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 […]

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

Washington, DC I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key points parts of President Barack Obama’s address. Starting with the economy, Mr. Obama proposed […]

Seven Questions with Emanuel Pleitez

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After the 2012 Presidential Election, Latinos have established a reputation as a powerful group of voters. We turned to Emanuel Pleitez, a Stanford graduate who is currently campaigning for a spot in the Los Angeles Mayoral Race, to learn more about the mind of the Latino voter, the role of the media, and more. [The following […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

Governor Paul W. Bridges in a Nicaraguan tourist tee shirt. (Courtesy Paul W. Bridges).

The elected officials currently debating immigration reform are more than talking heads; they are human beings, just like the people they represent. As we see them giving speeches on television, it’s often times easy to forget that we have a lot in common with the men and women we voted into office. This week we […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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When today’s Great Immigration Debate reaches a negative extreme, immigrants are seen as being different than Americans. Indeed, someone may have been born somewhere else. Yet her family ties, values, and time spent in America can make her indistinguishable from someone whose family has been here for generations. As President Obama said last week in Las […]

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 […]