Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kamala Harris reveals immigration plans which would give DREAMers a path to citizenship

Many of the country’s roughly 2 million DREAMers would gain a pathway to citizenship under a plan released yesterday by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who would use executive action to break through congressional deadlock. In a plan that reflects the creative legal thinking of California’s former attorney general, Harris would reinstate the DACA […]

Joaquín Castro says Trump’s tariff plan will “tank our economy”

Texas Democratic congressman Joaquín Castro slammed President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on all goods coming to the U.S. from Mexico, calling them economic sanctions that will “tank our economy.” “Congress cannot allow this president to tank our economy and our relationships with our neighbors to further demonize immigrants fleeing violence,” Castro said in a […]

New evidence suggests the administration sought to suppress Latino votes with citizenship question

Latino leaders say new information on how the Trump administration decided to add the citizenship question on the 2020 census is the “smoking gun” that backs their assertions that the administration sought to suppress Latino votes. “You could smell this smoking gun from a mile away,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has sued over […]

DNC announces that ABC and Univision will host the Third Democratic Debate

ABC has won the right to broadcast this year’s third Dem primary debate, in partnership with Univision, scheduled for September 12 and 13, DNC announced. The primetime debate will be seen live on ABC and on Univision with Spanish translation, as well as on ABC News Live streaming channel. Location was not announced. NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo are […]

Pelosi and other Democrats reject Trump’s immigration plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that President Trump’s new immigration plan is “dead on arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.” Her criticisms come shortly after the president unveiled the plan to shift the country toward a “merit-based” system that would favor highly skilled workers over migrants with family members residing in the country. The California Democrat called for […]

Julián Castro introduces Education Plan for his 2020 campaign

Julián Castro, whose campaign for the presidential nomination has so far struggled to gain much momentum, unveiled a proposal yesterday to create a national, federally funded prekindergarten program, eliminate tuition at public universities and community colleges and alter the student-debt repayment process, part of a sweeping policy plan that his campaign hopes could reshape public […]

Group finds new way to get more Latinos to vote: “Quinceañeras”

In the world of quinceañeras, there are padrinos (godparents) and a Mass, the chambelanes and damas (boy and girl attendants), a waltz, and possibly soon — voter registration. Yesterday, Jolt Initiative, a Texas-based Latino civic participation advocacy group, launched an effort to get young Latinas preparing to celebrate their quinceañeras to register their ceremonies with its Poder Quince/ […]

Julián Castro’s 2020 prospects rise when Latinos are included in polls

For Julián Castro, the more Latinos surveyed in polls of the 2020 Democratic presidential field, the better. A poll released this week of national Latino voters had Castro, a former U.S. housing secretary and mayor of San Antonio, in fourth, with 45 percent. The poll was conducted by Latino Decisions for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Educational […]

Julián Castro unveils his campaign’s immigration plan

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro called for the decriminalization of border crossings yesterday as part of his 2020 presidential platform on immigration. Castro, who announced his presidential bid back in January, wrote in a blog post that “the truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security.” Castro called for […]

“Run Joaquin, Run” campaign trying to get Joaquin Castro on the ballot

Texas Democrats are waiting for the news from U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro on whether they’ll have another competitive Senate race this year. There is anticipation that he’ll soon announce if he’ll take on longtime Republican incumbent John Cornyn, the state’s senior senator and with that anticipation is the question of whether changed demographics and a […]