My Latino Midterm Election: Georgia

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If you travel along main street Buford Highway which cuts through a main portion of the metro-Atlanta area, blocks of strip malls bustle with Latino businesses. That’s certainly the case in Doraville where for more than fifteen years, my family and I have been regular patrons at Colombian restaurants, Mexican bakeries and bodegas. The beginnings […]

My Latino Midterm Election: Arkansas

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When most people think of Arkansas, they don’t automatically blurt out the word “Latino,” the way some may when thinking of historic Hispanic states such as California, Texas, and Florida. But let’s examine the Razorback State where incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is facing a formidable challenge from Republican U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton. It […]

My Latino Midterm Election: North Carolina

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The conventional wisdom is that midterm elections are low turnout and those who do show up to cast ballots trend older, white, and more conservative. For November 2014, the slim Democratic majority in the Senate is in jeopardy, with key Senate races so tight, pollsters, data wonks, and political scientists such as Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight and […]

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: Unaccompanied Kids Funding. Will Congress Vote Before Their Vacay?

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One group of Americans almost has as much vacation as the French–Congress. However unlike many of Le Français, our lawmakers frequently leave for their respective breaks without having finished their work, in this case voting on important legislation. One such vote is the emergency funding–nearly $4 billion dollars–requested by President Obama to help care for the […]

UPDATED with VIDEO: Mass Mothers and Children Deportations Discussed with former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. On MSNBC

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‘merica isn’t having a good day when almost three dozen mothers and kids are flown back to a worn-torn country and it doesn’t make as much a blip as, for example, José Antonio Vargas–immigrant who carries his passport from the Philippines and a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution–being detained by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint. Never […]

VIDEO: Unaccompanied Kids, Humanitarian “Crisis” or “Situation”? On MSNBC

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Overheard: for President Obama, the unaccompanied children flooding the border has forced immigration from policy to politics. This assertion reflects a Beltway echo chamber, resulting in a disconnect that fails to capture the desperate reality of millions of immigrants living in Immigration Purgatory, including the newest–the flood of an estimated 52,000 children who have recently arrived, trekking […]