Thursday, May 13, 2021

Comentarios from Maria: “Is the GOP dominating Latino recruitment?

While it would certainly be great to see more Latino Democrats running and winning in Senate races and gubernatorial races (though Rick Perry should look out, San Antonio Mayor and newly minted DNC Convention Keynote Speaker Julian Castro is nipping at his heels), nothing could be further from the truth. Dems have worked closely with […]

Senate Votes to Move Forward with Vote to Confirm Mari Carmen Aponte’s Nomination

The Senate today finally voted to end the debate on Mari Carmen Aponte’s nomination as ambassador to El Salvador. As previously reported on La Plaza, Aponte’s nomination has been awaiting confirmation since December 2011, when a Republican filibuster blocked the Senate’s ability to move forward to a vote. She has been serving as a recess […]

Urgent Action Needed: Mari Carmen Aponte’s Nomination Still Awaiting Confirmation

Democrats are expected to bring a vote to the Senate floor as early as Wednesday on the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, and Senator Marco Rubio is feeling the pressure from leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to follow through on his pledge to rally Republican votes to finally […]

U.S. Representative Charlie Gonzalez Will Retire in 2012

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (TX-D), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and 14-year Congress veteran, announced he will not be seeking reelection in 2012. “Serving in Congress has been a privilege,” said Gonzalez in a press release. “But today my obligation and responsibility to family will keep me from seeking another term, while at the […]

Hispanic Lawmaker condemns Anti-immigrant ‘Shooting’ Comment by GOP lawmaker in Alabama

An Alabama Republican has received stern rebuke from a leading Hispanic lawmaker after making violent tinged remarks in reference to undocumented immigrants. U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, denounced GOP Rep. Mo Brooks’ comments made to an Alabama TV station that he would do anything “short of shooting” undocumented immigrants […]

Obama Discusses Immigration Reform with Hispanic Lawmakers

President Barack Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House on Tuesday for the third time in the last several weeks to discuss pushing immigration reform in Congress. “He is committed and will be leaning into this issue in a very serious and very vigorous way. We are upping the intensity on […]

Guest Blogger Series: Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez “Actions can prove Will to find Immigration Solution”

Sen. John Cornyn‘s call to go beyond words and create a “credible and compassionate” solution to fix our broken immigration system provides supporters of comprehensive immigration reform efforts in Congress with a rare, bipartisan opportunity: We should take him up on it. Unfortunately, although his recent overtures and sensible tone on this subject are very welcome, […]

Latino Lawmakers Respond to President’s State of the Union Address

Expectations for the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night were high among Latinos, with leaders from major Latino advocacy groups issuing their own set of policy priorities they wished to see the President tackle in his speech. Following President Obama’s address, Hispanic lawmakers praised his speech for acknowledging those issues they considered […]

Guest Blogger Series: Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez “Who are Republicans Listening to? Not Latinos”

As featured in the The Huffington Post: In the past two months two prominent Republican leaders hosted national conferences to address what many call the Republican’s Latino “problem.” Former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s group, The Americano, held its first Hispanic Conference in Washington DC in December and just this past week, former Governor Jeb Bush’s first […]

Obama Meets with Hispanic Lawmakers to Discuss Outlook on Immigration

Congressional Hispanic Caucus members met with President Obama yesterday to discuss the prospects of immigration legislation in the future, which the parties present agreed are slim to nil in the next couple of years. “The reality is, we’re no longer on the House side in charge of the agenda,” said Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D- Texas), […]