• What will reinvigorate Latino voters outside FL to go to the polls?

    LatinaLista — There's been a lot written about the Latino vote in tomorrow's Florida Primary. Who do they like better? How will they lean? Which candidate is doing a better job with FL Latino voters? Which candidate has a better Spanish accent? And then there's the inevitable question: Is Florida's Latino vote...

  • President’s State of the Union address promises defiance, hope and a lot of tweets

    LatinaLista — Depending on which side of the proverbial political fence you are sitting on, tonight's State of the Union address will either leave you disgusted or encouraged — or it just may bore you that you surf over to the latest episode of your favorite reality show. Yet, when it comes...

  • From one defender of undocumented immigrants to another, Perry’s endorsement of Gingrich makes sense

    LatinaLista — Texas Governor Rick Perry's announcement today that he was suspending his presidential campaign wasn't a big surprise. For a man who is used to dominating the political campaigns he's involved in, this has been, as some Texans think, a much-needed kick in the ass of a guy who has gotten...

  • Latino GOP group gets no response from message to GOP women’s org not to host speaker from recognized hate group

    LatinaLista — Since 2007, many young and new Latino voters have, from time to time, written into Latina Lista to ask how I could publish the viewpoints and stories of Latinos who self-identify as Republicans. It's a natural question from those newly engaged in the nation's civic process, especially the young. It...

  • NCLR report shows states that pass anti-immigrant laws pay a high cost

    LatinaLista — The Greater Houston Partnership released a report yesterday at an immigration summit held at Rice University that confirmed what many in the Houston business community already knew — legalizing the area's undocumented workers could act as its own little stimulus to the local economy. [caption id="attachment_14959" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Map shows...

  • In deciding who will be President, Latino voters must ask an important question of ourselves

    LatinaLista — Until the Tea Party came along, I can't recall any political candidate making it a point to directly appeal to one group above others, especially during a nationwide televised debate. Yet, a couple of the GOP candidates, during the last debate, specifically mentioned the Tea Party. There was a time...

  • Latino voters weary of broken promises from Washington

    LatinaLista — Poll after poll shows that a sizable amount of Latino voters are "disenchanted" with President Obama, especially those voters who care about immigration reform and the administration's lack of will to implement and enforce changes to current policy. The only thing Obama has going for him is that with every...

  • Some politicians have a nasty habit of ignoring Latino voters

    LatinaLista — It used to be whenever states like Alaska, Oklahoma, Ohio, Idaho, etc. were mentioned as having sizable Latino communities, it would immediately evoke a shocked reaction — from both Latinos and non-Latinos. Yet, in this day and age, it should be no surprise that Latinos live all across the country —...

  • Guest Voz: Overcoming indifference is the nation’s biggest challenge yet

    LatinaLista — There's no doubt that the United States faces a fair amount of challenges in 2012. Yet, as Latina Lista contributor Ivan Marte points out, no challenge can be overcome or prevented if there exists indifference. As we get closer to the end of 2011, it’s not a secret that the...

  • Hispanic co-hosted GOP debate in January provides opportunity to ask the questions that matter to Latinos

    LatinaLista — By the time the January 26 presidential GOP debate in Miami, hosted by CNN and the Hispanic Leadership Network, takes place, the field of contestants should be smaller. Since the Iowa caucus is on January 3 and the New Hampshire Primary follows on January 10, it makes sense that more...

  • Could a Gingrich-Rubio ticket rival Obama-Biden among Latino voters?

    LatinaLista — Not sure what's less surprising in the latest impreMedia-Latino Decisions poll, that more Latinos would likely vote for Obama or that a majority say that it would make no difference to their vote if Cuban-American Marco Rubio was the Republican VP nominee. [caption id="attachment_14381" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="FL. Sen. Marco Rubio/GOP...

  • Oklahoma latest state recognizing anti-immigrant law was bad business

    LatinaLista -- Much news has been made over Alabama's tough immigration policy, HB 56, and how it has adversely affected the state's agriculture economy by driving the immigrant labor out of the state. Rather than scrap the law or make changes that could help the farmers, politicians would rather have officials with...

