Obama: ‘No Is Not An Option’ For DREAM Act (ABC News): President Obama told a largely Hispanic audience today that he is ready to sign the DREAM Act and blamed Republicans for the failure of the legislation that would grant illegal immigrant students a path to citizenship.
Obama’s politics of division (NY Daily News): Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he’s been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case. First shredded for his “train wreck” defense of Obamacare’s individual mandate, he is now blamed for the defenestration in oral argument of Obama’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law.
Obama celebrates Cinco de Mayo with push for Dream Act, immigration reform (Washington Post): President Barack Obama is telling Hispanics he is ready to sign a bill that would allow illegal immigrant students a path to citizenship, a measure he calls a “common-sense” reform.
For Hispanics, Move Past the Primary (New York Times): If I were Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, I would tell him to win over Hispanic voters by neutralizing the immigration issue by moderating his tone, having more nuanced answers and going after President Obama for his broken promise on immigration reform. Then, he can focus on economic issues. Romney should remind Latinos that we have been disproportionately affected by the bad economy. Romney needs to stay on message: It’s about the economy, and Hispanics are not stupid.
Why some like Obama’s chances in Arizona (The Seattle Times): Arizona Democrats are counting on U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona to win a previously Republican seat and give President Obama the boost he needs to win Arizona, the one red state his campaign believes can be turned blue this year.
Florida Dem open to Rubio immigration plan (Associated Press): Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday that he is open to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s plan to let young illegal immigrants remain in the United States, but he questioned whether it would solve the nation’s immigration problems.
Bigger population spurs Spanish ballots (Chicago Tribune): An increase in Spanish-speaking residents led Luzerne County election officials to offer Spanish ballots in the April 24 primary election, a move that raised some eyebrows.
The Latino Labor Force in the Recovery (Hispanic Ohio): At nearly 23 million, people of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity represented 15 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2011.1 By 2020, Latinos are expected to comprise 19 percent of the U.S. labor force.
Undocumented Workers Offered Low Cost Health Care in Los Angeles (Fox News Latino): A community clinic and a food service worker group is offering undocumented immigrants and other uninsured Los Angeles restaurant workers inexpensive health care coverage.
New report shows Napa Valley will have Latino majority within 20 years (Times-Herald): “The extent of it surprised me,” Capps said. “Native born whites are growing older and not being replaced. Napa County will continue to need to import workers. It’s a national trend, based on the aging of the Baby Boom generation.” Latinos will likely outnumber whites here by the late 2020s, Napa Valley Community Foundation President Terence Mulligan said.
Hispanic leaders unveil plans for vaquero museum (Houston Chronicle): Several dozen Houston Hispanic leaders gathered Thursday evening to unveil plans for a local museum that will celebrate vaquero and Tejano ranching history.
Uphill Battle for Woman Presidential Candidate in Mexico (Fox News Latino): Over the last 12 years, the tough-talking, workaholic economist had transformed herself from a motivational speaker and self-help author to one of the most powerful women in the country. She worked her way up from the lower ranks of the conservative National Action Party and scored a confident victory over two influential male competitors to win its presidential nomination.