News Clips March 17, 2010

March 17, 2010

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–social-marketing-conference-may-10-12-in-dallas-87839052.html

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.


News Clips Feb. 1, 2010

February 1, 2010

Latino Leaders Grade Obama

FRESNO, Calif.–Latino voters helped Barack Obama make history and become the first black president by handing him more than seven out of 10 votes in the November 2008 election.

Obama — while not delivering on a campaign promise to overhaul the country’s immigration system — remains popular among Latinos, with a recent poll showing him with a 67 percent approval rate from Latinos.

The president, who marked his first year in office last week, has been praised for naming Latinos to top positions at a record rate. He has appointed 48 Latinos to posts that require Senate confirmation. Obama’s most visible appointees are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Labor Secretary Hilda Solís and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

GOP sends out ‘census’ forms; Democrats, Latino groups cry foul

A national Republican fundraising campaign that invokes the word “census” and claims to be an “official document” is raising the blood pressure of Democrats and Latino advocacy groups.

Critics say the mailing is designed to confuse people and garner responses from individuals who think they’re participating in the decennial Census, which begins in March for most of the nation.

The mailing, with its letter from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, questionnaire on political attitudes, and plea for donations, is emblazoned with the phrase “2010 Congressional District Census.”

The envelope is marked with the words, “Do Not Destroy, Official Document.”

Democrats say they’re disgusted but unsurprised by the mailing, a version of which was circulated before the last Census, in 2000.

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U.S. Jews and Latinos form unlikely bond over immigration policy

Even as health care reform twists in the wind, immigration policy looms as the next big political debate, and Hispanics and Jews are moving to the forefront in a burgeoning political alliance.

The next three months are seen as critical in the fight for immigration reform, but the weakening of the Democrats, grip on Congress with the recent loss of a key Massachusetts Senate seat does not bode well for the passage of reform legislation.

The Jewish-Latino alliance on immigration issues builds on the heritage and experience of the Jewish community and on the enthusiasm and urgent needs of the Hispanic community, which has a strong interest in issues of family unification and the status of the some 12 million illegal immigrants, most of them from Latin America.

Gaps emerging in US census outreach to immigrants

WASHINGTON — The government is fumbling some efforts to assure immigrants that U.S. census data won’t be used against them, including gaps in outreach and foreign language guides that refer to the decennial count as an investigation.

With the launch of the head count weeks away, the Census Bureau’s outreach has been falling short in at least a dozen major cities, such as Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Jose, Calif., and Seattle, according to a report being released Monday by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Many of their states are on the cusp of gaining or losing U.S. House seats and face a redrawing of legislative boundaries that may tilt the balance of political power.

California’s independent streak

‘Decline to State’ voters here don’t quite fit the national mold, but they do call most of the shots.

From Sacramento
Democrats and Republicans will make all the noise, but nonpartisan independents will decide the winners of California’s competitive statewide elections in November.

That has increasingly become the case in recent years.

California may be a Democratic state, but it’s not true blue. And the best barometer of how it will vote in any general election is the fast-growing faction of independents.

They’re officially registered as “Decline to State” — as in “a pox on both your parties.”

At last count, they make up 20% of registered voters, and the number keeps rising. In 1990 it was less than half that, 9%; in 2002 it was 15%.

Democrats represent about 45% of registered voters, down from 50% in 1990 but roughly the same as in 2002. Republicans have suffered a steady slide from 39% in 1990 to 31% last year.,0,3357043.column

Head of Mass. Latino political group to step down

BOSTON — The head of a Latino political group credited with helping elect dozens of Latinos to offices around the state has announced she is stepping down.

Giovanna Negretti, executive director of Oiste, said she is leaving the group in September to pursue other “professional opportunities.”

The Puerto Rican-born 38-year-old helped found the group in 1999 when only a handful of Latinos in Massachusetts held any public offices. The nonprofit group has since trained and supported Latino candidates who have won offices in Lawrence, Springfield, and Boston.

Hispanic Media Outreach for Haiti Unprecedented

With Haiti outreach, Hispanic media take up mantle of advocate, long an English-only role

As horrific images of Haiti flashed across the screens, murmurs of recognition floated through the audience at Univision Network’s live celebrity telethon, many people nodding as they recalled disasters in their native countries.

