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Hispanic Caucus & its members criticize ICE raids

On Wednesday, the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Linda Sanchez, finally released a statement about the ICE raids that have been happening across the country. Rep. Sanchez said: “Invading homes is inhuman...
by Adriana Maestas
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Hispanic Caucus silent on ICE raids

The new year started swiftly for the Department of Homeland Security as Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched deportation roundups of families who had fled violence in Central America. Yesterday Jeh Johnson announced the...
by Adriana Maestas
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Ted Cruz refuses to say whether a path to legalization is amnesty

GOP Presidential contender Ted Cruz is trying to distinguish himself as being tougher on immigration than his Republican rivals in the race. Cruz, the son of a Cuban migrant father, has repeatedly said that he is against “...
by Adriana Maestas
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North Carolina Governor Signs Anti-Immigrant Law

Yesterday North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 318 into law. The bill prevents the state’s cities from accepting certain forms of identification and also limits access to food stamp benefits for some childless ad...
by Adriana Maestas
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Spring Valley High police brutality video demonstrates school to prison pipeline

Yesterday a disturbing new video was circulated on social media of a police officer assaulting a young black girl who was seated in a chair in her classroom at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. You can watc...
by Adriana Maestas
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Embattled Speaker Boehner announces resignation, Rep. McCarthy likely replacement

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced today that he will resign from Congress and give up his house seat at the end of October. It’s no secret that Speaker Boehner had a hard time wrangling the GOP caucus. Nex...
by Adriana Maestas
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Sophie Cruz’s message to Pope highlights DAPA

Yesterday when five year old Sophie Cruz broke past the barricades holding back the crowds that were awaiting the Pope, she carried a message on behalf of immigrant families, specifically U.S. born children who have undocumente...
by Adriana Maestas
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The amnesty question missing from last night’s debate

During last night’s GOP presidential debate, the immigration issue was brought up again. While the candidates stumbled over themselves to sound tough on immigration making comments condemning sanctuary cities, talking abo...
by Adriana Maestas
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Sanders introducing criminal justice reform bill this week, proposes ending privately run prisons

On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, announced that he would be introducing criminal justice reform legislation next week. According to Sanders’ campaign website: “...
by Adriana Maestas
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Chris Christie compares legal immigrants to FedEx packages

Not to be outdone in the anti-immigration rhetoric that has been dominated the GOP presidential race in recent weeks, today presidential candidate Chris Christie suggested that legal immigrants could be tracked like FedEx packa...
by Adriana Maestas
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Words vs. policy: why is Ricky Martin urging Latinos to unite against Trump?

This week singer Ricky Martin wrote an opinion piece urging Latinos “to unite against Donald Trump.” In reference to the GOP candidate throwing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference, Martin wrote: &...
by Adriana Maestas
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Latino voters’ net favorability rating of Donald Trump is -51

Yesterday Gallup released a new poll that shows 65% of Latino voters have an unfavorable view of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. 14% of Hispanic voters have a favorable view of Trump. Trump, who announced his campaign ...
by Adriana Maestas
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Social Security turns 80: What the program means for African Americans & Latinos

Social Security was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt 80 years ago. The pay as you go system has proven to be an efficient, secure system that supports Americans facing challenges with disability, retirement, and ...
by Adriana Maestas
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Hillary Clinton proposes “New College Compact” to tackle college affordability

Yesterday Hillary Clinton unveiled a $350 billion plan to address college affordability. The plan addresses the cost of college at four year public institutions, makes low interest loans and grants more widely available, and w...
by Adriana Maestas
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Black and Latino student loan borrowers more likely to express regret about education funding decisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that shows Black and Latino student loan borrowers expressing more regret about the decisions that they made to fund their education. The Pew’s Survey of American Family Finances r...
by Adriana Maestas
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