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Fernando Espuelas is host and managing editor of "The Fernando Espuelas Show" broadcast on the Univision America Network, as well as on and at

A Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Time magazine and CNN named Espuelas one of the “Leaders of the Millennium”, while Crain's New York Business magazine gave him its "All-Star" leader award. Espuelas was also a recipient of Latin Trade Magazine's Bravo award for Internet CEO of the Year.

Espuelas has been ranked on the power lists of several major media including: CNN, Time, The Hollywood Reporter, PODER Magazine, The Industry Standard, Latino Leaders Magazine, Red Herring Magazine, Silicon Alley Reporter, Hispanic Business Magazine, Upside Magazine, Hispanic Magazine, LatinVision and many others.

The World Economic Forum chose him as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" in 2000. In 2007, he became a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Espuelas was also named "Immigrant of the Day" by Immigration Daily in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the U.S. Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) included Espuelas in its HITEC 100, the list of "Most Influential Hispanics and Rising Stars in Information Technology". PODER Magazine named him one of America's 100 Most Influential Hispanics in 2012.

Entries by Fernando Espuelas

Speaker Boehner: The Real 'Deporter in Chief'

(72) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could end deportations of undocumented immigrants today. Boehner can call an open vote of the House -- as he has done many, many times, ignoring the "Hastert Rule" when convenient -- and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Today.

Instead, Boehner has blocked all the various comprehensive immigration...

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Immigration Activists Trade Strategy for Emotion

(9) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 9:16 PM

You could almost hear a crack in the immigration-activist universe as Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), called President Obama the "Deporter-in-Chief." Murguia has been on the front lines fighting for immigration reform for years -- she is the consummate Washington insider who...

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GOP is Blowing-up Last Chance With Hispanic Voters

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Tick, tock, time has run out on the ongoing sabotage of immigration reform.

Time for John Boehner and his GOP cohort to present a credible immigration reform bill to the nation. And that doesn't mean just any set of oily and ambiguous "principles," but a coherent, comprehensive bill...

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Associated Press Falsely Claims Obamacare Site Is Written in 'Spanglish'

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 5:58 PM

The Associated Press' recently published and factually-challenged report that the Obamacare Spanish-language site is written in "Spanglish" is both funny and pathetic. Years of high school Spanish seem to have been wasted upon these journalists.

According to the AP, "the translations [on the Obamacare Spanish-language site] were so...

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Senator Kelly Ayotte Proposes Tax Hike Targeting 4 Million Low-Income Latino Kids

(58) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Looks like Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is shining her Tea Party shoes to prepare for a possible shot at the 2016 GOP vice presidential nomination. What else would explain her explosive, morally dubious proposal to end the Child Tax Credit for undocumented workers who pay their taxes like every other...

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Lies, Big Lies and Speaker Boehner: Why the Budget Deal Fails America

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 9:17 AM

Exposing once again Congress's inability to function as one of the three pillars of government, the budget deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) solves no pressing national problems. It is banality wrapped in spin that will fail to convince most Americans that their government...

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Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Becomes an Immigration Fabulist

(55) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 3:05 PM

In a recent interview on my radio program, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) was agitated. Desperate to provide cover to House Republicans for torpedoing immigration reform -- the reform he once championed -- he gave a series of factually incorrect answers as to why a bill could not be...

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The Latino Face of the GOP's Immigration Reform Blockade

(65) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 2:33 PM

If a dog won't hunt, change the dog. My father taught me that rule during my first hunting trip. And it holds true for members of Congress, too.

Take the clutch of Republican Latinos in the House of Representatives. While many of them seem to be decent folks, when it...

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Hubris: Politicians Overestimate America's Stability

(80) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 9:08 AM

In the maelstrom of the shutdown, a debt-ceiling suicide attempt and the cutting off of nutrition support for poor people by Congress, it's clear that America's political class has unbounded belief in national stability.

What other country in the world would have its senior political leaders engage in a string...

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What's the GOP Strategy to Deal With Obamacare's Success?

(68) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 7:28 PM

At some point, the Obamacare website will work. People will be able to buy insurance in a matter of minutes -- and considering Americans' dismal experience with the healthcare system before the Affordable Care Act existed, the number of satisfied customers will likely outnumber the unhappy ones. After all, ACA's...

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GOP's High Risk 2014 Election Gamble: Blocking Immigration Reform

(84) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 4:28 PM

In the aftermath of the tea party's hijacking of the Constitution to effect a "shutdown" and threaten the full faith and credit of the United States, President Obama offered Republicans a deal. Pass a budget, immigration reform and the Farm Bill. Essentially, he challenged the Republican leadership in Congress to...

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Torching Their Future: House Republicans Try to Kill Immigration Reform

(117) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 4:39 PM

The lesson of never underestimating your audience's intelligence is one that politicians routinely forget.

As the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in an overwhelming bipartisan vote reached the House of Representatives, the opponents of immigration reform have tried to disguise their plan to kill the bill by...

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Ted Cruz: 5 Reasons Why a Canadian Would Make an Excellent President of the United States

(24) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 12:57 PM

In a dramatic development, Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz delivered his Canadian birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News and in the process, discovered that he is Canadian. While there is some debate as to whether a foreign-born national qualifies for president of the United States, we should focus...

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America Is Weaker Because of Speaker Boehner

(24) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 10:58 AM

There is little doubt that Speaker Boehner is a decent guy. He surely loves America. But as Speaker of the House, he has made the country weaker.

In the immigration reform morass that has gripped our government like quicksand, we see Boehner's manifest weakness. It's no...

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Speaker Boehner's Urgent Opportunity to Unite America

(34) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Let's face it, the cracking-up of American society along ethnic and racial fault lines is among the most distressing -- and dangerous -- threats to our country.

We have, however, in Speaker John Boehner a leader who can put the pieces back together through his awesome power to decide upon...

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To Speaker Boehner on Immigration: You Can Do Better

(81) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 7:55 PM

Dear Speaker Boehner,

Right about now, I can only assume that you're chanting the Winston Churchill mantra, "If you're going through hell, keep going." And boy, it sure seems that your job is hellish indeed.

From Nancy Pelosi's digs that you run a messy House, to

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Senator John Cornyn: Political Dodo in Danger of Extinction?

(16) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 4:56 PM

We've all seen the pictures. Majestic, gargantuan birds living an idyllic existence on their island home free from predators and other external dangers. That is, until under pressure from a changing environment (principally human hunters), coupled with an absence of fear of those hunters, the Dodo bird was driven into...

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The Number That Could Kill Immigration Reform

(127) Comments | Posted March 17, 2013 | 7:24 PM

It's coming down to one number.

Just weeks after the "Gang of 8" bi-partisan senators presented a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform, nasty political storm clouds are forming over Washington.

Of course, it was to be expected that the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican Party, principally in the...

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Hugo Chavez Is No Hero

(519) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:51 PM

Hugo Chavez is dead -- but he is no hero. Even as his supporters pour into the streets to mourn their fallen idol, the damage he caused to Venezuela is incalculable.

From an over-dependence on oil revenues, to a forced nationalization of the...

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Barack Obama Is a Lousy Socialist

(321) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 5:06 PM

I was asked on my radio show to explain why labeling President Obama a "socialist" is incorrect. Short answer: I think it comes down to objective reality.

A more thoughtful answer would start with the facts. Socialism is an economic/social/political system with specific attributes. Whereas historically the...

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