Posts tagged "President Obama"

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 »

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 »

Obama can pardon turkeys but why not immigrants?

Obama can pardon turkeys but why not immigrants?
Many of us are planning a Thanksgiving menu, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings. But some people are fasting this holiday. They are on a hunger strike on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to call attention to the need for immigration reform. “We will continue to fast because there are millions of... Read more »
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Hispanics can be victims and perpetrators of racism

Hispanics can be victims and perpetrators of racism
George Zimmerman and singer Marc Anthony show us that Hispanics can be both a perpetrator and a victim of racism. Half Hispanic, half white man, George Zimmerman, shot and killed young African-American teen Trayvon Martin, and walked away without a conviction. He wrongly suspected Martin was up to no good walking through the neighborhood because... Read more »

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 »

Jon Stewart, laugh or cry about immigration reform

Jon Stewart, laugh or cry about immigration reform
President Obama is making his push for immigration reform and this is a serious issue. But leave it to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show to inject some humor into the issue. Watch and laugh, or cry. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show... Read more »
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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 »

Latino voices highlighted at Obama's inauguration

Latino voices highlighted at Obama's inauguration
Latinos played a visible role at President Obama’s inauguration Monday and the president also recognized immigrants and DREAM Act youth in his speech. “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers... Read more »

Obama won in the "real America"

Obama won in the "real America"
Remember when Sarah Palin talked about the “real America?” She had some sort of idealized version of small-town rural America that was something out of a Leave it to Beaver episode. Sometimes listening to Mitt Romney it sounded like he lived in this 1950s world. Clearly the majority of America could not identify with his... Read more »
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Vote for someone who can't vote

Vote for someone who can't vote
Recently I spoke to a Latino man who runs a well-known nonprofit organization in Chicago. He told me that he didn’t plan to vote. Let me tell you why. He couldn’t stomach the idea of voting for a Republican Mitt Romney who advocated for “self-deportation” as an immigration policy. And there are many Latinos who... Read more »