SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate: Erica Gonzalez El Diario La Prensa

We began this series to insert critical thinking into the immigration debate that is dominating the headlines yet lacks understanding and context of a hotly contested issue in our history. This week, we go to the source(s) of information. If knowledge is power, the women and men heading large media outlets are some of the most powerful people in our […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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Given all the recent news coverage, it is easy to mistake immigration reform as a unique 21st century debate. Few deny that immigrants are the bedrock of our nation. But how to integrate them legally and culturally has been a hotly debated topic since the first large influx came to America at the end of the 19th century. Through photos, we examine […]

California: Model for National Immigration Reform?

Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts This Week in Northern California

California is one of those precious political bell weather states. You’ve heard of the election night adage: as goes Ohio goes the nation? Substitute California and you get a dynamic with a potential to alter politics, the economy, and our culture for the remaining days of the year. This is the case for immigration. The […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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As the daughter of an immigrant, one of the things that really gets to me about this national conversation on immigration is how impersonal it is. The debate which is dominating the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term is often times fought and summarized in a narrative of statistics and policies. We should not think of this issue as just […]

Wilmer Valderrama: Immigration is Next to The Wise Latina Club’s Viviana Hurtado, Prez Listening

Wilmer Valderrama on Immigration Reform to The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado

It wasn’t those smoldering ayyyssss. Or his perfectly tailored Hugo Boss Suit. Wilmer Valderrama had me at: “My next thing is immigration.” Seems Washington leaders, including President Obama who addressed in broad brushstrokes comprehensive immigration reform in Las Vegas, are listening to this Hollywood hunk turned “actor-vista” (actor turned activista). I caught up with him at […]

An Immigration Proposal. Political Momentum. ¿Done Deal?

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Nearly seven years ago, I covered the big immigration rallies of 2006 as a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. In solidarity, millions around the nation marched in support of overhauling the immigration system to incorporate those who for various reason were here in violation of our laws. What surprised me wasn’t that Republicans would […]

The Latino Vote: The Way Forward

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The day after the election a friend posted on my Facebook page, the “Latino Vote –unfrigginbelievable.” She’s right. Many factors contributed to President Obama’s re-election. But few are as important as the Latino vote. Hispanics made up 10 percent of the U.S. electorate this year–doubling in the past 16 years. The number of Latino voters […]

Mitt Romney’s Porcentages: ¿1, 47, or 100?

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Click here to watch the video secretly taped at a private Florida fundraiser. The main purpose of the Republican National Convention which I covered was to introduce the former governor of Massachusetts to the American public. Until then, the campaign focused on Romney’s management experience in government, at the helm of the 2002 Salt Lake […]