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Inflammatory. Impractical. Immoral. NCLR Call to Action

Inflammatory. Impractical. Immoral. NCLR Call to Action

2011 has already turned ugly. On Wednesday, January 5, six state legislators from Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina announced their intention to gut the American citizenship clause enshrined in the continue reading »

The 2010 Congressional Reapportionment and Latinos

The 2010 Congressional Reapportionment and Latinos

With these reapportionment changes, Latinos likely will play a larger role in national politics in the coming decade. Two states that gained seats, Florida and Nevada, have been key swing battlegrounds in recent presidential elections (having voted for the Republican nominee in 2004 and the Democrat in 2008). In both states, Latinos are a growing share of eligible voters. continue reading »

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 »