U.S. Immigration


The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Immigration

President Barack Obama outlined in his agenda five objectives in addressing immigration. They are:

    1. Strengthen Border Control
    2. Improve Our Immigration System
    3. Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
    4. Bring People out of the Shadows
    5. Work with Mexico


President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

  • Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.
  • Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.
  • Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.
  • Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.


For the immediate time President Obama has issued these  important policies for immigration:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA] would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

DHS Announces Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants
As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.

Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status
Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.

Immigration Enforcement

FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates.  The Administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of government response which includes efforts by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) to deploy additional enforcement resources — including immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officers — to focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border.  Part of this surge includes detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation.  DHS is working to secure additional space that satisfies applicable legal and humanitarian standards for detention of adults with children.  This surge of resources means that cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible, ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and refugees while enabling the prompt removal of individuals who do not qualify for asylum or other forms of relief from removal.  Finally, to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are exploiting these individuals, agencies are surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with a focus on stepped-up interdiction and prosecution.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/08/fact-sheet-emergency-supplemental-request-address-increase-child-and-adu


Links to Immigration Resources

For a General Overview and More Information, see:


Victim of Immigration Crime?

Are you a U.S. citizens or detained wrongfully?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Toll-free hotline – (855) 448-6903

President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:


“We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or flew here from all over the world — generations of immigrants have made this country into what it is. It’s what makes us special.”

— President Obama, November 21, 2014



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  1. WH

    Thursday Jul. 1, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    VP Biden attends a service for Sen. Robert Byrd on Capitol Hill.

    8:00 AM

    VP Biden has breakfast with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM

    VP Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    10:00 AM

    Pres Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
    10:50 AM

    Pres Obama delivers a speech on immigration reform.
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM

    Pres Obama has lunch with business leaders.
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM

    R Gibbs, National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen and Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner brief members of the press.
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:05 PM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden meet with Sen. Harry Reid.
    3:35 PM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden receive a briefing on the BP oil spill.
    4:00 PM
    4:20 PM

    Pres Obama welcomes the Women’s Professional Soccer Champions Sky Blue FC Champions to the White House.
    5:00 PM
    5:35 PM

    Pres Obama meets with VP Biden.
    6:00 PM
    6:15 PM

    Pres Obama signs the Iran Sanctions Bill.
    7:00 PM

    • immigration_blueprint

      Fixing the Immigration System for America’s 21st Century Economy

      “We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea—the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That’s why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here…The future is ours to win. But to get there, we cannot stand still.”


        * En múltiples ocasiones, el Presidente Obama ha reafirmado su compromiso con una reforma migratoria integral y con expandir las oportunidades disponibles para miembros de nuestras fuerzas armadas y empresarios.
        * El Presidente Obama está comprometido con aprobar la Ley DREAM.
        * El Presidente Obama implementó cambios de política basados en el sentido común para hacer nuestro sistema migratorio más justo, inteligente, y eficaz.


        * Cuando el Presidente Obama asumió la presidencia, nuestro país estaba involucrado en dos guerras, y enfrentaba amenazas terroristas domesticas y en el extranjero.
        * El Presidente Obama está comprometido con fortalecer nuestro liderazgo mundial al mantener un ejército fuerte y aferrarse a nuestros valores e ideales.
        * El Presidente Obama cumplió con su promesa de traer a casa a nuestros soldados de Irak de una manera segura y responsable.


        * El Presidente está tomando medidas agresivas para crear más trabajos para estadounidenses, y para restaurar la seguridad de la clase trabajadora en las próximas décadas.
        * Años antes de que estallara la crisis económica, la seguridad económica de la clase trabajadora se empezaba a deteriorar. Los sueldos se estancaban mientras el costo de cuidado médico se disparaba.
        * Desde el principio de la presidencia hasta septiembre del 2011, hemos creado 2.6 millones de trabajos en el sector privado, pero aún nos falta mucho por hacer.
        * Al asumir la presidencia, el Presidente Obama enfrentó de inmediato la crisis económica que nos amenazaba y empezó a sentar las bases para una economía que es más innovadora y construye más que el resto del mundo. .

        * El Presidente Obama impulsó y aprobó la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio para restaurar el cuidado médico como la fundación de la seguridad de la clase trabajadora en los Estados Unidos.
        * Al implementarse, la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio acabará con las peores prácticas abusivas de las compañías de seguro – cómo negarle cobertura a individuos con condiciones pre-existentes o cancelar la cobertura de alguien cuando se enferma.
        * La Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio hace el cuidado médico más asequible para familias y pequeños negocios, y promueve la responsabilidad, que es tan necesaria, en la industria de seguros.
        * Gracias a esta nueva ley, más de 32 millones de estadounidenses podrán poder pagar por seguro médico por primera vez en sus vidas. El 95% de estadounidenses menores de 65 años tendrán seguro.

      • Justices refuse Alabama’s immigration law appeal

        4/29/13 By Lawrence Hurley | Reuters – 24 mins ago

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed the state of Alabama, and gave a win to the Obama administration, by declining to review a lower court ruling that had blocked a controversial part of the state’s tough immigration law.

        Alabama had asked the high court to review an appeals court decision to stop enforcement of the ‘harboring’ provision that made it illegal to harbor or transport anyone in the state who had entered the country illegally.

        The appeals court had acted in 2012 at the Obama administration’s request.

        The White House had said that Alabama’s law was trumped by federal immigration law.

        The Alabama law, enacted in 2011, is considered one of the toughest state immigration statutes in the nation. The law also made it illegal to encourage people to either enter or stay in the country in violation of federal immigration laws.

        The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in two separate decisions, upheld injunctions against the harboring provision and other parts of the law in August 2012.

        A brief order issued by the court on Monday said Justice Antonin Scalia disagreed with the decision not to hear the case.

        The Obama administration has challenged other provisions of the Alabama law, but they were not at issue in the case before the high court.

        In 2012, the justices partially upheld a similar wide-ranging law enacted in Arizona.

        Arizona and eight other states have similar laws. Laws in Georgia and South Carolina are also being challenged in court.

        The case is Alabama v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-884.


        House Republicans Reject Obama’s Policy On Immigrant Teens

        JUNE 6, 2013, 12:48 PM ANDREW TAYLOR – tpm

        WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.

        The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system. The measure came as the House completed action on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

        Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

        One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status.

        Obama’s program, done by executive action, doesn’t give such immigrants legal status but it at least protects them from deportation for two years.

        For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-gop-immigration-dream-act.php?ref=fpb

        • June 06, 2013

          Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Passage of Congressman Steve King’s Amendment

          As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan commonsense immigration reform next week, House Republicans chose to spend today passing an extreme amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers.” These are productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper. This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.


        Rand Paul To Introduce Immigration Amendment Eliminating Path To Citizenship

        JUNE 18, 2013 CATHERINE THOMPSON – tpm

        Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will introduce a series of amendments to the Senate immigration reform bill that would position him for a potential Republican presidential primary bid, The Hill reported Tuesday.

        Paul’s most prominent measure would eliminate a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while lifting a cap on guest workers, Senate aides familiar with the proposals told The Hill. Under that amendment, to be introduced this week, employers who demonstrate need would be provided with immigrant workers while the workers themselves would have to apply for permanent residency and citizenship according to the policies of their native countries.

        In March Paul laid out a plan that would allow immigrants to obtain green cards and eventually become naturalized citizens, but denied that such a plan constituted a “path to citizenship.”

        The senator is also working on an amendment that would compel states to ensure that registered provisional immigrants do not vote in elections in order to receive federal election funding, according to The Hill.

      • Bill Press: GOP forgets lesson of ‘94

        7/21/14 05:55 PM EDT By Bill Press – POLITICO

        President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Indeed, Santayana’s advice makes so much sense you’d think nobody could ever ignore it. Yet, that’s exactly what Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is doing today by refusing to allow a vote on immigration reform.

        I must admit, I watch Republican intransigence on immigration today with a certain amusement, because I’ve seen this movie before.

        In California, 20 years ago, it was hard getting much of the Latino community involved in politics. Democrats tried. I personally ran a voter registration drive in East Los Angeles. But residents distrusted government so much, it was hard convincing them to register, let alone vote. At the same time, Democrats feared that, if Latinos ever did register, they’d sign up as Republicans, because most of them were Catholic, pro-family and pro-small business.

        Then came 1994. I was California Democratic state chairman when Republican Gov. Pete Wilson endorsed Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot initiative that banned the state from providing healthcare, public education or other social services to illegal immigrants in California.

        In so doing, he woke up the “sleeping giant.” Angry at Wilson’s war, millions of Latinos came out and registered to vote — not as Republicans, but as Democrats. And look what happened. No Republican presidential candidate has won the Golden State since. Today, every statewide officer is a Democrat, and Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature. Thank you, Pete Wilson!

        For more: http://thehill.com/opinion/bill-press/212883-bill-press-gop-forgets-lesson-of-94

    • ICE establishes hotline for detained individuals, issues new detainer form

      12/28/11 ice.gov

      WASHINGTON — As part of a broader effort to improve our immigration enforcement process and prioritize resources to focus on threats to public safety, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants, and immigration fugitives while continuing to strengthen oversight of the nation’s immigration detention system and facilitate legal immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced new measures to ensure that individuals being held by state or local law enforcement on immigration detainers are properly notified about their potential removal from the country and are made aware of their rights.

      The new measures include a new detainer form and the launch of a toll-free hotline – (855) 448-6903 – that detained individuals can call if they believe they may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime. The hotline will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by ICE personnel at the Law Enforcement Support Center. Translation services will be available in several languages from 7 a.m. until midnight (Eastern) seven days a week. ICE personnel will collect information from the individual and refer it to the relevant ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office for immediate action.

      The new form also includes:
      * A request that the law enforcement agency (LEA) provide the subject of the detainer a copy of the detainer form and includes a notice advising the subject that ICE intends to assume custody. The notice informs these individuals that ICE has requested the LEA maintain custody beyond the time when they would have otherwise been released by the state or local law enforcement authorities based on their criminal charges or convictions. The notice also includes Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese translations.

      * Further emphasis that LEAs may only hold an individual for a period not to exceed 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). It also advises individuals that if ICE does not take them into custody within the 48 hours, they should contact the LEA or entity that is holding them to inquire about their release from state or local custody.

      * Directions for individuals who may have a civil rights or civil liberties complaint regarding ICE activities.

      * The new form allows ICE to make the detainer operative only upon the individual’s conviction of the offense for which he or she was arrested.

      * The new form makes clear that the existence of a detainer should not impact or prejudice the individual’s conditions of detention, including matters related to the individual’s custody classification, work or quarter assignments.

      An immigration detainer (Form I-247) is a notice that DHS issues to federal, state and local LEAs to inform them that ICE intends to assume custody of an individual in the LEA’s custody and to request that the LEA notify ICE as soon as possible prior to the time when LEA would otherwise release the individual.

      Detainers help ensure that individuals who are convicted of criminal charges or have previously been removed are not released back into the community to potentially commit more crimes. Detainers are critical tools in assisting ICE’s identification and removal of criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, illegal re-entrants, recent border crossers and others who have no legal right to remain in the United States.

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    • U.S. plans to ease immigration process for some families

      1/6/12 By Roberta Rampton | Reuters – 39 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government said on Friday it plans to reduce the time that U.S. citizens are separated from spouses and children who have been in the country illegally and who are forced to leave for as long as 10 years while their visa requests are processed.

      The move drew immediate praise from Hispanic groups, a key constituency for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election year.
      “The purpose of the new process is to reduce the time that U.S. families remain separated while their relative proceeds through the immigrant visa process,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in its announcement.

      Democrats and Republicans have said Hispanic voters could decide the 2012 election. Latino groups have been disappointed in Obama’s lack of progress on immigration reform and have disapproved of a stepped-up deportation program.

      The largest Hispanic civil rights group in the United States called the current system “unconscionable” and praised the plan.
      “This sensible and compassionate proposal helps bring much-needed sanity to an often senseless process,” said Janet Murguía, president of National Council of La Raza.

      A group that works with Arab immigrants said the changes would help thousands of families who are kept apart because of the current process.

      “The modifications … are an important and humane first step toward alleviating that pain and suffering,” said Nadia Tonova, director for the National Network for Arab American Communities.
      The changes will not take effect for months. First, the government needs to propose a detailed rule and then it will take public comments, the USCIS said.

    • The Affordable Care Act and Latinos

      Posted by Alejandra Campoverdi on March 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM EDT

      As we commemorate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this Friday, it’s worth taking a look at the many ways this landmark health reform law is making a difference in the lives of Americans, especially Latinos who suffer disproportionately from a lack of access to coverage. Thirty two percent of Latinos were uninsured in 2009 – higher than any other racial or ethnic group – and half of Latinos did not have a regular doctor, compared to only one-fifth of white Americans. And twenty percent of low-income Hispanic youth have gone a year without a health care visit. When you look at these numbers, it’s clear that the Affordable Care Act has had and will continue to have a profound effect on the health of the Latino community.

      Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis wrote an op-ed this past week for ImpreMedia on the Affordable Care Act and Latinos in which she highlighted that “Too often because of cost, Latinos don’t get the preventive care they need to stay healthy. This is particularly true during tough economic times, when many are forced to forego health services for other needs, like rent or groceries. A recent study found that 6.1 million Latinos gained prevention coverage in their private insurance plans in 2011.” You can read the rest of her op-ed HERE.

      And throughout the week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has highlighted how the new law has:

      * Helped more than 5.1 million people with Medicare save over $3.2 billion| en español

      * Provided more than 45 million women access to preventive health care services| en español

      * Helped young adults get and keep affordable health coverage

      * Made it possible for nine states to deem health insurance rate hikes “unreasonable”

      We’ve also made a fact sheet available in ENGLISH and SPANISH to highlight how the Hispanic community benefits. For example:

      *( Under the new law, insurance companies are already banned from denying coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. In 2014, they are banned from discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.

      * Already, 6.1 million Latinos now have coverage for preventive services without additional cost sharing. Under the new health care law, all Americans joining a new health care plan must be able to receive recommended preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles.

      * Already, approximately 11.8 million Latinos are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage thanks to the new health care law.

      * Over 2.5 million young adults have gained coverage because of the new health care law, including 736,000 Latinos.

      * The new Exchanges, tax credits and Medicaid expansion will result in as many as 9 million Latinos becoming eligible to get coverage they lack today. And it expands the Medicaid program and provides $900 million dollars for Puerto Rico to expand coverage on the island.

      * More than 500,000 Latinos with Medicare have already received one or more free preventive services, including the new Annual Wellness Visit. The new law also provides relief for people in the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap or donut hole – the ones with the highest prescription drug costs.

      * Approximately 35% of patients served by community health centers in 2009 were Latino, and the Affordable Care Act increases the funding available to the more than 1,100 community health centers in all fifty states to enable them to double the number of patients they served from 19 million to nearly 40 million by 2015.

    • Plan de Obama da cobertura médica a latinos

      POR: Hilda L. Solís | 03/15/2012 | La Opinión

      La próxima semana será el segundo aniversario de que el Presidente Obama firmó la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo. La nueva ley de salud ofrece la seguridad que merecen las familias trabajadoras de clase media. La ley exige a las compañías de seguro médico seguir las reglas, y le prohíbe negarle a la gente cobertura si están enfermos, previene llevarlo a la bancarrota por altos costos, o discriminarlo por condiciones ya existentes. Esta ley histórica ha marcado una gran diferencia en nuestra comunidad.

      Los latinos son el grupo más grande del país sin acceso a un plan de seguro médico. La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo ha permitido que millones de latinos tengan acceso a una cobertura. Adicionalmente, con esta ley, los jóvenes pueden quedarse en el plan de sus padres hasta cumplir los 26 años de edad. Se estima que 1.3 millones de jóvenes de grupos étnicos han tenido acceso a un plan de seguro médico gracias a la Ley del Cuidado de Salud y más de 700,000 serían latinos.

      El Presidente Obama y yo creemos que la cobertura de salud es crítica para todas las personas, sin importar su condición de salud. Por la misma razón, bajo La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo, ahora es ilegal negarles cobertura médica a niños con condiciones de salud existentes y muy pronto lo mismo aplicará para todos, sin importar la edad.

      La ley lo ayuda a tener menos gastos porque requiere que sus empleadores cubran los costos al tratarse de prevenciones. Esto incluye cosas como pruebas de diabetes y detecciones de cáncer de pecho. Hay veces que los latinos no toman los pasos necesarios para prevenir enfermedades y mantenerse sanos, especialmente durante momentos difíciles económicos, cuando es más importante pagar la renta y la comida. Un estudio reciente encontró que 6.1 millones de latinos obtuvieron la cobertura de prevención de enfermedades con su seguro privado, en el 2011.

      La ley también ha reforzado la fuerza laboral en la rama del cuidado médico y se han construido más centros de salud dentro de la comunidad y en escuelas, para facilitarles a los latinos el acceso a los doctores. Esto es importante ya que más de la mitad de los latinos entre 18 y 44 años de edad no tienen un médico.

      Por mas: http://www.laopinion.com/article/20120316/IMPORT01/303169858/-1/allchannels

    • Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

      June 15, 2012


      David V. Aguilar
      Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      Alejandro Mayorkas
      Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

      John Morton
      Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

      Janet Napolitano

      Secretary of Homeland Security
      Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

      By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

      The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

      • came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
      • has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
      • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces ofthe United States;
      • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
      • is not above the age of thirty.


      Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

      • pbo_61512_http-www-whitehouse-govthe-press-office20120615remarks-president-immigration



        June 15, 2012

        Remarks by the President on Immigration

        Rose Garden

        2:09 P.M. EDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

        These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

        Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

        That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

        Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

        As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

        In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

        Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

        Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is —

        Q (Inaudible.)

        THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

        Q — foreigners over American workers.

        THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

        Q No, you have to take questions.

        THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

        Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

        Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

        And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

        And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

        • June 25, 2012

          Statement by the President on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona v. the United States

          I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law . What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem.

          At the same time, I remain concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision of the Arizona law that requires local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they even suspect to be here illegally. I agree with the Court that individuals cannot be detained solely to verify their immigration status. No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like. Going forward, we must ensure that Arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans, as the Court’s decision recognizes. Furthermore, we will continue to enforce our immigration laws by focusing on our most important priorities like border security and criminals who endanger our communities, and not, for example, students who earn their education – which is why the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month that it will lift the shadow of deportation from young people who were brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own.

          I will work with anyone in Congress who’s willing to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our economic needs and security needs, and upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And in the meantime, we will continue to use every federal resource to protect the safety and civil rights of all Americans, and treat all our people with dignity and respect. We can solve these challenges not in spite of our most cherished values – but because of them. What makes us American is not a question of what we look like or what our names are. What makes us American is our shared belief in the enduring promise of this country – and our shared responsibility to leave it more generous and more hopeful than we found it.

        • Religious Leaders Support President Obama’s Stance on Immigration Reform

          Cecilia Muñoz June 26, 2012 02:03 PM EDT

          From Pope Benedict to prominent Protestant pastors, clergy from a variety of faiths are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants and the need to fix the broken system. President Obama has consistently and forcefully called for a comprehensive solution to the immigration challenges we face. In an historic move demonstrating his Administration’s commitment to addressing the broken immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security announced a deferred action process for certain young people on June 15.

          This move was universally praised by leaders in the faith community. From the Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez, who “welcomed the announcement by President Obama… and renewed [the Bishop’s] call for bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive and humane reform to our nation’s broken immigration system,” to Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who said we should “applaud the President for doing the right thing and encourage Congress to follow up by codifying it into law.”

          Many faithshave a strong history of welcoming newcomers, a tradition that is embedded in the founding values of the United States. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants – a place for people from all walks of life to come together to pursue common hopes, shared values, and the American Dream. From artists and business owners to faith and civic leaders: the stories of immigrants are woven into the fabric of American history.

          Pope Benedict XVI recently stated, “The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform.”

          Recently a broad cross section of Evangelical leaders endorsed a statement of principles on immigration that tracks closely with what President Obama has outlined in his comprehensive immigration reform blueprint. We welcome the vocal support of the National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Convention, Focus on the Family, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, World Relief, Sojourners and others. Shortly after their announcement, leaders from these groups met with senior Administration officials at the White House. The week before, the Interfaith Forum on Immigration also held a meeting with White House officials.

          We appreciate the support by the Pope, his fellow Catholic Bishops in the United States, and their Protestant, Jewish and other faith colleagues. We will continue to work with a broad spectrum of faith leaders around the country and the entire growing coalition of leaders urging Congress to pass comprehensive legislative reform.

        • “Protege el Sueño” – Anuncio de Television de Obama for America

          Published on Aug 10, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
          Inscríbete: http://OFA.BO/7pj4d8

          President Obama: “All they want is to go to college and give back to the country they love.”

          Voiceover: “Son conocidos como “los Dreamers” vinieron aquí como niños obedecieron a sus padres estudian para superarse.”

          President Obama: “In the face of a Congress that refuses to do anything on immigration. We announced that we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from deserving young people who were brought to this county as children.”

          “It was the right thing to do.”

          Voiceover: “Protege el sueño.”

          President: “Soy Barack Obama, y apruebo este mensaje.”

      • An in-depth look at Obama’s immigration reprieve

        7/9/12 mercurynews

        * Who’s eligible? Anyone brought to the country illegally before they turned 16 and are 30 or younger; graduated from high school or are in school or in the military; lived here continuously for at least five years; and haven’t committed “significant” crimes.

        * What’s a “significant” crime? Anyone convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors or any “significant” misdemeanor is likely to be barred from relief. But what’s a “significant” misdemeanor? No one is certain but many lawyers suspect it will include drug possession, driving under the influence, assault and theft. Also barred are people who present a “public safety threat,” which is not limited to criminal convictions and could include any arrest, gang activity or juvenile offenses. Decisions about who qualifies are under the government’s discretion.

        * What do beneficiaries get? A work permit that can be renewed every two years, and “deferred action,” which means they won’t be deported.

        * What they don’t get: Legal permanent residency or a path to citizenship; access to most federal public benefits.

        * Could a new president reverse the initiative? Yes, but he probably won’t, most lawyers say. It is a “real but very remote risk,” said San Francisco immigration lawyer Mark Silverman. “No one knows the answer to this question, but I think that an incoming Republican administration would conclude that it would be a serious long-term political mistake” to deport young people applying for or granted relief under a previous administration.

        Sources: National Lawyers Guild; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Immigrant Legal Resource Center

      • Oakland City Hall intern’s deportation reprieve could be first of many

        7/13/12 By Matt O’Brien – Oakland Tribune

        A federal immigration agent sifted through Jose Garcia’s paperwork before gruffly telling the shackled 20-year-old he was off the hook, rescued by forces beyond the agent’s control.

        “‘You better thank Obama,’” Garcia, a summer intern in Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s office, said the agent told him. Not long after, Garcia walked free into downtown San Francisco after a sleepless, desperate week in jail.

        Garcia’s sudden freedom Monday from the threat of deportation to Mexico could be a taste of what’s to come for young people like him — or it might be a fluke.

        His reprieve came a month before the Department of Homeland Security’s promised start of a program granting deportation relief and work permits to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. Lawyers believe Garcia is one of the Bay Area’s first to benefit since President Barack Obama announced the directive last month.

        “It’s because of the June 15 policy” that Garcia was freed, said San Francisco lawyer Mark Silverman of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “Normally it’s ICE’s mandate if they find someone who is deportable,” they try to deport them.

        Garcia is only the second person Silverman knows of — the other in Arizona — to receive such a reprieve.

        The Department of Homeland Security won’t say if or how many illegal immigrants are already being helped by the policy, insisting it won’t be fully implemented until mid-August. Republican lawmakers are accusing the administration of having started two months early, though Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 15 memo said the new guidance to immigration agents “takes effect immediately.”

        Garcia’s lawyer, Laura Polstein of Oakland’s Centro Legal de la Raza, has never seen a case like this.

        “What happened to Jose is surprising,” she said. “It’s very atypical for someone to be released without a bond.”

        Immigration agents always had discretion, but “there was probably some more forceful direction from the Obama administration” last month to actually use it, said Bay Area immigration lawyer Randall Caudle. He said he had heard of a handful of similar cases around the country since June 15.

        Garcia crossed into the United States when he was 5 and grew up in Oakland.

        A friend recruited the restaurant worker this summer for an unpaid internship at Oakland City Hall, where he sorts mail and does clerical work.

        For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_21072554/oakland-city-hall-interns-deportation-reprieve-could-be

  2. The President’s Record on Border Security

    6/21/10 Posted by Dan Pfeiffer

    A video circulating today shows Republican Senate Whip Jon Kyl claiming that the President told him he would not enforce immigration policy on the border unless comprehensive immigration reform is passed. The President didn’t say that and Senator Kyl knows it. There are more resources dedicated toward border security today than ever before, but, as the President has made clear, truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.

    Background on President’s Strategic and Integrated Southwest Border Strategy:

    Over the past year since the Southwest Border Initiative was launched:

    * Doubled the personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces by deploying 110 additional special agents.
    * Tripled the number of ICE intelligence analysts along the Southwest border in April 2009 by deploying 28 additional personnel.
    * For the first time, DHS began screening 100% of southbound rail shipments for illegal weapons, drugs, and cash.
    * Deployed 13 additional cross-trained canine teams, which identify firearms and currency, to the Southwest Border to augment the five teams already in place.
    * Deployed 116 additional Border Patrol Agents to augment CBP officers during inspections operations—particularly outbound inspections.
    * Deployed five additional Z-Backscatter Units, which help CBP identify anomalies in passenger vehicles, to the Southwest border to augment the six already there.
    * U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) combined have seized $85 million in illicit cash along the Southwest border—a 22 percent increase over the same period during the previous year.
    * CBP and ICE together have seized 1,404 firearms and 1.62 million kilograms of drugs along the Southwest border—increases of 22 and 14 percent respectively over the same period during the previous year.
    * CBP seized $29.5 million in illicit southbound cash along the Southwest border—a 39 percent increase over the same period during the previous year.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/21/presidents-record-border-security

  3. Statement by the President on Senate Proposal Outlined Today to Fix Our Nation’s Broken Immigration System

    April 29, 2010 WhiteHouse.gov

    “It is the federal government’s responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders, as well as to set clear rules and priorities for future immigration. The continued failure of the federal government to fix the broken immigration system will leave the door open to a patchwork of actions at the state and local level that are inconsistent and as we have seen recently, often misguided.

    The proposal outlined today in the Senate is a very important step in the process of fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. I am especially pleased to see that this detailed outline is consistent with the bipartisan framework presented by Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham last month, and is grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability.

    What has become increasingly clear is that we can no longer wait to fix our broken immigration system, which Democrats and Republicans alike agree doesn’t work. It’s unacceptable to have 11 million people in the United States who are living here illegally and outside of the system. I have repeatedly said that there are some essential components that must be in immigration legislation. It must call for stronger border security measures, tougher penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants and clearer rules for controlling future immigration. And it must require those who are here illegally to get right with the law, pay penalties and taxes, learn English, pass criminal background checks and admit responsibility before they are allowed to get in line and eventually earn citizenship. The outline presented today includes many of these elements. The next critical step is to iron out the details of a bill. We welcome that discussion, and my Administration will play an active role in engaging partners on both sides of the aisle to work toward a bipartisan solution that is based on the fundamental concept of accountability that the American people expect and deserve.”

    • SEIU Cope: Es Hora de Crear Empleos

      Uploaded by SEIU on Aug 10, 2011

      Únase al movimiento en http://action.seiu.org/page/s/empleosdignos – Cada día, millones de familias de clase trabajadora luchan por encontrar y mantener trabajos dignos, pero los Congresistas Republicanos parecen no entender el mensaje. Para construir una economía sólida que beneficie a presentes y futuras generaciones, tenemos que traer empleos a los Estados Unidos.

  4. State-By-State Immigration Policy Changes Ahead

    6/29/10 NPR

    Immigration policy is generally set at the federal level. But in the first few months of 2010, 45 states introduced more than 1,000 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees. The trend indicates that many local governments are not waiting for the federal government to overhaul immigration laws.

    NEAL CONAN, host:

    This is TALK OF THE NATION. Im Neal Conan in Washington.

    Since Arizona passed a controversial immigration law in April, legislatures in several other states have taken up similar measures, and not only border states. South Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Michigan, all are considering Arizona-style laws.

    In the first few months of this year, 45 states introduced over 1,000 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees. Several towns have adopted measures that make it a crime to hire an illegal immigrant or rent one a room, and some cities have sanctuary laws that prohibit police from asking about immigration status.

    Clearly, many state and local governments don’t want to wait for Washington and are taking immigration into their own hands.

    Later in the hour, the FDA and the nearly 30-year-old ban on blood donations by gay men. But first, state and local laws on immigration. What’s happening where you live? What do you want to see happen? Give us a call, 800-989-8255. Email us, talk@npr.org. You can also join the conversation on our website. Thats at npr.org. Click on TALK OF THE NATION.

    We begin with Daryl Metcalfe, who represents Pennsylvania’s 12th Legislative District in Butler County, and he joins us from his office in Harrisburg. Nice to have you with us on the program today.

    State Representative DARYL METCALFE (Republican, Pennsylvania): Thank you for having me, Neal.

    CONAN: And you introduced a measure to tackle illegal immigration in May. Is it fair to say it’s similar to the law in Arizona?

    State Rep. METCALFE: That’s correct, sir. We’ve actually modeled our legislation after the Arizona law that’s been passed. Arizona had previously passed some changes to their law dealing with the illegal alien issue to require when public benefits are dispensed that they actually use the SAVE system, a federal system that checks the verification of eligibility.

    They also have required their employers to use E-Verify to try and determine whether or not they have are giving, you know, good Social Security numbers when they’re applying for employment, they’re giving the correct Social Security numbers. So we’ve also included in this legislation those measures that were already passed in Arizona’s previous legal changes to their law, but we’ve modeled this bill after Arizona’s most recent legislation, also.

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128193244

  5. ACLU issues travel warnings to Arizona

    6/30/10 BOB CHRISTIE- AP

    PHOENIX – The nation’s top civil liberties group on Wednesday issued travel alerts for Arizona, saying the state’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants could lead to racial profiling and warrantless arrests.

    American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Arizona, New Mexico and 26 other states put out the warnings in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. The Arizona chapter has received reports that law enforcement officers are already targeting some people even though the law doesn’t take effect until July 29, its executive director said.

    The alerts are designed to teach people about their rights if police stop and question them.

    The Arizona law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. It also makes it a state crime for legal immigrants to not carry their immigration documents and bans day laborers and people who seek their services from blocking traffic on streets.

    Attorneys defending the law against constitutional challenges filed by the ACLU and others argue that the Legislature amended it to strengthen restrictions against using race as the basis for questioning by police. Five lawsuits are pending in federal court, and the U.S. Justice Department is believed to be preparing a legal challenge.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/idfddj

    • Unreal. It’s like Arizona has become an old Soviet bloc country, or some country that’s too dangerous to visit.


      Senate Republicans Boycott Immigration Hearing

      4/24/12 By Matthew Larotonda | ABC OTUS News – 4 hrs ago

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – A hearing of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee responsible for immigration and border security issues was absent any Republican presence today. Members of the GOP decried the panel discussion as a publicity stunt ahead of Supreme Court arguments Wednesday to decide the fate of controversial immigration laws in Arizona and other states.

      Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., called the meeting “political theater.” The ranking Republican member said in a written statement that his participation was unnecessary given the high court decision to come.

      “The failure of Senate Democrats to seek input from any members of the Arizona congressional delegation before scheduling the hearing further demonstrates that it is intended to be more of a spectacle than a forum,” he said.

      Subcommittee chairman Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said it is Republicans who refuse to come to the center on the issue.

      Schumer was joined by only one other lawmaker for the hearing, fellow Democrat Richard Durbin of Illinois.

      The two senators say that alongside racial concerns about the state laws, there is a constitutional and practical argument against allowing 50 states to enforce individual immigration policies.

      “Immigration is not and never has been an area where states have been able to exercise independent authority,” Schumer said
      If the Supreme Court upholds Arizona’s “S.B. 1070? law, Schumer said, he intends to introduce legislation making it clear that Congress “does not intend” to allow states to develop their own immigration policies.

      “This issue is much like federal tax law where the federal Internal Revenue Service interprets and enforces the law,” he said. “As opposed to 50 state agencies going to people’s houses to ensure that they properly file their federal tax returns.”

      The high court is expected to issue its ruling on the matter in June.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-republicans-boycott-immigration-hearing-161256781–abc-news-politics.html

    • National NAACP Joins Its Arizona State Conference In Outrage Over Racial Profiling Impact On Arizona’s New So Called Immigration Law

      6/30/10 (WASHINGTON, DC) – The NAACP issued the following statement today regarding SB1070; a new law in Arizona that gives local law enforcement the right to arrest anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into Arizona law on Friday, April 23rd.

      “The NAACP is outraged that in 2010, a sitting Governor would sign a law that empowers local law enforcement to legally use racial profiling to target entire communities. It is a violation of the respect for human rights that is the moral standard of our nation and it threatens the safety of us all as both immigrants and citizens will be fearful of reporting crimes to police. The law unwisely redirects the role of the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Department to local police officers diverting local resources from fighting crime to investigating undocumented people who might be in this country,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Governor Brewer’s signature on SB1070 is another attempt to roll the clock back on civil rights protections in this country.”

      “The passage of SB1070 is an embarrassment to the equal protection clause in the U.S. Constitution, and if we are not careful will leave a permanent stain on the United State’s reputation throughout the world. As an association that has fought for more than 100 years to ensure that basic rights and freedoms would be equally extended to all, it is disheartening to see the State of Arizona enact a law that tramples on the civil rights of Hispanic persons, and one that cannot be enforced without resorting to racial and ethnic profiling. We intend to use the full weight of our 2200 branches and units to ensure that this law is repealed and does not happen in other states across this nation,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “As a nation we must enact comprehensive immigration reform so people who are in this country without documentation will have a path to citizenship, and we look forward to working toward that goal with the President and Congress in the coming months.”

