At a White House reception celebrating Cinco De Mayo last night, President Barack Obama deflated momentum on the prospects of immigration reform in the near future, stating only that he wants to “begin work this year” on reform and warning the audience that securing the legislation will be difficult.

The countdown is on. Half a million supporters of comprehensive immigration reform rallied across the country on May 1 to protest SB 1070, Arizona’s prohibitive new anti-immigration law and ratchet up pressure for a federal reform bill this year. In Washington, DC, police arrested a dozen demonstrators, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), after they engaged in non-violent civil disobedience, as Esther Gentile reports for New America Media.

The Spanish-language press covers yesterday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House. Meanwhile, the outcry against Arizona law SB 1070 continues, with city and state governments condemning the law.

The politics of immigration reform may be confusing, but one thing is clear: Latinos see immigration reform as a defining issue civil rights issue, and the public strongly supports comprehensive immigration reform that stops illegal hiring and includes a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. As Chris Matthews concludes, “…So why is it so hard to do what the American people — most of us — so plainly want done?”

05/05/10 a 2:47pm por Maribel Hastings La ley S.B. 1070 de Arizona le ha dado al tema de la reforma migratoria un impulso que ni las arbitrariedades de Joe Arpaio en su aplicación de la 287(g) en ese estado consiguieron en meses pasados. La pregunta es si toda la revuelta generada por la ley resultará en… Continue »

The Phoenix Suns, who have made it to Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs, are making a fantastic, political statement by sporting basketball jerseys that will read “Los Sons” to “honor the Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.”

The Spanish-language press covers yesterday’s presentation of the OTHLI Awards, given by the Mexican government to individuals who work on behalf of Mexicans abroad, in addition to backlash in the United States and abroad against Arizona SB 1070.

04/05/10 a 2:57pm   Washington, D.C. – Un nuevo análisis sobre el papel que jugarán los votantes latinos en las reñidas contiendas electorales de noviembre, y un nuevo sondeo independiente de The New York Times/CBS News reflejan que avanzar la reforma migratoria es positivo para los demócratas desde el punto de vista político, y también… Continue »

Since late 2009, the Opportunity Agenda has been focused on integrating arts, culture and new media to “promote the inclusion, integration, and human rights of immigrants in the United States.” By hosting events on the issue, they hope to connect the politics and policy of the immigration debate to the way the issue is framed — and can be framed — in culture and through the arts. Check out this video which explains: Following the success of their arts and culture event in New York last month, the Opportunity Agenda, Paley Center for Media, Unbound Philanthropy, and a number of other organizations (including America’s Voice) hosted an event last night called, “Immigrants in America: A Hollywood Perspective.”

From local Arizona cops to top police chiefs, with expertise in community policing, law enforcement is taking a firm stand against Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, SB 1070. Over the weekend, Chief Art Acevedo of Austin, TX wrote an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman warning that Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislators who signed the law “declared open season for criminals to target immigrants” and “killed community policing in the state.” Chief Acevedo says Arizona’s own history with crime shows why the new law is dangerous.