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 […]

What The GOP Can Learn from Bullets Over Broadway When It Comes to Women’s Bodies: MSNBC Video

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Every few months, a GOP male lawmaker says something crazy about women’s bodies, specifically pregnancy and rape. Not quite at the level of Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken who last year suggested that women possessed magical powers that could “shut down pregnancy,” Arizona Representative Trent Franks suggested that pregnancy from rape is rare, a justification for […]

“…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 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, […]

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%” […]

The Latino Vote: The Way Forward

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The day after the election a friend posted on my Facebook page, the “Latino Vote –unfrigginbelievable.” She’s right. Many factors contributed to President Obama’s re-election. But few are as important as the Latino vote. Hispanics made up 10 percent of the U.S. electorate this year–doubling in the past 16 years. The number of Latino voters […]