      For the entire article: http://www.naacp.org/news/press/2010-04-30/index.htm


      Mitt Romney Vows to Veto Dream Act if President

      Dec 31, 2011 9:14pm By Emily Friedman – abcnews

      IOUX CITY, Iowa – Mitt Romney explicitly stated today that if he is elected president he would veto the Dream Act, legislation that would give permanent residency to some illegal immigrants who met certain criteria, such as having proof that they entered the country before age 16 or having a graduated from a U.S. high school.

      “The answer is yes,” said Romney, when asked if he’d veto the proposed legislation during a campaign stop at The Family Table restaurant in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday afternoon.

      Romney, who has said before that he opposed the Dream Act, said tonight that he does not oppose at least one of the provisions in the Dream Act that would allow servicemen and woman to gain permanent residency.

      “I am delighted with the idea that people who come to this country and wish to serve in the military can be given a path to become permanent residents in this country,” he explained. “Those who serve in our military and fulfill those requirements I respect and acknowledge that path.”
      A Romney aide said that the former Massachusetts’ Governor opposes parts of the Dream Act that give a path to legalization to those who meet certain education achievements or portions of the legislation that would provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

      “For those that come here illegally the idea of giving them in state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be the contrary to the idea of the nation of law,” Romney said during his remarks in Le Mars.

      “If I’m the president of the United States I want to end illegal immigration so we can protect legal immigration. I like legal immigration,” he added.

      Following Romney’s remarks, the Democratic National Committee’s Senior Adviser for Hispanic Affairs, Juan Sepulveda, said in a statement, “If there had been doubt in anyone’s mind-least of all, Hispanics in America, that Mitt Romney’s far-right views on immigration would make him the most extreme presidential nominee in recent memory, his statement today that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were president is appalling.”

      David Axelrod, President Obama’s campaign adviser, followed up with a tweet calling Romney’s comments “wrong on principle & politics.”

      Source; http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/mitt-romney-vows-to-veto-dream-act-if-president/

      • Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman

        2/7/12 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

        Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

        “I’m honored to have Governor Pete Wilson‘s support, because he’s one of California’s most accomplished leaders. As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, he led California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery,” Romney said in a news release.

        “Taking office with an inherited revenue gap of over $14 million, he left his successor a surplus of over $12.5 million,” Romney continued. “Pete persuaded Democratic Legislative majorities to enact dramatic tax and regulatory relief especially helpful to small businesses.”

        But some believe making Wilson the campaign’s honorary chair might alienate California Latino voters still embittered by Wilson’s support of Proposition 187 of 1994, which sought to create a state-run citizenship screening system and bar undocumented immigrants from using health care, public education and other social services.

        Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Romney “is getting really bad campaign advice.”

        “Anybody on the ground in California who was hoping to peel away Latino voters in a general election wouldn’t put Pete Wilson front and center,” Vargas said. “To me it’s baffling.

        Meg Whitman learned what a mistake that was for her to do the same in 2010 when she ran for governor — it certainly didn’t work for her.”

        For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19906056?IADID

      • Kris Kobach Attends Mitt Romney Fundraiser

        5/11/2012 By Elise Foley – The Huffington Post

        Immigration hawk and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach attended a fundraising appearance by Mitt Romney Thursday, according to a pool report of the event from the Kansas City Star.

        Kobach is the author of Arizona’s contested immigration law, S.B. 1070, and is considered a leader in the anti-unauthorized immigration movement. He also says he is an informal adviser to the Romney campaign on immigration — some of Romney’s statements mirror Kobach’s views — a phrase the campaign backed away from in April.

        The campaign told Politico at the time that Kobach was a “supporter,” not an “adviser.” When the press continued to ask about his role, Kobach insisted nothing had changed and that he still gave advice to the Romney campaign.

        It’s not clear what prompted the confusion over Kobach’s role, but it came at a time when Romney was beginning to shift toward campaigning for the general election, when far-right stances on immigration are less likely to sway voters in his direction.

        Although the campaign says it has been consistent on immigration, Romney has noticeably de-emphasized his stance on the matter — he told a Colorado reporter this week that he wanted to talk about “issues of significance” when asked about immigration and social issues — as the general election approaches.

        An official at the Republican National Committee said on Tuesday that Romney is still deciding his immigration stance for the general election. She later said that she had mispoken. The campaign and the RNC responded that Romney’s positions on immigration are clear.

        Still, associating with Kobach could be damaging to Romney politically as he attempts to attract Latino voters, a majority of whom oppose S.B. 1070.

  6. Funeral Arrangements for Sen. Byrd

    June 29, 2010 by Ken Rudin – NPR Political Junkie

    The office of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has released a schedule for the memorial service that begins on Thursday, July 1. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, July 6 in Arlington, Va.

    At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, the hearse carrying Sen. Byrd’s body will arrive at the Senate steps of the Capitol.

    At 9:50 the casket will be brought up the steps into the Senate chamber, where it will be placed upon the catafalque that was first used for President Lincoln’s funeral in 1865.

    From 10:15 until 3:45 p.m., the Senate chamber’s public galleries will be open to all who wish to pay their respects.

    At 4 p.m. the casket will be removed and taken outside to a waiting hearse, to depart from Andrews AFB. Arrival time in Charleston, W.Va., is 5:50 p.m., where a procession will take place from the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse to the state Capitol, where the casket will be moved to the Capitol Rotunda.

    From 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. the following morning, there will be a public viewing in the rotunda.

    A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. The casket will be removed at 4 p.m.

    The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, at the Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. It is open to the public.

    • COS, these are truly devastating letters from people who are losing everything and finally waking up to the awful knowledge that their (GOP) party has betrayed them.
      It is stunning to read the words of the Korean War veteran who wrote:

      “Now, we see the Republicans mindlessly and stupidly dishonoring our sacrifice, and we reject them because of it…. The GOP will pay a horrid price for these actions, as they’ll soon be learning to their pain and dismay as even their most rocked-ribbed, once-consistent supporters desert the party in droves. We won’t stand for this anymore, and our voices will be heard.”

      • I agree with you Kathleen. Some of these comments are heart breaking. We all know how we are today, but we do not know what tomorrow may bring. The republicans and those democrats who keeping blocking this are shameless. We have people from all walks of life who are unemployed. This is a wake up call for some Republicans.

      • Good evening Kathleen. I hope the GOP does pay for this by losing seats in Congress. I hope the memory of this remains with those suffering until November. I also hope that the stories get told.

    • Good evening COS and Kathleen. I just posted this link down thread. I guess it took me longer than I thought because you guys have posted new stuff. It is so very sad that these people are having to suffer unnecessarily. My son is one of the unlucky ones that just lost his unemployment benefits. He has been out of work since November of 2008.

  7. Good evening CR. Thanks for the new blog. I missed much of the hearings today, but managed to catch the question and answer segment of President Obama in Wisconsin. I didn’t hear anything about the reform bill either. Did it come up for another vote?

    I was lurking on OFA and found a link to DailyKos, which I only read when BWD posts a diary, but was intrigued when someone suggested we read it. With the Republicans continuing to vote no on the unemployment benefits extension, the comments are a good read. The majority of the comments are from Republicans that say they have quit their party and will vote Democratic in November. It is a great bedtime story. It saddens me that the Republican leadership has strayed so far from reality. These hardworking Americans have gotten caught up in this all out war to destroy our President. I hope it costs them dearly.


    • Jackie, great minds think alike. I just posted the same thing. 🙂 I also sent the link to Rachel Maddow.

      • Great idea COS. Yes, I saw this on OFA, started reading these sad comments and by the time I came over here with it you had it up already. I guess I am really slow. My son has been out of work since November of 2008. He is not lazy and has tried very hard. He came down from Washington and stayed here with me until last month and went back up to Washington. He is one of those whose extended benefits ended. For Jon Kyl to say that these people are lazy and do not want to work makes me sick. I could never stomach the guy before, but now, I want to punch him out myself.

  8. My daughter was out of work for almost a year. She lives in DC. She finally landed a job, thanks to Presidet Obama’s stimulus package. Thank God for our president and Harry Reid. Harry does not get enough credit. Without he and Nancy Pelosi, PBO would not be able to accomplish anything. As a matter of facts our Democrats are under rated and should not be lumped in the same category with the Republicans. Unfortunately you are stuck with Kyle and McShame. I will be working my buns off for Boxer. We can’t afford to lose her.

    • I wish I had money. I would be donating more to Boxer, Governor Jerry Brown, Mike Bennet in Colorado, Rodney Glassman, Terry Goddard and John Hulburd in Arizona, Patty Murray and Governor Gregoire in Washington, Harry Reid in Nevada, the DNCC and the DNC. I have donated to all of these campaigns, but just can’t afford to do any more right now. My email is full of solicitations.

  9. Me to Jackie. I donate when I can. Later, I think I will seek out a Boxer campaign office and see if I can do some volunteer work there.

  10. White House video, June 30, 2010 –

    President Obama travels to Racine, Wisconsin to take part in a town hall meeting on continuing economic growth, implementing Wall Street reform and creating new jobs.

  11. * For anyone who is worried *:

    IMO the GOP party seriously sees PBO as a very large threat and is on orchestrated campaign. The GOP has a campaign against PBO to portray him as a failure; this is obvious by their votes of “NO” in Congress and of the GOP congress’ public comments of disapproval. Working in unison are the trolls and the Tea Bagger Party with their public displays of disapproval.

    Have heart ProPresObama followers! Just the fact that the GOP campaign is still on is a testament that PBO is SUCCEEDING!

  12. Happy Thursday O family. I am also hopeful for a good resolution to immigration reform CR. On another note, someone is finally questioning the polls. This may have been discussed yesterday but here’s a detailed article from this morning, although I am not wild about Pollitico.


  13. Hey guys, I decided to go back and read more of the comments from republicans in response to the WSJ re unemployment and I found the following comment striking:

    Andy Thomas wrote:

    “I am an unemployed American that has been literally sending out hundreds of individually tailored resumes and cover letters. I am smart and articulate but have not received one opportunity to even interview! The unemployment funds that I’ve been receiving keep food on the table for my wife and I. I can only imagine what things would be like if we had kids.
    I have voted Republican since I was 18 and I can assure you that because of their current stance on passing unemployment legislation, I will never again vote for the Republican party. I am going to use every ounce of influence that I have (550 facebook friends, college connections, friend, etc) to get the message out about what has happened in the Senate. (And yes, before you ask, I’ve exhausted all of these resources looking for a job). The Republican party is going down, you can take that to the bank!…facepumpers!”

  14. COS, the long one at the end that is a Korean War vet really nailed it. I liked that he was NOT a Reagan Republican but an Eisenhower Republican. I went to bed last night thinking about your daughter, my son, and all of these poor folks that have really tried to find work. God bless President Obama for helping your daughter. I know it is a matter of time before others will find work with the economy chugging slowly along. I do hope these stories get a lot of attention so the American people can see the impact of the party of NO. This is just unforgivable.

  15. Good morning Jackie. I was also thinking about your son and many others who are looking for work. I pray everyday for all who need work to find it. yes some of those comments are heart wrenching. I don’t even want to think where we would be without PBO. I hope Rachel call attention to these stories. These are folks who have worked all of their lives, and most have never drawn unemployment, and now when they nneed it, the republicans are denying it and screaming about deficits.

    • Can you even imagine a country in the economic peril we have been in, for once coming together to give different ideas a try. The Republicans do the same stuff each and every time they get in power. Why not give it a try. If everything thing works, the country is better for it and if it doesn’t, we go back to their way because the Dems get voted out. I do not get the rationale. The confirmation of General Petraeus was very quick. Why not try health care for a while, wall street reform, climate change. You know the economy would be thriving now had they allowed the amount of stimulus first requested, the jobs bills, and health reform would be one year earlier. We are here because they will not try anything even though their policies do not work. They know Obama can get it done and will not help. He can only be in power for eight years. Who else do we have after that that would be the great leader President Obama is. It is only eight years.

      • The GOP party is determined to brand PBO as a failure with all their “advertising” and they are so short sighted that they don’t give a rat’s ass if this country fails.

        • Well, I pray that their plan backfires and they all end up thrown out on their ear! First ones to go: Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Jeff Sessions, Tom Coburn, Darrell Issa, John McCain and Jon Kyl. When that happens, I want to be front and center with a vuvuzela.

  16. Message from David Axelrod:

    The White House, Washington

    Good morning,

    In a time of unprecedented challenges, President Obama has risen to meet them in unprecedented ways. And today, the President will be addressing yet another issue our nation has faced for decades — our broken immigration system. In a major speech at American University at 10:45 a.m. EDT, the President will make the clear case for comprehensive immigration reform.

    The President believes that we must have a practical, common-sense approach that reflects our heritage and our history — as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Government must be accountable for enforcing the law, businesses that seek unfair advantages over competitors must be accountable for exploiting the system, and those who break the law must be accountable as well.

    But as always, the President will put it more eloquently than I can, so tune in for the speech streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov at 10:45 a.m. EDT. If you miss it, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, you can still join Cecilia Muñoz, one of the President’s closest advisors on this issue, who will be taking questions from Americans all over the country in a unique online roundtable.

    Watch the Speech The President has already signed the Recovery Act, historic reforms of our health care system, and soon the most comprehensive financial reform since the Great Depression. He has also made clear that passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation to make America the leader in the clean energy economy is an urgent need.

    But the President did not come into office only to leave pressing problems for the next President. Virtually everybody in America agrees that our immigration system is broken — it is only a matter of all political sides coming to the table and mustering the political will to solve the problem. Neither of the extreme approaches — deportation of 11 million undocumented workers on the one hand, or amnesty for those that broke the law on the other — is going to work. We have to work together.


    David Axelrod
    Senior Advisor to the President

    Visit WhiteHouse.gov

    The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111

  17. Announcing HealthCare.gov

    7/1/10 by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – WhiteHouse.gov

    Today, our Administration is launching HealthCare.gov a new consumer website that provides unprecedented transparency into the health care marketplace. Through HealthCare.gov, individuals will have more control over their health care as informed and empowered consumers.

    This “first-of-its-kind” website is simple and easy to use, and provides one-stop shopping access to a wealth of information, including your new consumer rights and benefits under the Affordable Care Act, a timeline of when new programs under the new law will come online between now and 2014 and a new insurance finder that will make it easy to find both private and public health insurance option that works for you.

    HealthCare.gov will help take some of the mystery out of shopping for health insurance. For too long, it was confusing to identify your options and compare plans. HealthCare.gov makes comparison shopping easier with a new insurance finder that allows users to answer a few basic questions and receive information about insurance options that could work for them. The site makes a system that thrived on complication and confusion easier to understand. This kind of transparency helps create informed consumers which increases competition, reduces prices and improves quality.

    Here are just some of the basics about what you can find when you visit:

    * Approximately 500 pages of content
    * Data for more than 1,000 insurance carriers and 5,561 open products (2,030 in the individual health insurance market and 3,531 in the small employer health insurance market)
    * Information on every Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program in the country
    * Information on the Pre-Existing Condition Plan in every state.
    * Billions of choices. Answer a few basic questions, and the site’s insurance finder automatically sorts through a huge catalog of public and private coverage options to help you identify the ones that are right for you (with billions of potential personal scenarios supported).

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/01/announcing-healthcaregov

  18. On Campus
    President Obama to Speak at American University

    6/30/10 AmericanUniversity.edu

    President Barack Obama will deliver remarks on the need to fix the nation’s broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform at American University, Thursday, July 1.

    The event, which is by invitation only, will take place in the atrium of the new School of International Service. The speech will be streamed live at: whitehouse.gov/live. For additional information and details visit our Web site.

    Obama’s immigration address at American University underscores the university’s commitment to public service and international understanding, and its tradition of learning from leaders who are connected, influential and deeply engaged in the critical issues of our time.

    Obama’s remarks will take place at American University’s new 70,000-square-foot, eco-friendly School of International Service, the nation’s largest such school. Its faculty and students are focused on solutions to the most significant challenges facing our world—wonks in the truest sense of the word.

    For the entire article: http://www.american.edu/media/news/20100630_Obama_to_Speak_at_American_University.cfm

  19. Happy Thursday CR, Sandy, COS and all friends!

    I am so thankful for President Barack Obama’s courage, vision and leadership!

    And I’m very glad to be here with you today.

  20. Amazing journey for America’s newest citizen

    6/22/10 By Joe Rodriguez – San Jose Mercury News

    One of America’s newest citizens can’t hear or talk. He can’t read or write and never spent a single day in school. On top of all that, he jumped the border illegally when he was a kid and never went back to Mexico.

    You might say Miguel Sernas is unstoppable. Somehow, through intelligence, determination and a little help from strangers, he finds a way to be heard.

    “I wanted to come here to work and earn money and to be with my father,” he says using his unique version of sign language. “I thought I would be better off as a citizen. This is my home now. My whole family is here.”

    No matter where you stand on the issue of illegal immigration, Miguel Sernas’ silent journey offers a break from the yelling and screaming.

    The husky, smiling 34-year-old Gilroy farmworker took the oath recently in San Jose after passing a photo-based citizenship test that a federal bureaucrat designed specifically for Sernas. In the test, they showed him a photo of the White House and a lineup of men, including President Barack Obama and actor Morgan Freeman, and asked him who worked there. He pointed to Obama.

