-- by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, The Los Angeles Times
This year saw new influxes of Central Americans and Cubans on the southern border, Syrian refugees rejected by the leaders of more than 30 states and the president's executive action on immigration mired in legal challenges.
Next year, those stories are expected to play out amid a presidential campaign in which immigration is already a key issue. A look at what's ahead in 2016:
-- by Bob Fernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Cesar Conde, the head of Comcast-owned Telemundo network, peppers his conversation with references to popular American cable shows Homeland and Breaking Bad, and says it feels like a new era in Spanish-language TV.
There is, Conde said, "a tectonic shift taking place in Hispanic media."
And Philadelphia's Comcast - which acquired the also-ran Telemundo network as part of its $30 billion deal for NBCUniversal in 2011 - is aiming to be a big part of it.
-- by Mike Blake, Reuters:
After Gabriela Pineda exited the Los Angeles Convention Center this month clutching her naturalization papers, the newly minted citizen marched straight over to a table set up by Democratic Party organizers to register voters.
Among the registration forms was a pamphlet titled "GOP Clown Car 2016." It featured pictures of each of the Republican presidential candidates.
-- by Lance Rios, MediaPost.com:
-- by Jonathan Swan and Ben Kamisar, The Hill:
Bernie Sanders is aggressively expanding his presidential campaign in Nevada in the hopes of proving he has an appeal beyond white college-educated liberals.
The Vermont senator is running close to front-runner Hillary Clinton in Iowa and ahead of her in New Hampshire, states with a lily-white Democratic electorate. But he faces deep holes in both South Carolina and Nevada, where more black and Hispanic voters, respectively, are part of the likely voter pool.
-- from the Associated Press:
The Homeland Security Department is planning nationwide raids aimed at deporting adults and children who have already been ordered removed by an immigration judge.
The Washington Post reported in Thursday's editions that the operation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin as soon as next month and would likely affect hundreds of immigrants who fled violence in Central America since the start of 2014.
-- by Elizabeth Bergman, The Washington Post:
Voting by mail — and only by mail — has become an option in the United States. Will it spread?
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all states will mail an absentee ballot to voters who request one. While 20 states require a reason, 27 states permit “no-excuse” absentee voting.
And three states now use mail-only voting.
- a New York Times editorial:
Tens of thousands of Cubans have taken to the seas and embarked on perilous journeys by land this year, headed to the United States. The new exodus, the largest wave of Cuban migrants since the 1990s, is driven by hopelessness at home and fear that the unique treatment Cuban immigrants receive from Washington could end, now that diplomatic relations have been restored.
-- by Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post:
“Their misguided [Gang of Eight immigration] plan would have given President Obama the authority to admit Syrian refugees, including ISIS terrorists. That’s just wrong.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), in a new television commercial airing in Iowa
Politicians often hone their talking points to make them easy to digest and understand. But Cruz’s new ad is an example of a false talking point that has been honed to the point of ridiculousness.
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