Immigration Reformers Will March in Washington, D.C.
Hispanic Organization Democracia USA hosted a forum at USF on Tuesday to discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act, two bills before the U.S. House of Representatives that call for improvements on a variety of issues involving undocumented immigrants in America.
Democracia USA, partnered with Reform Immigration for America (RIFA) and Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), detailed the legislation and promoted an upcoming march in Washington, D.C on Sunday, March 21 to show support for reform. The national organizations are busing supporters to D.C. from states across the country. Florida alone is sending 43 buses.
Healthcare reform ‘fixes’: What does the House want to change?
House Democrats are considering a package of ‘fixes’ to the Senate healthcare reform bill. Among the demands: lowering the cost of the bill and removing sweetheart deals for some states.
With Republicans on the sidelines, the endgame for healthcare reform is playing out within divided House Democratic ranks, where a decisive vote is expected as early as this week.
Since Senate Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority with the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R) of Massachusetts, Democratic leaders have decided to try to pass the Senate’s version in the House – in part to avoid the Senate’s procedural hurdles as much as possible. The problem is, many in the House don’t like the Senate bill and won’t pass it.
The proposed solution has been a package of “fixes” to the Senate bill. It’s not a perfect answer, because the Senate will also need to pass the fixes – and will need to resort to the controversial process of reconciliation to avoid a filibuster. But Democrats see it as the least worst option.
Budget Cut for Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border
Citing a plague of “cost overruns and missed deadlines,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she would cut millions of dollars intended for a high-tech “virtual fence” along the Mexican border that has produced little more than headaches for the federal government.
Ms. Napolitano said her department would divert about $50 million in federal stimulus money intended for the project to other technological needs on the border, including laptops, radios, thermal-imaging devices and cameras requested by border guards.
Secure Border Initiative to undergo overhaul
Washington (CNN) — Another brick is falling from the Bush administration’s highly touted “virtual wall” that was intended to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday she will take $50 million in federal stimulus money away from the Secure Border Initiative, also known as SBInet, and spend it on proven, off-the-shelf technology to protect U.S. borders.
Immigration reform: Stuck in the shadows
On Sunday, tens of thousands of Americans who supported Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 will gather on the Mall to protest the president’s lack of action on a cause to which he had committed himself throughout the campaign: immigration reform.
As a candidate, Obama spoke eloquently of the need to bring the estimated 11 million immigrants here without documentation “out of the shadows.” As president, he stepped up the number of deportations to an all-time high: 298,401 in fiscal 2009, a 13 percent increase over the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency. But reforming our ridiculous immigration laws so that the millions of immigrants here illegally could have a path to legalization was deferred, like so many administration commitments, until health-care reform was enacted.
Obama on Immigration: Then and Now
Three years ago, when I met with Senator Barack Obama in his Chicago office and we contemplated his possible run for the presidency, I was enthusiastic.
On that day, it was hard for me to imagine a time I would have to say no to Barack Obama when he asked me for support. But last week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus sat down with the president, and he asked us to vote for the health care reform bill — a bill that denies immigrants the opportunity to purchase health care with their own money. It was one more in a string of disappointments for the Hispanic community, and today, I no longer find myself able to confidently say “yes” when President Obama asks me for his support.
Hispanic Youth Marketing Takes Center Stage on Newly Expanded Agenda of Hispanic PR & Social Marketing Conference,
May 10-12 in Dallas
DALLAS, March 16 /PRNewswire/ — Hispanic youth marketing best practices are the focus of four new sessions added to the professional development agenda of the Hispanic PR & Social Marketing Conference, May 10-12 in Dallas, TX. The conference, a co-presentation of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) and the Hispanic PR Blog, now features an amazing 20 sessions of training.
“Our conference now represents the ultimate annual marketers’ boot camp for a wide range of topics related to Hispanic PR and social marketing,” said Manny Ruiz, conference organizer and publisher of the Hispanic PR Blog. “Our new case study-driven sessions on marketing to Latino youth strengthen our convention’s unique value proposition.”
The new sessions include case study focused presentations by the U.S. Army, Microsoft Zune and Major League Soccer. These sessions join a fourth one featuring Latino urban youth marketing expert Fred Sotelo. The full conference agenda with days and times will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 17 at http://www.HispanicPRConference.com.
Immigration detainees moved to N.J. protest boost in phone charges
KEARNY — Immigration detainees who were moved here when New York City shut its detention center last month face an 800 percent increase in telephone charges to contact relatives or lawyers, according to a report in The New York Times.
The report said more than 180 detainees were moved to the Hudson County Correctional Center here. Phone calls from the center cost more than 89 cents per minute and system was described as difficult to use, according to detainees who contacted the American Bar Association for help. Detainees threatened to conduct a hunger strike.
Ariz. House to act on immigration enforcement bill
PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona House is scheduled Wednesday to debate and vote on a sweeping bill to strengthen immigration enforcement laws.
The bill has already been passed by the Senate so House approval would complete legislative action and send it to Gov. Jan Brewer.
Provisions include banning local governments from adopting policies that prevent police from asking people about their immigration status and making it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally or to transport or conceal an illegal immigrant.