    For the entire amazing article: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_15351839?source=rss&nclick_check=1

    • Isn’t that the weirdest thing — we send well-trained students and future entrepreneurs back OUT of the country!

  21. DREAM Act

    The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (The “DREAM Act”) is a piece of proposed federal legislation in the United States that was introduced in the United States Senate, and the United States House of Representatives on March 26, 2009.

    This bill would provide certain illegal alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency. The alien students would obtain temporary residency for a six year period. Within the six year period, a qualified student must have “acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or [have] completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the United States,” or have “served in the uniformed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, [have] received an honorable discharge.”

    “Any alien whose permanent resident status is terminated [according to the terms of the Act] shall return to the immigration status the alien had immediately prior to receiving conditional permanent resident status under this Act.

    For the entire Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Act

  22. Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    ‘ With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    The bronze plaque in an exhibit on the second floor of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is inscribed with the sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.

  23. Obama Calling for Comprehensive Immigration Legislation, Border Security

    7/1/10 By Anne E. Kornblut, Debbi Wilgoren & Michael Savage – Washington Post Staff Writer

    President Obama told an audience in Northwest Washington Thursday that he remains committed to comprehensive immigration legislation that will include a strong focus on border security but also will preserve America’s legacy as “a nation of immigrants . . . who believed that there was a place that they could be, at long last, free to work and worship and live their lives in peace.”

    Obama did not announce any new policy during the address to an audience of 250 religious, business, labor, and community leaders and law enforcement and elected officials at American University. Nor did he say whether the Justice Department has made a decision on proceeding with a lawsuit in Arizona against a new law that makes it easier for police to detain suspected illegal immigrants.

    Instead, he called for an end to partisan posturing on what he acknowledged was a deeply contentious issue and urged Congress to address problems with immigration policy despite numerous political pitfalls. He said neither blanket amnesty for nor mass deportations of the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants is feasible, and argued that between those two extremes there must be a way to shape a practical and comprehensive immigration law.

    “Immigrants have always helped to build and defend this country,” Obama said. “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth. Its a matter of faith, of shared fidelity to the ideas and values that we hold so dear.”

    For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/01/AR2010070100388.html?hpid=topnews

  24. Liveblogging the President’s speech on immigration reform – Part 1: The Problem


    Senator Kennedy’s legacy of civil rights, health care and worker protections is still with us.

    As candidate, I argued our country had reached a tipping point – choice between squarely confronting our challenges with honesty and determination or facing a future that is less prosperous and less secure.

    My administration has tackled the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, wound down the war in Iraq and refocused the war in Afghanistan. My administration hasn’t ignored challenges.

    We are delivering education reform, we delivered health reform, we’re on the on verge of reforming outdated and ineffective rules governing Wall Street and protecting consumers. We are accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy, with it potential for new industries and hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

    We are confronting the great challenges of our times. This administration will not just kick the can down the road. Immigration Reform is no exception. The issue is a source of fresh contention (Arizona law and heated reactions across America). Tensions around immigration are not new. We’ve always defined ourselves as a nation of immigrants. Famous examples: Einstein, Tesla, Carnegie, Brin.

    “Countless names never made the history books but were no less consequential.” A steady stream of hard working and talented people has made America economically strong. We reap rewards because we remain a magnet for the best and brightest across the globe. Our diversity is an advantage in global competition.

    “Being American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith, of shared values…”

    “Anybody can help us write the next great chapter in American history.”

    Each new wave of immigrants generated fear and resentment. The ink of the Constitution was barely dry when Alien and Sedition Acts were passed. European immigrants a century ago were routinely subjected to discrimination. Chinese immigrants were held in San Francisco Bay, not allowed to land.

    Washington has failed to fix the broken system. Problem not restricted to southern border. Many just overstay visa. About 11,000,000 undocumented immigrants, the majority seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

    Living in the shadows, they are vulnerable to unscrupulous businesses who violate worker safety rules and giving these companies who violate minimum wage laws an unfair advantage. Billions in tax revenue lost. Makes a mockery of legal immigration process. Legal immigration system is as broken as the borders – backlogs can take years. Husbands and wives forced to spend many years apart. We train our competition by educating foreign students but forbidding them to start new businesses here.

    Under the leadership of Kennedy and McCain, we worked across the aisle to pass bipartisan effort, but that eventually came apart. Now many of the GOP Senators who voted for reform in the past have backed away. Into this breach, states like AZ have taken matters into own hands.

    The Arizona law is ill-conceived. Not just divisive – puts huge pressure on local law enforcement to enforce the unenforceable. Too expensive. Illegals can’t report crimes, makes streets more dangerous. Such laws have the potential to violate rights of innocent American citizens, making them vulnerable to stops because of what they look or sound like.

  25. Liveblogging the President’s speech on immigration reform – Part 2: How to fix it


    Our task is to make our national laws actually work – reflect our values as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. We must be honest and get past the false debates that divide the country rather than bring it together.

    Some say just provide illegals with legal status or just ignore laws. I recognize the sense of compassion that drives this argument, but it’s unwise and unfair. No repercussion to illegal immigration might increase their numbers and ignore millions of people around the world who are waiting in line to come here legally. Our nation has the right to control our borders and set laws for residency and citizenship. No matter how decent they are, the 11 million who broke the law should be held accountable.

    Others think it’s possible to round up and deport 11 million people. Impossible. Would tear at the very fabric of our nation because illegals are tightly woven into society – some have children, some have grown up here and only discover their illegal status when they apply for college or jobs. Migrant workers have been our agricultural labor force for generations. Deportation would disrupt our communities in intolerable ways.

    Once we get past the two poles of this argument, it becomes possible to shape practical, common-sense approach that reflects our values. We must demand accountability from government, business and individuals.

    I told the Secretary of Homeland Security to improve border enforcement. More boots on the ground on our Southwest border than at any time in our history – guards and intelligence analysts. Crime along the border is down. Significant reduction in number trying to cross illegally. Border more secure today than any time in the past 20 years. More work to do, but we must acknowledge the facts.

    Some argue we can’t do anything until the borders are fully sealed – but our borders are too vast for fences and patrols. Must stop crime and control hundreds of thousands who cross simply to find work. Businesses must be held accountable for using and exploiting undocumented labor – they punish both employers who obey the law and legal employees.

    We must demand responsibility from people who are here illegally. They must acknowledge they’re here illegally, pay taxes, pay fines, learn English. Get right with the law before they get in line to earn their citizenship. This is how we demonstrate what being American is — not only rights but fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway to citizenship that is fair, reflects our values, and works.

    Must reform creaky system of legal immigration. We’ve eliminated a huge backlog of background checks, improved accountability and safety. We must make it easier for the best and brightest to start businesses and create jobs. We must respect families, not divide them. Farms need a legal way to hire the workers they rely on. We must stop punishing kids for the actions of their parents and let them stay to build the country they’ve grown up in.

    These are the elements. We must have the courage and the political will to pass a bill through Congress. I have spoken with all kinds of groups in and out of government who recognize the important of this. Share sense of urgency. Not only a political and economic issue but a moral imperative as well.

    We’ve made progress. I’m ready to move forward. So are the majority of Democrats and, I believe, the majority of Americans. But without the bipartisan support we had just a few years ago, we can’t solve this problem. Reform can’t pass without Republican votes. That’s reality. Members of both parties must take responsibility for solving this problem.

    The issue lends itself to demagoguery. There are those who divide, inflame, demonize people with this issue. Those who run for office want to defer action – it’s a natural inclination. Despite the courage shown by many including my predecessor President Bush, this broken system that offends our most basic American values is still in place.

    But I believe we can put politics aside, appeal not to people’s fears but their hopes, their highest ideals. That’s who we are as Americans. E pluribus unum – out of many, one. That is what has drawn the persecuted and impoverished, the innovators and risk-takers. People have endured untold hardships to reach America.

    A century ago Jewish people were driven out of Eastern Europe. The family of Emma Lazarus fled persecution, and she took up the cause of immigrants, advocating for better housing and health care. She donated proceeds from her writing to a new statue, a Statue of Liberty. Years before it was built, she imagined what it would mean. A monument signaling not empire but arrival at great place of opportunity, refuge and freedom.

    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free….”

    Let us remember these words and recall them each generation to ensure that beacon continues to shine around the world and as a sign of our prosperity at home.

  26. UpTakeVideo video – July 1, 2010:

    President Obama outlines a roadmap for immigration reform that includes holding businesses and illegal immigrants responsible and fixing the broken legal immigration system.

  27. God bless President Obama. I have to believe that his approach is the correct one. He is not afraid to tackle the big problems. The odds are that if he keeps tackling, and the Republicans keep blocking, President Obama will score some wins for the American people.

    • Hi Jackie — the GOP will just have to wear out, because PBO will NEVER back down.

    • PBO is definitely doing this the right way. He kicked it off with a nice speech to let the nation know where he stands, and if the bill does not pass, then we know who to blame. He is showing that he is willing to take up the fight but he cannot do it alone. I love his approach.

      • COS, I liked it that he was so explicit about the need for both parties to deal with with this.

  28. Talking Points Memo, July 1, 2010:

    New AZ Racial Sensitivity Training Video: Don’t Prove The Media Right!

    By Rachel Slajda

    Arizona, as part of its new immigration law, today released an hour-long training video that will be shown to law enforcement officers to train them in how not to engage in racial profiling.

    The first chapter of the video, titled “Racial Profiling,” focuses on how to defend oneself against the inevitable charges of racial profiling from critics of the new law….


    TPM says they will post highlights of the video. The whole thing can be accessed through a link the article.

  29. Can Democrats Interfere with the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination?

    7/1/10 by Ed Kilgore – fivethirtyeight.com

    It’s a subject that only the hardiest of political junkies follow regularly, but next month both parties are expected to make some serious decisions about the calendar and rules governing the 2012 presidential nominating process. And as Tom Schaller reported here in May, both parties seem to be moving–in concert, no less–towards a calendar aimed at reversing the recent trend towards “front-loading” of primaries and caucuses, essentially moving the entire process back a month.

    But The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder has raised an intriguing possibility:
    Could Democrats, whose 2012 nominee is already known, manipulate the “coordinated” process to make life difficult for Republicans by encouraging low-turnout caucuses that could be dominated by the Tea Party movement or other hard-core conservatives?

    For the entire article: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/07/can-democrats-interfere-with-2012-gop.html

  30. I feel so down about everything these days, i really needed this:

    Presidential scholars: Bush is the worst president of the modern era, bottom five of all time.

    Since 1982, the Siena Research Institute has polled presidential scholars on whom they view to be best and worst presidents in American history, based on a variety of issues from “integrity” to economic stewardship. This year’s poll of 238 scholars found that President Franklin Roosevelt was once again ranked on top, joined by Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and Teddy Roosevelt to complete the top five. However, President George W. Bush did not fare well since the last poll was conducted in 2002. He dropped 16 places to 39th, making him the worst president since Warren Harding died in office in 1923, and one of the bottom five of all time, according to the experts:

    Today, just one year after leaving office, the former president has
    found himself in the bottom five at 39th rated especially poorly in handling the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments and intelligence. Rounding out the bottom five are four presidents that have held that dubious distinction each time the survey has been conducted: Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin Pierce.

    Bush was rated second from the bottom on “intelligence,” “foreign policy
    accomplishments,” and “handling of U.S. economy.” This despite promises from Bush supporters that “history will be very kind” to the former president, as his Attorney General John Ashcroft put it. Bush’s father’s legacy “held constant” in this year’s poll, with George H.W. Bush coming in at 22nd. President Reagan “dropped two places from 16th overall in 2002 to 18th today.” President Obama was ranked 15th


  31. * REPOST…..For anyone who is worried *:

    IMO the GOP party seriously sees PBO as a very large threat and is on orchestrated campaign. The GOP has a campaign against PBO to portray him as a failure; this is obvious by their votes of “NO” in Congress and of the GOP congress’ public comments of disapproval. Working in unison are the trolls and the Tea Bagger Party with their public displays of disapproval.

    Have heart ProPresObama followers! Just the fact that the GOP campaign is still on is a testament that PBO is SUCCEEDING!

  32. Good afternoon! It’s oddly busy today, and I figured it wouldn’t be given the holiday weekend is almost here. 2 of my judges that I’m usually in front of on Thursdays have decided to take a long weekend, so we had substitutes. That slowed things down quite a bit.

    Anyway, I did get a chance, however to hear our president’s immigration speech and was impressed and inspired, although knowing that we don’t have ONE of the 11 Repukes we had when they tried under Bush was demoralizing a bit. I made the mistake of turning on MSNBC on xm radio and some tv guy from Telemundo came on and said it was a great speech, but where’s the beef. He said Hispanics want to know the how, when, and where of comprehensive reform. It seems so stupid IMO that anyone would expect this president to put himself out there and put out his tactic in this hyper partisan climate. Have some trust, is what I thought, that it will get done…the president’s speech today (which is 100% a gesture towards the Hispanic community since I can’t think of too many white or black folks that were calling for him to make a speech on immigration reform) was a signal that he’s still committed despite the partisanship and the difficulties that we are currently faced with economically.

    • Hi Vero!

      Yes we have to have FAITH and HOPE. POTUS fully aware of what is on his plate and he IS WORKING DILIGENTLY!

    • I’m going to quote COS upthread:

      PBO “let the nation know where he stands, and if the bill does not pass, then we know who to blame.”

  33. The White House Blog, July 1, 2010

    What They’re Saying About Elena Kagan After Day 3 of Testimony

    by Jesse Lee

    When we posted our first batch of reactions yesterday to Elena Kagan’s testimony, words like “candid,” “responsive,” and “forthright” came up a lot. Those reactions didn’t change with her second day of questioning – Senator Arlen Specter reiterated that she’s been “more forthcoming than most” for example — but this time there was even more focus on just how impressive she has been. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, having held a notably interesting and substantive exchange with Kagan, closed out his remarks telling her, “You have handled yourself well… I wish you well and I know your family’s proud of you and I think you’ve accorded yourself well for the last several days.” Similarly, Republican Senator Tom Coburn told her “you’re doing quite well.”

    Perhaps the foremost reason she earned those reactions was her sheer mastery of the law. CNN Contributor Jeffrey Toobin noted that, “every time she is asked a question about a subject area in the law, say separation of church and state, which is a subject she dealt with this morning, she displays enormous mastery of the subject.” Jonathan Adler was even more stark, writing that “Without the benefit of staff-scripted questions or talking points, she demonstrated greater command of the legal questions, demonstrating why she was the only person in the room under consideration for the nation’s highest court.”

    So where does that leave Elena Kagan? There was perhaps more consensus on that point than anything. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said flatly that “she will be confirmed,” an assessment that Republican Senator John Cornyn shared. McClatchy headlined their piece “Kagan Cruises on Day 3 Toward Easy Confirmation,” the AP went with “Kagan Hearings Near End With Confirmation Likely,” and Reuters wrote “Supreme Court Pick Kagan Sailing Through Senate Hearing.”

    Here was the Boston Globe’s take:

    “Kagan Sails Through Last Day of Questioning.” “Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan emerged yesterday from her last day of Capitol Hill testimony on track to join the nation’s highest court, as key senators on both sides of the aisle said they anticipated her full Senate confirmation after she breezed through two days of meticulous and often aggressive questioning by members of the Judiciary Committee. Over some 17 hours of direct questioning, the former dean of Harvard Law School demonstrated a wide command of constitutional law, deftly deflected Republican attacks on her record, and charmed the committee with a self-deprecating sense of humor.”


    • This was just a smart pick for our president to make. I read that there was never really any doubt that the president wanted Kagan.

      Booman of boomantribune.com had an interesting blog piece a few months ago showing how the president’s poll numbers dipped during the Sotomayor hearing. He couldn’t definitively say that the hearing or the nomination was a bad thing for the president, but he showed that there may have been a relation. Afterall, despite the fact that she was well qualified and likeable, there was the “wise Latina” thing and the Firefighters case, which poked at this countries issues surrounding race.

      Kagan is the opposite. No obvious wedge issue can be used against her, she’s smart, charismatic, and diplomatic. I really liked this pick. I was pretty quiet when she was first named, since I didn’t know her well, but I trusted my president and knew that he knows what he’s doing. She’s validated my trusting approach.

    • Although we know she will be confirmed, but before the republicans get to much praise, we know that they have a way of reeling you in and dropping you at the end. Let’s hope that they will vote for her instead of voting against PBO. 🙂

  34. Office of the Press Secretary, July 1, 2010

    Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform


    “…. So the bottom line is this: The southern border is more secure today than at any time in the past 20 years….

    … businesses must be held accountable if they break the law by deliberately hiring and exploiting undocumented workers…

    Finally, we have to demand responsibility from people living here illegally…. not just because it is fair, not just because it will make clear to those who might wish to come to America they must do so inside the bounds of the law, but because this is how we demonstrate that being — what being an American means. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with certain fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair, reflective of our values, and works.

    …. [Emma Lazarus] imagined the sight of a giant statue at the entry point of a great nation -– but unlike the great monuments of the past, this would not signal an empire. Instead, it would signal one’s arrival to a place of opportunity and refuge and freedom.

    ‘….I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’

    Let us remember these words. For it falls on each generation to ensure that that lamp -– that beacon — continues to shine as a source of hope around the world, and a source of our prosperity here at home….”


