Even as President Obama delivered his first up-beat address to the nation, the Seattle Times was reporting the first workplace immigration raid under the new administration. It happened in Bellingham, Washington, last night, and served as a sad wake up call to immigrant communities. While we came to... Continue »
It's been a good while now since we announced that the confirmation of Hilda Solis (D-CA) as Secretary of Labor had been postponed. We reported on how the administration had to appoint an interim secretary because the pro-worker, Latina representative's confirmation was being blocked by partisan bickering. Well, today... Continue »
Misplaced priorities don’t come cheap. "The country is filling the federal courts and prisons with nonviolent offenders. It is diverting immense law-enforcement resources from pursuing serious criminals � violent thugs, financial scammers � to an immense, self-defeating campaign to hunt down ... workers." This, even as the Immigration... Continue »
This just in. Below is the new membership of the House Immigration Subcommittee, decided today: Lofgren � Chair, Berman, Jackson Lee, Waters, Pierluisi, Gutierrez, Sanchez, Weiner, Gonzalez, Delahunt Continue »
Today the LA Times is reporting that only 99% of foreign-born and 88% of native- born Latinos think immigration is a big deal. Wait a minute, does that seem like a lot to anyone else? The issue is that Latinos no longer think immigration should be the next president's... Continue »
Just last week, Senator Ensign stated: "We have to reach out to Hispanics. " Rather than lend a helping hand to children in need, however, Senator Ensign had scathing remarks for immigrants in today's SCHIP debate. Via the AP: "We are giving more incentives to folks to come to... Continue »
Governor Napolitano knows that ending illegal immigration will only be possible if Congress enacts common-sense comprehensive immigration reform, but at today's confirmation hearing she missed a golden opportunity to make the case. This is disappointing because, for years, she has been a vocal leader pressuring Washington to pass... Continue »
As a border-state Governor, Janet Napolitano knows that ending illegal immigration will only be possible by enacting common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. She gets that the best way to replace the chaos of illegal immigration with an orderly, legal system is to combine: 1) effective border enforcement; 2)... Continue »
The swift, decisive re-authorization of a health care bill aimed at America's poorest kids, including lawfully present immigrant children, was a clear victory today in the U.S. House. The Senate would be wise to follow the House's lead- especially that of Speaker of the House Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman Becerra... Continue »
This week the House is will vote on reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and the Senate Finance Committee will take up much-needed companion legislation to help more Latino and immigrant children access health care. Besides being the right thing to do, and even the fiscally responsible... Continue »