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No, Mr Rubio- Marriage Is Not A Good Way To Fight Poverty

No, Mr Rubio- Marriage Is Not A Good Way To Fight Poverty

In a speech marking the 50-year anniversary of the War on Poverty meant to offer up his ideas on how to address the problem today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) laid out some new ideas, such as consolidating all federal anti-poverty programs into one agency and doing away with the Earned Income Tax Credit to instead give people “wage enhancement.” But he also offered up a very old idea: promoting marriage as a way to drastically reduce poverty: continue reading »

The Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT and Immigrant Rights by Arcelia Hurtado

The Butterfly Effect: Connecting LGBT and Immigrant Rights by Arcelia Hurtado

I’ve always been intrigued by the element of chaos theory known as the butterfly effect. It is the idea that everything is connected, and a small change in one place can result in large changes later. For example, a hurricane's formation can be contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier. I like to believe it’s true, at least as it relates to social change. continue reading »

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

Though Pope Francis has only been the pope for less than a year, he’s made news more than a few times. Here are 10 pontifical highlights from 2013. 1. Pope Francis, shortly after being elected, took the bus with the other cardinals, and then circled back to the hotel where he had been staying to pay the bill. continue reading »

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals who represent no conceivable threat to public safety or national security. continue reading »

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, continue reading »

Eight Immigration Wins In 2013

Eight Immigration Wins In 2013

Despite a landmark comprehensive immigration reform bill that cleared the Senate in June, a corresponding bill that addresses the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States has yet to come to a vote in the House. continue reading »

Uruguay Becomes First Country To Legalize Marijuana

Uruguay Becomes First Country To Legalize Marijuana

Uruguay became the first country late Tuesday to legalize the sale, distribution and production of marijuana, in a move aimed at curbing violence from the illicit drug market. “Today there is a market dominated by drug traffickers. We want the state to dominate it,” bill co-sponsor Julio Bango told the Associated Press. continue reading »

Joe Biden To Immigration Opponents: My Family Came To The U.S. Undocumented, Yours Might Have Too

Joe Biden To Immigration Opponents: My Family Came To The U.S. Undocumented, Yours Might Have Too

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden challenged the myth that ancestors of American citizens were legal immigrants, so the U.S. should not establish a path to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented population. Responding to one person who argued her family legally emigrated from Ireland in the 19th century, Biden explained his did not. continue reading »

Another Latina Exits CNN’s Anchor Desk

Another Latina Exits CNN’s Anchor Desk

CNN has confirmed that Zoraida Sambolin, co-host of “Early Start” is leaving the cable network on Friday, December 13. The show runs on the 5-7 a.m. time slot and is co-hosted by John Berman. continue reading »

The World Cup Draw Couldn’t Have Gone Much Worse For The Americans

The World Cup Draw Couldn’t Have Gone Much Worse For The Americans

The draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil completed this morning, and on first glance, it couldn’t have gone much worse for the United States Men’s National Team. The U.S. was drawn into Group G with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, the first continue reading »