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Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or my “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter


When the lawmaker is away, immigration advocates were supposed to play hardball. Until they didn’t. The plan was to show up during Congress’ recess at town hall meetings in districts throughout the country, applying pressure on House Republican hold outs or those who may be on the fence to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The strategy has slightly […]

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter


I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow there are so MANY. Where did ‘they’ come from?” Answer: “They came from YOUR homes where […]

On Sirius Radio: Will Latino Voters Show Up? Then the Dog Barked

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Sirius XM's P.O.T.U.S Politics Radio on Puerto Rico Primary, Election 2012, The Latino Vote

You know it’s the summer of a Presidential election year because the race has narrowed, the challenging party’s nominee is known, and the radio and TV ads start laser focusing on voting blocs in hopes of peeling away precious votes. That’s become clear as the Obama and Romney campaign go mano-a-mano to court Latino voters with spots […]

On Sirius XM’s P.O.T.U.S Radio: No Latino Vote

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Sirius XM's P.O.T.U.S Politics Radio on Puerto Rico Primary, Election 2012, The Latino Vote

¿Que quééé? Yup, heard me right.  There is no Latino vote. Think about it.  More than 50 million Hispanics call America home and although we’re concentrated in Florida, California, Texas, and New York, we’re actually everywhere. Even in the “unlikeliest” places. Consider @rydelacruz, a Dominican-American living and riding horses in MONTANA who tweeted me, “OMG […]

Immigration: Is Europe a Warning of What Could Happen in the U.S.?


In many interviews after the #CharlieHebdo attacks, European academics and journalists pointed to the lack of integration as a key motivator by so-called radicalized Europeans of Muslim faith. Unlike America, experts argued that these immigrants and their citizen children have been socially and politically excluded from society. As someone who has spent more than a decade reporting […]

State of the Union: Immigration Executive Authority


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


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 […]

GOP Strat and the Fall or What I Said on MSNBC


Before Congress’ recess, immigration reform advocates strategized how to keep precious momentum after legislation survived as I write in “Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or My First “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter.” This is no small feat for immigration watchers who witnessed the bill die in the Senate in 2007. Supporters are trying […]