To drive the connection home, host Mario Kreutzberger, aka “Don Francisco,” brought out a recent earthquake survivor from Peru, reuniting him by video with his hospitalized daughter.

“The world has helped us many times. Now it is time for us to return that help to Haiti,” Kreutzberger told the millions of Latinos in the U.S. and across the Western Hemisphere who watched the special edition of his weekly “Sabado Gigante” variety program.

Mirror, mirror: AZGOP launches Hispanic website

The State’s Republican Party launched a website last month to address “the issues and concerns of one of the state’s most dynamic and diverse communities.”

The State’s Republican Party launched a website last month to address “the issues and concerns of one of the state’s most dynamic and diverse communities.” Party Chairman Randy Pullen is optimistic about the effort, “Democrats have consistently taken [Hispanics’] votes for granted, and we share their feeling that our government has gotten seriously off track. Combined with our message of traditional family values, I believe that our principles mirror those of Arizona’s Hispanic population.”

Library officials work to keep up as Hispanic population grows

The Montgomery County Memorial Library System hopes to stay on top of population trends and books residents want to read.

That’s why a donation of 150 Spanish-language books from Consul General of Mexico in Houston Carlos Gonzalez Magallon received praise from library officials during a reception Wednesday night.

Running for the hills on immigration

San Diego, California (CNN) — Thirty-seven words. In this week’s State of the Union address — which was more than 7,000 words long and lasted longer than an hour — all President Obama devoted to the issue of immigration reform was 37 measly words.

Here they are: “And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system — to secure our borders, enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.”

News Clips Jan. 26, 2010

January 26, 2010

Spanish-Language Newspaper to Launch Next Month

Deseret Management Corp. is launching a new Spanish-language newspaper in Utah.

El Observador is scheduled to begin publication Feb. 9. It will run Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.

The weekday editions will focus on hard news, and the weekend editions will include more features and family-oriented content.

Deseret News Publisher Jim Wall says El Observador’s initial circulation will be 10,000 home deliveries weekly, with another 15,000 copies distributed on racks and by hand delivery.

R.I. Latinos go the extra mile

Since the earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, the distance between willing hands and hearts that have known hardship can be measured not in feet and inches, but in dollars and two tightly packed cargo containers.

Rhode Island’s Latino community, which raised $74,000 in cash for Haiti in two fundraising events, on Friday shipped one cargo container of relief supplies to the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is shipping two more on Wednesday.

Motorist checkpoints will continue, expand

Despite the threat of a lawsuit from the ACLU, Escondido has decided to continue its driver’s license checkpoints, which a Latino group has characterized as traps to deport illegal immigrants.

Escondido police will conduct them differently, however. Instead of checking only driver’s licenses, officers also will ask for proof of registration and insurance, City Attorney Jeff Epp wrote in a letter this month to the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties. The organization has demanded that the city stop the checkpoints because it contends they violate state law.

Maryland hispanic population booms since 2000

WASHINGTON – The Maryland Hispanic population has increased by at least 65 percent since the 2000 Census, contributing to increasing ethnic diversity nationally, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

There are 375,830 Hispanics living in Maryland as of 2007, an increase from 227,916 in 2000, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by the Maryland Department of Planning and released Wednesday. After Hispanics, Asian immigration ranks second with a 29 percent increase.,0,245191.story

Is Medina beginning to gain ground in GOP primary for governor?

urrently in third place, Republican candidate hopes to surprise Perry and Hutchison.

The campaign of Debra Medina for the Republican nomination for governor may put a kink in the presumption that the GOP isn’t all that kind to people with Hispanic surnames.

Medina, of Wharton, has now gotten herself included in the second televised debate with the two major candidates: nine-year Gov. Rick Perry, trying for 14 years, and his challenger for the nomination, 16-year U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Medina had managed to get herself included in a Jan. 14 TV debate put on by Texas public television stations and also shown on some commercial stations, and C-SPAN. But a debate sponsored by the Belo Corporation, which owns WFAA-TV in Dallas, a handful of other Texas TV stations, and the Dallas News, was to have excluded Medina on grounds she didn’t meet the criteria necessary to participate in the debate.

