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  • Yes, Mr. President, I’ll help push immigration reform under one condition

    LatinaLista -- The President delivered a long awaited policy speech on immigration reform today in El Paso to an audience, who was as enthusiastic and happy to see him, as they were forgiving overall at his lack of progress on the issue. However, being border residents, they knew firsthand the real impact...

  • Figuring out which President Obama is pushing for immigration reform

    LatinaLista -- When President Obama first started holding his White House immigration meetings, there was some confusion as to who was leading the discussions: President Obama or President Obama the 2012 political candidate. I say this because there was no indication from the White House that President Obama was going to tackle...

  • White House finally taking first serious steps towards advocating immigration reform

    LatinaLista -- The news that President Obama was holding yet another immigration meeting had most supporters of immigration reform rolling their eyes until it was announced that invitees were members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Everyone wanted to know if Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez would be given the White House welcome mat...

  • One soldier involved in Bin Laden operation is son of Mexican immigrants

    LatinaLista -- A lot has been written today about the American operation that was successful in killing Osama Bin Laden. Yet, out of all the content I came across, there was one story that hasn't been regurgitated throughout mainstream media. It identifies one of the courageous soldiers involved in the operation and...

  • Illinois Latino Agenda calls for 20 Latino districts, releases proposed maps

    trad. Victor Flores EXTRA Newswire The Illinois Latino Agenda, a collaboration of 49 Latino-serving organizations, presented maps Monday outlining 16 Latino House districts, along with a proposal for 4 Latino Senate districts, for consideration by the Illinois legislature as part of current redistricting efforts. The 20 proposed districts represent consensus from the...

  • Guest Voz: A once-a-decade opportunity awaits Latinas wanting to run for public office

    LatinaLista -- Not to be sexist but with all the recent gridlock in Congress it's clear that the only solution to a more bipartisan government is to elect more women to political office. A study published in the American Journal of Political Science earlier this year found that women actually rank as...

  • How many more immigration meetings will White House convene before it gets serious?

    LatinaLista -- The press release issued by the White House today that the President was convening yet another assembly of "stakeholders" in immigration reform at first puzzled me. Then, it angered me and finally disappointed me as I scanned the list of invitees for this latest attempt to show the greater Latino...

  • It’s a sad day in DC when the President has to yet again prove his citizenship

    LatinaLista -- The "birther" movement's latest champion, Donald Trump, could hardly contain his joy in broadcast interviews today after it was announced the White House was releasing President Obama's long-form birth certificate. "The Donald" took full credit for forcing the issue on the White House, and he may be correct. In his...

  • Latest Pew Hispanic analysis reveals a Latino segment civically disenfranchised by choice

    LatinaLista -- The Pew Hispanic Center released a report today analyzing the Latino turnout in the 2010 midterm elections. According to the study, The Latino Electorate in 2010: More Voters, More Non-Voters, there are some marked distinctions among Latino subgroups regarding civic participation. However, the one area of discussion that has always...

  • Latino voters wait for promises to be fulfilled by Obama

    LatinaLista -- The Obama campaign wants Latino voters to help re-elect him. The message has been driven home loud and clear. If not through the President's recent immigration thinkfest, where he invited various political and business leaders to the White House to discuss the issue or his mention of his plans to...

  • George Rodriguez sworn in as first Hispanic Tea Party President in U.S.

    By Valerie Godines Fitzgerald La Prensa de San Antonio.- San Antonian George Rodriguez will be sworn in as the first Hispanic Tea Party President in the nation. At a recent law school panel discussion on immigration, George Rodriguez told a visibly angry associate dean to call the authorities to report undocumented students....

  • Guest worker program needs reform of its own before including it in broader immigration reform bill

    LatinaLista -- One component of immigration reform that is considered to be the most "sellable" point is the guest worker aspect. Non-skilled immigrant labor is brought in on H2-A visas to perform temporary farm labor. This industry has always been in the forefront of attracting immigrant labor. According to a 2009 immigration...

