When Sandy hit last October, the Northeast shoreline seemed to freeze: people were stranded in flooded homes, businesses shuttered, downtown Manhattan...
The media has been far, far too negative about Obama. Yes, he has problems he must deal with, but the fix is in, and the comeback will soon begin, and the House GOP wallows at 9 percent popularity while the GOP civil war has only begun.
More broadly, for Latinos across this country, immigration reform is a touchstone issue, and has become less about the impact to their own families and more a proxy for how they're treated -- respected -- in the U.S.
With Mitt "Self-Deportation" Romney being soundly beaten, all eyes were on immigration reform to be the first issue tackled and resolved in 2013. Republicans, the old immigration obstacle, would finally agree after Obama won 77 percent of the Latino vote.
Obama can change his legacy, while giving our communities a victory, and giving us freedom to live, drive, work, and travel without fear of being separated from our families.
Months from now, once the world's media has moved on to other stories and our focus has shifted to new issues, some will wonder how Typhoon Haiyan's victims are faring. Rest assured that there will be social workers in the Philippines and around the world standing by them and working tirelessly for them.
My fast is inspired by the immigrant workers our nation and our economy depend on -- whether they are child care workers, janitors, security guards, airport workers, fast food workers, or adjunct professors -- but who earn far too little and are barely getting by.
Of course after the primary season the House leadership will claim the legislative window leading up to the fall election will be too short to schedule a vote on immigration reform. What about during the lame duck session which follows the general election?
They say they want to pass bi-partisan reform, yet refuse to bring the only bill with both Republican and Democrat co-sponsors to a vote.
We are all here because America is the land where we believe, as the Founding Fathers wrote, that "we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights and among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That is the definition of America that each generation is challenged to understand, to advance, to make real.
This was supposed to be Marco Rubio's big year. Back in February, the junior senator from Florida made the cover of Time magazine -- billed as "The Republican Savior."
The Court's ruling stripped the citizenship of any person born on the soil of the Dominican Republic to Haitian parents from 1929 to today. In one stroke of the proverbial pen, the DR has taken away the most basic of rights to hundreds of thousands of its citizens, leaving them without recourse or the most basic civil protections.
Will the new pope not only challenge the social status quo but also, like John Paul II, the world order as well? Here are three areas where the new pope could seriously rock the boat, based on some of his utterances so far.
Since they are both bisexual, their marriage is under fire, and their relationship risks being broken apart after they were reported to USCIS. I recently met Ivo and Laura for pizza, and he said in all seriousness, "What can we do but sexually perform for them before they will believe us?"
Annually, as the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month dawns, I field around 10 requests to speak on a variety of Latino cultural topics, to groups representing government, business, public policy and education. As I was reviewing this year's requests, one in particular stood out.
This year, as the leaves fall, the winds cool, and the world prepares for the rituals of the season, we in America should recognize the role that immigrants have played in establishing the nation's scholarly preeminence.