To Save Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Advocates Must Volunteer at Old Folks Homes

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Our 24/7 Twitter-powered media culture covers politics like a horse race–scoreboards and all–and easily assigns blame. With comprehensive immigration reform, shining a harsh spotlight on Republicans is justified because they have been unable to reign in the fringe–despite hemorrhaging the Latino vote in 2012 and autopsy reports which conclude outreach to new voters such as minorities is beneficial […]

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. […]

Immigration Losers: GOP and “The Deportation Prez” or What I Said on MSNBC

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Washington’s groupthink has the immigration heat solely turned up on the GOP. They certainly are in the news–with some House Republican holdouts threatening to derail an overhaul to the immigration laws, Speaker John Boehner unable to tame his unruly conference, and the crazies–the Congressman Steve Kings of the world, who compare immigrants to dogs, liken DREAMers–students […]

Immigration Bill and Paul Abdul circa 1989: 2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back. On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts has now asked me several times about the likelihood of the immigration overhaul bill passing. Indeed, the Senate has green lighted putting border security on steroids to please conservatives in exchange for their support it. I *SIGH*… Why? Because every time a breakthrough appears to move what could be the most significant piece […]

¡Ven Acá Chuck Todd! OR When I Was on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd to Talk Obama National Security Team Shake Up

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Before I was a guest on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, I sort of “met” the host–not at the journalist watering hole Off the Record… …not in the White House briefing room… …not at a charity fundraiser. I met him at the dog park. ¿Qué qué? Indeed it was my surprise to hear his […]

VIDEO: March on Washington: “What Comprehensive Immigration Reform Means to Me”

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado March on Washington: "What CIR Means to Me" in Latina Magazine

In 2006 while a local television reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, I covered the immigration reform rally, one of many held throughout the country. Many in politics and the media marveled that Latinos had come out in big numbers. Fast forward seven years to this week’s “All in for Citizenship” rally in Washington, DC (with […]

Career: Julie Chávez Rodríguez to Latinas, “¡Sí Se Puede!”

Career: Julie Chávez Rodríguez to Latinas, "¡Sí Se Puede!"

When you are an ambitious and/or successful Latina, you are a role model no matter what. That’s because despite our consolidation of power as an economic and political bloc, a gap remains, especially in terms of educational and career achievement. Simply put, there aren’t enough Hispanics in positions of power. That means that for the few […]

UPDATE: Published in Latina Magazine! Meet New Congressman Joaquín Castro

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado interviews U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro for Latina Magazine

Capital Hill, Washington, DC I put in the interview request for Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquín Castro soon after he was elected in November–before he had office space and when his bare bones staff was still communicating on Gmail. I keep checking. Then: “Congressman Castro can see you at 5:05P.” (Not 5:00 or 5:10P. They’re that over […]