Latinos’ Role in Local Elections, Wave of Success for Mexican Filmmakers, and President Peña Nieto takes Boldest Security Step Yet– Weekly News Summary: November 8

November 8, 2013

coffee-by-flikr-user-samrevel1The Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English language press had to say…

One of the main topics for this week’s news outlets was on the role Hispanics are playing in local elections. According to the New York Times, Republicans in Congress have seen two test cases for how the party should move on immigration. Exit polls showed that Gov. Chris Christie boosted to a blowout victory because he improved his standing among Latinos by 19 percentage points over his first run. In Virginia, it is estimated that Latinos accounted for 35,000 out of about 55,000 votes in Mr. McAuliffe’s slim margin victory. According to the Newspaper, House Republicans are becoming aware of the strategic importance of Latinos.

In a similar topic, Politico reported that the AFL-CIO is poised to launch a seven-figure television campaign assailing House Republicans for their inaction on immigration reform. These new commercials are aimed at raising the stakes for the whole Republican Party in the debate over immigration, said AFL-CIO strategist Tom Snyder.

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Showing Grass-Roots Support for Immigration Overhaul

May 2, 2013

IMG_4496New York Times, 5/1/2013

Tens of thousands of immigrants, Latinos and other supporters of an overhaul of the immigration system turned out on Wednesday for marches, rallies and prayer vigils, hoping to show Congress that momentum is building for a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Instead of concentrating on large May Day demonstrations, organizers said they had chosen to hold smaller actions in more than 100 cities nationwide to draw more local supporters.

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Poll: Republicans Like Immigration Reform, Not Sold On Immigrants

March 29, 2013

REPUBLICAN PARTY ELEPHANTTalking Points Memo, 3/28/13

A strong majority of Americans, including Republicans, supports immigration reform that would let the nation’s undocumented population stay in the country legally, according to a new poll. But there’s a sharp divide over how partisans view the immigrants themselves.

Some 71 percent of respondents said they support granting at least some legal status to illegal immigrants, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center, which surveyed 1,501 American adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. Democrats favored legalization by a 76-21 margin, versus 64-34 for Republicans and 70-29 for Independents. There were divisions over whether a bill should eventually grant immigrants citizenship or just permanent residency, however: Democrats favored citizenship over just legal status by a 48-24 margin, Republicans by 38-22, and independents by 39-28.

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Immigration reform revives Cesar Chavez’s icon status

March 29, 2013
Photo by Cathy Murphy/Getty Images

Photo by Cathy Murphy/Getty Images

NBC Latino, 3/28/13

The closest thing Latinos have to a national holiday is Cesar Chavez’s birthday on March 31st. Cesar Chavez’s birthday is already celebrated in ten states, and President Barack Obama not only has supported making it a national holiday, but recently named a national park on his behalf.

This week, children will be learning about the labor leader’s legacy in schools, and marches have been organized from California to Pennsylvania to honor the 86th anniversary of his birth and in support of immigration reform. He has become the hero, the leader for Latinos pushing for immigration reform. “He stood up and got people to believe in themselves,” says Paul Chavez, his son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

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More Latinos Likely To Vote Republican If Immigration Reform Passes

March 19, 2013

American Flag Photo by Flickr user jcolmanABC/Univision, 3/18/2013

What role the Republican Party plays in comprehensive immigration reform will have an important impact on whether or not Latinos, a key political demographic, will consider voting Republican in the future, a new poll finds.

A recent poll by Latino Decisions, a firm that conducts research on Latino political opinions, reported that 32 percent of Latinos would be more likely to consider voting Republican in the future if comprehensive immigration reform passed. On a related note, 39 percent said they would be less likely to vote Republican if party leaders in the House of Representatives defeated reform efforts.

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Immigration: Rand Paul to back path to citizenship

March 19, 2013

immigration marchPolitico

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. In a speech to be delivered Tuesday morning to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the potential 2016 presidential candidate declares, “If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you.” A copy of the speech was obtained in advance by The Associated Press.

Paul’s path to citizenship would come with conditions that could make it long and difficult for illegal immigrants. Chief among these, Congress would have to agree first that progress was being made on border security. Nonetheless, Paul’s endorsement of allowing illegal immigrants an eventual way to become citizens puts him in line with a growing number of Republicans who are embracing action on immigration as a way to broaden the GOP’s appeal to Latinos. On Monday, a Republican National Committee report called on the GOP to support comprehensive reform, though without specifying whether it should include a pathway to citizenship, which is decried by some conservatives as amnesty.

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Declining Interest In ‘Chicano Studies’ Reflects A Latino Identify Shift

March 11, 2013

Books by Flikr user Rodrigo GalindezKPBS, 3/6/2013

On the campus of San Diego State University recently, Sandy Chavez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, said, without hesitation, that she thinks of herself primarily as American.

Yes, she is Latina, of Mexican heritage. She’s visited family in Mexico, and on weekends as a child she woke up to her parents playing Mexican music on the stereo. But she’s never described herself principally as Mexican or Latina, much less Chicana, a term preferred by many young Mexican-Americans in the 1960s and 70s.

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