“This idea that the president has been unwavering on immigration doesn’t really pass the smell test,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”Graham, who has been invited to the Oval Office twice in recent weeks to discuss his work with Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., said Obama’s interest in the issue is only due to an upcoming march on Washington.”A hastily called meeting Thursday because of a rally next weekend is not unwavering,” he said. “This idea that this administration has been unwavering on immigration reform is just political spin and the people at the rally ought to know that.”Immigration reform proponents are planning a massive rally in Washington later this month. The rally is organized by Reform Immigration for America, a left of center group.
via Graham: Obama just paying lip service to immigration reform – TheHill.com.
Javier Palomarez, the new CEO and President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, readily admits that he is a “corporate animal,” having worked as an executive at companies such as Allstate Insurance, Sprint, and, most recently, ING Financial.
But his incredible up-by-the-bootstraps story has kept him in touch with the little guy, and, he says, it is the little guy — namely, small businesses — he intends to fight for.
via New U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO to Fight for Small Businesses – HispanicBusiness.com.
The speaker seems to have a problem with her Latino co-workers thinking for themselves. Nobody explained to her that abortion in the Latino community is not part of the spa treatment the speaker is so fond of in San Francisco. Seems that in Washington Hispanics are to be seen and not heard. Hispanics need to begin preparing for the real change that is coming to the political spectrum and take control over their future as a majority demographic. Where are the real voices of Latino leaders? Time for Independencia!
California Democrat Xavier Becerra has learned a lesson about calling out Nancy Pelosi.
In the run-up to this month’s House vote on health care reform, Becerra suggested to the Congressional Progressive Caucus that party leaders gave up too easily on the favored “robust” public option.
That didn’t sit well with the speaker, and witnesses said she made her displeasure known to Becerra and other top Democrats at a subsequent leadership meeting.
“I understand I have tire tracks on my back because Xavier threw me under the bus,” witnesses quoted Pelosi as saying. The speaker went on to accuse Becerra of trying to improve his “street cred” with progressives by undercutting her.
Becerra was back on the hot seat on Monday, when Pelosi demanded to know why seven members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had voted for the anti-abortion Stupak amendment before final passage of the health bill, even after she had acceded to the CHC’s wishes in preventing an immigration amendment from being considered on the floor.
via Pelosi: Dem ‘threw me under the bus’ – Jonathan Allen – POLITICO.com.
While Hispanics make up more than a third of California’s population, they are the least represented ethnic or racial group in nonprofit organizations throughout the state, according to a new report released today.
In the first study of its kind, the Urban Institute said Hispanics lagged significantly behind whites, Asians and blacks in nonprofit leadership and employment.
“When you look at the Latino proportion of your state, there’s still a lot of work to do,” said lead researcher Carol de Vita, a demographer at the research institute based in Washington, D.C. Her team looked strictly at the numbers and not the causes and effects of Latino underrepresentation. “I don’t think anyone has figured out what’s going on.”
via Few Hispanic in Leadership Positions at California Nonprofits – HispanicBusiness.com.
The illegal immigration issue is emerging as the biggest threat to passing healthcare reform in the House.Congressional Hispanics have threatened to vote against the bill because of a last-minute threat from within the Democratic Caucus to bolster the House bill’s immigration restrictions to match those included in the Senate Finance bill.And they’re also fighting President Barack Obama, the original sponsor of the language prohibiting illegal immigrants from accessing the public health insurance exchange.On Thursday afternoon, four leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus CHC traveled to the White House to meet with Obama on behalf of the entire group.Officially, the purpose of their meeting was to talk to the president about healthcare.But CHC members, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the group’s message was clear: Drop your insistence on preventing illegal immigrants from accessing the public exchange, even if their only option is to pay for insurance plans entirely out of their own pockets.
via Illegal immigration may threaten health vote – TheHill.com.
Angered by President Obama’s lack of success in legalizing illegal immigrants, some Hispanic activists are urging all Hispanics to boycott the 2010 census as a sign of displeasure.
Other groups have asked the federal government to suspend immigration raids while census takers are in the field, hoping that will make illegal immigrants more likely to respond to questions.
It’s just the latest trouble in what’s turning into a rocky run-up to the census next year.
via Hispanics mull boycotting 2010 census – Washington Times.