Tuesday, February 19, 2019

In a dueling rally, O’Rourke contradicts Trump’s border claims

Last night Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) sought to counter President Trump’s claims about immigrants and border walls, arguing that his hometown of El Paso is “safe not because of walls but in spite of walls.” “With the eyes of the country upon us, all of you together are going to make our stand in […]

In SOTU response, Xavier Becerra says he is prepared to challenge Trump once again

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra warned in a national televised address last night that he is prepared to take President Trump to court if he declares a national emergency to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border while cutting federal funds to fire-damaged communities in this state. Becerra delivered the remarks as part of the Democrats’ […]

Latino Democrats announce task forces for Congress

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced yesterday its issue-based task forces for the current Congress. The CHC will have 13 task forces, up from 11 during last Congress, as the group has grown in number and reach. The CHC currently recognizes 38 members, compared to 32 last Congress. The new task forces are Arts and […]

By 2020 Latinos will become the largest ethnic group eligible to vote

For the first time, Latinos are on track to be the largest racial or ethnic group to be eligible to vote in a presidential election, according to data on the 2020 electorate released yesterday by the Pew Research Center. By 2020, 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote, just slightly more than the 30 […]

Democrats and advocates don’t see Trump’s proposal as a compromise

President Trump has described his proposal for ending the government shutdown as a trade, but details in the bill that the Senate will vote on today have immigration advocates and Democrats calling the offer partisan, malevolent and “feigned” attempt at compromise. “It’s a sham,” Ur Jaddou, director of America’s Voice DHS Watch program, told NBC […]

DREAMer says Democrats should not accept Trump’s DACA deal

President Trump is offering a three-year extension to DACA recipients, but one DREAMer is urging Democrats to reject the deal. “I think they should absolutely not take this deal, and the reason why is because right now DACA is still in place,” she told the network’s Ana Cabrera. “Courts are upholding and protecting the program […]

At ceremony, Latino legislators vow to overcome government shutdown

At a ceremony to usher in a record number of Latino Democrats in Congress, lawmakers exuded more outrage than delight as they recognized their legislative ambitions are contending for now with a standoff over a border wall with Mexico that has partially shut down the government. “It’s because of Trump’s obsession with stirring up anti-immigrant […]

Julian Castro met with Latino leaders days before he makes presidency announcement

Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro met with Nevada Democrats and leaders of the Latino community in Las Vegas on Tuesday, days ahead of his planned announcement of a 2020 run for the presidency. Castro, the Democratic former mayor of San Antonio said that as a presidential candidate, he’s going to be talking about […]

With new primary schedule in California Latinos will have more say in 2020

Because of a slight calendar adjustment, Latinos will have a larger say in who Democrats elect to run for president in 2020. “One in five American Latinos lives in Texas and if you add California, you get substantial power of the Latino vote to really influence the Democratic Party and reshape especially the Democratic Party […]

22 immigrants died under ICE detention in the last 2 years

The 22 immigrants who died in the nation’s sprawling network of detention centers over the past two years came to the United States from countries as far-flung as Vietnam, and as close as Mexico. Some had been longtime legal residents, arriving as refugee or students. Many were young — half were not yet 45 years […]