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President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Congressional Hispanic Institute Awards
By Mariela Rosario | 09/15/2010 - 17:00

President Barack Obama will address the Congressional Hispanic Institute this evening at the 33rd Annual Awards Gala, being held at Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital. Eva Longoria Parker, Lin Manuel Miranda and Arturo Sandoval will be honored with special awards at tonight's ceremony.


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DREAM Act Protesters Facing Trial in October
DREAM Act Protester Facing Trial in October
By Mariela Rosario | 08/31/2010 - 12:15

Myrna Orosco knew she was facing possible jail time and even deportation when she protested in front of Senator McCain's office on July 20th, 2010 in support of the DREAM act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729 was actually co-sponsored by Sen. McCain in the past, but fell short of the necessary votes in Congress to be considered for legislation. It was re-introduced in both in March of 2009, and since then thousands of students across the country have been waiting to find out their fate.


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Obama Signs $600 Million Border Security Bill
Obama Signs $600 Million Border Security Bill
By Mariela Rosario | 08/15/2010 - 10:00

President Barack Obama signed a $600 million border security bill into law last week in hopes of moving the immigration reform debate forward. For years, conservatives and Republicans have argued that a discussion about reforming the current immigration system is not valid until more has been done to reinforce and protect our borders. The border security bill aims to do just that.


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U.S. Justice Department Sues Arizona
By Mariela Rosario | 07/07/2010 - 14:00

Yesterday, the United States Justice Department officially filed suit against the state of Arizona, charging that the new laws conflict with federal immigration enforcement efforts. S.B. 1070, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in April and set to go into effect on July 29, gives police the power to stop anyone they have "reasonable suspicion" to believe is an undocumented immigrant.


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Hillary Clinton Wasn't Lying! Justice Dept. to Sue Arizona
By Mariela Rosario | 06/22/2010 - 09:00

Hillary Clinton dropped a bomb last week while talking to the Ecuadorean press when she declared that the White House was planning to file a federal law suit to stop Arizona from enacting their stringent new immigrations laws.

"President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy," Secretary Clinton said in an interview with Quito-based television station NTN24. "And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act."


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The Secret to Rick Bayless's Oaxacan Mole
By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2010 - 19:00

Last night at the White House State Dinner honoring Mexico, Rick Bayless treated President's Obama and Calderon to his legendary black mole, which he learned how to make from his favorite chile seller in the Oaxacan street market, Panchita.


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The Estefan Family to Host President Obama
By Mariela Rosario | 04/09/2010 - 14:00

Cuban-born singer Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan will host President Barack Obama when he takes a trip down to Florida on April 15. The music industry power couple will throw their first ever political fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. The pricey cocktail reception ($30,400 per couple for tickets) will be held at the Estefan's Miami Beach home.


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How Will Health-Care Reform Help You?
By Mariela Rosario | 03/23/2010 - 09:30

On Sunday, the United States House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation; a healthcare reform bill that promises to extend coverage to millions who have been denied for reasons ranging from poverty to preexisting conditions. It was a resounding victory for President Barack Obama, but how will this new law affect you? We looked into the bill to find out what changes will kick in immediately and what we're going to have wait a few years for. Here's a breakdown:


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Ahmadinejad Visits Brazil, Obama Writes Letter to Brazilian Prez
By Dorkys Ramos | 12/01/2009 - 12:08

Last week, President Obama sent a three-page letter to Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva restating America’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program a day before Brazil hosted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Though the letter didn’t criticize the visit, Obama requested that da Silva use this opportunity to encourage Iran to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.


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UPDATE: President Obama Responds to Generación Y Blogger Yoani Sanchez
By Mariela Rosario | 11/20/2009 - 17:05

Cuban Generación Y blogger Yoani Sanchez is putting her media spotlight to good use and recently posed a series of questions to both President Barack Obama and Raul Castro challenging the current state of US/Cuban relations.

President Obama agreed to answer her questions, which Sanchez posted yesterday. Sanchez also developed a questionnaire for Cuban president Raul Castro, but she does not know whether or not he will answer.


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