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Condemnation for State Efforts to Violate the 14th Amendment

Condemnation for State Efforts to Violate the 14th Amendment

Anti-immigrant legislators seek to create permanent underclass of easily exploitable workers with no civil rights or occupational protections in perpetuity. continue reading »

Obama Signs Bill to Improve U.S. Food Safety, giving FDA New Powers

Obama Signs Bill to Improve U.S. Food Safety, giving FDA New Powers

President Barack Obama Tuesday signed sweeping new legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unprecedented powers to keep the nation's food supply safe. continue reading »

Defeat of DREAM Act Will Hurt Opponents

Defeat of DREAM Act Will Hurt Opponents

Republicans managed to defeat the DREAM Act, but it’s a victory that will haunt them. The DREAM Act — the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act — died in the Senate on Dec.18, just five votes away from the 60 needed to advance. continue reading »

Rep. Luis Gutierrez : Make This a Dream Act Christmas

Rep. Luis Gutierrez : Make This a Dream Act Christmas

This holiday season in Congress, the Democrats have provided the Republicans with a gift-wrapped opportunity to change their tune on the immigration issue. By bringing the DREAM Act to the floor in both chambers, Democrats have offered up a most sympathetic and deserving cohort of young people for protection from deportation. continue reading »

U.S. Should Learn a Lesson from Texas, and pass the DREAM Act

U.S. Should Learn a Lesson from Texas, and pass the DREAM Act

The quality of Texas' future will be determined by our state's ability to educate the next generation of students. Fortunately, Texas has enacted important legislation that recognizes the contributions of all students. It's now time for Congress to follow suit. continue reading »

It’s Time for Public Housing Bureaucrats to Stop Acting Like they’re Prison Wardens

It’s Time for Public Housing Bureaucrats to Stop Acting Like they’re Prison Wardens

As a former, long-term resident of East Los Angeles' notorious Ramona Gardens housing project, I'm appalled by the local housing authority's Big Brother control over the residents - mainly poor Latinos and African-Americans. continue reading »

Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership

Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership

Out of the historic victory of a surprising number of Hispanic Republican candidates in the midterms two weeks ago, a new political profile of Latino leadership is taking shape, and it runs counter to the dominant liberal and pro-Democrat image. After the remarkable electoral shakeup of Nov. 2, the time seems ripe for this sort of turnover -- time to reset shopworn ideas and cast out old images. continue reading »

Your Guide to Chicago’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

Your Guide to Chicago’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

With the field now set for the upcoming February 2011 Chicago mayoral election, it’s time to recap the candidates and make some predictions. At first glance, I was surprised that for the first time ever, there isn’t a single viable White, non-Jewish candidate on the ballot. We seem to be headed into uncharted waters. The field is split between two factions – pro-Machine Democrats continue reading »

Pope’s Statement on Condoms Is a Victory for Common Sense and Reason

Pope’s Statement on Condoms Is a Victory for Common Sense and Reason

We are delighted that the pope has acknowledged that condoms can help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. It is a marvelous victory for common sense and reason and a major step forward towards recognizing that condom use can play a vital role in reducing the future impact of the HIV pandemic. continue reading »

With GOP Victories, Harsh Immigration Copycat Laws Likely Across the Country

With GOP Victories, Harsh Immigration Copycat Laws Likely Across the Country

The abundance of Republican victories in the 2010 elections draw a bleak landscape for undocumented immigrants. The ascent of hard-line GOP governors (not to mention members of state legislatures) – many of whom highlighted opposition to illegal immigration in their campaigns – means that pens will be at the ready to sign bills like Arizona’s SB 1070. continue reading »