Sondeo tras sondeo demuestran que el presidente Barack Obama tiene el apoyo del voto latino, pero la pregunta que algunos nos hacemos es si los votantes hispanos votarán en las cifras requeridas para garantizar la reelección del presidente. La clave para Obama es no sólo promover el mayor registro de latinos, es decir, garantizar que… Continue »

New comments by the head of the Republican Party demonstrate that when it comes to appealing to Latino voters, the GOP still just doesn’t get it. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairperson Reince Priebus “dismissed the idea that the party’s support among Latinos will be hurt over immigration,” according to the Associated Press, saying, “It’s not going to hurt us one bit.”

New comments by the head of the Republican Party demonstrate that when it comes to appealing to Latino voters, the GOP still just doesn’t get it. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairperson Reince Priebus “dismissed the idea that the party’s support among Latinos will be hurt over immigration,” according to the Associated Press, saying, “It’s not going to hurt us one bit.”

What on earth could Boston Mayor Tom Menino be thinking? Is there no special interest group he won’t cave in to, no group of so-called advocates he won’t pander to? Even at the risk of the rest of the city’s inhabitants?

Poor Marco Rubio. Florida’s junior senator could have been a contender. Instead, he’s become a caricature. In parts of the Hispanic community, Rubio is thought of as just another ambitious politician who is willing to sell out Latinos to curry favor with Anglo colleagues. That’s what you hear from Internet chatter, letters to the editor, Latino listservs and comments on Spanish-language media.

My family has long been making pies and jam out of the divine purple raspberry, a cross between the better known red and black raspberry families. The purple raspberry is a delectable mixture of tart and sweet, and purple raspberry pie is literally my favorite food in the world. If I had to pick one thing to live on for the rest of my life, that would be it.

The federal immigration court in Las Vegas is swamped. The caseload has more than doubled since May 2009, and that has created a tremendous backlog of cases, as the Las Vegas Sun’s Karoun Demirjian reported this week. In May 2009, it took about 6 1/2 months on average for a case to be resolved. Two years later, it took 9 1/2 months.

If you thought the do-it-yourself anti-immigrant schemes couldn’t get any more repellent, you were wrong. New laws in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina are following — and in some ways outdoing — Arizona’s attempt to engineer the mass expulsion of the undocumented, no matter the damage to the Constitution, public safety, local economies and immigrant families.

Recently announced tweaks to a key immigration enforcement program should make the effort more true to its intended purpose and reassure critics. Secure Communities has been battered by those who say it deports some illegal immigrants who have no criminal background or only minor offenses on their records.

Imagine an undocumented high school student who won’t let a little thing like not being in the country legally stop him from applying to a top university. Those who set their sights on Harvard will often seek me out for advice because, almost 20 years ago, I wrote a book about being a Latino student there.