Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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, […]

Keeping DACA brings more benefits for U.S. Economy

For 24-year-old Nicolas Ugaz-Valencia, every work day is living the American dream. He is a manager for a home health care service in New York City, using his Spanish language skills to help people in need. Back in 2001, Nicolas and his family left their home country of Peru in pursuit of a new life […]

Despite crowded fields, record number of Latinos run for primaries

An unprecedented number of Latinos are running for office in the 2018 primaries, but crowded fields have toughened the challenge of getting elected for some candidates of color and women. Primary season kicks off with the Texas primary today and this year, Democrats stand their best chance in years for flipping the U.S. House majority. […]

March 5th – The DACA deadline that never happened

It’s been six months since President Donald Trump moved to end DACA and Washington seems to be no closer to a resolution on the day everything was supposed to be solved by. Today, March 5 was originally supposed to be a deadline of sorts for action. When Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

DACA deal likely to be included in new funding bill

Republican senators are predicting that a fix for the DACA program will end up in next month’s government funding bill, as they search for ways to break a months-long stalemate.  That’s probably the most likely thing, when we write the funding of the government bill we’ll extend DACA legislatively, making it legal for a year or two […]