UPDATE: Published in HuffPost Media! Beso to Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos or What I Said on MSNBC about The Washington Post Buy

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Latinos are serious PDA people, and not the air kiss type. Spend an afternoon at Casa Hurtado and there’s a whole lotta hand holding, abrazos, and just overall velcro-dom. So when I read on Twitter that Amazon founder and e-commerce pioneer Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million of his own dólares which I speak about […]

Immigration Bill: My Story, Their Story, Our Story

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The U.S. Senate returned to work left unfinished in 2007, passing an immigration bill that heads to the House where opposition is formidable. Looking past his colleagues to potential 2016 voters, Senator Marco Rubio pulled on heartstrings when he stated that “their” story–that of the immigrants in this country illegally–is his–and our–story. Yes and no. His parents immigrated […]

Immigration Bill and Paul Abdul circa 1989: 2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back. On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts has now asked me several times about the likelihood of the immigration overhaul bill passing. Indeed, the Senate has green lighted putting border security on steroids to please conservatives in exchange for their support it. I *SIGH*… Why? Because every time a breakthrough appears to move what could be the most significant piece […]

“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

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I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if it gets to President Obama‘s desk for signature? In the Senate, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions used […]

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

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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 […]

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

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If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz who set Twitter on fire with his draconian amendment to not allow–never […]

Immigration Markup: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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What happens when Senators tack on 300+ amendments to the immigration bill? You have a lengthy mark-up process that continues for weeks. This is a good thing. The so-called Gang of Eight legislation is nowhere near perfect and may never be. But this process is crucial. We must debate which requires becoming informed. We must […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo! Latino IQ Quiz: Does the GOP Hate Hispanics? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Can You Repeat?

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This rhetorical question has a clear answer in my head–no. But the rhetoric during last year’s Republican primaries and the election, as well as Congress’ current immigration bill debate, is sending a message to Latinos that “we don’t want you.” The latest “confirmation” is conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation‘s latest study which argues against the proposed immigration legislation […]