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The Case for Discretion and Proportionality in our Immigration System

The Case for Discretion and Proportionality in our Immigration System

It has long been the case that those responsible for carrying out and enforcing our nation's laws do so with a measure of discretion and proportionality. Every day, law enforcement officials and judges exercise discretion in charging and sentencing decisions, weighing differing priorities and social values, and matching punishments with crimes. Consequently, minors are treated differently in the criminal system, and traffic violators and murderers receive different punishments. continue reading »

Striking Out in Phoenix: MLB’s Lack of Respect for Latinos

Striking Out in Phoenix: MLB’s Lack of Respect for Latinos

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig recently struck out, big time, by stubbornly refusing to relocate the 82nd All-Star Game from Phoenix, Arizona, to another city due to the desert state’s racist immigration law, SB 1070. Although the core of this draconian law remains under a federal court injunction, if Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has her way, it can go all the way to the conservative-dominated Supreme Court and set a devastating legal precedent against 50 million Latinos in the U.S.. continue reading »

Yoani Sánchez From Cuba: My Reasons for the Bridge

Yoani Sánchez From Cuba: My Reasons for the Bridge

With regards to the new amendment presented in the U.S. Congress to restrict travel and remittances to Cuba. We lived in a dark time in 1992 and this daughter of a train engineer with no train had decided to drop out of high school. I got up early and told my mother. Hands on my head, screaming through the house, the dog barking in shock continue reading »

LULAC Warns That State and Local Funding Flexibility Act Will Further Disadvantage Minority

LULAC Warns That State and Local Funding Flexibility Act Will Further Disadvantage Minority

Today, the House of Representatives will mark up The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act, as introduced, will relieve any incentive of schools to commit federal dollars to low-income and historically disadvantaged students, and Native students. continue reading »

What’s Happening with the DREAM Act?

What’s Happening with the DREAM Act?

What is happening with the DREAM Act this year? What work are states doing on DREAM? Is there any chance the federal government will pass the DREAM Act? continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez, ACLU, PRLDEF, NILP raise concerns about Puerto Rico (VIDEO)

Rep. Gutierrez, ACLU, PRLDEF, NILP raise concerns about Puerto Rico (VIDEO)

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4) returns to the House Floor to call attention to an open letter to Congress in Roll Call about violations of civil and human rights by police and law enforcement in Puerto Rico. The open letter was written by the ACLU, Latino Justice/PRLDEF, and the National Institute for Latino Policy. continue reading »

The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Applying for Citizenship (VIDEO)

The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Applying for Citizenship (VIDEO)

Becoming a naturalized citizen can be one of the most important milestones in an immigrant’s life. But it’s not always easy. There’s lots of paperwork to fill out, appointments to keep and tests to pass. The following are the five most common mistakes people make when applying for citizenship. By avoiding these you’ll be able to save money, time and perhaps most importantly, stress. continue reading »

Let’s Not Linger in Afghanistan- Editorial by Three US Senators

Let’s Not Linger in Afghanistan- Editorial by Three US Senators

Last month President Obama announced plans for withdrawing by next summer the approximately 30,000 American troops sent to Afghanistan as part of the 2009 surge. We commend the president for sticking to the July date he had outlined for beginning the withdrawal. However, his plan would not remove all regular combat troops until 2014. continue reading »

Up to 220,000 California Children Excluded from Health Care Reform Due to Immigrant Status

Up to 220,000 California Children Excluded from Health Care Reform Due to Immigrant Status

Restrictions on eligibility for health care reform programs will result in the potential exclusion of up to 220,000 children from affordable health care coverage in California, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. continue reading »

Hispanic National Bar Association Commends Nomination of Sarah Saldaña as US Attorney N. Texas

Hispanic National Bar Association Commends Nomination of Sarah Saldaña as US Attorney N. Texas

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds President Barack H. Obama's decision to nominate Sarah Saldaña to the post of U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. continue reading »