Immigration Reform: Where’s the Center?

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Immigration is that can that’s always being kicked down the road–displaced by the global financial meltdown, passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), Syria’s gassing of civilians, heck, even this season’s premier of Scandal on ABC. But now that the government shutdown is finito, having narrowly averted a debt default, immigration is back…for now. […]

The Post Shutdown Agenda or How I Almost Hugged Thomas Roberts on MSNBC

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I regularly contribute commentary to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show. It is also no secret that I am quite partial to him as the NPR ombudsman notes in a post about sex, looks, power, and the digital space. “There was, for example, the author of The Wise Latina Club and NPR guest host Viviana Hurtado who wrote in […]

VIDEO: 2013 Sophie’s Choice: Fiscal Chaos or Health Care Coverage, What I Said on MSNBC

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In the middle of our government’s shutdown–a culmination of a year of no appropriations bill–I was on a Google+ hangout with the education and literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL). I interviewed filmmaker María Aguí Carter for our month-long Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books who told us about her documentary Rebel: Loreta […]

“Empty Dress” Is As Sexist As “Empty Suit” or What I Said on MSNBC

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I was disappointed I was not able to talk about Syria, particularly it how affects the immigration reform calculus. This is important because my sources in the advocacy community were not blinking at all the gloom and doom of late summer–that not enough votes exist in the House to pass reform legislation. They tell me […]

GOP Strat and the Fall or What I Said on MSNBC

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Before Congress’ recess, immigration reform advocates strategized how to keep precious momentum after legislation survived as I write in “Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or My First “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter.” This is no small feat for immigration watchers who witnessed the bill die in the Senate in 2007. Supporters are trying […]

Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or my “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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When the lawmaker is away, immigration advocates were supposed to play hardball. Until they didn’t. The plan was to show up during Congress’ recess at town hall meetings in districts throughout the country, applying pressure on House Republican hold outs or those who may be on the fence to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The strategy has slightly […]