Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sen. Cortez Masto hires a Latino chief of Staff

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who made history as the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, hired Reynaldo Benitez to be her chief of staff, making him one of two Latinos to hold that influential Senate job starting next year. Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced Benitez’s promotion to the senior position on Friday. Benitez, 32, was […]

Pelosi hopes to pass legislation to help DREAMers with a Democratic House Majority

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to pass legislation that would put DREAMers on a pathway to citizenship when her party retakes control “Our House Democratic Majority will once again pass the Dream Act to end the uncertainty and fear inflicted on patriotic young men and women across the country.” Pelosi said in a […]

Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Latino congressman dies

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona’s first Latino member of Congress but was known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress until deciding in 2014 against running for re-election. Pastor won a 1991 […]

A record of 42 Latinos will serve in Congress

A record 42 Latinos are set to serve in Congress next year following Tuesday’s midterm elections, the most representation ever reached by the demographic on Capitol Hill, according to an AP analysis. Thirty-three Latino Democratic candidates and seven Republican candidates won their races this week, with only one race remaining undecided as of Thursday evening. Democratic House […]

Despite little support, Latino lawmakers continue pushing for Smithsonian Latino museum

Latino members of Congress are renewing their call for a national museum devoted to Latino history and culture, urging the passage of legislation to cover some of the costs. Rep. Tony Cardenas, a California Democrat, said Thursday, “If we don’t take charge, another decade is going to go by, another decade is going to go […]

A 28-year-old Latina just beat long standing congressman in New York

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district last night. “The reason I was able to do that is because we have built a legitimately strong grassroots movement of organizers here to hold it down for 24 to 48 hours,” she said, […]

Immigration talks reach crossroad: Citizenship or not?

Talks between Republicans across the political spectrum trying to reach a potential immigration deal that would unite the conference have reached a crossroads — and once again it has to do with citizenship. “For us, a bridge into the legal immigration system for young immigrants brought to the country as children through no fault of […]

DACA recipients still face uncertainty despite court’s decision

Congressional inaction on DACA is impacting the program’s recipients, even as a court order provides them with work and deportation protections for now. DACA recipients say that the program’s limitations and the heated politics around it have sowed confusion among potential employers. According to Greisa Martínez Rosas, deputy executive director of United We Dream (UWD), […]

Trump threatens to veto spending bill over DACA and border wall

  President Trump threatened earlier today to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill already passed by Congress, only hours before government funding would lapse. In a tweet, Trump said he is “considering a VETO” because the proposal does not extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants or fully fund his proposed border wall. […]

Two Latinas might make history in Texas

The big news story out of the Texas primary: The state is virtually certain to send its first two Latinas to the U.S. House of Representatives. Experts say their victories could be used to help boost fellow Democrats in some of the state’s most competitive races. Sylvia Garcia, a Texas state senator and Veronica Escobar, […]