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

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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 […]

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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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 […]

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

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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 […]

¿Latinas: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Neither?

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40 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, a decision that legalized abortion. The law hinges on privacy–bringing a baby into this world is a decision between a mother and her doctor. No more “back alley” procedures performed by people who called themselves doctors. Coat hangers–a symbol of one of the crudest […]