  35. Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2010:

    U.S. fines BP for erroneous reporting

    The Department of Interior on Wednesday slapped BP America Inc. with a $5.2-million civil penalty for submitting “false, inaccurate or misleading” reports regarding natural gas production on Southern Ute tribal land in southwestern Colorado.

    It was believed to be the largest civil fine the department has levied since penalties were authorized by federal law in 1982.

    It was also the first punishment meted out by the newly constituted Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which replaced the beleaguered Minerals Management Service, or MMS, last month. The new agency oversees offshore energy leasing and production as well as management of onshore federal oil and gas leases….


  36. Finally got to see the immigration speech from today. Brought me to tears. If only this man had real partners to work with.

  37. FYI, this is one of the people testifying against Elena Kagan. He went to Harvard and is alleging that he was hurt by Kagan’s call to have the military department handle career services for the military, rather than career services.

    He’s giving a political speech. He’s painting himself as someone who’s civil rights were violated and that the constitution was not adhered to and that she’s a highly ideological person. This is crazy.

    Here’s more info on him…a favorite of townhall.com.


      • Flagg Youngblood.

        As many know, I’m half Nigerian, and in my culture names mean quite a lot. This guy’s name tells you quite a bit, imo.

          • He mentioned that he wouldn’t have joined the military w/o his father being so persistent.

            Methinks his dad was very pro-America in a militaristic way and overly patriotic in the unhealthy way.

  38. Now Capt. Pete Hegseth is testifying against Kagan because “we are a nation at war.” And that our enemies are ruthless and due to that she’s not suited to be a Justice.

    He’s alleging that her decision at Harvard IMPEDED the military. Crazy.

    • Like I said on the OFA blog, I think this portion of the hearings should be abolished. It serves no purpose. Maybe they should just put this stuff in the file. I remember when Eric Holder was being confirmed. This portion turned me off and I never watched another confirmation until Sotamyer and Kagan.

  39. Feds wasted millions in utilities program for poor (who were misusing money)

    7/1/10 By KELLI KENNEDY – AP

    MIAMI—A federal program designed to help impoverished families heat and cool their homes wasted more than $100 million paying the electric bills of thousands of applicants who were dead, in prison or living in million-dollar mansions, according to a government investigation.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spent $5 billion through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in 2009, doling out money to states with little oversight of the program. Some states don’t verify applicants’ identifies or income. For example, the program helped pay the electric bill of a woman who lives in a $2 million home in a wealthy Chicago suburb and drives a Mercedes, according to the yet-to-be released report obtained by The Associated Press.

    The Government Accountability Office studied the program after a 2007 investigation by Pennsylvania’s state auditor found 429 applicants received more than $162,000 using the Social Security numbers of dead people.

    The GAO investigated Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Virginia, which represented about one-third of the program’s funding in 2009. The agency found improper payments in about 9 percent of households receiving benefits in those states, totaling $116 million.

    For entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15420408?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

  40. Jobless rates drop in two-thirds of metro areas


    WASHINGTON—Unemployment rates in roughly two-thirds of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas dipped in May as the gradual economic recovery spurred some hiring.

    An analysis of Labor Department data released Wednesday found that jobless rates dropped in 237 of 382 areas in May from April. It rose in 118 areas and was flat in 27.

    The figures aren’t adjusted to account for seasonal trends, such as lifeguards hired during the summer or retail clerks let go after the holiday shopping season. So they tend to be volatile from month to month.

    Despite some improvements on both the local and national employment fronts, millions of out-of-work Americans face a difficult time finding work. Roughly 134 metro areas had double-digit unemployment rates in May.

    El Centro, Calif., laid claim to the highest unemployment rate in the country—27.5 percent. Unemployment there is notoriously high because of many seasonal farm workers without jobs.

    For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15410400?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

    • Interesting article. It’s a really mixed picture, with local conditions affecting employment rates as I guess is to be expected. Always some good among the bad.

  41. Do you remember POTUS talking about Anthem Blue Cross insurance company in his town hall meetings? Well here is an update:


    Anthem Blue Cross revives rate increases for California customers

    Health care provider wants an average increase of 14 percent

    7/1/10 By Duke Helfand – Los Angeles Times

    LOS ANGELES — Embattled health insurer Anthem Blue Cross is reviving its plan to raise rates for tens of thousands of California policyholders, some of whom could see their premiums rise as much as 20 percent.

    The expected increases, announced Wednesday, are significantly lower than those proposed earlier this year when Anthem became a national lightning rod for consumer outrage over skyrocketing health care costs and insurance company profits.

    Anthem, California’s largest for-profit insurer, had sought premium increases as high as 39 percent for many individual policyholders, provoking fury from consumer groups, lawmakers and even President Barack Obama.

    Eager to avoid another public backlash, Anthem and its corporate parent, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., submitted new rates to regulators that call for a maximum increase of 20 percent, with an average increase of 14 percent. The original proposal called for an average increase of 25 percent. The new rates would take effect Sept. 1.

    WellPoint defended the rising premiums as necessary and unavoidable, saying Anthem would still lose more than $100 million this year on individual health insurance policies sold in California even though 600,000 of its customers will be paying more.

    “The rates do not cover our costs and are not going to be sustainable over the long term, but it made sense to move ahead,” said Brad Fluegel, WellPoint’s chief strategy officer. “Given the environment, it was in the best interest of everyone to get this behind us and move forward.”

    For the entire article: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_15415020?source=rss&nclick_check=1

    • CR, do you think the California Insurance Commissioner hiring an outside actuary to study these insurance company rate filings will ensure it’s on the up and up?

  42. White House video, July 1, 2010 –

    President Obama calls for both parties to come together to fix a broken immigration system and implement comprehensive reform that demands accountability from government, from businesses, and from individuals.

  43. Vacation time
    Camp David planned for July 4


    The first family will be splitting its time between Camp David and Washington over the Fourth of July weekend, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

    After President Obama returns from Sen. Robert Bryd’s funeral in West Virginia on Friday, the family will travel to Camp David, Gibbs said. They will return to Washington for the fireworks display on Sunday.

    The Obamas will host some guests on the South Lawn for the celebration.

    Who’s coming? “Ethan will be here on Sunday,” Gibbs said, referring to his 6-year-old son.

  44. NRA Threatens To Use Elena Kagan Confirmation Vote Against Lawmakers

    7/1/10 JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS – Huffington Post

    WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is opposing Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court and warning senators that it will take their votes into account when considering endorsing their re-election.

    In a letter sent to leading senators Thursday, top NRA officials say Kagan has “repeatedly demonstrated a clear hostility” to gun rights in her career in government and academia.

    The NRA also opposed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation last year. Sotomayor was among the four dissenters in the high court’s decision last week that limits state and local gun restrictions.

  45. HealthCare.Gov: New Government Website Gets Mostly Positive Reviews

    07/1/10 Huffington Post

    On Thursday, the federal government launched HealthCare.gov, a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know regarding your healthcare.

    At first glance, the site looks easy to use and asks users to answer a few questions about where they live, their health, employment status, etc. and then provides customized insurance information that is specific to that individual. It also provides the consumer with information on how to live a healthy lifestyle, the new law and its implications, comparative quality, and more.

    The sleek and functional site collects “both public and private health insurance options across the nation in a single place” says Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of HealthCare.gov. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius wrote in a White House blog post that the site “will help take some of the mystery out of shopping for health insurance.”

    The launch of web page has been met with many positive reviews. Matt Yglesias wrote on his site that the “website is, I think, a great example of better government in action.”

    For the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/01/healthcaregov-new-governm_n_632365.html

    • I just did a quick test drive of HealthCare.gov. Got lots of information quickly, but there are a couple of links that don’t work. Still, it seems like plenty to get started with, and there is a note that they will be improving the site.

    • Truly “better government in action” — better than we’ve had in a long time!

  46. Statement by the Press Secretary on Iran Sanctions Conference Report Agreement

    June 21, 2010 – WhiteHouse.gov

    “We appreciate that House and Senate leaders have come together with a strong bill that builds upon the recently passed UN Security Council Resolution, grants the President new authority, and strengthens a multilateral strategy to isolate and pressure Iran. We will continue to work with the Congress over the coming days as it finalizes work on this important bill, and in our ongoing efforts to hold Iran accountable. As that effort progresses, we will also work with our allies and take independent action under the President’s existing authorities, as we did last week in designating additional entities for sanctions.”


    Now Streaming…

    July 01, 2010 6:15 PM EDT

    President Obama signs the Iran Sanctions Bill – The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • Thanks for the heads-up, CR!


      President Barack Obama is calling new U.S. sanctions he will sign into law Thursday a further sign that “the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

      In the advanced text of his comments for the bill signing, Obama notes that the U.N. Security Council has passed the strongest sanctions to date against Iran, and that Australia, the European Union and Canada also have taken or are considering stronger steps to further isolate Iran’s nuclear program and supporting entities….

      “It makes it harder for the Iranian government to purchase refined petroleum and the goods, services and materials to modernize Iran’s oil and natural gas sector,” Obama says. “It makes it harder for the Revolutionary Guards and banks that support Iran’s nuclear programs and terrorism to engage in international finance. It says to companies seeking procurement contracts with the United States government — if you want to do business with us, you first have to certify that you’re not doing prohibited business with Iran.”….

      “This legislation imposes sanctions on individuals who commit serious human rights abuses,” he says. “And it exempts from our trade embargo technologies that allow the Iranian people to access information and communicate freely. In Iran and around the world, the United States of America will continue to stand with those who seek justice and progress and the human rights and dignity of all people.”


  47. GlobalAtlanta.com, July 1, 2010:

    Obama Breathes New Life Into Korea FTA

    Georgia groups supporting a U.S. free trade agreement with South Korea got a boost Sunday as President Obama pledged to resolve the pact’s outstanding issues by the time he visits Seoul for the next G-20 session in November….

    If the issues on the Korea deal can be ironed out at the November summit, Mr. Obama would put the agreement to a vote in Congress in the following months, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative….

    Last year, as U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk’s office solicited advice from business leaders on how to improve the FTA, GlobalAtlanta analyzed comments from Georgia companies, organizations and chambers of commerce and reported that they were generally supportive of the FTA.

    When Mr. Kirk visited Atlanta in October, he wouldn’t offer a timeline on the FTAs but said the U.S. was committed to seeing them through if they aligned with American ideals on workers’ rights, fair market access and environmental stewardship.

    Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. has backed the Korea deal from the beginning, as it would improve customs clearance times for express packages. The company has said that its export volumes see double-digit growth in countries where the U.S. has FTAs.

    “South Korea has the 14th largest economy in the world and the increase in trade that will come from this agreement means more jobs and more global competitiveness for the two countries,” said Scott Davis, chairman and CEO of UPS, in a statement praising Obama’s new effort on the Korea deal.

    Studies have suggested that the trade agreement would boost bilateral trade by $10 billion annually.


    • I am so proud and thankful for this hard working President. He is out there doing something everyday. I am glad that the family will be going to Camp David Friday and celebrating the 4th and Malia’s birthday Sunday.

  48. White House video, July 1, 2010 –

    Director of White House Intergovernmental affairs Cecilia Muñoz takes questions from a roundtable of journalists and from online participants on the President’s Call for Immigration Reform.

  49. New rules bring online piracy fight to US campuses

    7/1/10 By ERIC GORSKI- AP

    Starting this month, colleges and universities that don’t do enough to combat the illegal swapping of “Avatar” or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding.

    A provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is making schools a reluctant ally in the entertainment industry’s campaign to stamp out unauthorized distribution of copyrighted music, movies and TV shows.

    Colleges and universities must put in place plans “to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution’s network” without hampering legitimate educational and research use, according to regulations that went into effect Thursday.

    That means goodbye to peer-to-peer file-sharing on a few campuses — with exceptions for gamers or open-source software junkies — gentle warnings on others and extensive education programs everywhere else.

    Despite initial angst about invading students’ privacy and doing the entertainment industry’s dirty work, college and university officials are largely satisfied with regulations that call for steps many of them put in place years ago.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100701/ap_on_en_mu/us_digital_piracy_colleges

  50. White House video, July 1, 2010 –

    The President welcomes the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC to the White House.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, July 1, 2010:

      Remarks by the President Honoring the Women’s Professional Soccer Champion Sky Blue

      …. This is a pretty exciting time for soccer in America. We’ve all been glued to our TVs over the last couple of weeks as the men’s team made their run at the World Cup. I know my staff, by the way, was watching when the U.S. beat Algeria, because I could hear them whooping it up as I was having important meetings in the Oval Office. (Laughter.) Malia’s team did very well this summer, which I think is also important to know. (Laughter.)

      And today, it’s an honor to welcome the first-ever champions of the Women’s Professional Soccer league to the White House….

      And that sense of responsibility also extends off the pitch. I’m pleased that the WPS is creating a program called Get Active! that will sponsor 3-on-3 soccer tournaments, and help young people learn about the importance of living healthy, active lives. Obviously this is an issue that the First Lady, Michelle, is talking about all across the country, and so I want to thank this league for joining the cause.

      Today, nearly 14 million children in America play soccer; 40 percent of them are girls. And as the father of one of them, I want to say a special thanks to this group, and to all the women who came before them, for serving as such outstanding role models. Together, you’ve changed the way our young women look at themselves, you’ve expanded the realm of what they believe is possible, and for that, we all owe you a great debt of gratitude.


  51. White House video, July 1, 2010 –

    The President signs the Iran Sanctions Act, saying that the Iranian government has failed to meet its obligations under Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and reiterating that the United States stands with the Iranian people as they pursue universal rights.

    • Office of the Press Secretary:

      Remarks by the President at Signing of the Iran Sanctions Act


      …. Since taking office, I’ve made it clear that the United States was prepared to begin a new chapter of engagement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. We offered the Iranian government a clear choice. It could fulfill its international obligations and realize greater security, deeper economic and political integration with the world, and a better future for all Iranians. Or it could continue to flout its responsibilities and face even more pressure and isolation.

      Other nations are now acting alongside us — nations like Australia, which announced new sanctions, including those against a major Iranian bank and Iran’s shipping company. The European Union is moving ahead with additional strong measures against Iran’s financial, banking, insurance, transportation, and energy sectors, as well as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Other countries, like Canada, have indicated they will also be taking action. In other words, we are ratcheting up the pressure on the Iranian government for its failure to meet its obligations….

      So, again, this is not a day that we sought — but it is an outcome that was chosen by the Iranian government when it repeatedly failed to meet its responsibilities. And the government of Iran still has a choice. The door to diplomacy remains open. Iran can prove that its intentions are peaceful. It can meet its obligations under the NPT and achieve the security and prosperity worthy of a great nation….

      That’s the future we do seek -– one where Iran’s leaders do not hold their own people back by failing to live up to Iran’s international obligations, and where Iran can reclaim its place in the community of nations and find greater peace and prosperity….


  52. Hi kathleen,
    Have you seen this yet?

    Senate Math on Financial Reform Gets a Bit Easier
    Posted by Adam Sorensen
    Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    Maria Cantwell intends to vote for the bill, her spokesman tells me.
    She was won over by a letter from Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, in which he reassured her the language regulating derivatives is sufficiently clear and enforceable.

    Cantwell voted against the original Senate version because of concerns that there were loopholes in that portion of the legislation.

    Her vote means Democrats will only need to win over two of the four fence-sitting Republicans to clear procedural hurdles in the Senate.

    Susan Collins has already suggested she’s inclined to support the bill, leaving Olympia Snowe, Chuck Grassley and Scott Brown as three potential pick-ups to put the legislation over the top.

  53. Lawmakers say Obama promises he’ll push DREAM Act


    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is promising to work with senators to help pass legislation allowing thousands of young people who attend college or join the military to become legal U.S. residents, according to Hispanic lawmakers who met Thursday with the president.

    “The president made it absolutely clear to us that he would leave no stone unturned” in pushing for Senate approval of what’s known as the DREAM Act, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Calif., said.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he wants to add the immigration measure to a defense policy bill the Senate plans to take up before lawmakers leave town to campaign for the November elections.

    Republicans oppose that move and have accused Reid of playing politics with the bills.

    Some military leaders support Reid because of the recruitment potential for the armed services. Under the bill, the young people must have come to the U.S. before age 16 and have lived here for five years. At least two years of military service would be required.

    “The president noted that it is time to stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents, especially when those youth grew up in America and want to serve this country in the military or pursue a higher education,” the White House said in a statement after Obama’s meeting at the White House with Gutierrez, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

    When Obama was a senator he supported the DREAM Act, which has been kicking around Congress for nearly a decade.

    The meeting followed Obama’s speech Wednesday night at a Hispanic awards dinner, where he urged Latinos not to punish Democrats at the polls because he’s been unable to keep his promise to sign a comprehensive immigration bill into law.

    Advocates, meanwhile, are launching a major lobbying effort for DREAM, enlisting educators, clergy and others to press senators to back the measure.

    Velazquez said passing the bill “is the right thing to do. It’s a matter of fairness for thousands and thousands of young kids” who entered the country illegally with their families. She and others say they should not be punished.

    Republicans contend that the bill rewards law breakers.

    “The DREAM Act is yet another attempt by Washington Democrats to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants who have broken our laws,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.

