Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Ringing in the new year with mass deportation raids – what the heck are some of the folks in the Obama administration thinking? That is the question Democrats must be pondering as we go into 2016.In this climate there is really no danger of a Latino Republican vote surge. At the most, some Latinos close to the issue of immigration will stay home.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: In the 2000 presidential election, the RNC outspent the DNC in Latino outreach by three to one and in 2004 Republican President George W. Bush received 44 percent of the Latino vote.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: What started with name-calling–Mexican immigrants as rapists, criminals, disease carriers, and most recently “anchor babies”–has evolved into an immigration plan that deport all undocumented persons and rescind birthright citizenship.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: The discriminatory intent toward Latinos is thinly veiled, if veiled at all. More generally, anti-immigrant laws diminish the value of our civil rights and respect for our liberties.
Leticia Van de Putte Campaign: What I’ve seen is that Latinos are mad and not just Latino Democrats, Latino Republicans are mighty mad.
State of the Union Immigration — A lack of movement could augur resentment. Latinos might stay home if immigration remains unaddressed.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Republicans are fighting hard to keep alive the rotary phone days with a cast of ultra conservative white males seeking to defeat Davis and her running mate, Leticia Van de Putte.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The only shot Wendy Davis has of winning is in getting Latino support, and if anyone can get that support it’s Leticia Van de Putte as her lieutenant governor.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: If recent history has taught us anything it is that immigration must come from the bottom up. If there is any hope of comprehensive immigration reform, it must start with the House of Representatives.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: A discussion of the well-being of women in Texas is largely absent from those that govern, especially a consideration of the undue burdens they may face as a result of restricted abortion access.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: College is supposed to be a place where young women go to flourish, not be put in harm’s way. But this past week seven University of Connecticut students reminded us of the underbelly of sexual violence within our colleges.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The change in the political culture that gave birth to the likes of Ted Cruz comes down to one man: Tom DeLay. And now Cruz is enjoying the fruits of DeLay’s labor.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: According to a recent survey, Americans are leery of the nation’s increasing diversity — some “very anxious,” most simply feeling uninspired by the increasing diversity in this country.