latino politics


Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Surprise! Donald Trump is wrong about immigrants and crime

*A fresh look at the Donald Trump Mexico-comment story. After two weeks, with the list of companies dumping Trump growing (mattress manufacturer Serta droped Trump yesterday) and the commentary and op-ed’s coming faster than we can read them, I’ve been searching for something new, something that hasn’t been said already. I’m happy to see the

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Washington Perspective: The Right’s Cognitive Dissonance, or the “Dick Cheney Effect”

By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco When the Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, more than a few people couldn’t help but think about the former Vice President’s struggle with this issue.  At a time...

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Obama on U.S. Embassy in Cuba: ‘This Is What Change Looks Like’

*The Republican majority in Congress is not interested in normalizing relations with Cuba.  There is no interest among the Congressional GOP to approve funding for the embassy (no money is needed at this time), approve an ambassador...

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

On climate change, Hispanic Catholics hear pope’s message – and it’s personal

*When it comes to the Pope’s messages on climate justice and his call for a phase-out of fossil fuels to protect the poor, the important question is whether Francis can make a difference in a slow-moving threat. Many...

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Fading American Dream for Texas Latinos

By Juan H. Flores and Dr. Rogelio Saenz, NewsTaco The American Dream is fading for many Latino families today and for their children tomorrow.  This is especially true in Texas where many Latinos face significant barriers to building...

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Expect immigration reform to be next

*Hopeful thinking in the momentum of Obamacare and same-sex marriage.  Barreto says it’s possible as part of an overall progressive shift. VL By Matt Barreto, New York Times A renewed debate over wages and inequality point to...

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Pivotal San Bernardino case fought discrimination against Latinos

*Every once in a while relevant history bubbles to the top of some mainstream media publication, somewhere. It’s important history that is often relegated to a shelf, where it gathers dust. This is precisely why Mexican-American studies...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired

*This was a matter of time. NBCUniversal owns Telemundo, and while it’s not Univision, it represent a very large portion of the U.S. Latino population. Not severing ties with Trump would have been bad business. VL By...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Justices rule 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines

*Expect a rush of lawsuits across the country challenging the way electoral districts are drawn. Political parties in state legislatures used the old system of drawing districts to perpetuate their hold on power. The change is not...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Mary Gonzalez, First Openly Pansexual Legislator, Explains How She Is Changing Minds In Texas

*Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is talked about as an end to a long struggle, but it’s also the beginning of a new, long road. Congress and state legislators will soon be tackling questions of...

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Obamacare Supreme Court Case Decision: Latinos Applaud Decision; 4.2 Million Latino Enrollees Impacted

*This piece goes through the usual list of political public statements, but it also shows how the Latino community was, in its majority, in favor of and aided by the Affordable Care Act. This Supreme Court decision will...

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Jeb Bush’s security team booted Latino group from speech, leaders claim

*The day of Bush’s announcement the attention was on the group of immigration protesters who got into the event and caused Jeb to go off script.  But not all groups were allowed to stay in the venue....

Monday, June 15th, 2015

DACA’s Three-Year Anniversary

*It’s been three years since President Obama signed the DACA executive action. In that time there’s been no movement on comprehensive immigration reform, one of the main reasons he signed the order. So now DACA is quickly...

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Supreme Court: Immigrants with Poor Legal Counsel Can Turn to Appeals Courts

* VL By Neil Giardino, NBC New York Navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration law can be a bewildering experience, especially for those without legal training. With the threat of deportation often looming, the trust an undocumented immigrant...

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