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Poll: GOP primary for US Senate seat in Fla. a tie

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida legislator Marco Rubio has closed the gap in the race for the state’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination and is in a virtual dead heat with Gov. Charlie Crist, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Rubio, a lawyer who served as Speaker of the House, was once considered a long shot against Crist, who has widespread name recognition and a significant fundraising lead. But with Florida’s primary seven months away, Rubio was favored by 47 percent compared with 44 percent who preferred Crist – statistically a tie in the Quinnipiac University poll that has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Calif. councilman defends ‘proud racist’ remark at immigration rally

A Southern California councilman is attracting attention and drawing some fire for declaring at an anti-immigration rally that he is “a proud racist” if that means believing that the United States should have only one flag and one language, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

In a long article posted yesterday (and flagged by memorandum), the paper writes that Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar “stood by his remarks” at the Jan. 16 rally, saying they “reflected his frustration with illegal immigration, but weren’t intended to express animosity against nonwhites.”

McCain again protects his right flank

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, has announced that he will oppose Ben Bernanke’s confirmation for another term as Fed chairman.

“Our country is still facing an economic crisis and while I appreciate the service that Chairman Bernanke has performed as Federal Reserve chairman, I believe that he must be held accountable for many of the decisions that contributed to our financial meltdown,” he said in a statement.

McCain’s opposition to Bernanke’s is just the latest maneuver McCain has made to protect his right flank — given the primary challenge he’s receiving.

Apparent immigration detention abuses spark calls in Colorado for reform

The detention policies of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Colorado and the network of facilities that has grown here in the last few years are drawing increasing attention among local lawmakers and human rights organizations.

Critics of the system say men and women held on suspicion of immigration violations in the state are housed in conditions that rival those established for violent criminal offenders, that the immigrants are becoming fodder for a booming detention industry, and that detainees are often difficult to locate in the tangle of state facilities, which include unlisted so-called subfield offices.

Felony charges filed against immigration protestors

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has filed felony charges against immigration protestors involved in a minor skirmish with Phoenix Police at a march Jan. 16.
Thomas filed aggravated assault charges — a state felony — against the three protestors who poked at a Phoenix Police officer on a horse and threw a water bottle during the incident. The office pepper sprayed a small crowd during the incident, which occurred during protests against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration raids and crime sweeps. Those sweeps were targeted against businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.

News Clips Dec. 1, 2009

December 1, 2009

Before Redistricting: The Other ‘R’ Word

The once-a-decade process for redrawing the map of the House of Representatives has two distinct parts with similar-sounding, multisyllabic names. Redistricting, the drawing of the lines within each state, is the second part. Reapportionment, deciding how many House seats each state will have, comes first.

The state of Latino Arizona

If you consider the demographic trends – the Latino population in Arizona grew 46 percent from 2000 to 2007, to 1.9 million (accounting for 30 percent of the population) – it’s reasonable to suggest that as Latino Arizona goes, so, too, goes the state.
Arizona State University and Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, a non-profit Latino advocacy group, recently unveiled a 94-page report titled “The State of Latino Arizona” during ALRE’s annual town hall. Most of the essays in the report were written and researched by the faculty of the department of transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o studies at ASU.

New Survey Shows Overwhelming Support Among Latinos for Health Care Reform That Includes Public Option

Congressional Debate Did Not Take Latino Interests into Account According to National Poll of Latino Registered Voters

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ — A new poll released today by Latino Decisions, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico (UNM-RWJF Center), and impreMedia, shows a widespread consensus among the Latino/Hispanic electoral about the importance of health care reform and indicates significant support for expansion of coverage. For the first time, health care tops the list of national issues identified by respondents as the most important issue Congress and the President need to address. This is particularly impressive, given that in April 2009 a similar Latino Decisions poll found that only 6% of the Latino electorate had identified health care as the most important issue.

Dobbs: I’m Latinos’ greatest friend

Perhaps thinking of a future political career, former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs softened his harsh anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric during an interview Tuesday, telling the viewers of the Spanish-speaking network Telemundo that “I am one of your greatest friends.”

