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Author: Gabe Ortiz

La discusión sobre los inmigrantes y la inmigración está (prácticamente) terminada

Y las fuerzas pro inmigrantes están ganando Con toda seguridad, Donald Trump y Ted Cruz están tramando algo, dicen los infalibles expertos. Claramente, sus opiniones extremistas y su despiadada retórica en torno a los inmigrantes tocan una poderosa fibra del sentimiento público. ¿Podría ser que el apoyo que ellos están activando es sólo la punta … Continue reading »

The Argument Over Immigrants and Immigration Is (Mostly) Over

And the Pro-Immigrant Forces Are Winning Surely, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are onto something, the unerring pundits say. Clearly, their extremist views and unforgiving rhetoric regarding immigrants tap into a powerful vein of public sentiment. Could it be that the support they are activating is just the tip of the iceberg? Is the public … Continue reading »

How Marco Rubio Embodies the GOP’s Failures on Trump and Immigration

Cross-posted from Frank Sharry’s post on Medium: It’s not terribly surprising that a Republican Party that has failed to effectively counter the rise of Trump is now trying to rally around Marco Rubio as the great “establishment” hope. The hope is that the Cuban-American Senator from Florida can help the GOP present general election voters … Continue reading »

How Steve King Became an Ally of Immigration Reform

Cross-posted at Huffington Post: Rep. Steve King, arguably the loudest and most offensive anti-immigrant voice in the GOP, has long been a thorn in our side. He has steadfastly opposed immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, strongly supported self-deportation and been instrumental in the GOP’s lurch to the right on immigration … Continue reading »

Look to the Next 100 Days for Historic Breakthrough on Immigration Reform

Cross-posted at the Hill: The first 100 days of President Obama’s second term has already delivered more progress on immigration reform than the 1,000-plus days of his first term. The first four years were dominated by Republican obstruction, Democrats’ inability to deliver on their pro-reform promises and the Obama administration’s record deportations. This term, thanks … Continue reading »

John Cornyn: Up to His Old Tricks on Immigration

Cross-posted at Huffington Post and Burnt Orange Report: As a group of eight senators, four Republicans and four Democrats, work together to make progress on immigration reform, there’s one senator not in the group to keep an eye on.  His name is John Cornyn. In fact, Cornyn is famous for posing as reformer even as he … Continue reading »

Immigrants Yearn to Be Americans, Not a Permanent Underclass

Cross-posted at Huffington Post. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to…be part of a permanent underclass in American society…”? Oops. Wrong America. While the italicized words above are mine, the opening words come from the inspiring poem by Emma Lazarus. Inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and written … Continue reading »

8 years is enough to wait for citizenship

Cross-posted at USA Today: If immigration reform is to succeed, Congress needs to create a road map to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who want to be full-fledged Americans. That road map should consist of: Reasonable requirements. Immigrants must pass background checks, pay taxes, study English and be of good moral character. A reasonable … Continue reading »

One Year Ago Today, Mitt Romney Said "Answer Is Self-Deportation," Setting Stage for His Loss in November

Cross-posted at Daily Kos: Happy anniversary! One year ago today, January 23, at a GOP presidential debate in Florida, Mitt Romney first announced his support for self-deportation and set the stage for his loss in November.  To jog your memory, here’s how Romney responded to a question from co-moderator Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times about how a President … Continue reading »

Immigration Reform in 2013: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Cross-posted at Huffington Post. After the president’s resounding reelection over his Massachusetts-based challenger, many pointed to the president’s performance among Latino voters as critical. The president had won close to a record percentage of Latino voters for a candidate from his party, a crucial fact in an election featuring the greatest-ever number of Latino voters. … Continue reading »