October 18, 2013
Christian Science Monitor, 10/17/2013
By Carlos Heredia
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto’s political grand bargain among rival parties has helped usher in long-needed reforms. The US has something to learn from Mexico’s willingness to put country ahead of party.
October 2, 2013
The Huffington Post, 9/30/13
Three months have passed since the Senate’s historic and bipartisan passage of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. Now it’s the House of Representatives’ turn to act. So far, the House has not made much progress towards passing a comprehensive bill that includes a pathway to citizenship, leaving millions of immigrant women, children and families in limbo.
Families are waiting for immigration reform that upholds our basic American values of due process and fairness. Fairness requires something as simple as making it possible for parents who are detained to meaningfully participate in the child custody proceedings of their children. Fairness would allow immigration judges to make case-by-case decisions when family unity is at stake, which our current law forbids in certain deportation cases.
September 13, 2013
A group of Republican California lawmakers are breaking with their party’s skepticism over immigration reform and asking the U.S. Congress to give immigrants a path to citizenship to help their state’s heavy dependence on migrant labor for agriculture and construction.
Flanked by representatives of the state’s agricultural, construction and restaurant industries, 16 Republican state senators and assembly members joined a national push to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
January 3, 2013
Fox News Latino, 1/3/2012
The new Congress, convening Thursday, includes the most Latino members ever.
The 113th Congress includes one more Hispanic in the U.S. Senate, bringing the total to three. History was made when Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate, became the first Latino to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate after he handily defeated Democratic challenger Paul Sadler in the seat that was held by retiring GOP Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison.
Cruz, who was backed by the Tea Party, joins New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican. All three are attorneys and Cuban American in a country where an overwhelming majority of Latinos are Mexican.
February 16, 2012
Hispanics are poised for major gains in Congress this fall, ensuring a boost to their clout on Capitol Hill.
Latinos are positioned to seize at least a handful of new House seats, thanks to redistricting. California has three new Hispanic-majority districts, and Texas, depending on the final outcome of legal wrangling over congressional maps, is expected to have one or two. Democrats also are fielding at least six strong Hispanic recruits in other districts currently represented by white members. And the GOP has a high-profile candidate of its own in former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who’s trying to unseat Rep. Lois Capps, a white Democrat.
Taken together, the Hispanic delegation could see its ranks swell. Hispanic lawmakers currently hold 25 House seats, according to The Almanac of American Politics, and after the election, that number could reach well over 30.
December 7, 2011
For more than 30 years, the United States and Mexico have engaged in a mutually destructive trade in which narcotics are sent north and high-caliber weapons shipped south.
When I was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles during the late 1980s and early ’90s, investigating the torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement agent Enrique Camarena, I thought the level of drug violence could not be worse.
But it is — beyond anything we could have imagined. As the cartels have fought for survival during the five years since President Felipe Calderon took office, violence against civilians, politicians, journalists and police has reached staggering levels of depravity. Just last month, the Zeta Cartel threatened public school teachers to turn over half their pay or be murdered. Hundreds of schools had to be shut down.
September 19, 2011
Houston Chronicle, 9/19/11
A Colorado woman who says her husband was shot and killed by drug cartel gunmen while they were boating on a U.S.-Mexico border lake last year said Monday that she’s still waiting for the attackers to be brought to justice.
During a congressional field hearing on border security launched by Republican Rep. Ted Poe, Tiffany Hartley recounted how she and her husband, David Hartley, had visited a church on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake and how gunmen began shooting at them from a boat, hitting her husband in the head.
“It’s only by the grace of God that I’m here today,” Hartley said. Poe, whose district stretches north and east of Houston, called the hearing in the hopes it would send a message to Washington that the drug violence plaguing Mexico can bleed over into the U.S.
January 1, 2010
The New York Times, 1/1/10
Lacing up new pairs of walking shoes with a flourish, four immigrant students set out on foot from downtown Miami on Friday, starting a four-month walk to Washington to protest what they called the Obama administration’s lack of action on legislation granting legal status to illegal immigrants.
Three of the four protesters, who are current or former students at Miami Dade College, do not have legal-resident status and risk detention byimmigration authorities during the 1,500-mile walk.
The students’ trek showed the resolve and also some limitations of groups supporting an immigration overhaul that would include measures to legalize illegal immigrants. Those groups said this week that they would start a national campaign in January to pressure President Obama to push for the overhaul before midterm elections in November.
August 7, 2009
Photo by Flickr user Scott Ableman
President Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Congress to overhaul the country’s immigration system, an issue that fires up emotions on both sides of the political divide, by “early next year.”
Speaking to Hispanic reporters at the White House, Obama said he hopes a bill for comprehensive immigration reform will be drafted by the end of this year.
Obama tapped Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on June 25 to work with Congress to speed up immigration reform as senators warned another failed effort could doom chances for a generation.