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September 2013 Archives

John McCain Defends Obamacare, Slams Ted Cruz For Comparing Implementation To Nazi Appeasement

John McCain Defends Obamacare, Slams Ted Cruz For Comparing Implementation To Nazi Appeasement

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave a forceful response to Texas Republican Ted Cruz’s lengthy diatribe against the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, noting that the 2009 deliberations on the bill were fair and open and that the American people effectively endorsed it by re-electing President Barack Obama. continue reading »

White House Honors Local Groups Leading the Way to Welcome Immigrants in Their Cities

White House Honors Local Groups Leading the Way to Welcome Immigrants in Their Cities

Thousands of immigrants every day demonstrate a commitment to being part of America by becoming naturalized citizens every day. These Americans by choice often make huge sacrifices to move to the United State and become part of their community. But it also takes support from the local community to welcome new immigrants who want to establish roots in the area. continue reading »

Rep. King Cites Flawed Statistics To Suggest Undocumented Immigrants Kill More People Than Died 9/11

Rep. King Cites Flawed Statistics To Suggest Undocumented Immigrants Kill More People Than Died 9/11

An anti-immigration congressman, who has compared undocumented immigrants to drug mules with “cantaloupes calves,” dogs, and cattle, used the occasion of a vigil to invoke September 11th and to cite flawed statistics about the number of murders committed by immigrants. continue reading »

Questions About Traveling Abroad Confront DACA Recipients

Questions About Traveling Abroad Confront DACA Recipients

Getting approved under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for DREAMers carries many benefits. DACA recipients get a renewable two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation, work continue reading »

President Won’t Halt Deportations Of Some Parents, Pressures House Republicans To Act On Reform

President Won’t Halt Deportations Of Some Parents, Pressures House Republicans To Act On Reform

President Obama will not stop the deportation of some undocumented parents by an executive order, he said Tuesday night on the Spanish-language channel Noticias Telemundo. Saying a presidential ban of deportations would be “difficult to defend legally,” Obama rejected suggestions that he could stop the deportation of parents whose undocumented children have been granted temporary legal presence by the Obama administration. continue reading »

Cuba, U.S. Discuss Pilot Project for Direct Mail Service Suspended in 1963

Cuba, U.S. Discuss Pilot Project for Direct Mail Service Suspended in 1963

U.S. and Cuban representatives held a second round of talks in Havana on Monday to discuss a pilot project to re-establish direct mail service between the two countries, five decades after it was cancelled amid Cold War tensions. continue reading »

Reps. Thompson, LoBiondo,  Gutierrez,  Forbes Introduce Bipartisan Bill for Intelligence Community

Reps. Thompson, LoBiondo,  Gutierrez,  Forbes Introduce Bipartisan Bill for Intelligence Community

“Our government has a responsibility to both protect American lives and our citizens’ civil liberties,” said Thompson. “This bill helps us meet that responsibility by strengthening Congress’ aggressive oversight of our Intelligence Community. Through the oversight and accountability provided by continue reading »

California Poised To Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

California Poised To Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

After a bill to raise California’s minimum wage to $9 per hour as of July 2014 and then $10 by January 2016 was approved by both houses of the California state legislature on Thursday, it now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk for signature. Brown voiced his support earlier in the week in a press release, saying, “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.” continue reading »

NCLR Urges Congress to Stop Budget Cuts and Focus on Closing Tax Loopholes

NCLR Urges Congress to Stop Budget Cuts and Focus on Closing Tax Loopholes

With Congress likely to vote as early as today on a budget resolution to continue funding the government beyond September 30, national Latino leaders are urging senators to pass a federal budget that invests in our future, creates jobs and closes tax loopholes. Earlier today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) participated in a Senate staff briefing on Capitol Hill focused on the federal budget and the impact of sequestration on Latino communities. continue reading »

Will Congress Be Ready To Play Ball on Immigration Reform?

Will Congress Be Ready To Play Ball on Immigration Reform?

In the classic baseball movie Bull Durham, Kevin Costner’s eyes go misty as he talks about how great it was to be “in the show” (the major league) for 21 days before being kicked back down to minor league ball. Immigration reform was in the show this spring for 60 days or so, ending in June with the passage of S. 744. continue reading »

81% of Latino Organization Oppose Getting Involved in Syria

81% of Latino Organization Oppose Getting Involved in Syria

As Congress continues to discuss a resolution to authorize an attack on Syria, the members of Presente.org, the largest online Latino organization in the U.S., overwhelmingly (81%) reject the push to war in Syria. We join Latino Congress members in calling on continue reading »

What Diana Nyad’s Cuba-To-Florida Swim Tells Us About What It Takes To Make It To The U.S.

What Diana Nyad’s Cuba-To-Florida Swim Tells Us About What It Takes To Make It To The U.S.

Last Monday, US swimmer Diana Nyad made history when she completed a 110-mile, 53-hour-long swim from Cuba to Key West. She was the first person to do so successfully without a shark cage around her. It was her fifth and final attempt at this adventure. The last time she tried, she had to stop due to lightning and from being stung so many times by jellyfish. continue reading »

REPORT: Stepping Up: The Impact of the Newest Immigrant, Asian and Latino Voters

REPORT: Stepping Up: The Impact of the Newest Immigrant, Asian and Latino Voters

This new congressional level data shows that over the next four election cycles, the electoral composition will change as younger Asian and Latino adults, as well as naturalized immigrants (both sympathetic to immigration issues) enter the voting booth. This transformation of the electorate is happening because younger Americans are much more diverse than older Americans. continue reading »

The Burrito Chain That Pays Entry-Level Workers $10 An Hour And Wants To Pay More

The Burrito Chain That Pays Entry-Level Workers $10 An Hour And Wants To Pay More

Boloco, a Boston-based burrito chain, pays its entry-level workers anywhere from $9 to $11 an hour, most of them making $10, with many who advance into higher roles making $17 an hour or more, CEO John Pepper told Fox Business News. continue reading »