News Clips Sept. 28, 2009

AP Interview: Leader has back-up immigration plan

WASHINGTON — The head of the nation’s leading Latino legal advocacy group said if comprehensive immigration legislation seems unlikely in 2010, Congress should make down payments by passing smaller-scale reforms.

In an interview with The Associated Press Friday, Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said he fully expects work on rewriting immigration law to begin in Congress next year.
But over the last several years, Dobbs has consistently betrayed the ethics and standards of journalism.

Upending the immigration debate

For the first time in dec ades, the number of for eign-born individuals living in America declined last year, according to new numbers released by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The drop was small, from 12.6 percent of the US population to 12.5 percent, but it is significant nonetheless.

CENSUS WATCH: Census boycott splits Latinos

Earlier this year, a prominent Latino religious leader proposed a boycott of the 2010 Census as a way for undocumented immigrants to bring their voices to bear on the immigration debate.

The boycott, pushed by the Rev. Miguel Ángel Rivera of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, now seems to be gaining momentum in some Latino communities, as well as a higher profile in the ethnic media.

Police State Raids Against Immigrants

In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established its largest investigative and enforcement branch – the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm (ICE) “as a law enforcement agency for the post-9/11 era, to integrate enforcement authorities against criminal and terrorist activities, including the fights against human trafficking and smuggling violent transnational gangs and sexual predators on children (who are) criminal (and) terrorist” threats to the nation.

Along with Muslims, Latinos are its prime targets, often using militarized unconstitutional tactics against vulnerable, defenseless people. Post-9/11, the Bush administration initiated them, and they continue under Obama.

Justice Sotomayor Throws Out First Pitch

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic to be named a Supreme Court justice, performed in a much different capacity at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Sotomayor was a smiling Yankees fan who got to toss out the first pitch before the Yankees played the Boston Red Sox.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Watching Latino Politics Disappear

Photo courtesy of New York Times.
Hispanic Heritage Month: Watching Latino Politics Disappear
by Randy Shaw‚ Sep. 28‚ 2009
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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor threw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Yankees-Red Sox game in the Bronx. Sotomayor’s appointment was a signature achievement for the nation’s Latinos, and represents President Obama’s leading accomplishment for a constituency that helped elect him. But after Latino voters gave Democrats back the House in 2006 and victories in key states in 2008, it’s rather remarkable how coverage of their concerns and viewpoints have almost disappeared.


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