“I want to engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue and work with those who will work toward real solutions,” said Dobbs, who once falsely accused illegal immigrants of carrying leprosy into the United States.

Lou Dobbs Weighs Senate Run, as a Steppingstone

The Lou Dobbs-for-Senate rumor had barely crested when the Lou Dobbs-for-president rumor suddenly overtook it this week.

Mr. Dobbs, the former cable television anchor of the sonorous voice and tough-talking immigration politics, parted ways with CNN on Nov. 11, reportedly receiving an $8 million severance payment, and immediately stirred questions about his plans.

His name was quickly floated as a potential challenger in 2012 to United States Senator Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat, an ardent advocate for immigrants’ rights and the chamber’s only Hispanic member. (Mr. Dobbs, 64, lives on a horse farm in rural Wantage, N.J.)

Big challenge for Obama: retain Hispanic support

AUSTIN, Texas — Barack Obama has erased George W. Bush’s inroads among Hispanics, with these influential voters consistently giving the president exceptionally strong marks and the White House employing an aggressive strategy to keep it that way.

Obama’s challenge is to ensure that Hispanics pledge allegiance to the Democratic Party for the 2010 elections and keep supporting him through his own likely 2012 re-election race while he tackles the divisive issue of repairing the nation’s patchy immigration system.

Hispanics are the nation’s fastest-growing minority group. The government projects they will account for 30 percent of the population by 2050, doubling in size from today and boosting their political power.

Obama still extremely popular among Latinos

But support could falter if there is no health care or immigration reform

President Barack Obama continues to be extremely popular among Latino voters nationwide and receives particularly strong backing from naturalized citizens, according to a new poll by Impremedia, Latino Decisions and the University of New Mexico´s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A survey of Latino voters found that 74% approve of the President -39% approve strongly- and that support goes even higher, up to 79%, among foreign-born Latinos.–161379-1.html

News Clips Nov. 19, 2009

November 19, 2009

As you may have noticed already Lou Dobbs is appearing on a few morning shows this week.

If you had the chance what kind of questions would you ask him if he was on your show?

If you can come up with any questions we encourage you to respond!

Thanks and have a great morning!.

Immigration reform conference call draws thousands

NORTHGLENN, Colo. – Thousands across Colorado came together for 22 parties Wednesday night where the focus was on a single phone call.

Families, activists and politicians gathered to show support for comprehensive immigration reform.

It was part of a national effort to hear plans from congressional leaders about passing legislation affecting 12-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., including about 265,000 in Colorado.,0,5982172.story

Activists push for immigration reform

A nationwide conference call kicked off efforts to get a measure before Congress.

National immigration reform activists kicked off a campaign that they hope will result in a bill in the spring on Capital Hill. And Bucks County residents want to help.

Area Latinos and Filipinos tuned in to a nationwide conference call, organized by activist group Reform Immigration for America, that encouraged communities to pressure the White House and Congress for comprehensive immigration reform legislation in 2010.

Immigration reform supporters renewing their push for change

Advocates and immigrant families are joining this evening in a telephonic “Town Hall” conference that they hope will help them ignite the movement for legislative change in communities across the nation.

They will listen to representatives Luis Gutierrez, Nydia Velazquez and Raúl Grijalva, Hispanic members of Congress who are behind reform efforts that would offer legalization to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Advocates in the Orlando-area will gather for “house parties” in Winter Park, Kissimmee and Orlando tonight, joining others in Tampa, Miami and cities throughout the nation who will join the conference.

Leaders want Hispanic community to take part in 2010 Census

Updated: Nov 18, 2009 05:27 PM


JOPLIN, MO. – Census reports do not begin until April but the city of Joplin wants to get the word out early, especially to the Hispanic community – a group that historically has been difficult to count.

The Joplin Census Count Committee will meet with several Hispanic community leaders on Thursday to talk about the importance of filling out Census sheets in 2010.

Census officials look to hire 15K temporary, full-time workers for national head count

This month, thousands of applications will land on William Mercado’s desk at the U.S. Census Bureau as he lines up workers in New Jersey for next year’s national head count.

