Posts tagged "politics"

Al Jazeera America doc examines immigration debate

Al Jazeera America has made an intriguing new documentary series, “Borderland,” that tries to put Americans in the shoes of immigrants. The documentary follows six Americans who retrace the steps of undocumented immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. In this trailer, Alex, a liberal artist from New York, and... Read more »

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform
President Obama has failed to persuade the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform, but if anybody can make a moral argument it is Pope Francis. These two men who broke barriers, the first Latin American pope and the first African- American president, met for the first time recently in Rome. Among... Read more »

Fear of immigration

xenophobe: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially people of foreign origin When I think of fear, I wonder why some people are so afraid of immigrants. Fear, I think, is one reason Congress hasn’t been able to pass immigration reform. Some people fear they will lose their jobs. Some people fear their... Read more »
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Obama says little on immigration #SOTU

Obama says little on immigration #SOTU
President Obama addressed many topics in his State of the Union speech from the economy to energy. By my count, he dedicated only 127 words to immigration. By contrast he said more in the 2013 SOTU about immigration – 250 words, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was a high compared to 110 words... Read more »

Julián Castro talks politics, education in visit to Chicago

Julián Castro talks politics, education in visit to Chicago
Some have speculated that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro could become the first Latino president or vice president of the U.S. He even cracked a joke about it while in Chicago Friday as the guest speaker at a fundraiser for the Latino Policy Forum. After Rev. Luis Alvarenga of the United Church of Christ gave... Read more »

UIC professors support DREAM 9

UIC professors support DREAM 9
Update: The Dream 9 were released from immigration detention on Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times. They are on parole and will await a decision on their asylum appeals. On Monday, more than 60 faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago released a letter in support of nine undocumented immigrants who are currently... Read more »
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Marco Rubio can't save the Republican Party

Marco Rubio can't save the Republican Party
Marco Rubio is everywhere lately. The Florida senator was recently on the cover of Time magazine with the headline, “The Republican Savior.” An ABC headline described Rubio as a “Latino symbol for the GOP.” On Tuesday night, Rubio gave the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Republicans are using Rubio in... Read more »

Latino celebs support immigration reform

Latino celebs support immigration reform
Latino celebrities are among those voicing support for immigration reform. Eva Longoria recently was a guest on “This Week” with George Stephanopolous and she spoke about immigrant rights. “I think the Republicans are going to realize, if they don’t do it because it’s morally imperative, they have to do it because it’s politically imperative,” she... Read more »

Can both parties agree to immigration reform?

Can both parties agree to immigration reform?
                  In a rare show of bipartisanship it appears that lawmakers are coming together on immigration reform. President Obama spoke Tuesday on the issue in Las Vegas. “The good news is that for the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this... Read more »
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Temporary driver's license no fix for undocumented

Temporary driver's license no fix for undocumented
Undocumented immigrants will soon be able to apply for temporary driver’s licenses in Illinois. A bill was passed by the state legislature this week and is awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature. It makes Illinois the fourth state to grant licenses or permits to the undocumented. Washington state and New Mexico allow drivers licenses for illegal... Read more »