• 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...

  • One DREAMer student discovers too late ICE isn’t her friend

    LatinaLista -- The story of 20-year-old, undocumented student Olga Zanella is not your typical tale of a "Dreamer" student, raised in the U.S. since the age of 6 and now fighting deportation to Mexico. Olga's story is different and it's that difference which may be just enough to keep her in the...

  • Delaware’s Hispanic population nearly doubled in 2010

    El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE -- U.S. Census Bureau Delivered Delaware's 2010 Census Population Totals, Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative Redistricting . Delaware's Hispanic population grew in 96.4% in 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor...

  • Bolivia: 132 years later feels like yesterday for a nation grieving a war lost and a seaport taken

    By Angie Washington Latina Lista COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA -- How heavy is a grudge? The burden of loss passed down through generations weighs heavy on loyal hearts. At Bolivia's birth as a nation, the people enjoyed a coast line. Trouble arose some 54 years later when that shore was lost during the War...

  • Politicians would be smart to see that the “Sleeping Giant” isn’t just awake but fighting mad

    LatinaLista -- Last week, when Kansas legislator Virgil Peck joked that one way to control illegal immigration was to model an approach used to regulate the feral hog population -- shooting them from helicopters -- he didn't think twice about what he said. He now wishes he had. Ever since he made...

  • Guest Voz: Anti-immigrant legislation underscores real fear of conservatives — change in nation’s identity politics

    LatinaLista -- As ubiquitous as the introduction of anti-immigrant legislation has been in state legislatures across the country, there are now finally signs that push-back against these overtly punitive bills is beginning to make a difference. We saw that yesterday in Arizona, the cradle of anti-immigrant legislation, with the defeat of five...

  • Why was ICE allowed to deport a 4-year-old U.S. citizen while her parents waited for her in New York?

    LatinaLista -- When it comes to fighting for the citizenship rights of the children of undocumented immigrants, the hope has always centered on the DREAM Act. A bill that would grant a path to citizenship to those children whose parents brought them to this country at a young age. But what about...

  • A disturbing national trend getting worse: Hating on Hispanics

    LatinaLista -- Attacks on Latinos and/or Latino immigrants are nothing new. The nation has witnessed countless examples over the past few years of irrational hatred and brute force directed at Latino immigrants. Sometimes Latino immigrants lived to tell the tale but too often they died leaving behind grieving families and local communities...

  • Pew Hispanic analysis of gap in Latino Census data should be a wake-up bell to take immigration reform seriously

    LatinaLista -- If there is any government agency that should have a true handle on just how big the Latino population is in the United States, it has to be the U.S. Census. Yet, in a new study published by the Pew Hispanic Center, How Many Hispanics? Comparing New Census Counts with the...

  • Kansas legislator’s vile comment about undocumented immigrants shouldn’t go unpunished

    LatinaLista -- Ever since the insurance company Aflac announced Monday that they had fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the quacky voice of their company mascot, for his tasteless tweets about the Japanese tragedy, not too many people, aside from Joan Rivers, have come rushing to his defense. People understand there's no defense for...

  • USA: Chicago could be the dry run for how Latinos are politically courted

    By Debbie Gordils LatinaLista CHICAGO -- During Chicago's November general election, no candidate received the majority or 50 percent plus one vote. As a result, special run-off elections will be held on April 5th with early voting beginning March 31st. Of the 53 offices that were in the general election, 14 failed...

  • Experts call Arizona’s census results lower than expected

    By Tessa Muggeridge Cronkite News Service PHOENIX - Decennial census data released Thursday confirmed that Arizona's population has grown by nearly every measure, but experts said they expected to see even higher rates of growth. The Great Recession and controversy over SB 1070 and other state action against illegal immigrants could be...

  • When it comes to Latino issues, the Tea Party’s actions are less about civics

    LatinaLista -- When former NPR fund-raiser, Ronald Schiller, was covertly captured on video allegedly pronouncing Tea Party supporters were "seriously racist" and that NPR would be better off without federal money even though many stations would "go dark," the shock and voluntarily rolled heads that followed were way overblown for stating the...

  • Moment of truth for TX Latino GOP legislator presenting guest worker bill

    LatinaLista -- Utah's Republican legislators have bucked the national trend of states passing punitive legislation aimed at driving undocumented immigrants out of their communities. Utah legislators understand the value of immigrant labor and have a realistic assessment of how much work immigrants do in their state. It may have been a factor...