  • Mexican economists tally the costs of anti-immigrant legislation and shaky economy on undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- A New York Times editorial today was the latest commentary to blast Alabama legislators for passing HB 56, otherwise known as THE immigration law. The editorial pointed out the devastating unseen consequences of the law on the state's economy. Farmers can tally the cost of crops left to rot as...

  • Could immigration be the issue that weeds out the GOP presidential pack?

    LatinaLista -- Even before airing, last night's CNN presidential debate promised to deliver some worthy sound bites -- or awkward silences -- given that the theme of the debate was national security. [caption id="attachment_13506" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Gov. Rick Perry listens intently to fellow presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explain his support of undocumented...

  • 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...

  • Children’s Christmas wish campaign strives to keep immigrant families together

    LatinaLista -- With Christmas only a few weeks away, children are finalizing their wish lists to give to Santa Claus. Yet for 5.5 million children, there is only one wish they have -- that Uncle Sam doesn't act like the Grinch and take away one or both of their parents for being...

  • New poll shows almost a quarter of Latino voters pick Cain as GOP candidate of choice

    LatinaLista -- After last night's GOP presidential debate, the miserable performance of the one candidate who was the closest Latinos could call an ally -- Rick Perry -- means Latinos need to look elsewhere for their GOP candidate. However, a new poll by Univision and Latino Decisions shows Latino voters already had their...

  • Rick Perry emerges more and more as a reluctant ally to Latinos

    LatinaLista -- Aside from Tea Party groupies, it's pretty safe to say that most Americans look at the GOP debates with a mixture of curiosity, amusement, boredom and disgust. Though most polls have the same two candidates leading the way -- Cain and Romney --, it's only a question of time before...

  • Michelle Bachmann practices own brand of religion when it comes to undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- For Michelle Bachmann, Halloween holds special significance -- it was the day she discovered Christ as her Savior. She told the story of accepting Jesus Christ as her savior - a conversation that happened almost 40 years ago when as a teenager she went...

  • Latinos defy norm, support Perry and Republicans among immigration backlash

    By Audris Ponce The Venture HOUSTON -- In a political atmosphere where the phrases "illegals," "DREAM Act" and "racial profiling" are constantly thrown at the public, individuals known as Latino republicans seem unusual to people on both sides of the argument. What exactly drives this group of Latinos, especially younger ones, to...

  • Almost half a million TX Latino voters would have their voting power limited if Perry and TX GOP get their way

    LatinaLista -- As the countdown continues to the 2012 election and pundits and the media continually speculate as to which party will eventually win the Latino vote, it's bad enough Latino voters have to endure the denigrating political rhetoric regarding illegal immigration but there are worse things...like watching politicians do everything in...

  • Latino Republicans finding little support from inside their party

    LatinaLista -- If Latino Republican politicians thought they were safe from the extremists within their own party by adopting the party line of speaking out against the DREAM Act, wanting to see all 12 million of the undocumented deported, favoring a double fence at the border, wanting an Alabama immigration law passed...

  • Perry and Romney’s sparring over undocumented immigrants reveals a bigger problem Latinos have with the GOP

    LatinaLista -- No matter how you look at it, it was a leap for Gov. Perry to go from being asked a question from his competitor, Mitt Romney, about Texas having the most uninsured children of any state in the country to accusing Romney of hiring undocumented workers. But it was clear...

  • Debunking the myth that Americans want the jobs of undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- Alabama is still reeling from the aftershocks of passing the nation's most punitive immigration bill on the books. Though the bill has wreaked havoc for public schools, it has done untold damage to the state's economy. The state's agriculture has suffered thousands of dollars in crop losses because immigrant workers were...

  • Herman Cain’s harsh rhetoric against illegal immigration signals a convenient forgetfulness

    LatinaLista -- Republican presidential nominee Herman Cain has been skyrocketing in the polls. His plain talk, his 9-9-9 tax plan and his no-nonsense background in business is making him an increasingly popular candidate. It's no wonder that the latest Rasmussen Reports'...