    Carlos Saavedra, national coordinator of United We Dream, a coalition of student immigrant advocacy groups, said voters who care about the issue will be watching how senators vote on the bill.

    “Folks are literally dropping their lives right now to work on this,” Saavedra said Thursday. “This is one of our last chances to get some justice to the immigrant community and immigrant youth. It’s huge.”

  54. Office of the Press Secretary, September 18, 2010:

    Proclamation for Release – National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2010



    Education is critical to our children’s future and to the continued growth and prosperity of our Nation. To maintain our leadership in the global economy, we have an obligation to provide a high quality education to our children and ensure they can obtain higher education and job training. Currently, Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in our Nation, and they have been a vital force of innovation and development. As we look to deliver a world class education that will determine America’s success in the 21st century, we must ensure Hispanics have access to the resources and tools needed to compete and thrive.

    Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are key members of our higher education system and vital sources of strength for our Nation’s students. They play an important role in attracting underrepresented Americans to science, technology, engineering, and math fields that will be pivotal in the 21st century economy. HSIs are committed to improving the lives of their students as well as helping revitalize the communities where they serve. Graduates of these institutions are helping expand our economy and enriching all aspects of our national life.

    To prepare the next generation of great American leaders, my Administration has set a goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Enhancing educational opportunities for Hispanics will be vital to achieving this objective, and we will need the continued leadership of our HSIs to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of our Hispanic students. Working together, we will open doors of opportunity for all our children and help them succeed on a global stage.

    This week, we celebrate the contributions of the more than 200 Hispanic Serving Institutions in communities across our country, and we recognize the students, alumni, parents, teachers, and school leaders whose vision and dedication has brightened countless futures. We will need their dreams and hard work, ideas and talents, perseverance and daring in the days ahead to build a stronger, more prosperous tomorrow for our Nation.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 19 through September 25, 2010, as National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week. I call upon all public officials, educators, and people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the contributions these institutions and their graduates have made to our country.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


    cmcmediatv | April 01, 2009 –

    Northeastern Illinois University (in Spanish)

    Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University continues to meet the demand for quality, affordable education, serving 12,000 students at the 67-acre main campus on Chicago’s north side and three additional campuses in the metropolitan area. NEIU is the most diverse university in the Midwest (according to U.S. News and World Report) and a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

  55. DREAM Act dies with rejection of defense bill when Republicans blocked a defense spending bill in the Senate

    9/21/2010 By SUZANNE GAMBOA- AP

    WASHINGTON—The chance for hundreds of thousands of young people to legally remain in the U.S. evaporated Tuesday when Republicans blocked a defense spending bill in the Senate.

    Democrats failed to get a single Republican to help them reach the 60 votes needed to move forward on the defense bill and attach the DREAM Act as an amendment. The vote was 56-43. Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor voted with Republicans. Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted to block the bill in a procedural move that allows the defense bill to be revived later.

    The DREAM Act allows young people to become legal U.S. residents after spending two years in college or the military. It applies to those who were under 16 when they arrived in the U.S., have been in the country at least five years and have a diploma from a U.S. high school or the equivalent.

    Several young people who would have benefited from the legislation watched the vote from the gallery, some wearing graduation caps and gowns. Many sat stone-faced when the vote tally was read. A young woman dressed in a gold cap and gown wiped away tears.

    Most of the young immigrants knew victory was unlikely, but in the hours before the vote they walked the hallways of a Senate office building trying to drum up support.

    “I was kind of speechless. It’s something that hurt, but we are not stopping. They only gave us a chance and more time to get even bigger,” said Diana Banderas, who graduated rom high school in May and plans to go to community college after earning the money she needs to attend.

    For the entire article: http://bit.ly/cmoUNn

  56. SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

    DREAM Act Would Offer Troops a Path to Citizenship

    Senator Dick Durbin today was joined by DREAM Act supporters to push for 60 votes in order to begin debating the Defense Authorization bill. Once on the bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had scheduled a vote on an amendment containing the DREAM Act.

  57. SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

    Fight For DREAM Act Continues So More May Serve

    The Defense Authorization bill was defeated today 56-43, as not a single GOP Senator agreed to open debate on the bill. By not allowing the Senate to open debate on the bill, the DREAM Act would not have a chance to voted on as an amendment. Senators Durbin, Reid and Inouye, however, vowed to keep fighting for passage of the DREAM Act.

  58. PhoenixNewTimes.com, Sept. 20, 2010:

    John McCain’s Shame: Blocking the Dream Act

    By Stephen Lemons

    I stopped by DREAM Army headquarters last night to watch Michael Nazario put his wannabe-U.S. troops through the paces.

    See, Nazario and other members of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition have been camped out since last week near U.S. Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office, at the corner of 16th Street and Missouri Avenue.

    Sunday, Nazario, a former member of the Junior ROTC, schooled about 30 teenagers and twentysomethings on some basic moves, saluting, right-face, at ease. They were preparing for a demonstration today at the state Capitol, where they will rally for their cause.

    They want McCain to support the legislation, which would allow young men and women brought to the U.S. from other countries when they were kids to apply for temporary residency. If within six years they earn a college degree or serve in the military, they could score a green card.

    “We have a lot of young men and women who have been here with us who really want to be in the service,” Nazario, 21, told me. “But because of their status, they’re unable to.”

    In fact DREAM Act students live in a legal limbo. Although they’ve been educated in our K-12 public schools, as is mandated by the federal courts, they graduate from high school to a world of little hope, where they can’t even score a driver’s license or work legally.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attaching the long-floundering DREAM Act to the Defense Authorization bill, along with a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

    Although McCain has backed DREAM Act legislation many times in the past, he’s now opposing it, as is Sand Land’s junior Senator Jon Kyl….


    michelerudy | September 20, 2010 –

    DREAM Army Commander Michael Nazario speaks in front of the State Capitol.

    [From YouTube text]: …. Senator McCain, sir. I want an opportunity to be a marine, to do something greater for myself and others. You and I have many things in common. One of them is love for this country. I am asking you to step up and be a leader in this moment. I am asking you to lead courageously so that I can serve.

  59. NOLA.com, Sept. 20, 2010:

    Immigration debate finds focus in DREAM Act

    …. “It’s the right thing to do it,” [President] Obama said of the act, which would give undocumented students a chance to earn legal status if they came here as children, are long-term residents, are of “good character,” and complete two years of college or military service. “We should get it done.”


  60. whitehouse | July 01, 2010 –

    President Obama on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    President Obama calls for both parties to come together to fix a broken immigration system and implement comprehensive reform that demands accountability from government, from businesses, and from individuals.

  61. Obama hopes GOP will ‘come to senses’ on DREAM Act after Nov.

    09/26/10 By Mike Lillis – TheHill.com

    Accusing Republicans of killing the DREAM Act for political ends, President Obama this weekend vowed to renew the fight for passage after November’s midterms.

    “My hope is that after the election maybe some of the Republicans who previously had supported these measures will come back and come to their senses and recognize that this is the right thing to do,” Obama said Saturday in an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language station, from the White House Rose Garden. “And I’m going to push very hard to see if we can get it done.”

    The Senate last week shot down the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act by a vote of 56 to 43. Every Republican — as well as Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor — opposed the measure.

    Both sides accused the other of playing politics with the vote. Republicans slammed the Democrats for attaching the DREAM Act language to a larger defense spending bill, while Democrats accused past GOP supporters — including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Robert Bennett (Utah) — of flip-flopping to deny the Democrats a political victory just before the midterms.

    The DREAM Act would offer a pathway to citizenship for young adults with two years of college or military service. The benefits would apply to those who arrived in the U.S. before age 16 and have lived in the country for at least five years. To be eligible, applicants would have to have a high school diploma, or the equivalent, from a U.S. school.

    “Maybe after this election,” Obama said Saturday, “[Republicans] will come to their senses and say [that] instead of trying to play politics with this issue let’s try to solve the problem.”

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/120951-obama-hopeful-republicans-will-come-to-their-senses-on-dream-act-after-elections

  62. Este miércoles, funcionarios de la Administración Participarán en una Asamblea Pública Sobre la Reforma de Salud por Radio La Tricolor

    Posted by Luis Miranda on September 28, 2010

    Este miércoles, Cecilia Muñoz, Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales de la Casa Blanca, y Mayra Alvarez, Directora de Política de Salud Pública en la Oficina de Reforma de Salud del Departamento de Salud, participarán en una asamblea pública en españolpor la cadena de radio La Tricolor de Entravisión. Durante el programa tomarán preguntas de la la comunidad hispana sobre los beneficios de la reforma de salud y las nuevas protecciones que entraron en vigor la semana pasada, seis meses luego de la promulgación de La Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio promulgada por el Presidente Obama. La reforma de salud es importante en particular para los hispanos, ya que uno de cada tres carece de seguro médico y casi la mitad no tienen un doctor consistente.

    Las nuevas medidas que entraron en vigor la semana pasada harán que las aseguradoras rindan cuentas por sus actos, reducirá el costo del cuidado de salud, garantizará más opciones de cuidado y mejorará la calidad de cuidado para los hispanos y todos los estadounidenses. El programa comenzará a las 6pm PT (9pm ET) por la cadena La Tricolor. Sintonize por las estaciones locales de la Tricolor que incluyen la KDLD-FM y KDLE- FM (Los Angeles), KMXX-FM (El Centro/Yuma), KLOK-FM (Salinas/Monterey), KMIX-TV (Stockton y Modesto), KRCX-FM (Sacramento), KRNV-FM (Reno), KQRT-FM (Las Vegas), KRZY-AM (Albuquerque), KLNZ-FM (Phoenix), KYSE-FM (El Paso), KBZO-FM (Lubbock), KXPK-FM (Denver) y KPVW-FM (Aspen) o escuchen en vivo aquí.

    El 23 de septiembre, cruciales nuevas medidas de protección al consumidor– una Carta de Derechos del Paciente– comenzaron a entrar en vigor. La Carta de Derechos del Paciente lleva a su fin los peores abusos de las compañías de seguros y pone a los consumidores, no las aseguradoras, a cargo de su cuidado de salud. Entre las nuevas medidas de protección se encuentran:

    * Prohibir la discriminación contra niños con enfermedades preexistentes
    * Prohibir que las aseguradoras cancelen cobertura
    * Prohibir que las aseguradoras limiten la cobertura
    * Prohibir que las aseguradoras limiten los médicos que se pueden escoger
    * Prohibir que las aseguradoras restrinjan la atención en la sala de urgencias
    * Garantizar su derecho a apelar
    * Ofrecer cobertura a adultos jóvenes por medio del plan de un padre
    * Cubrir la atención preventiva gratuita

    Para leer más acerca de estas protecciones, pulse aquí o visite CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

    Luis Miranda es Director de Medios Hispanos de la Casa Blanca

  63. Immigration Advocates Target GOP In DREAM Act Ads

    10/2/10 by Corey Dade – NPR

    To mobilize Hispanic voters in November, big labor and advocates of liberal efforts at overhauling immigration laws have announced a $300,000 ad campaign attacking Republican Senators for blocking passage of the so-called DREAM Act.

    The ad will air on Spanish-language radio stations in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and other states with large Latino populations. The effort was conceived and funded by the Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota and America’s Voice, which say the $300,000 is the most ever spent on a Spanish-language radio campaign by groups such as theirs to make their case on immigration.

    A solid Hispanic turnout could tip a number of close races, but Latinos, like many other voters who traditionally lean toward Democratic candidates, have yet to strongly engage in this election season. Because Latinos overwhelmingly support efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, organizers hope the ad campaign can shake them from their malaise.

    The DREAM Act became ready fodder when it died in the Senate on Sept. 22 after Democrats failed to get a single Republican to vote in support, including among from Republicans who had favored the measure in the past.

    “For us, it really starts with the sense that fixing the economy requires fixing or reforming our broken immigration system,” SEUI spokesman Teddy Davis says. “We need to stop exploiting our undocumented workers or it’s going to drag down the floor on all workers. So it has an impact on everyone.”

    The DREAM Act would establish a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants younger than 36 who arrived in the United States as children, have lived here for five years or more, and are attending college or serving in the military. More than 800,000 of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the nation could have been eligible.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130269189

  64. State lawmakers preparing citizenship legislation


    PHOENIX – Lawmakers in at least 14 states are collaborating on proposed legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, according to lawmakers, including the sponsor of Arizona’s 2010 law targeting illegal immigration.

    “We’re taking a leadership role on things that need to be fixed in America. We can’t get Congress to do it,” Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, of Mesa, said Tuesday. “It’s a national work group so that we have model legislation that we know will be successful, that meets the constitutional criteria.”

    The efforts by the state legislators come amid calls to change the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. Supporters cite costs to taxpayers for services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

    Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the founder of a national group of legislators critical of illegal immigration, said the 14th Amendment “greatly incentives foreign invaders to violate our border and our laws.” He had a news conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, Pa., on the multistate endeavor.

    The effort could run afoul of the language in the 14th Amendment and lead to a court battle over the constitutionality of the law. But Metcalfe said providing birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants is an “ongoing distortion and twisting” of the amendment.

    Metcalfe’s office said lawmakers in at least 12 other states besides Arizona and Pennsylvania said they were making their own announcements about working on the citizenship legislation. Those other states: Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Legislators from a total of 41 states are involved in a Metcalfe-founded group concerned with immigration issues.

    Pearce was the main sponsor of an Arizona law that would require police enforcing other laws to question people about their immigration status if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally. It was to go into effect this summer, but a judge put on hold key provisions pending the resolution of a legal challenge.

    Pearce also was the chief sponsor of a 2007 state law targeting employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

    He and fellow Arizona legislators plan a Tuesday afternoon news conference to formally announce the effort.

    Pearce said the legislation has yet to be drafted, and he declined to comment on possible approaches, including whether it would focus on the issuance of state birth certificates.

    “We’re going to address the issue of the unconstitutional declaration of citizenship to those born to non-citizens,” Pearce said. “It is a violation of the 14th Amendment.”

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/bnCayj

  65. October 19, 2010

    Remarks by the President at Signing of Executive Order for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
    East Room

    2:11 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Excellent. Everybody, please be seated. Welcome to the White House, everybody. Thank you, Javier, for that outstanding introduction. I will not play you chess. (Laughter.) You may not have won at the nationals, but you’d beat me. (Laughter.) And then Malia and Sasha would laugh about it. (Laughter.) We are very proud of you and we’re glad you are here.

    Thank you also to the University of Texas Pan American Mariachis that performed for us. (Applause.) And hello to everybody across the country participating in watch parties and in education reform efforts in your own communities. It’s precisely that kind of participation –- engaging the American people, giving all of you more say in the policies that affect your lives, and holding ourselves accountable to deliver real results in return –- that is at the heart of a new Executive Order I’m about to sign to strengthen the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. (Applause.)

    Now, before I sign this document, I’d like to acknowledge a few people who have been and will continue to be instrumental to our success: our Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana — (applause) — our Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education, Eduardo Ochoa — (applause) — and our Assistant Deputy Secretary, Rosalinda Barrera. (Applause.)

    I also want to thank Eduardo Padrón, the President of Miami Dade Community College, who has been a leader in my administration’s efforts to strengthen America’s community colleges. And because that’s not enough, in addition to running a community college he’s also agreed to serve as the chair of this initiative’s Presidential Advisory Commission. So we are grateful to you. (Applause.) This will be a group of 30 Latino leaders who are going to make sure that, when it comes to our children’s education, my administration hears the voices of the Latino community loud and clear.

    And I also want to give a special recognition to our recently-confirmed Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Raul Yzaguirre. (Applause.) It was Raul’s vision and tenacious commitment to equal education for all our people that helped this initiative become a reality back in 1990 under George H.W. Bush. And so we are very proud that he is here today to see that his work continues.

    The question then back in 1990 is the same question we face now: How do we best improve educational opportunities and outcomes for our Hispanic students? Over the past year and a half, under Juan Sepúlveda’s leadership — and Juan, thank you for your outstanding work — (applause) — over the last year and a half, this initiative has worked to gather the answers from those who know best — people in communities across this country. Juan hosted more than a hundred conversations. He’s taken comments from more than 10,000 Americans. And he’s worked with leaders from more than 30 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to come up with real solutions that work best for our kids.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/19/remarks-president-signing-executive-order-white-house-initiative-educati

    whitehouse | October 19, 2010 –

    Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

    President Obama speaks about improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanic students as he signs the Executive Order for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.


      10/19/10 POLITICO

      President Obama renewed his pledge to pass immigration legislation on Tuesday, telling Hispanic leaders at the White House that the DREAM Act would let more Latinos go to college and serve in the military.

      “Congress should finally pass the DREAM Act,” Obama said at a ceremony to sign an executive order on education as the guests applauded. “I have supported this bill for years, and I’ll do everything it takes to sign it into law.”

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  67. Piolín a Obama: “Muchos hispanos están decepcionados con usted”

    10/23/10 http://piolin.univision.com

    Obama visitó la casa de Piolín

    LOS ANGELES, California – El locutor Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo encendió los micrófonos de su programa para que -entre otros temas de sumo interés para la comunidad hispana- el presidente Barack Obama hiciera frente a las promesas de campaña en materia migratoria que cuando era candidato realizó en el programa Piolín por la Mañana en 2008.

