“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if it gets to President Obama’s desk for signature? In the Senate, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions used […]

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow there are so MANY. Where did ‘they’ come from?” Answer: “They came from YOUR homes where […]

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

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If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz who set Twitter on fire with his draconian amendment to not allow–never […]

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 […]