-- by Hansi Lo Wang, NPR:
f the headline caught your eye, here's more good news.
Seven in 10 Latino high school graduates in the class of 2012 went to college, according to a by the Pew Hispanic Center.
-- by Erica Pearson, The New York Daily News:
President Obama should stop deportations for those who would qualify to stay under proposed immigration reform, immigrant groups and the AFL-CIO said Monday.
“It’s a simple matter of justice and fairness,” said Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
-- by Selena Hill, The Latino Post:
Despite the Republican Party's failure to appeal to minorities, conservative pundit Pat Buchanan thinks that the GOP should focus on attracting even more white votes by returning to the so-called "Southern Strategy."
-- by Tanzina Vega and Stuart Elliot, The New York Times:
AT its upfront presentation on Tuesday, Univision continued to promote its dominance of the Hispanic media landscape in the hope of attracting more advertising dollars to the network’s expanding empire.
-- by Raoul Lowery Contreras, Fox News Latino:
One of the first things a wide-eyed college freshman must learn is the difference between “macro” and “micro;” then, if this naïve college freshman’s metamorphosis produces a learned person, the world benefits.
Case in point: The Heritage Foundation report that alleges comprehensive immigration reform (SB 744) will cost the American taxpayer over $6 trillion dollars in the next 50 years. It maintains that the instant-legalized immigrants will only pay in $3 plus trillion in taxes in the next 50 years but will draw over $9 trillion in benefits. Thus, immigration reform will cost us $6 trillion dollars.
The Heritage authors, Robert Rector (John Hopkins University Masters degree) and Jason Richwine, pride of the Harvard Phd. program, have authored a laughable, defective fictional “macro” study.
They project that below average annual incomes of the instant-legalized people will continue for 50 years. They claim these people are not educated now and never will be, and that their children will never be educated. The most egregious deficiency, however, is Richwine’s, who believes that people from Latin America (read Mexicans) are of low intelligence (based on his “studies” of IQ test results) and that they can never improve because they lack white Northern European genetics.
By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post:
-- from Portada.com:
-- from NBC News' "First Read":
-- a New York Times editorial:
After the Senate Judiciary Committee ended its first day of marking up an 867-page immigration bill on Thursday, plunging into the details of what could be the most ambitious overhaul of the system in a quarter-century, one thing was clear: it is a lot better to be deep in the weeds of a complicated bill than trapped in the desert of a stalemate, which is where immigration reform has been since the last big bipartisan bill collapsed in 2007.
Since that failure the country has lined up solidly in favor of comprehensive reform, and members of Congress are pushing forward to fix the immigration system in all the ways it is broken — at the border and in the workplace, in the clogged lines of hopeful immigrants waiting to get in, and for the 11 million living here outside the law, waiting to become Americans. That the Senate bill’s sponsors, four Republicans and four Democrats, have stuck together and gotten it this far is evidence that Washington’s ability to get anything done through bipartisanship and compromise is not entirely dead.
That message has not reached some Republicans on the committee — notably Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Charles Grassley of Iowa and Ted Cruz of Texas — who spent their time trying to drag the debate back to the border.
-- a Los Angeles Times editorial:
The Senate Judiciary Committee took up comprehensive immigration reform late last week. And, as expected, opponents are already rushing to derail it, arguing that any bill that legalizes the vast majority of undocumented immigrants in the United States will cost billions of dollars and place an unfair burden on taxpayers.
Such arguments are merely scare tactics. There's no doubt that granting citizenship to millions of immigrants 13 years from now, as the Senate bill would, will carry a cost, but how much is unclear. Without it, though, the U.S. will face serious problems. In fact, demographers such as Dowell Myers of USC's Price School of Public Policy have repeatedly warned that the country is on the verge of an epic transition as baby boomers retire en masse and birthrates decline. A 2013 report by Myers suggests that in Southern California alone, "boomers are beginning to retire from the most productive period of their lives, creating enormous replacement needs in the workforce." In other words, the U.S. needs immigrants to help cover the retirement costs of older Americans and to fuel economic growth.
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