    La entrevista completa será transmitida al aire y por internet la mañana del lunes a través de las emisoras radiales en donde se escucha el Show de Piolín por la Mañana, a partir de las 12 p.m. Este/9 a.m. Pacífico.

    Haz click para escuchar la entrevista completa

    En el marco electoral que rodeó la visita presidencial a California, Piolín dijo a Obama: “Muchos hispanos están decepcionados con usted por la falta la reforma migratoria, ¿cómo viene a pedir por votos?”, preguntó el conductor del programa al jefe de estado.

    “Yo también estoy decepcionado…” comenzó a responder el mandatario.

    El desempleo fue otro de los temas de urgencia que Piolín trató con Obama de forma directa: “¿Qué tiene que decir usted a los 15 millones de desempleados en Estados Unidos?”

    Estas y muchas otras preguntas que los radioescuchas de Piolín le hicieron llegar al presidente fueron planteadas por el locutor.

    Por Mas: http://piolin.univision.com/article/2010-10-23/obama-responde-a-piolin

  68. Nevada’s Spanish-language newspapers support Harry Reid

    10/26/10 Jessica Puente – The Daily Caller

    Spanish-language newspapers in Nevada agree: Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle is not their friend.

    “In all of our existence as a publication we have never supported one candidate over another. But the language and strong images against our community expressed by Mrs. Angle obligates us to defend our people,” the newspaper Prensa Latina Las Vegas said, in translation.

    Spanish-language newspapers in Nevada have made it clear Angle is not the candidate the Latino community should be voting for. They criticize Angle for supposedly wanting to eliminate Social Security, opposition to the DREAM Act and support for Arizona’s strict new immigration law. In contrast, they claim that her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is a friend of Nevada’s Latino community.

    “Sharron Angle ignores us, she doesn’t want to meet with us and she doesn’t want anything to do with us,” Hernando Amaya, editor of El Tiempo Las Vegas, told The Daily Caller. “[Harry Reid] has always been here, he comes on the weekends when he isn’t in session and spends time with the community. He is someone who has always supported the Hispanic community.”

    Editor of La Prensa Latina, Armando Nevárez, told TheDC that Angle has taken a “radical position” against Hispanics in Nevada and claims the Republican candidate supports profiling not only illegal immigrants but all immigrants.

    Reid is also targeting Latino voters by airing ads on Latino radio stations, saying, “If Sharron Angle wins, our kids lose.” The ads also criticize Angle for being unsupportive of the Hispanic community.

    Angle’s campaign did not return a request for comment. She currently holds a narrow lead over Reid according to the Real Clear Politics average.


    Meg Whitman’s New Spanish-Language Ad: I ‘Stood Up Against The Arizona Law’

    10/26/10 Amanda Terkel – Huffington Post

    California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is out with a new Spanish-language ad, attempting to make a last-minute appeal to the state’s Latino voters by telling them that she “stood up against” Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

    English translation of the ad:


    SUPER: Jerry Brown’s lies

    ANNOUNCER: Don’t be fooled by Jerry Brown. Meg Whitman stood up against the Arizona law. She stood by us.

    Why is Brown lying? To fool us.

    SUPER: Better Jobs

    Meg is the only candidate with a good plan to create jobs.

    SUPER: Better Schools.

    The only one who can fix our public schools.

    The choice? Better jobs and Better schools.


    Or the same old failures from Jerry Brown. We lost jobs when he was Governor.

    MAN: Don’t be fooled by Jerry Brown.
    The Huffington Post confirmed that the ad began airing Monday statewide on Spanish-language stations Univision, Telemundo and TeleFutura.

    Democrats and many Latino organizations have been critical of Whitman’s outreach, especially her statements on SB-1070, Arizona’s immigration law.

    “Meg Whitman is trying to have it both ways on Arizona’s ‘papers please’ immigration law,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, “but, no matter how many billboards she can afford, the truth is she can’t say one thing in English and turn around and say another in Spanish. She said she supported Arizona’s decision to pursue SB 1070, and now she is trying to spend her way out of the mess, en Español. Good luck with that.”

    Sharry was referencing a July statement by Whitman, where she said, “The states have got to be able to decide what is right for their state. So I would let the Arizona law stand for Arizona.”

    Hector M. Barajas, a spokesman for Whitman, dismissed any claims of inconsistency. “Democrats and their union buddies are always going to disapprove of any ad we put up there,” he said. Barajas pointed to Whitman’s statement that she would veto such legislation if it ever came across her desk while she was governor of California, saying that has been her position since the primary.

    “She says that every state has to make a decision on their own as to what they deal with in their own laws,” said Barajas. “Now in California, she’s running for governor of California. In California, if a similar type of law came about, she would veto it.”

    Politico’s Ben Smith writes that while Whitman does oppose an SB-1070-type law for California, that’s not “exactly the same as being ‘against the Arizona law,’ as the new ad says.”

    In addition to ads, Whitman has been paying for Spanish-language billboards and mailers to appeal to Latino voters. However, she is opposed to the DREAM Act, legislation popular in the Latino community because it would extend a path to citizenship for children who were brought to this country undocumented by their parents and who are now seeking higher education. A recent poll — taken after a controversy over Whitman’s former housekeeper who claimed to be undocumented at the time of her employment — shows Brown with a considerable lead over Whitman amongst Latino voters.

    Nearly 20 percent of California’s 17 million registered voters are Latino.


  70. Michelle Obama visita a Piolín por la Mañana

    Fecha: 26/10/2010 Univision Radio

    LOS ANGELES, California – El reconocido locutor Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo no se conformó con entrevistar en exclusiva esta semana al presidente Barack Obama. Los estudios de su programa Piolín por la Mañana se visten nuevamente de etiqueta con la visita especial de la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Michelle Obama, quien se encuentra de visita en el sur de California.

    Escucha el Show de Piolín para que no te pierdas la entrevista

    “Es un honor darle la bienvenida otra vez a la Primera Dama y entrevistarla en ‘Piolín por la Mañana’ “, expresó Piolín, al destacar que es la segunda vez que Michelle Obama visita los estudios de su programa.

    No obstante, lo más importante para Piolín es que por segunda ocasión en una semana, sus oyentes en todo el país tienen acceso directo a la primera familia de Estados Unidos.

    Este lunes se transmitió una entrevista que el reconocido locutor le hizo al presidente Obama, en la que le preguntó qué hace falta para lograr la aprobación de una reforma migratoria amplia que legalice a
    los más de 12 millones de indocumentados que viven en Estados Unidos.

    “Esta segunda visita histórica a nuestros estudios les dará a los hispanos, una vez más esta semana, acceso a la primera familia discutiendo asuntos de importancia para nuestra comunidad”, destacó el conductor radial.

    Por mas: http://piolin.univision.com/article/2010-10-26/michelle-obama-visita-a-piolin

    • Michelle Obama: “Yo mando, él está ocupado

      29/10/10 noticias.aol.com

      LOS ANGELES, California-

      El locutor Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo entrevistó en su programa “Piolin por la Mañana” a la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Michelle Obama y ella le aseguró entre risas que era quien mandaba en la Casa Blanca.

      “Sí, yo mando. Él está ocupado. El tiene cosas que hacer. Y esto probablemente no es diferente de como era antes de que nos hiciéramos residentes de la Casa Blanca”, explicó Michelle.

      Lee la entrevista completa aquí:

      (EPS es Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo y FLOTUS por sus siglas en inglés Primera Dama de los Estados Unidos Michelle Obama)

      FLOTUS:Gracias. Tu introducción siempre es muy emocional y muy generosa. Así que gracias.

      EPS: Señora Obama, es magnífico tenerla aquí con nosotros otra vez. Aprendemos mucho de usted y del Presidente Obama. Ustedes son personas auténticas.

      FLOTUS: Gracias.

      EPS: Lo vemos muy claramente.

      FLOTUS: Estoy honrada de estar de regreso. Me divertí mucho la primera vez que estuve aquí. Fue una de las muchas experiencias que verdaderamente destacan en mi mente durante mi tiempo en la campaña. Es magnífico estar de regreso como la Primera Dama. Gracias por tenerme aquí.

      EPS: Cuando usted vino, Sasha estaba con usted. Y Malía estaba con usted. Y se divirtieron mucho con nosotros. Lo recuerdo.

      FLOTUS: Y han crecido. Eran niñas muy pequeñas y ahora son señoritas jóvenes. Están prosperando mucho y yo he invertido una gran parte de mi tiempo durante el último año y medio asegurándome que se estén acostumbrando a una vida muy interesante, tratando de lograr que sigan teniendo una vida normal y con los pies en la tierra, dentro de lo que se puede. Les quiero dar las gracias a todos sus radioescuchas porque la gente nos manda sus oraciones. No importa en dónde estamos. La gente me detiene y me preguntan sobre las niñas y me dicen que están orando por nosotros. Y esto significa mucho para nosotros, es un trabajo difícil y es bueno saber que la gente nos está enviando buenos deseos.

      EPS:¿Cuál es su programa matutino de radio favorito en Washington, D.C.? Por cierto ahora puede escucharnos en Washington, D.C.

      FLOTUS: Desafortunadamente no puedo escuchar mucho la radio. Ésa es una de las cosas que me doy cuenta que me falta por que cuando era una persona común y corriente, escuchaba la radio en el automóvil. Ahora, no manejo mi propio automóvil. [Risas] Así que —

      Por Mas: http://noticias.aol.com/2010/10/29/piolin-entrevista-michelle-obama/

  71. The GOP war on ‘anchor babies’

    11/19/10 TheWeek.com

    New York – Blocking citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is a top priority for some House Republicans. Can they do it?

    The incoming Republican chairman of the House subcommittee on immigration, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), has set his top priority: Repeal the U.S. “birthright citizenship” granted to all U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants under the 14th Amendment. King argues that these so-called anchor babies are an unfair drain on taxpayer dollars, and offer their undocumented parents a stealth path to citizenship. While some GOP leaders support King’s drive, is it good policy… or bad politics?

    What happened to Constitutional conservatism? The newly elected class of Republicans campaigned on “defending” the Constitution, says Cynthia Tucker in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But if their first goal is gutting the 14th Amendment — rather than, say, creating jobs — it’s not the Democrats who “don’t care so much about fealty to the Constitution,” it’s the “radical” GOP.
    Radical Republicans want to ignore the Constitution

    It’s time for Congress to take action: King’s got the right idea, says Bruce Maiman at Examiner.com, but his proposal doesn’t directly tackle the real problem: The vague language of the 14th Amendment. Ideally, Congress would revise the amendment so that it clearly requires that one parent be a citizen before a child can become one too.
    House conservatives target ‘anchor babies‘”

    This is political suicide: King’s bill would never pass the Senate, let alone the courts, says the Los Angeles Times in an editorial. The only thing it would do is alienate Latino voters. And that’s just bad politics. Latinos are a rapidly growing electoral force, and they “are not, by any means, monolithic Democratic voters” — yet. If GOP leaders don’t “quash” anti-immigrant talk, they risk losing Latino support.
    Alienating Latinos



      GOP Candidates Court Hispanic Voters

      January 28, 2012 NPR

      Summary: Republican candidates’ efforts to win Hispanic voters have intensified in advance of the Florida primary, airing ads in Spanish and contending over immigration. Host Scott Simon speaks with Maria Elena Salinas, co-host of Noticiero Univision, about Hispanic voters’ role in the Republican primary and the upcoming presidential election.

      “Just a few weeks ago it seems like the Republican candidates were trying to out do each other to see which one was more anti-immigrant now they are going the other way and saying which one is less anti-immigrant”

      Maria Elena Salinas, co-host of Noticiero Univision – 1/28/12 on NPR

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/28/146024081/gop-candidates-court-hispanic-voters

      • Latino Mormons speaking out against Romney

        2/20/12 By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago

        ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”

        The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.

        But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.

        As Romney continues to seek the Republican presidential nomination while rarely discussing his faith, a growing number of vocal Hispanic Mormons say they intend to use Mormon teachings as a reason to convince others not to vote for him. They have held firesides (equivalent to a tent revival) on immigration, protested outside of Romney campaign events and have traveled across state lines to help defeat other Mormon politicians with similar harsh immigration stances.

        “Yes, we are happy that we have a Mormon running for president,” said Packard, a Saratoga Springs, Utah, resident and member of Somos (We are) Republicans. “But a lot of us aren’t supporting him because of his stance against immigrants.”

        While stressing the Mormon faith’s historic connection to converting immigrants, Latino Mormons point directly to immigration stories in the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ recent statements against policies targeting immigrants. They also view Romney’s stance against proposals giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship as hypocritical since Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, who had five wives and 30 children, sought refuge in Mexico after passage of an 1882 law that barred polygamy.

        For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/latino-mormons-speaking-against-romney-081631712.html

      • Villaraigosa LA mayor says Rubio’s DREAM Act would create a ‘second class’

        4/29/12 By Brendan Sasso – TheHill

        Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) said on Sunday that an immigration proposal from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would create a “second class status” of people in the United States.

        “I would support the president’s version of the DREAM Act,” Villaraigosa said, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think that Sen. Rubio’s version of the Dream Act would create a second class status for folks.”

        But Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic convention this summer, added that the country “should engage in a conversation and a debate” about the issue.

        The Democratic version of the DREAM Act immigration reform plan would create a path to citizenship for some students who were brought into the country illegally as children. The bill failed to attract enough Republican support to clear the Senate in late 2010.

        Rubio’s alternative, which he has yet to formally introduce, would give students legal status through non-immigrant visas, but not citizenship.

        For the entire article: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/224423-la-mayor-rubio-dream-act-would-create-second-class-americans

    • Trump mocks Asians Latino voter approval plummets

      Published on Aug 27, 2015

      Trump mocks Asians, Latino voter approval plummets
      Rachel Maddow reports on the low approval of Republican 2016 candidates among Hispanic voters, Donald Trump in particular, and highlights a moment in Trump’s Iowa speech in which he mocked Asian business negotiators.

  72. Reviving the economy must include immigration reform

    11/21/2010 By Barbara Boxer- Special to the San Jose Mercury News

    Clearly, too many people across our country are still suffering the effects of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    Here are five steps we can take immediately to help create jobs:

    # We must ensure that the recently signed Small Business Jobs Act is carried out effectively so that small businesses get the credit they need to start hiring again.

    # We must ensure that California and other states can continue leading the way toward a clean-energy future and the thousands of jobs that depend on it.

    # We must put Californians to work rebuilding our roads, bridges and transit systems, which will create thousands of jobs, especially in the hard-hit construction industry.

    # We must offer incentives for U.S.-based companies to bring home billions of dollars sitting offshore from foreign sales, which would be a huge economic boost from the private sector.

    # And, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform, which is a vital economic issue. Our broken immigration system does more than just tear apart families, it hurts our economic competitiveness, and it is time we fixed it.

    Independent studies have shown that comprehensive immigration reform will create jobs, increase revenues and strengthen our economy. A recent University of Southern California study estimates that the new direct and indirect spending could support 25,000 new jobs here in California and bring in $310 million in additional state income taxes.

    Comprehensive reform would boost the U.S. economy as a whole, adding $1.5 trillion to the United States gross domestic product over 10 years, according to the Center for American Progress. What’s more, the higher earning power of newly legalized workers would result in increased tax revenues of $5 billion in the first three years.

    When immigrants are able to come out of the shadows, their wages increase, they open bank accounts, buy homes and spend money freely in our communities. And our industries, from agriculture to high-tech, will benefit when they have a reliable and skilled work force.

    For the entire article: http://bit.ly/9LKmqv

  73. President Obama on the DREAM Act: “My Administration Will Not Give Up”

    Posted by Kori Schulman on December 18, 2010

    Following a disappointing vote in the Senate, President Obama released the following statement on the DREAM act:

    In an incredibly disappointing vote today, a minority of Senators prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country. As I said last week, when the House passed the DREAM Act, it is not only the right thing to do for talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own, it is the right thing for the United States of America. Our nation is enriched by their talents and would benefit from the success of their efforts. The DREAM Act is important to our economic competitiveness, military readiness, and law enforcement efforts. And as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported, the DREAM Act would cut the deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. There was simply no reason not to pass this important legislation.

    It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today. But my administration will not give up on the DREAM Act, or on the important business of fixing our broken immigration system. The American people deserve a serious debate on immigration, and it’s time to take the polarizing rhetoric off our national stage.

    I thank Senators Durbin, Reid, and Menendez for their tireless efforts. Moving forward, my administration will continue to do everything we can to fix our nation’s broken immigration system so that we can provide lasting and dedicated resources for our border security while at the same time restoring responsibility and accountability to the system at every level.

    • President Obama on Obstruction of the DREAM Act: “Maybe My Biggest Disappointment” of Last Weeks

      12/23/10 Posted by Stephanie Valencia

      Today, before leaving for the holiday, President Obama held a news conference to discuss the highlights of the lame duck session. He also discussed in depth his disappointment at Congress’ inability to pass the DREAM Act and spoke with great heart about why it is important to address this important issue, in addition to broader immigration reform, in the coming Congress. Please take a look at the President’s full answer to the question by clicking the link below. It’s well worth the watch.

