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Mexico: Fewer Coming, Fewer Leaving, and 3/5 of Unauthorized Have Been Here for a Decade or Longer

Mexico: Fewer Coming, Fewer Leaving, and 3/5 of Unauthorized Have Been Here for a Decade or Longer

Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases a summary of recent data on Mexican migration to and from the United States. This data provides an important reminder that as migration patterns change over time, so too must U.S. immigration policies. continue reading »

An Important Speech for the Hispanic Community- President Obama (VIDEO)

An Important Speech for the Hispanic Community- President Obama (VIDEO)

This week, the President went to the National Council of La Raza's annual conference luncheon in Washington, DC. There he discussed how the success of the Latino community is intrinsically tied to the success of our country, telling an audience of more than 2,000 that "the American family is only as strong as the Latino community." continue reading »

Deportations Hit 1 Million Since Obama Sworn -In- Sign Petition To HALT Dreamer Deportations

Deportations Hit 1 Million Since Obama Sworn -In- Sign Petition To HALT Dreamer Deportations

One million[1] -- as unbelievable as it sounds, that’s the number of immigrants the Obama Administration has deported since the President was sworn into office. continue reading »

Hispanic Household Wealth Fell by 66% from 2005 to 2009- Pew Hispanic Center

Hispanic Household Wealth Fell by 66% from 2005 to 2009- Pew Hispanic Center

Median household wealth among Hispanics fell from $18,359 in 2005 to $6,325 in 2009. The percentage drop---- 66%---- was the largest for any racial or ethnic group, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project. During the same period median household wealth declined 53% among black households and 16% among white households. continue reading »

A message to all 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates on Latino Key Swing Vote

A message to all 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates on Latino Key Swing Vote

As the 2012 election season approaches, we would like Republican candidates to know the Hispanic voting block can be salvaged and we know how. It seems to us, at Somos Republicans, the GOP leadership in states and national organizations have been courting the wrong voters. We felt we were on the verge of a breakthrough a few years ago when Arizona Senator John McCain, came from behind to win the Republican presidential nomination with a platform that included “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” while his losing competitors had all taken ever harder lines on immigration which insulted us personally and certainly drove away potential Latino voters in droves! continue reading »

Immigration Policy is Personal for Latinos

Immigration Policy is Personal for Latinos

The most interesting trend from the June impreMedia/Latino Decisions (LD) poll is the personal relationship that the Latino community has with immigration policies. As reported here earlier, a majority of these voters (53%) said they know someone who is undocumented, while one-fourth (25%) said they know a person or family member who is facing deportation or who has been deported continue reading »

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 »