• Obama Leaves Behind a Mixed Legacy on Immigration

    January 16, 2017 20:03:pm

    -- by Amanda Sakuma, NBC News:

    In March 2014, more than two years after President Barack Obama sailed to reelection in a historic sweep of the Latino vote, a powerful ally was about to call him out.

    The president had been flying high on the success of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, alegacy-defining executive action that opened up broad horizons for thousands of young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as young children. But there was a major wrinkle in his record that the president could not outrun.

    At a gala that March, Janet Murguía, president of the National Council on La Raza (NCLR), stood before a room full of immigrant advocates and said what many had long been thinking in the back of their minds: Though congressional Republicans were on the hook for blockading comprehensive immigration reform, Obama was not blamelessin their community's visceral disappointment.

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  • Obama Administration Ends Special Immigration Policy for Cuba

    January 14, 2017 18:57:pm

    -- by Patricia Zengerle, Reuters:

    The Obama administration on Thursday repealed a measure granting automatic residency to virtually every Cuban who arrived in the United States, whether or not they had visas, ending a longstanding exception to U.S. immigration policy.

    The end of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which allowed any Cuban who reached U.S. soil to stay but returned any picked up at sea, is effective immediately. Cuban officials had sought the change for years.

    Theshift had been in the works for months. It was announced abruptly because advance warning might have inspired thousands more people to take to the seas between the Communist-ruled island and Florida in orderto beat a deadline.

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  • Hispanic Leaders Urge Trump to Add Latino Cabinet Pick Amid Lack of Diversity Criticism

    January 14, 2017 18:53:pm

    -- by Elizabeth Elizalde, The New York Post:

    As President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet selections have begun intenseSenate confirmation hearings, his transition team is reportedly lookingto add a Latino amid criticism about his administration's lack of diversity.

    So far, Trump has not chosen a Latino to serve in his Cabinet — which would be the first time since Ronald Reagan's second term. Trump is "desperately" seeking one to fill the remaining vacant position, the Secretary of Agriculture.

    Many Latino leaders say while the absence of a Hispanic is concerning, they also worry Trump's rhetoric could bring a hostile administration.

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  • Did Latino Voters Actually Turn Out for Trump in the Election? Not Really

    January 14, 2017 18:50:pm

    -- by Francisco I. Pedraza and Brian Wilcox-Archuleta for The Los Angeles Times:

    When Donald Trumpwon the presidency on Nov. 8, pundits, reporters and political wonks turned to the national exit poll to find out exactly what had happened. How had various groups in various states voted?

    One of the exit poll findings was particularly surprising: Although Hillary Clinton triumphed among Latinos overall — with 66% of their votes — she got fewer of their votes than Barack Obama got in 2012. And although Trump lost among Latinos, his share of their votes — 28% — was 1 percentage point higher than Mitt Romney’s in 2012.

    If those figures were accurate, they would represent a major reversal in Latino voting trends.

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  • No, Trump Didn't Do Surprisingly Well Among Latino Voters

    January 14, 2017 18:45:pm

    -- by Sergio Garcia-Rios & Tyler Reny for The New York Post:

    Last May 5, Donald J. Trump tweeted a photo of himself seated at his desk, a big grin on his face, his left hand squeezed into a tight fist giving a thumbs up, his lunch balanced in front of him on a stack of newspapers. "Happy #CincoDeMayo," the tweet began, "The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"

    The tweet was just one in a string of condescending or offensive statements Trump made towards Latinos during his campaign. Less than a year earlier Trump launched his run calling Mexican Americans criminals and rapists, and soon thereafter kicking Jorge Ramos, Univision's extremely popular news anchor, out of a press conference.

    "Go back to Univision," he barked. As Ramos left the room, a Trump supporter confronted him insisting that he "get out of (his) country."

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  • The Deported

    January 14, 2017 18:41:pm

    -- by David Noriega, Vice News:

    So far, most of the attention around Jeff Sessions’ nominationas attorney general has focused on the senator’s track record on civil rights and race. And rightfully so — these issues are at the core of theJustice Department’s mandate.

    But there is another realm in which Sessions is poised to wield tremendous influence as attorney general, and it happens to be his No. 1issue as a senator: immigration.

    Over his two decades in the senate, Sessions has consistently distinguished himself as an immigration hard-liner beyond any other in Congress. He has many ties to the organized, nativist right, something for which he has received extensive criticism from advocates. “Jeff Sessions may be the most dangerous ally that extremist anti-immigrant groups have in Congress,” said Lindsay Schubiner of the Center for New Community, a group that tracks racist and xenophobic organizations.

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  • Here's the Biggest Immigration Issue that Trump Isn't Talking About

    January 14, 2017 18:37:pm

    -- by Laura Smith, Mother Jones:

    Last month, more than 400 women and children were released from an immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas. The mass release came three days after a Texas judge deniedthat center and another in Karnes, Texas, the licenses that would allowthem to detain children, which they have been doing for more than two years.

    As Ian Gordon reported for Mother Jones,after the surge in immigration across the United States' southern border in the summer of 2014, the Obama administration revived the family detention system, in which immigrant women and children are detained, sometimes for months on end, and in some cases for close to a year. Human rights advocates have strongly criticizedthe policy. As Gordon pointed out, the practice is both expensive and traumatic to the families, many of whom are asylum seekers who fear violence in their home countries.

    Here's a rundown of the basics on how the Texas decision could affect family detention going forward:

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  • Anti-Immigration Group Knocks Trump's Choice for Labor Secretary

    December 09, 2016 00:15:am

    -- by Allegra Kirkland, Talkingpointsmemo.com:

    One of America’s largest anti-immigration groups on Thursday criticized Donald Trump’s choiceof fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder for U.S. Secretary of Labor, citing his support for guest worker programs and amnesty for undocumented immigrants.

    The nomination “raises questions and concerns about whether [Trump] will vigorously defend the interests of American workers,” Federation for American Immigration Reform President Dan Stein wrote in statement. “Puzder has served as an executive of a fast food conglomerate — an industry that has thrived on low-wage labor, illegal workers, and which has lobbied for greater access to foreign guest workers to maximize corporate profits.”

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  • Senators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Protect DREAMers from Trump

    December 01, 2016 21:07:pm

    -- by Lauren Fox, TPM.com:

    A Republican senator and a Democratic senator have joined forces to try to protect DREAMers and shield them from deportation as concerns mount that President-elect Donald Trump could repeal President Barack Obama's executive action to protect them.

    Sen.Dick Durbin (D-IL) went to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his plan to work with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who had already told Politico Wednesday he was moving forward with a bill.

    DREAMers are individuals who came to the U.S. illegally when they were still children. Many of them have little if any connections with their home countries, having grown up in the U.S. Obama took executive action in 2014 to protect them from deportation.

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  • This Time, There Really is a Hispanic Voter Surge

    November 07, 2016 20:15:pm

    -- by Nate Cohn, The New York Times:

    Hispanic voters were largely credited with President Obama’s victory in 2012, but they weren’t as crucial as many believed. Mr. Obama didn’t even need to win the Hispanic vote to put him over the top, thanks to high black turnout and support among white voters in the North. The turnout among Hispanic voters didn’t surge, even though exit polls implied that it had.

    This year, Hispanic voters, perhaps motivated by Donald J. Trump’s harsh language and policy proposals (including deportation) regarding Hispanic immigrants, really might decide this election.

    Early voting data unequivocally indicates that Hillary Clinton will benefit from a long awaited surge in Hispanic turnout, vastly exceeding the Hispanic turnout from four years ago.

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