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UPDATE: “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Watch Your Mouth, Watch Your Step” Published in HuffPo Latino Voices, Comment Firestorm

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The Huffington Post published this blog Op-Ed in HuffPo Latino Voices where for a few minutes, it was the main story, before being bumped by the news that a federal judge is hearing arguments on Alabama’s new immigration law, the toughest in the country. But I have ample consolation.  The editors also posted it on the front page […]

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Presidential Carne Asada at NCLR

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Latinos are often described as a “friendly” audience for Democrats and Barack Obama. Therefore it was surprising when the President threw out some “red meat” to rev up the simpaticos at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC. Instead: Sizzle!  It, and he, got a little scorched, in effect turning […]

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Brown Faces at the White House

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“E pluribus unum” –Motto found on the seal of the United States The dictum “Out of many, one” is as ubiquitous–officially–as it is defining of  U.S. mythology. It is imprinted on money which underscores how critical it is to the daily life of average Americans.  And yet, this motto exists in a virtually invisible state, […]

VIDEO: Deferred (Immigration Executive) Action. On MSNBC

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The distrust in President Obama among Latino voters has roots in a broken promise made when Candidate Obama was first running in 2008. This distrust has been magnified by Mr. Obama’s announcement that he would delay executive action on immigration until after the November midterm elections. The repercussions that will be felt by the President and […]

VIDEO: Obama Immigration Executive Action. On MSNBC

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President Obama promised at the State of the Union that he would use executive action to push his agenda forward, bypassing Republican obstruction in Congress. In “State of the Union: Immigration Executive Action“, I urged him to use his “phone and pen” to grant relief to the thousands of immigrants living in fear of deportation. Six months […]

State of the Union: Immigration Executive Authority

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The White House communicated at the beginning of the year that it would be the year of executive action. President Obama would use the privilege of executive authority to circumvent Congress to give a shot to the arm of our anemic economic recovery. Indeed, since he was elected in 2008, many a Republican such as Senate […]

To Save Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Advocates Must Volunteer at Old Folks Homes

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Our 24/7 Twitter-powered media culture covers politics like a horse race–scoreboards and all–and easily assigns blame. With comprehensive immigration reform, shining a harsh spotlight on Republicans is justified because they have been unable to reign in the fringe–despite hemorrhaging the Latino vote in 2012 and autopsy reports which conclude outreach to new voters such as minorities is beneficial […]

Immigration Reform: Where’s the Center?

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Immigration is that can that’s always being kicked down the road–displaced by the global financial meltdown, passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), Syria’s gassing of civilians, heck, even this season’s premier of Scandal on ABC. But now that the government shutdown is finito, having narrowly averted a debt default, immigration is back…for now. […]