By Mariela Rosario | 12/22/2010 - 16:00
President Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this week to talk next steps regarding immigration reform after the Senate blocked the passage of the DREAM act over the weekend.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/20/2010 - 17:00
Though the DREAM Act failed to pass a senate vote this past weekend, many young activists and immigrant supporters are refusing to give up hope. Now, recent high school graduates and college students plan to take the fight to a state by state level and are gearing up for the 2012 elections.
"All of us are definitely preparing for much more defensive work," Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center told the Associated Press.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/09/2010 - 14:00
After Democrats shepherded the DREAM Act through a narrow win in the House yesterday (216-198), Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called for a vote to table the Senate version of the bill this morning. The intention? To take up the successful House version of the bill instead and try to get the 60 votes needed to get it through the Senate before the lame-duck session is over this month.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2010 - 20:45
The House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act tonight with a vote of 216-198.
The Senate debate and vote have been postponed until tomorrow. Many leading political experts expected the bill to pass the House, but are predicting it will be more difficult to push the bill through the Senate. Nonetheless, tonight's win is a victory, even if it's a short-lived.
In order to win a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the bill needs 60 votes and Democrats control just 58.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/24/2010 - 15:50
The race is officially on to get the Dream Act passed this year, before newly elected members of Congress (mostly Republicans) are sworn in in January.
After meeting with Hispanic Congressional Caucus members last week, the White House is in full gear, trying to get the word out about an upcoming Senate vote.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/01/2010 - 12:25
Much noise has been made recently about President Barack Obama's delay in passing immigration reform—with some special interest groups going so far as to suggest that Latinos refrain from voting since the "Do-Nothing" Democrats haven't, well, done anything for us.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/28/2010 - 13:49
With the 2010 midterm elections coming up you’re probably wondering what effect the nationwide backlash against undocumented immigrants has had on Latinos as a community. The short answer: Worry and some division, according to a Pew Hispanic Center poll released today.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/27/2010 - 15:00
Meg Whitman, who earlier this month made a tequila-soaked confession that she couldn’t win California’s gubernatorial race without Latinos, is giving off another whiff of desperation. With just days left before elections, and seriously trailing Jerry Brown among Latinos in polls, she’s unleashed Spanish-language TV ads that make it look as if she’s been against Arizona’s SB1070 law.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/25/2010 - 13:15
President Barack Obama's interview with Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo just aired on the radio host's number one rated show, Piolín por la Mañana, and Sotelo made it immediately apparent what he would be grilling the president about.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/19/2010 - 17:30
On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama signed an executive order renewing a major initiative to help combat the massive education gap that plagues the Latino community. For Obama, who has been criticized for not paying enough attention to Hispanic high-school and college drop-out rates, it couldn’t come at a better time. Democrats are facing tough mid-term congressional elections and a recent study found that many Latinos, who name education at the top of their concerns and may be disillusioned with the president’s lack of action on the matter, won’t be going to the polls.