When I met Luz at an immigration detention facility in rural Pennsylvania, she was desperate to see her one-year-old son. Luz was about to be deported back to Ecuador with her teenage son, but she didn't want to leave without her baby, who, unlike the rest of the family, was a U.S. citizen.
We must openly speak of our achievements. "To succeed in this world, you have to be known to people," Justice Sotomayor reminds us. We must step up the leadership and mentorship action. Through the ELLA Institute-Latina Leadership Network we are doing that.
On the cusp of what might a long-awaited break in the impasse on Capitol Hill on immigration legislation, Edi's story remains tragically typical, and no matter what Congress decides, there's a good chance it will be repeated again and again in the name of the endless mantra of "security."
The GOP must either wrangle it's more anti-immigrant forces who are worried about being "primaried," or admit that they won't be competitive on the national stage without rigging the vote more aggressively.
Immigrant rights advocates want progressive immigration reform that we can mobilize behind, but instead we're left with more of the same: a plan that is heavy on enforcement and weak on amnesty, and that leaves us wanting so much more.
The Democratic Party has held the strings to our hearts. Hillary was poised to make the Latino electorate blossom. But with her gone, who will fill our aching hearts?
Now is the time for immigration reform. Let history be the guide for politicians in Washington because immigration has always enriched the fabric of America.
Will the proud Voto Latino co-founder Rosario Dawson run for her own seat? Probably not, but she's spreading the rumor that former That 70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama may make his own run for presidente one day.
Mr. President, the Latino community, and Americans across the nation, stand ready to support your actions to respond to the threat of climate change and protect our children and future generations.
Out of all the things that have happened since my big move to Washington, nothing comes close to how rewarding it was to meet the President of the United States.
The Latino vote that reelected Barack Obama two months ago sent a clear message to not only politicians, but also to the government and a business community that still struggles to accept that the demographic in this country changed.
Early this week when the television commentariat went into overdrive with observations about the largely white and male Obama second term cabinet that appears to be taking shape, there was lots of talk about the fact that Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor and one of the highest ranking Latinas in the federal government, Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African American to lead the Justice Department, and others would likely remain in place. On Wednesday, the prognosticators were proved at least partially wrong. Solis announced plans to step down.
Legislators in three states are preparing marriage equality bills. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus included protections for binational same-sex couples in its guidelines for immigration reform. And in March the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two marriage cases.
Largely driven by a spate of new laws and policies, including new restrictions on the type of ID that voters can use and flawed voter purges, conservative legislatures stopped at nothing to make it harder to register to vote, harder to cast a ballot, and harder to have a vote counted.
If Republicans want to win the White House again, whatever their stance, they have to at least be able to move far enough left on immigration to accept the DREAM Act; if not, they won't be able to win elections outside a dwindling number of places with a majority of old, white male voters.
Once again, we have been "discovered" but this time, instead of being a passing fad, there is more discussion on how to reach and connect with this increasingly growing political, economic and educated demographic.