Latinos Poised to Shake Up 2010 Census, Politicians Beware

I’m not convinced Washington has awakened to the reality yet — but the 2010 Census is going to shake things up politically in this country, and politicians …

Hispanic Man Leads Controversial Anti-Census Charge

A New Jersey pastor is using the US Census in a unique way. He”s using it to protest. He is urging fellow Hispanics to boycott the census.. as a way of standing up for immigration reform. But will it work, or is it merely a lightning rod for controversy? WFMZ’s Jackie Shutack reports.

>> A spokesperson for the U.S. Census Bureau tells us this boycott is actually counter productive and illegal. New Jersey-based Reverend Miguel Rivera is spearheading this effort because he says in order for everyone to count, Hispanics should speak out by saying no to the census.

News Clips Nov. 18, 2009

November 18, 2009

Latino population growth adds to House seats

6 states expected to gain congressional slots due to surge in Hispanic numbers

A new study says that six of the eight states that are expected to gain U.S. House seats from the 2010 Census — all except Utah and Georgia — would not receive them without recent population growth among Hispanics, which may make Latinos more politically powerful.

Census Bureau to hire 1 million temporary workers

WASHINGTON – As it gears up for the 2010 national headcount, the Census Bureau will be hiring as many as one million temporary workers across the country.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Howell Republican, put out a news release to that effect this morning, wanting to get the word out to people in Michigan, where the unemployment rate of 15.3% remains the nation’s highest.

2010 Census Mired in Controversy

Meanwhile, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is calling for a 2010 census boycott unless Congress enacts radical …

Lou Dobbs Gets $8M Goodbye; Will He Challenge Menendez?

Lou Dobbs’ abrupt departure from CNN may have been a victory for his detractors, but for Dobbs, the bitter pill was no doubt sweetened by CNN’s parting gift of $8 million.

And for his detractors — in particular Hispanic immigration activists — the sweet victory could soon be dampened. That’s because many are speculating that Dobbs may challenge the nation’s only Hispanic U.S. Senator, Robert Menendez, a Democrat, for his New Jersey seat.

Governor Crist Invites Grassroots Organizations to Help Ensure Accurate 2010 Sunshine Census


As part of his ongoing effort to ensure Florida receives its fair share of federal funding and representation, Governor Charlie Crist invited grassroots organizations and advocates for Florida’s minority and other hard-to-count populations to become involved in the 2010 Sunshine Census initiative.

The Executive Office of the Governor is requesting proposals from potential contractors to develop the most influential grassroots outreach and public relations network possible.

After accidental deportation, critics say immigration officials making mistakes

After a Salvadoran man was mistakenly deported, immigration rights activists have complained about toughened enforcement by authorities.

Two months after questions were raised about the legality of his deportation by U.S. authorities, a Salvadoran man returned from his homeland Tuesday to a tearful reunion with his wife in Miami.

Meanwhile, friends and relatives of two Miami Dade College students are drumming up support to keep the two men from being deported to their native Venezuela.

The cases, say immigrant rights advocates, have rekindled fears that immigration authorities are stepping up detentions and deportations.

The Early Word: Health Bill Buzz


People who are closely following the health care debate might not have to wait much longer for Senate Democrats to release their bill and for the Congressional Budget Office to assess its cost.

Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said he would move soon, The Times’s David Herszenhorn wrote, but Carl Hulse, also of The Times, notes that Mr. Reid is struggling to get the 60 votes needed to bring the legislation to the floor. The budget office’s analysis could help Democrats woo their party’s three holdouts and two independents instead of resorting to a measure that requires fewer votes but that the leaders consider less attractive.

News Clips Nov. 17, 2009

November 17, 2009

Lou Dobbs Suggests Senate Run “On My Mind”

Lou Dobbs, who recently resigned from hosting a nightly show on CNN, said in his first interview since his resignation that he is “going to remain in the public arena.”
Dobbs was asked by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly if he is considering a Senate run in New Jersey.
“A lot of things are on my mind, I’m not going to be coy about this,” Dobbs said, though he neglected to answer the question directly. He went on to say he is “thinking about a lot of opportunities.”

