows that the potential to create a highly influential Latino electorate isn't a bluff. In states across the country are untapped, unregistered Latinos who are qualified to vote. If they all registered in their respective states the voting power they could...

  • If attitudes don’t change, Latino voters on track to becoming their own worst enemies

    LatinaLista — Two separate headlines appearing in today's news brought home a simple fact that is eluding many Latinos — political influence isn't gained by being a majority in numbers; it's earned by being a majority of voters. Somehow, that simple nugget of common sense isn't resonating with Latino voters this year. It's...

  • Latino politicians shattering assumptions, and finding assumptions shattered, left and right

    LatinaLista — According to the 2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials published by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) there are currently 5,850 Latinos serving in elected offices nationwide, in all levels of government and 9 serving in statewide offices, including the office of governor. [caption id="attachment_18370" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Hispanic...

  • The GOP made it official. War on Latinos, gays, the poor and — working women!

    LatinaLista — If Republicans didn't care about getting Latinos, gays and the poor mad because of their politics, let's see how they do with the wrath of women voters. Today, the Senate Republicans refused to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. [caption id="attachment_18327" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), center,...

  • The browning of America doesn’t hold up in losing job market

    LatinaLista — Today's Bureau of Labor Statistic's employment report was not good news for Latinos. The report showed that the unemployment rate among Latinos edged up in May to now stand at 11 percent. Though the unemployment rate among Latinos,...

  • A new push for the Latino vote stirs fears of an uphill battle

    LatinaLista — The Republican leadership is counting on the discontent of Latino voters to keep them from duplicating their landslide support of Obama in this year's presidential election. Yet, a 2012 version of the national get-out-the-Latino-vote movement is gaining momentum and it's being spearheaded by Latino Democrats. [caption id="attachment_18219" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="RGV...

  • Policymakers think low-income Latino families have gone from the digital divide to creating “time-wasting” gap

    LatinaLista — A New York Times article points out that in the rush to bridge the digital divide — giving low-income families access to computers and other high-tech tools to access online resources — it has created an unintended consequence, the "time-wasting gap." As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families...

  • If Sen. Rubio wants to understand US detention policies, he should forget Guantanamo and go to southwest border

    LatinaLista — Though Marco Rubio's parents fled Cuba, Rubio had never been to the island. Technically, he still hasn't though he did visit Guantanamo Bay today. Rubio was visiting the military installation as a member of both the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees. While it seems like odd timing for an...

  • Texas’ GOP Dewhurst attempts to discredit Latino opponent by dragging undocumented immigrants into the fight

    LatinaLista: Texas is home to half a million Latino residents — 9,460,921, according to the U.S. Census. In a state where Latino students comprise the majority in the public schools, more small businesses are started by Latinos and Latinas and more and more Latinos are running for public office and going to college,...

  • More than ever it makes sense for political campaigns to be bilingual

    LatinaLista — An article syndicated today in newspapers across the country asked a question that was bound to be asked sooner or later in this election season — Should political campaigns reach Hispanics in English or Spanish? Hand-in-hand with that question is if it's necessary for political candidates to be interviewed by Spanish-language...

  • Romney’s education message to Latino voters still needs work

    LatinaLista — Mitt Romney is doing his best these days to keep up with President Obama in reaching out to Latino voters. Obviously, someone on his campaign realized that Latino voters can be a deciding factor in who wins the election in November. [caption id="attachment_18015" align="alignleft" width="229" caption="Mitt Romney speaking before The Latino...

  • Mississippi riot at immigrant correctional facility underscores more broken than just nation’s immigration policy

    LatinaLista — Outside of Mississippi, Sunday's prison riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez has hardly been noticed in the media. Yet, in this election season, it deserves more attention because it deals with one of the defining political issues of the presidential campaign — immigration. [caption id="attachment_17990" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Smoke...

  • The Pope delivers a not so subtle message to Congress about immigration reform

    LatinaLista — When it comes to politics and religion, there are few people who want to see their politicians be enslaved to do their church's bidding at the expense of a diverse constituency. Yet, since religion is seen as the source of moral conscience, most people do hope their politicians are influenced...

  • No-brainer: Passing immigration reform could help California dig its way out of its fiscal mess

    LatinaLista — Today's big headline blogged and tweeted was that minority births now outnumber white births. It wasn't a big surprise. Some had thought this already happened. Yet, the headline itself is just a headline. It...

  • The inevitable unconservative conservative evolution of Latino voters

    LatinaLista — It used to be Latino voters were so predictable. Any politician campaigning for office knew they could get Latino voters in their corner if they included on the stump: talk about strong family values, the immorality of abortion and homosexuality and, for Cubans, condemned Castro. Aside from strong family values,...

  • Immigration reform proposal brings all immigrant laborers into the conversation

    LatinaLista — The main thesis of a new paper about immigration titled Rationalizing U.S. Immigration Policy: Reforms for Simplicity, Fairness, and Economic Growth revolves around this simple assertion: The economic consensus is that, taken as a whole, immigrants raise living standards for American workers by boosting demand and increasing productivity, contributing to innovation,...

  • Latina NM Governor latest GOP politician to challenge party

    LatinaLista — Last week, we saw where GOP Rep. Bob Dold took on his party to do something right for women in defending Planned Parenthood from efforts by members of his own party to get it defunded. More...