      But I will tell you, maybe my biggest disappointment was this DREAM Act vote. You know, I get letters from kids all across the country — came here when they were five, came here when they were eight; their parents were undocumented. The kids didn’t know — kids are going to school like any other American kid, they’re growing up, they’re playing football, they’re going to class, they’re dreaming about college. And suddenly they come to 18, 19 years old and they realize even though I feel American, I am an American, the law doesn’t recognize me as an American. I’m willing to serve my country, I’m willing to fight for this country, I want to go to college and better myself — and I’m at risk of deportation.

      And it is heartbreaking. That can’t be who we are, to have kids — our kids, classmates of our children — who are suddenly under this shadow of fear through no fault of their own. They didn’t break a law — they were kids.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/23/president-obama-obstruction-dream-act-maybe-my-biggest-disappointment-last-weeks

    • Michelle Obama urges Latino community to pressure GOP to back immigration bill
      By Andrew Restuccia – 02/12/11 03:32 PM ET

      First Lady Michelle Obama called on the Latino community to put pressure on Republicans to support comprehensive immigration legislation.

      In an interview with Univision, the first lady said President Obama wanted to pass immigration legislation, but could not find enough support among Republicans to move a bill.

      The DREAM Act, a bill to give undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children and are pursuing higher education an opportunity to become U.S. citizens, had little support among Republicans, she said. The latest attempt to pass the legislation failed in December.

      “So I urge the Latino community, he needs help, he’s got to have Republicans and Democrats in Congress who are going to step up,” the first lady said. “If a sound immigration bill gets put on the President’s desk he is going to sign it. But it’s got to get through Congress. He can’t do it alone.”

      Asked if the president pushed hard enough to pass an immigration bill, the first lady defended her husband.

      “Immigration reform has been at the top of my husband’s agenda from the minute he thought about running for this office,” she said, adding later, “But people have to know that the President can’t pass immigration reform without the support of Congress and we don’t have that.”


  74. Improving Latino Education to Win the Future

    Posted by Alejandra Campoverdi on April 27, 2011

    Today at a community conversation at Miami-Dade College, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the U.S. Department of Education released the report Winning the Future: Improving Education for the Latino Community. The President will be delivering a commencement address at Miami-Dade College Friday evening. To view the report, click HERE.

    The report shows that Hispanic success in education and in the labor market is of immediate and long‐term importance to America’s economy. It also shows that Hispanics have the lowest education attainment level overall of any group in the U.S. Hispanics are by far the largest minority group in today’s American public education system, numbering more than 12.4 million in the country’s elementary, middle and high schools. Nearly 22 percent, or slightly more than 1 in 5, of all pre‐K-12 students enrolled in America’s public schools is Hispanic, but they face persistent obstacles to educational attainment. Less than half are enrolled in any early learning program. Only about half earn their high school diploma on time; those who do complete high school are only half as likely as their peers to be prepared for college and only 4 percent have completed graduate or professional degree programs.

    As part of the community conversation in Miami today, Senior Obama Administration officials met with dozens of educators and community leaders, to exchange ideas and outline strategies to meet President Obama’s goal for the nation to have the best-educated workforce in the world by 2020.

    Alejandra Campoverdi is the Deputy Director of Hispanic Media.

  75. May 10, 2011

    Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in El Paso, Texas

    Chamizal National Memorial El Paso, Texas

    1:21 P.M. MDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, El Paso! (Applause.) Well, it is wonderful — wonderful to be back with all of you in the Lone Star State. (Applause.) Everything is bigger in Texas. (Applause.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

    THE PRESIDENT: I love you back! (Applause.) Even the welcomes are bigger. (Applause.) So, in appreciation, I wanted to give a big policy speech outside on a really hot day. (Laughter.) Those of you who are still wearing your jackets, feel free to take them off. I hope everybody is wearing sunscreen.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We live here.

    THE PRESIDENT: You say you live here? You don’t need it, huh? (Laughter.) Well, it is a great honor to be here. And I want to express my appreciation to all of you for taking the time to come out today.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you. (Applause.)

    You know, about a week ago, I delivered a commencement address at Miami Dade Community College, which is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. The graduates were proud that their class could claim heritage from 181 countries around the world — 181 countries. (Applause.)

    Many of the students were immigrants themselves, coming to America with little more than the dream of their parents and the clothes on their back. A handful had discovered only in adolescence or adulthood that they were undocumented. But they worked hard and they gave it their all, and so they earned those diplomas.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/remarks-president-comprehensive-immigration-reform-el-paso-texas

  76. White House Hispanic Community Action Summits Take the Conversation on the Road

    Posted by Stephanie Valencia on August 18, 2011

    In July the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics partnered to host the first ever White House Hispanic Policy Conference. Over a two day period, 160 Hispanic leaders from 25 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico joined over 100 Administration officials to discuss the President’s agenda and its impact on the Hispanic community and more importantly, to strategize on how we best move forward together to improve outcomes and access for the Hispanic community.

    At the end of the two day conference, several Latino leaders who participated asked us to come to their communities and hold similar gatherings in their cities and states to have the important conversation about how the Administration’s agenda impacts the Hispanic community across the country.

    Over the course of the next few months, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics will partner to take this same format and conversation to several communities across the country. We will be holding over two dozen 1 ½ – 2 day “White House Hispanic Community Action Summits” in cities ranging from Phoenix, Arizona to Miami, Florida, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    For the entire article and video:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/18/white-house-hispanic-community-action-summits-take-conversation-road

  77. Office Hours 8/18/11 or “The Real Fix is the #DREAM Act”: Cecilia Muñoz Answers Your Questions on Twitter

    Posted by Kori Schulman on August 18, 2011

    Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new strategy that focuses immigration resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first. Following the announcement, Cecilia Muñoz, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, answered your questions on Twitter, submitted with the hashtag #WHChat. See the archive of today’s Office Hours below, or on Storify.

    Follow @Whitehouse for the latest from the Administration and upcoming opportunities to engage. We’re always looking for ways to improve. If you have feedback on Office Hours or our online program, let us know. Share your feedback with the hashtag #WHWeb on Twitter or through this web form.\\

  78. Immigrant Integration: Taking the Conversation on the Road

    Posted by Felicia Escobar on June 17, 2011

    Last week in Kansas City, and earlier this year in Minneapolis, federal agency staff hosted a roundtable discussion that brought together faith-based, educational, and advocacy organizations, business leaders and local government officials.

    At the Kansas City event, representatives from Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security heard from leaders who helped identify best practices and give their ideas about what the federal government can do to help immigrant populations and the communities where they settle.

    At the Minneapolis event, representatives from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders led a group of AAPI advocates and community leaders in a frank, constructive discussion about integration successes and challenges and highlighted valuable partnerships they’ve made across business, law enforcement, and community sectors.

    And last month at the White House, the Administration highlighted community leaders – from San Diego, CA to Utica, NY – who are working to connect immigrants with critical services to learn English and assist in the naturalization process, as a part of our Champions of Change initiative. But hearing from two cities and bringing a handful of leaders to Washington, DC is not enough. That’s why the Administration is taking the conversation on the road. We believe that community leaders around the country are doing great work to integrate new immigrants into their communities and we want to know about it.

    Over the next three months, federal officials will be traveling around the country to gather feedback that will assist us in developing a federal strategy on immigrant integration. Look for us in a city near you:

    • Seattle, Washington on July 7th

    • Atlanta, GA on July 13th

    • Houston, Texas on July 26th

    • New York, NY on July 28th

    • Los Angeles, CA on August 5th

    * Detroit, MI on August 10th

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/17/new-americans-citizenship-and-integration-initiative

    • Post: Boost for Hispanic outreach

      8/22/11 By POLITICO STAFF

      The Washington Post pulls back the curtain on the White House’s outreach to Hispanics, particularly a little-noticed meeting with 160 leaders in the community last month during the debt debate:

      “For two days, they enjoyed full access to top presidential advisers, Cabinet members and administration officials from across the government. Before the participants left town, they received a glossy 33-page booklet detailing talking points to be shared back home — 1.9 million Hispanics kept out of poverty by the stimulus, $808 million in loans last year to Hispanic small businesses, and an extra $1 billion directed to colleges with large numbers of Hispanic students, to name a few.

      “The event was part of broader efforts by the White House and Obama’s reelection campaign to rekindle excitement among Hispanic voters, many of whom have turned their backs on the president amid disappointment over his immigration policies. Key to the strategy is shifting voters’ attention beyond the caustic immigration debate with data-driven appeals that show progress in other areas, while arguing that Obama is better on immigration than any of his potential Republican foes. …

      “The White House has lavished attention on Hispanic media, dispatching Obama and other administration officials to frequent appearances on Univision and Telemundo and inviting Hispanic bloggers to coveted encounters with Obama and senior advisers. Obama has sat for some 30 interviews with Hispanic news outlets — including one to be featured this fall in Latina magazine. In video aired during Univision’s annual ‘Premio lo Nuestro,’ a People’s Choice Awards-style music show, Obama rolled his R’s as he peppered his feel-good message with Spanish phrases.”

      Republicans are sure to enjoy that line that suggests the administration is aligning its approach with the reelection effort — “broader efforts by the White House and Obama’s reelection campaign” — but the Post adds, “Administration officials say their outreach initiatives — many of which began in 2009 — are not coordinated with the campaign.”

    • Immigration Update: Maximizing Public Safety and Better Focusing Resources

      Posted by Cecilia Muñoz on August 18, 2011

      President Obama is deeply committed to fixing our immigration laws and has been aggressively searching for partners in Congress who are willing to work with him to pass a new law. As he focuses on building a new 21st century immigration system that meets our nation’s economic and security needs, the President has a responsibility to enforce the existing laws in a smart and effective manner. This means making decisions that best focus the resources that Congress gives the Executive Branch to do this work. There are more than 10 million people who are in the U.S. illegally; it’s clear that we can’t deport such a large number. So the Administration has developed a strategy to make sure we use those resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first. If you were running a law enforcement agency anywhere in the world, you would target those who pose the greatest harm before those who do not. Our immigration enforcement work is focused the same way.

      Under the President’s direction, for the first time ever the Department of Homeland Security has prioritized the removal of people who have been convicted of crimes in the United States. And they have succeeded; in 2010 DHS removed 79,000 more people who had been convicted of a crime compared to 2008. Today, they announced that they are strengthening their ability to target criminals even further by making sure they are not focusing our resources on deporting people who are low priorities for deportation. This includes individuals such as young people who were brought to this country as small children, and who know no other home. It also includes individuals such as military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel. It makes no sense to spend our enforcement resources on these low-priority cases when they could be used with more impact on others, including individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes.

      For the entire article:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/18/immigration-update-maximizing-public-safety-and-better-focusing-resources

      • New U.S. Deportation Policy Spares Some

        8/25/11 by TED ROBBINS – NPR

        Immigrants and their lawyers are beginning to see the effects of the White House policy announced last week that downgrades some deportation cases.

        The Department of Homeland Security says it hasn’t officially begun to prioritize all 300,000 cases before the nation’s immigration courts, but prosecutors are definitely employing newfound discretion.

        Judy Flanagan got a call this week — a call she has never gotten before in many years as an immigration lawyer. It was a prosecutor from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Phoenix, suggesting that a college student Flanagan represents ought to ask for her deportation case to be dismissed.

        “That never happens,” she said. “I’ve asked for prosecutorial discretion in the past, too, for other students, and that didn’t work out too well. They said no.”

        This time she didn’t even have to ask. The prosecutor apparently looked at the file and thought the student qualified under the new guidelines. The goal is to prosecute more people convicted of crimes, or back in the U.S. after having already been deported, and to ease off people like 22-year-old Ileana Salinas, Flanagan’s client.

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/25/139931008/new-u-s-deportation-policy-spares-some

      • Deportation tide changing for gay couples

        8/28/11 By Matt O’Brien – ContraCostTimes

        OAKLAND — When a judge last week closed a deportation case against Filipino immigrant Raul Sinense, he and his husband, Peter Gee, celebrated by having coffee together on Berkeley’s Solano Avenue.

        The low-key celebration suited the low-key couple, who married on a Big Sur beach during the six-month window in 2008 when same-sex marriage was legal in California.

        The occasion, however, also marked a turning point: The Oakland pair is one of just three gay couples nationwide to benefit from a new Obama administration policy that orders immigration officials to reconsider deporting illegal immigrants who have strong community and family ties.

        “This is a really pivotal case,” Gee said. “It seems like the tide is changing in the U.S. toward inclusion, toward equality, toward human.”

        Immigration Judge Tue Phan-Quang ordered the case against Sinense closed on Aug. 16 because the immigration service said a few days earlier it was no longer seeking to deport Sinense to the Philippines. The problems are not over for Sinense — his case is not decisively terminated, just on indefinite hold — but the action means the couple won’t be separated and Sinense can reapply for a work permit.

        “San Francisco right now is really the center of this policy shift,” said Camiel Becker, the couple’s lawyer. “We have judges who don’t want to deport people if they’re in a same-sex marriage. It’s not just by chance. The trial attorneys and the judges

        For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/samesexmarriage/ci_18765724?source=rss

    • California Dream Act now on its way to Gov. Brown’s desk

      9/4/11 By Laurel Rosenhall | Sacramento Bee

      The California state Assembly voted Friday to send Gov. Jerry Brown (D), a bill that allows undocumented immigrant college students to receive publicly funded financial aid.

      After a lengthy debate, Assembly Bill 131 — the second part of the controversial measure known as the California Dream Act — cleared the lower house on a 45-27 vote.

      “Today is a wonderful day,” said Assemblyman Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella. “Today is a day of hope. Today, there are many students throughout the state of California who are saying, ‘It’s about time.’ ”

      The bill allows access to taxpayer-funded financial aid for students who came to the country before age 16, attended a California high school for at least three years and graduated. Democrats argued that providing such students greater access to higher education would improve the state’s economy in the long run by creating a more educated population.

      Republicans didn’t see it that way.

      They argued that giving scholarships to students who are in the country illegally will encourage more immigrants to come to the state without authorization.

      For the entire article: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/03/123094/california-dream-act-now-on-its.html

  79. “Decisiones Difíciles”

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    Mitt Romney: Extreme on immigration

    November 23, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

    In last night’s Republican presidential debate, Romney went to the far right of every other candidate, refusing to agree with others on the stage that tearing apart families is wrong or that we shouldn’t implement an extreme and inhumane immigration policy.

    That makes him the most extreme, right-wing presidential candidate on the issue of immigration—ever.


    Mitt Romney on Immigration: Dishonest. To the Extreme.

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      DNC Statement on Mitt Romney Saying He Would Veto the DREAM Act If President

      Posted by DNC Press on Saturday, December 31, 2011

      After Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said today at a campaign stop in Iowa that he would veto the DREAM Act if it passed and he were president, the DNC’s Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs, Juan Sepúlveda, released the following statement:

      “If there had been doubt in anyone’s mind—least of all, Hispanics in America, that Mitt Romney’s far-right views on immigration would make him the most extreme presidential nominee in recent memory, his statement today that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were president is appalling. This piece of legislation has been supported by members of both parties. It is something that Americans can get behind, and it is in line with the spirit of inclusion and diversity of our country that has made our nation great. But Mitt Romney has shown once again that he is out of touch and far to the right of even members of his own party, and that he would not represent the best interest of middle class Americans, those still trying to reach the middle class, and Hispanics in the country. This is in direct contrast to President Obama who strongly supports opening the American Dream for hard-working, patriotic young people who are leaders in their communities today and who are looking for an opportunity to attend college or serve our country in the military, but who can’t, through no fault of their own.”

      Source: http://www.democrats.org/news/press/3691

      • Apoyando Nuestros Suenos

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        El Presidente cree firmemente en la noción que, en Estados Unidos, si trabajas duro debes de poder salir adelante. Pero muchos de nuestros jóvenes no tienen esa oportunidad.

        Mitt Romney promete vetar la Ley DREAM y la califica como “limosna,” pero los miles de estudiantes indocumentados que podrían ganarse la ciudadanía gracias a la Ley DREAM no buscan cosas gratuitas, sólo quieren una oportunidad para contribuir al único hogar que conocen.

        El Presidente Obama sabe que en este país, el trabajo se debe de premiar. El respalda plenamente la ley DREAM, y luchará hasta que se apruebe. Únete a la lucha: https://my.barackobama.com/suenosvid


      Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman

      2/7/12 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

      Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

      “I’m honored to have Governor Pete Wilson‘s support, because he’s one of California’s most accomplished leaders. As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, he led California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery,” Romney said in a news release.

      “Taking office with an inherited revenue gap of over $14 million, he left his successor a surplus of over $12.5 million,” Romney continued. “Pete persuaded Democratic Legislative majorities to enact dramatic tax and regulatory relief especially helpful to small businesses.”

      But some believe making Wilson the campaign’s honorary chair might alienate California Latino voters still embittered by Wilson’s support of Proposition 187 of 1994, which sought to create a state-run citizenship screening system and bar undocumented immigrants from using health care, public education and other social services.

      Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Romney “is getting really bad campaign advice.”

      “Anybody on the ground in California who was hoping to peel away Latino voters in a general election wouldn’t put Pete Wilson front and center,” Vargas said. “To me it’s baffling.

      Meg Whitman learned what a mistake that was for her to do the same in 2010 when she ran for governor — it certainly didn’t work for her.”

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19906056?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

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