  • Florida House Committee passes Arizona copycat bill

    La Costa Latina TALLAHASSEE -- - After a heated debate in the House Economic Affairs Committee, the controversial immigration bill HB 7089, sponsored by Rep. Snyder, was approved. It was a close call with 11 votes in favor and 7 against, including two Latino Republican Representatives, Jeanette Núñez and Frank Artiles. The...

  • Advocates for undocumented immigrants rate White House poor on fulfilling 2008 campaign promises

    LatinaLista -- As days go for being President of the United States, this one had to have been rated one of the worst for President Obama -- no pun intended. In the morning, he was greeted with the news that Standard & Poor (S&P) had cut its outlook on U.S. government debt...

  • Guest Voz: Wherever federal budgets cuts are made, Latinos bound to feel cuts the deepest

    LatinaLista -- The Republican reaction to President Obama's plan to cut the federal deficit was expectedly critical. Yet, for a party whose plan's success rests on diminishing social services, it was hypocritical, at the least, to hear one GOP leader characterize Obama's plan as making the budget cuts "class warfare." The GOP...

  • Before Obama resurrects presidential bid, he has a standing appointment with DREAMers

    LatinaLista -- While delivering his budget speech yesterday, President Obama correctly predicted that he would be criticized for it. He was. But it was one particular criticism from his political opponents that made some people do a double-take on the speech. According to some GOP politicians, they claim that President Obama was...

  • AZ Gov. Brewer and AG Horne continue the fight to make Latinos feel like they don’t belong in AZ

    LatinaLista -- Word came this afternoon that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit agreed with the ruling of a lower court judge that some parts of Arizona's SB1070 bill just should not be enacted into law. The suit was brought by the U.S. Justice Dept. against the state of...

  • Obama’s reelection strategy includes reaching out to Latino youth but things are different this time

    LatinaLista -- As one part of the White House staff struggles to put together contingency plans in case Republicans and Democrats can't come to a consensus on a budget to keep the government from shutting down Saturday morning, another part of the White House staff is clearly focused on the election of...

  • Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor

    By Kathleen Maclay UC BERKELEY La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- The U.S.-Mexico border wall may be here to stay, but a University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of architecture has some provocative ideas about how to redesign the barrier to slow illegal immigration and at the same time transform it...

  • Some Latinos wondering why vote for Obama in 2012

    LatinaLista -- President Obama made his reelection bid official today. From e-mails sent out, it's obvious he wants to relive the glory campaign of 2008 by recreating the grassroots momentum that pushed him to victory. While that strategy may work in some circles, it's bound to fall on deaf ears within a...

  • Growth of Latino population signals more responsibility for Latino community

    LatinaLista -- Since the start of the new year when the U.S. Census began releasing the true numbers of the Latino population, headlines touting this growth have dominated newspapers, web sites and nightly broadcasts. From such headlines as "Census Shows Soaring Increase in Latino Population On East End" and "Census Data Shows...

  • Latino Congreso delegates underscore the need for Latinos to speak out on all issues

    LatinaLista -- To the casual observer of the recent National Latino Congreso held in Austin, Texas last weekend, he or she would be surprised to learn that of the 30 resolutions approved by the delegates from 15 states and over 100 organizations there were quite a few resolutions adopted that are considered...

  • A maturing Latino electorate is forming coalitions and gaining allies outside political parties

    LatinaLista -- Given the fact that the U.S. Census now confirms that the Latino population stands at 50.5 million, having grown 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, it's odd that the GOP leadership is still trying to figure out if the Latino community-at-large is their amigo or enemigo. It's a decision the...

  • Guest Voz: Creating tomorrow’s Latino leaders hinges on providing opportunities, guidance and commitment today

    LatinaLista -- The news released this week by the U.S. Census that Latinos now stand at 50.5 million in the United States foreshadows the nation's future. Latinos are well on our way to becoming a majority in the country. Yet, the population still has a long way to go to receive the...

  • The Latino bias of some elected officials is disturbing, frightening and unAmerican

    LatinaLista -- Last week's vile comment by Kansas legislator Virgil Peck -- that shooting undocumented immigrants from helicopters could be another way to control illegal immigration -- sparked a huge outcry from across the nation. Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident. Other examples of biased politicians, who think their positions shield them...