It Really Is Immigration Reform, Stupid!

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Rudy Acuna: The truth be told, I am not all that sold that President Barack Obama will do the right thing. It took him a long time to embrace the Dreamers. And even now he is deporting more of the Dreamers parents and cousins than George W. Bush did.

Latinos; The Religious Right’s Holy Grail

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: What do Evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons all have in common? And no, this is not the beginning of a joke. The growth of all three faiths is being fueled by the Latino population.

Why Immigration Reform Now?

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Anthony Samad: The Black-Brown racial conflict can’t be the manipulator that makes us all pawns in the game. Immigration reform is a great opportunity to talk about race relations reform in America.

Immigration Reform Reality Check

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: For immigration reform to become a reality it must be passed by the end of July before Congresses’ summer recess. If it is not passed by then, consider immigration reform as good as dead.

Dear GOP, Cubans Are Not Mexican

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Tina Dupuy: Cubans may speak Spanish, and be from someplace else, but their immigration experience is unique to the island they come from … and our policy toward said island.

Latinos in Obama’s Cabinet Not About Numbers

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Would you prefer Obama’s first term administration with two Latino cabinet members but no immigration reform and lingering economic hardship for Latinos, or a second term with no Latino cabinet members but an immigration overhaul and improvement in the economic situation of Latinos?

Rubio Cornered on Immigration

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Senator Rubio’s recent change in position to favor a path to citizenship puts him in a corner–he will not get the base of his party to join him and his immigration advocacy will never be as good as that of the Democrats.

Immigration Reform: Not Easy But Not Impossible

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Vicotria Defrancesco Soto: The GOP’s split mindset regarding Latinos and immigration is what will likely prevent the president from crossing off immigration reform from his 2013 to-do list.

STEM Immigration Act: One Step Forward or Two Back?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The STEM jobs act would essentially staple green cards to the diplomas of 55,000 foreign students. But, the legislation does not help the millions of undocumented immigrants, mainly of Latin American descent already in this country.

Drop the “I” Word

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Unai Montes-Iruest: Welcome to the one Nation, under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All, where 96 year-old, former Arizona Governor, Mexican American, Raul Hector Castro, has already been detained three times.

Latino Vote Pivotal in North Carolina

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: As a result of the continued Latino population growth, and in particular registered voters, Latinos could help the Democrats once again claim the Tar Heel state.

Border Patrol Oversteps Role on Canadian Border

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Michele Waslin: Collaboration between Border Patrol and police terrifies local immigrant communities who are now fearful of calling the police or an ambulance or the fire department.

Why Are DREAMers Denied Health Coverage?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: I can’t wrap my head around it. Why in the world did the President deny deferred actioners coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

Immigrant Detention and the Private Prison Industry

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Michele Waslin: Immigration detention has been steadily increasing over the last two decades. A new report by Justice Strategies suggests this increase is largely due to the efforts of private prison companies.

The RNC’s Immigrant Tease

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If we are to take Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan at his word that Republicans will not duck the tough issues, then Republicans better get started on their blueprint for an effective immigration policy overhaul.

California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

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Michele Waslin: Passage of the TRUST Act would be an important step toward mitigating the harmful impact of the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm). Immigrant advocates from across the country are calling on Gov. Brown to sign the bill into law.

Olympians, Immigrants, and World Affairs

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Our eagerness for stories, involving athletes from around the world, as enthusiastic viewers of the Olympic games, juxtaposes paradoxically with our intolerance for our own immigrants’ stories, even if those immigrants are athletes who win medals for the US.

Dreamers Sign Up: A Great Day for Activism – and for America

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Randy Shaw: Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists.

Can Deferred Action Beneficiaries Get Driver’s Licenses?

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Michele Waslin: As the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative begins accepting applications this week, many are wondering whether beneficiaries of the program will be eligible to obtain a state driver’s license. At this point the answer is: it depends.

The Failure of National Latino/Mexican American Organizations

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Rudy Acuna: With all of the hype around Latinos these days, how could Arizona have happened? I thought we had power.

Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas Spread Unevenly

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Michele Waslin: Brookings found that 106 metropolitan areas in the U.S. account for 91 percent of all H-1B requests, yet these areas contain only 67 percent of U.S. jobs.

Secretary Napolitano Clarifies President’s Deferred Action Plan…Again

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Micehele Waslin: Several members of Congress praised Napolitano for providing undocumented youth who had been brought here at a young age with hope for the future.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Music on Racial Profiling

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Seth Hoy: The renowned anti-immigrant media glutton and self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” stands accused of discrimination and harassment charges in a class action lawsuit involving the ACLU and MALDEF.

To Be an American

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Can American democracy be true to its ideals without a nonracist and nonsexist culture and society?

Winning the Dream

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Paulina Gonazlez: In addition to needing to win political support for their demand, the Dream Movement identified the White House’s legal argument as the first and most important hurdle they needed to overcome,

The Strategy and Organizing Behind the Successful DREAM Act Movement

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Paulina Gonzalez: The organizers of the Dream Movement gained valuable experience and built momentum by organizing in support of expanding access to higher education for undocumented young people.

Clearing the Air on Immigrants, the Military, and Deferred Action

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Michele Waslin: There are serious questions about whom and how many would qualify for deferred action through the military route. The answer is close to zero.

SB 1070: California Is Not Arizona

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Hector Villagra: Monday’s decision shows that Arizona is a failed experiment. Most of this law – most of it has been struck down. And the piece that remains is obviously on life support. And it’s just a matter of time before that dies the death that it deserves.

SB 1070 Decision: Spur for Comprehensive Reform

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he political implications of the Supreme Court’s SB 1070 ruling are a wash as far as the November election is concerned.  On the one hand, the President can point to three out of the four provisions being blocked.  On the other hand, Romney and the GOP can point to the heart of SB 1070, the [...]

Obama Boxes in Republicans on Immigration

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Romney needs some Latino support in swing states such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico and cannot come out in opposition to the president’s plan.

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