Monday, October 14, 2019

GOP Less Likely to Hire Hispanic Staffers

Hispanics are least likely to be found working in Republican offices on Capitol Hill and their numbers may dwindle even further among congressional staff with the incoming GOP-controlled House, according to a new report that surveyed the makeup of staffers. An analysis of the staff makeup of all 435 House offices in the 111th Congress […]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Elects New Leadership

Yesterday, the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) elected Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX) to lead the group of Latino Democrats in the new Congress.  Rounding out the leadership board are Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), who becomes the Caucus’ 1st Vice Chair, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) as 2nd Vice Chair, and Rep. Dennis […]

Hispanic Lawmakers to Meet with President Obama to Push Immigration Legislation in Lame Duck Session

Leaders from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will meet with the President this afternoon in an effort to get the White House to support the passage of an immigration bill during the lame duck session. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) will be present at the meeting.  The lawmakers […]

“Sixth Sense” Congressman to Chair Immigration Committee

  Iowa Republican Steve King is slated to become the chairman of the US House subcommittee that oversees all immigration legislation. King, who well known for his staunch anti-immigrant stances and inflammatory remarks, has said he opposes the bi-partisan Dream Act.  Calling it a form of “amnesty”, he vows to use his position to block […]

Guilty Verdict for Two Men Charged in Fatal Hate-fueled Beating of Mexican Immigrant

A federal court in Pennsylvania found two men guilty yesterday in the beating death of Luis Ramirez, an immigrant from Mexico, who police say was targeted because of his race and nationality. “Four people attacked one person because of his race and because they didn’t want people like him living in their town,” prosecutor Myesha […]

Hispanic Legislators to Discuss Immigration Reform with President Obama

Later today, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Luis Gutierrez will meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss a strategy that will aid immigration reform efforts that seem to be gaining momentum this week. “We won’t stop until we get comprehensive immigration reform,” Velazquez, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, […]

Obama Talks Immigration Reform with Congressional Hispanic Caucus

President Obama is holding a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this afternoon to discuss immigration reform. The meeting follows on the heels of a discussion the President held yesterday with grassroots groups and labor leaders on the issue at the White House. During this meeting the President said his Administration is committed […]

Pelosi Appoints Latino Lawmaker to President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday, appointed Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) to serve on President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  The nine-term member joins fellow Democrats, Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, and Energy and Commerce Committee member Jan Schakowsky to complete the 18 member bipartisan commission. In addition to serving as a […]

Obama to Tackle Immigration Reform Despite Risks

The New York Times reported today that President Obama plans to begin addressing comprehensive immigration reform this year including creating a path to legalize the status of millions of illegal immigrants. According to administration officials, Obama plans to speak publicly about immigration in May. This was something he had promised to Congressional Hispanic Caucus members […]

New Member to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Today the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) adds a new member to it roster. Rep. Gregorio Sablan, the Delegate from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, officially became a Member of the CHC today.  This new addition brings the total number of Members for the CHC to twenty-five, with twenty-four Members in the House and […]