Lou Dobbs to run for U.S. Senate? ‘A lot of things are on my mind’

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs said Monday that management there had no say in the content of his program, and neither confirmed nor denied he is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.

“A lot of things are on my mind,” Dobbs told Bill O’Reilly on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” in his first TV interview since resigning from CNN on Wednesday.

Dobbs had been with CNN since its 1980 launch — except for two years with an Internet start-up he joined after a public spat with his then-boss — and over the years evolved from a traditionally neutral newscaster into an outspoken commentator.

Lou Dobbs: My downfall at CNN started when Barack Obama became President

Former CNN veteran Lou Dobbs suggests his form of advocacy journalism fell out of favor when President Obama was elected and his ratings began to decline.

Dobbs, who had come under fire from watchdog groups because of his on-air, anti-immigration stance, told Bill O’Reilly Monday on the Fox News Channel that he never heard directly from CNN management that he made the network look bad – but there was a tonal change when Obama became President.

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Immigration, Yet Another Issue: How Many Hard Votes Can Congress Take?

The Obama administration – and this is a rare statement apt to unite acolytes and acid-tongued critics – does not lack for ambition.
Even with the president off in Asia, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 9/11 suspects would be tried in civilian courts in New York City. And Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, delivered a major speech adding one more controversial item to the 2010 legislative agenda. The upcoming trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed dominated the headlines, but Napolitano’s full-throated commitment to push for immigration reform next year may have the most lasting political reverberations.

Punk’d anti-immigrant protesters react

Yesterday we linked to video shot by by D.J. Cummings showing members of Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform getting punk’d by a speaker at their Minnesota State House rally.

Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen, among others, also links to a follow-up clip that shows Ruthie Hendrycks, a headliner at the event, shouting for respect while one of her supporters gets rough with some opponents.

CAPITAL CULTURE: Sotomayor adds celebrity to court

WASHINGTON — Apparently, no one told Sonia Sotomayor that Supreme Court justices are supposed to be circumspect, emerging from their marble palace mainly to dispense legal wisdom to law schools, judges’ conferences and lawyers’ meetings.

Since becoming the first Hispanic justice, Sotomayor has mamboed with movie stars, exchanged smooches with musicians at the White House and thrown out the first pitch for her beloved New York Yankees. A famous jazz composer even wrote a song about her: “Wise Latina Woman.”

Why one Democrat voted no on health bill

By John Adler  (Camden, NJ)

After months of debate over reforming the health-care system, I decided to vote against the bill that the House of Representatives passed a little more than a week ago.

I did not come to this decision lightly. Like many Americans, I spent the last few months talking with family members, friends, and neighbors about how to improve the health-care system. I hosted nearly 60 community meetings across South Jersey to share my thoughts and listen to the ideas and concerns of local residents.

Throughout this process, I have said that I strongly believe we need health-care reform in this country, and that any comprehensive plan needs to fulfill two goals: first, it has to provide access to quality health care for all Americans; and second, it must ensure that health care is more affordable in the long term.

Pennsylvania State Police officials meet with Chambersburg Area Hispanic leaders about traffic stop procedures

By KEITH PARADISE Staff writer

CHAMBERSBURG — Pennsylvania State Police officials met with leaders in the Hispanic community Monday morning to explain their procedure involving traffic stops, the second meeting of an effort to cross the communication bridge with the local Hispanic population.

Lt. Col. John Brown, deputy commissioner of administration and professional accountability, gave a presentation at the First Lutheran Church to clarify questions that were raised at a community meeting conducted during the summer by the state police. Also in attendance from the state police were troopers Ed Asbury and Angel Garcia of the Chambersburg station.

UPDATE 1-YouTube gets Hispanic shows in Univision deal

* YouTube to feature full length Univision shows

* Deal includes Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision shows

NEW YORK, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Spanish-language media company Univision Communications Inc [UVN.UL] said on Monday it has reached an agreement to feature short and full-length programs on Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) online video site YouTube.

The revenue-sharing agreement covers new and archive Hispanic programming, including shows from Univision Communications’ Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision networks.