Immigration Markup: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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What happens when Senators tack on 300+ amendments to the immigration bill? You have a lengthy mark-up process that continues for weeks. This is a good thing. The so-called Gang of Eight legislation is nowhere near perfect and may never be. But this process is crucial. We must debate which requires becoming informed. We must […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo! Latino IQ Quiz: Does the GOP Hate Hispanics? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Can You Repeat?

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This rhetorical question has a clear answer in my head–no. But the rhetoric during last year’s Republican primaries and the election, as well as Congress’ current immigration bill debate, is sending a message to Latinos that “we don’t want you.” The latest “confirmation” is conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation’s latest study which argues against the proposed immigration legislation […]

Heritage Immigration Report: Latino Small Brains & Long Political Memory

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Don’t let my Yale Ph.D, my Stanford Master’s, and my U.C. Berkeley Bachelor’s fool you. I’m an idiot. As a journalist and a political independent, I approached with an open mind the Heritage Foundation’s immigration report which argues against the proposed immigration bill. I listened to former South Carolina Senator and foundation head James DeMint, […]

A Latina Newbie Teacher Makes the Case for Teaching

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“Those that can’t do, teach.” What does that even mean? The fact that this saying exists in our society is a problem in itself. I deferred my acceptance into law school to accept a job, through the organization Teach for America, as an elementary school teacher at one of the lowest performing schools in Tennessee. ¿Por qué? Because there is a desperate need for teachers in […]

UPDATE: Republished in HuffPo! Republican Reformation: ¿GOP Out, In, or No-reach?

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Via tweets, emails, Republican friends, or smoke signals, I am getting the message that the GOP is more inclusive, indeed it is a new day. Why? In November of 2012, Republicans lost the White House largely because they lost Latinos and single women voters who rejected its exclusive ideology promoted by conservative media, bankrolled by special interest groups, and embodied by “47%” […]

Feminista Friday: Confessions of a Next Gen Feminista

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“Wow, you don’t look like a feminist.” I immediately look up from sipping my drink: “What do you mean?” I was barely tolerating the conversation and now found myself a bit intrigued. He did a nervous, quick scan of my look: “I don’t know; you seem pretty feminine. I mean, well, to be frank, you’re […]

Immigration Debate: Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings

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My hands were shaking. I fumbled with my phone, almost dropping it in my attempt to send her a text message: “ARE YOU OKAY?!?!?” Liz, a close friend of mine who I met while interning on Capitol Hill last summer, was running in the Boston Marathon.  I later found out that she crossed the finish […]