Bernie Sanders strives to sell his message to Latino voters in Nevada

June 22, 2015

06/22/15 Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 200Hillary Rodham Clinton was mobbed by fans when she spoke this week before a big crowd of Latino government officials from across the country. When another Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, took the same stage here Friday, the room was about half empty.

” I haven’t hear of him, to be honest,” said Luciana Corrales, a school board member from San Ysidro, Calif. And anyway, she added, “I’m a Hillary supporter.”

Talk of Sanders surge has enlivened the campaign in recent weeks, as bigger-than-expected crowds turned out for his fiery speeches about taking on the “billionaire class” amid promising polling in the early-primary state of New Hampshire. But the enthusiasm gap on display at the nation’s largest gathering of Latino policymakers highlights the  reality of the major demographic challenges Sanders faces as he wages his long-shot bid for the presidency.

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After Elections, Southern Mexico Returns to Calm

June 19, 2015

6/19/15 Stratfor Global Intelligence

Protestors and police - Jesus Villaseca Perez (Flickr)Most members of Mexico’s National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), a dissident national teachers’ union, returned to their classrooms June 17 after having been on strike since June 1. The group had tried to use the strike to mobilize support for widespread demonstrations in its stronghold states of Chiapas, Michoacan, Oaxaca and Guerrero; its main goal was to disrupt June 7 elections to pressure Mexico City into repealing education reform. Though vandals targeted multiple electoral sites in the aforementioned states June 7, low turnout and an unwillingness to confront security forces blunted the impact of demonstrations, which in the end only minimally disrupted elections.

CNTE is not done vocalizing its objections to education reform or carrying out demonstrations. However, its inability to coordinate action with the other groups involved in protesting the Sept. 26 disappearance of 43 normalistas in Iguala, such as the Guerrero state teachers’ union known as CETEG, indicates that the most recent bout of unrest in Mexico’s southern states could be coming to an end.

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Mexico, Latinos Lash Out At Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump’s Trashing Of Mexicans And Immigrants

June 18, 2015

06/18/15 Forbes

Mexican Flag XXLThe government of Mexico and a number of Latino leaders wasted no time in lashing out against billionaire Donald Trump‘s accusation that Mexico is sending drugs, criminals and rapists to the U.S. and his promise to build a “great, great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. After Trump entered the Presidential race on Tuesday with a 45-minute kick-off at the Trump Tower in New York City, Mexico’s Minister of Government Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong called his diatribe against Mexico “biased and absurd.”

Osorio Chong, who is in charge of Mexico’s internal security, said that the real estate billionaire ignores the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. “There is no doubt that the men and women of Mexico who are [living] in the U.S.… help the development of the U.S.,” Osorio Chong said, according to media reports. He added that Trump is trying to get media attention.

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Jeb Bush Goes Off Script To Promise Immigration Reform

June 16, 2015

06/16/15 Huffington Post

immigration marchNewly announced GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush went off script on Monday to pledge to pass immigration reform, in one of the most surprising moments of his announcement speech.

He wasn’t initially planning to mention immigration, which underscores how difficult an issue it is for him in the primary, as he tries to avoid charges of supporting “amnesty” without backing away from his record and being seen as a flip-flopper. The 2,000-word prepared remarks don’t include “immigration” at all.

A group of immigration advocates attended the speech in Miami wearing yellow shirts that spelled out “legal status is not enough.”

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Immigration Reform News: Hillary Clinton Aide Says Presidential Hopeful Would Expand Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

June 15, 2015

06/15/15 Latin Post

hillary-clinton-stateAn aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised that the former first lady would expand President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration if she is elected as the next Commander-in-Chief.

 While speaking on a panel hosted by Politico Friday night, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook for the first time discussed Clinton’s stance on immigration in comparison to President Obama.

She “is advocating for going even further than President Obama on immigration, to stop deporting the parents of these DREAMers who are contributing to our economy, and are valuable members of our society,” said Mook during the panel, which was held at New York University in Manhattan.

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Mexico election body confirms election tally signaling PRI win

June 15, 2015

06/15/15 Reuters

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera salute during the military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico CityMexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) on Sunday confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling party emerged as the strongest force in elections last weekend, which INE forecasts say will enable it to retain control of the lower house.

A preliminary INE estimate seen by Reuters showed that Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), plus its allies, the Green Party and the smaller New Alliance Party, would be allotted a total of 260 seats in the 500-member lower house of Congress, up from 251 before the midterm vote.

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With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

June 15, 2015

06/15/15 New York Times

Mexican Supreme CourtMEXICO CITY — His church turned him away, his family discouraged him from a public fight and the government of the state where he lives vowed it would never happen.

But it did. Hiram Gonzalez married his boyfriend, Severiano Chavez, last year in the northern state of Chihuahua, which, like most Mexican states, technically allows marriage only between a man and a woman.

Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court.

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