FROM Clarissa Martínez de Castro
The Potential Power of Latinos in 2016 After President Obama's re-election four years ago, the Republican National Committee officially declared its intention to reach out to the growing Latino electorate. Four years later, a record 27 million Latinos are eligible — a 40% increase since 2008 – and both parties are vying for their support. But there's no such thing as the "Hispanic Vote." They're divided by religion, country of origin, economic class--and generation. There are liberals and conservatives. But one issue is uniting them as never before: Immigration — creating a special challenge for the Republicans, and not just because of Donald Trump. Will that increase their dismal rate of turnout in states where Latino votes could make a difference?
Unilateral Immigration Reform: A Dream or a Nightmare? President Obama has outraged Congress with his executive order delaying deportation for up to five million illegal immigrants, but that controversial action may be easier to order than implement. Immigrants who’ve spent years avoiding detection may not have proof that they qualify. Since relief will be only temporary, many may not apply — but if they do, immigration officials could well be overwhelmed, and Republicans won’t just withhold legislative or financial support, they’ll be waiting to pounce on evidence of lax oversight or possible fraud. Will cities, states and nonprofit groups be willing or able to pick up the slack?
Immigration Reform and the Guest Worker Program As Congress debates immigration reform, one possible sticking point is a new look for the guest worker program. Many farmers say the current, H-2A visa system involves so much red tape they have no choice but to hire undocumented labor. At the same time, American workers have won court orders against illegal discrimination and poor working conditions.
The Road to Immigration Reform: Rough as Ever When Congress took off for the two-week Easter recess, the so-called "Gang of Eight" Senators had not finished their work on immigration reform. So the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce took up what some called the only remaining issue, a guest-worker program for unskilled immigrants, which scuttled George Bush's effort six years ago. Over the weekend, they announced a deal, leading to agreement from South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham and New York Democrat Charles Schumer. But another Senate player, Florida Republican Marco Rubio, says the celebration is " premature ." Are elements of the new coalition unhappy? What about border security and the "path to citizenship" for guest workers and the 11 million illegals already here?
Immigration Reform: The Opening Moves President Obama whipped up a crowd of supporters yesterday in Las Vegas, commending both Houses of Congress for taking up immigration reform . He laid down what he called " key markers " to guide immigration reform, adding that if Congress fails to move in "a timely fashion" he'll send up his own bill and demand immediate action. But today's bipartisanship may or may not produce tomorrow's compromise, and everybody agrees that the devil is in the details. If 11 million illegal residents get a "path to citizenship," how many hurdles should they have to jump? How long should it take? Will they have to wait until the border's secure? When will that be? We hear the pros and cons from a former head of the Immigration Service and others.
Fear, Loathing and Huzzahs for Arizona’s Immigration Law Arizona has stirred a political hornets’ nest with its new law against illegal immigration. Undocumented aliens are accused of crimes up to and including murder, and the state’s accused of racial profiling, ethnic cleansing and Nazism. Over the weekend, Sarah Palin gave the new law her blessing. Today opponents are making another effort to stop it in court. We’ll talk with the man who wrote the new law. We’ll hear about the US Constitution and the lack of action on Capitol Hill. We’ll also get the perspective of a veteran Mexican diplomat.
Fear, Loathing and Huzzahs for Arizona's Immigration Law Arizona has stirred a political hornets’ nest with its new law against illegal immigration. Undocumented aliens are accused of crimes up to and including murder, and the state’s accused of racial profiling, ethnic cleansing and Nazism. Over the weekend, Sarah Palin gave the new law her blessing. Today opponents are making another effort to stop it in court. We’ll talk with the man who wrote the new law. We’ll hear about the US Constitution and the lack of action on Capitol Hill. We’ll also get the perspective of a veteran Mexican diplomat.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.