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Raul A. Reyes
RAUL A. REYES is an attorney and columnist in New York City. A third-generation Mexican-American, he writes frequently on issues affecting the Latino community.

Reyes is a member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today as well as a contributor to The TODAY Show, NBC News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Current TV, HuffPost Live, BBC World Service, and Fox News Radio. He has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Texas Monthly, Hispanic Magazine, NBC Latino, Fox News Latino, Politico,, and numerous Spanish language-newspapers.

His opinions have been cited by Daniel Schorr, The Week, ABC News, CBS News, The New Republic, BuzzFeed, and The Washington Post. He has written about everything from soap operas to immigration policy – and has covered events from the red carpet to the White House.

Reyes is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia School of Law.

Twitter: @RaulAReyes

Entries by Raul A. Reyes

House Republicans Vote to Deport as Many Kids as Possible

(20) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 2:52 PM

Dumb and dumber. That's the best way to describe two bills passed by House Republicans on Friday night. They passed a supplemental funding bill allocating about $700 million for the crisis on the border. It includes changes to current law that will make it easier to send child migrants back...

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Murrieta Immigration Protests Were Unfortunate, Unnecessary

(86) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 9:25 AM


Last week America got to know Murrieta, California - and it was not pretty. On Tuesday, jeering crowds of anti-immigrant protestors succeeded in turning back Department of Homeland Security (DHS) buses carrying undocumented women and children from Central America. The protestors...

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Blame Cantor, Not Immigration

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 10:16 PM


Other Republicans who are bigger supporters of reform won their primaries.

Talk about being kicked to the curb. A little-known, under-financed tea party challenger crushed seven-term Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in an unusual primary loss.

As Washington insiders struggled to...

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Stalled at the Starting Line

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:02 PM


Unless Rep. Cantor and other GOP leaders rev the engines, immigration reform won't go anywhere this year.

"Gentlemen, start your engines." That message, played repeatedly in a commercial beamed on the Jumbotron at this year's Indianapolis 500, had nothing to do with racecars....

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On immigration, Ingraham's Pointless Call to Inaction

(29) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Sign the pledge! That's the rallying cry from the anti-immigration group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is leading the charge. They want Republican candidates to agree to oppose any form of legalization for undocumented workers in the U.S., any legislation that allows more...

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Mr. President, Listen to Your Immigration Allies

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:26 PM


There is an expression in Spanish, Dime quienes son tus amigos y te diré quien eres, or "Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are."

But what happens when you are out of sync with your friends?

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America the Beautiful for the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 10:33 AM


Coca-Cola deserves praise for its inclusive Super Bowl commercial.

During this year's Super Bowl, Coca-Cola debuted a 60 second commercial paying tribute to the diversity of our nation. Coke's "It's Beautiful" ad featured expansive scenes of the country and shots of a...

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Marco Rubio, Caving on Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Marco Rubio has unmasked himself as an opportunist whose most consistent commitment is to his own ambition.

This was supposed to be Marco Rubio's big year. Back in February, the junior senator from Florida made the cover of Time magazine...

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Our Star-Spangled Banner Waves for All of Us

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 11:41 AM

The racist attacks on a young Mexican-American prodigy who sang the National Anthem didn't occur in a vacuum.

Before game three of the recent NBA Finals in San Antonio, Sebastien de la Cruz stepped up to the microphone and

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Heritage's Immigration Nightmare

(8) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 2:36 PM

The Heritage Foundation's recently unveiled and long-awaited report on the Senate immigration proposal certainly brought the ultra-conservative think tank lots of attention. But it's not the kind that's likely to prove influential.

Republican leaders, including Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, denounced it....

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Nixing the I-Word

(34) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 9:56 AM

On Tuesday, the Associated Press (AP) announced a major change in the way it describes people with an unlawful presence in the U.S. Their Stylebook, used by journalists nationwide, no longer sanctions the terms "illegal" and "illegal immigrant" to refer to the undocumented. While Latino and immigrant advocacy groups hailed...

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GOP Opposes Thomas Perez Nomination at Their Own Peril

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:20 PM

On Monday, President Obama nominated Thomas Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor. He praised the son of Dominican immigrants as a "consensus builder" whose life story "... reminds us of this country's promise." Immediately, conservative lawmakers and commentators began pushing back, calling Perez a radical, political choice. "This is...

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Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Too Far With Racist Cover

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Last week's issue of Bloomberg Businessweek drew wide attention for all the wrong reasons. For its story on the new housing rebound, the magazine's cover featured cartoonish depictions of minorities practically drowning in cash. Journalists, bloggers, and politicians all denounced the cover as racist. "They [the...

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Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Widespread efforts to suppress voting by people of color and the poor through a rash of voter ID laws make it clear that we still need the landmark 1965 legislation today.

Well, that didn't take long. Just three days after a diverse coalition of voters reelected President Barack Obama, the...

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Columnist Navarrette Betrays Voters, Latinos, and Himself

(38) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:30 AM

2012-11-05-miainvotingmachinewar_b_2054411.jpeg In time for Election Day, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. penned a new op-ed, "Skip the line, Latino voters." He advises Hispanics not to vote in the presidential election. Vote for city council, state representatives, and other down-ballot offices, he...

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Romney's Losing Bid to Win the Latino Vote

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:07 AM

Romney needs to up his game - pronto.

When I watched Mitt Romney on a candidate's forum on Univision, the country's largest Spanish-language TV network, something about him looked different. He actually looked browner. At first I figured...

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Losing Latino Votes

(4) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 4:35 PM

2012-09-05-sPAULRYANTAXRETURNSlarge.jpegThe more we know about Ryan, the more obvious it becomes that he and Romney aren't a winning combination for America.

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate, received a rapturous welcome at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The audience cheered as...

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Ted Cruz Will Not Bridge Gap Between Latinos and the GOP

(24) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:10 PM

2012-08-29-sTEDCRUZMARTIANSlarge.jpeg On Tuesday night, Ted Cruz gave an impassioned speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. "Government is out of control and we're going broke," he declared, speaking without notes or the aid of a teleprompter. "We want our...

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"Wetbacks" Is Acceptable Language at National Review Online

(103) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 1:24 PM

On Tuesday, National Review Senior Editor Jay Nordlinger posted an online column entitled "Against Growth!" On the subject of conservative reaction, during the 1980s, to the Reagan presidency, Nordlinger wrote:

"Truth is, some conservatives lamented that he had indeed "grown" in office. He had gone out of...

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Arizona's Immigration Bind

(257) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 9:56 AM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer called a news conference in Phoenix after the Supreme Court released its ruling on her state's "papers, please" immigration law. She announced that the key components of her law "unanimously have been vindicated by the highest court in the land." She beamed as she...

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