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

Wilmer Valderrama on Immigration Reform to The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado

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 […]

La Voz de Pueblo RNC 2012: the Taxi Cab Interview

TWLC's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on Mitt Romney: First Gringo-Latino President?

Tampa, Florida What’s the word on the street here in Tampa which is hosting more than 50,000 people for the 2012 National Republican Convention? Who better to ask than a taxi driver.  I mean think about it.  They talk to everyone and see everything.  I struck gold when Carlos took Natascha OS, director of LATISM’s […]

Will Deportation Announcement Make Latinos Vote?

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Latinos’ enthusiasm and energy after President Obama announced young student or military illegal immigrants would not be deported could have powered a small city for a month.  Now the devil is in the details: how is the policy going to be rolled out?  What guidance will be given to those charged with executing the President’s […]

The Urgency of Presente

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I wish I was the Ezra Klein kind of writer who is fabled to churn out witty, incisive, and relevant copy in 20 minutes.  Until this weekly politics column I write for Latina Magazine.  I wrote it one day before President Barack Obama announced he was pressing the pause button on deportations of students and/or military-bound illegal […]

The Latino Vote: Checkmate President Obama

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“About damn time!” is what @Evelyn posted on The Wise Latina Club’s Facebook page after the breaking news that the Obama Administration will not just stop deporting DREAMers but that they will be given work permits.  About 800,000 illegal immigrants over the age of 16 who have been in the U.S. at least five years and […]

¿It’s the Economía, Estúpido?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Is it the economía, estúpido?

A speech. An Ad. Un ado. Separately, each means nothing more than a headline but together, we can see the tightrope Mitt Romney is walking as he tries to reach out to Latinos, the demographic juggernaut and emerging voting bloc that he’s losing by significant margins to President Obama. Polls are tricky–margins of error, what […]