TV appearance shows immigration hurting Obama among Hispanics - Washington Post A televised event the President intended to promote Obamacare among Latinos backfired on him, when the hosts of Telemundo and Univision grilled him on immigration. Given that his administration has ordered a record number of deportations of people here illegally — nearly 2 million — Univision's Acevedo asked, “How can you ask the Latino community to trust you?” Obama said unless Congressional Republicans take on immigration reform, he must continue to enforce federal law.
Immigration advocates step up pressure on Obama to ease deportations - Los Angeles Times Off the television screen, the president continued to come under attack from immigration reform leaders who've been past allies. The president of the National Council of La Raza, the country’s largest Latino advocacy organization, called Obama the “deporter in chief.” Short of the president acting, some advocates seem to think that Congressional Republicans will on immigration reform "if they think the president is on the verge of taking unilateral action."
CPAC Immigration Panelist: ‘Latino Voters Are the Reagan Democrats of Today’ - National Review Online At a discussion on immigration at the Conservative Political Action Conference, some panelists asserted that Latinos could end up voting Republican in the future. Making this point were Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, and Reverend Luis Cortés Jr. But they said Republicans needed to support immigration reform. Cortes warned that Republican rhetoric is alienating the Hispanic community much like “African Americans left the party of Lincoln due partly to rhetoric around civil rights.”
Bianca Alatorre is not a fan of the overpowering smell of chemicals in nail salons. "Just being in there for me is really hard," she said.
But as Alatorre sat for a manicure at Nancy's Nails on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, she noticed something different.
She sniffed the air — and.... "Nothing."
To improve air quality, the salon owners had opened the front and rear doors, letting fumes from glue and nail polish out, as the sounds of traffic and sidewalk chatter rolled in.
It's one of the steps that Nancy's Nails has taken as the California Healthy Nail Salons Collaborative. The nonprofit program works to improve health conditions at manicure shops, the vast majority of which are run by Vietnamese immigrants.
"In California, 60 to 80 percent of the 97,000 nail salon workers are of Vietnamese descent," said Duyen Tran, a Vietnamese-speaking educator with the collaborative.
Santa Monica, home to about 30 nail salons, is the first city in Southern California to partner with the collaborative.
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U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 24, 2012. This week, Obama defended his immigration record during a Washington, D.C. town hall meeting after a prominent immigrant advocate referred to him as "deporter-in-chief."
Obama: ‘I’m the champion-in-chief’ on immigration reform - Washington Post In a town hall meeting with Latinos on Thursday, President Obama pushed back against immigrant advocates who recently called him "deporter-in-chief." Obama defended his immigration record: "Since I ran for president, I've pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, and I will continue to push," Obama said. "I am the champion-in-chief of comprehensive immigration reform. But until Congress passes new laws, I am constrained in what I am able to do."
Florida Supreme Court: Immigrants in the U.S. illegally cannot be lawyers in Florida - Orlando Sentinel The Florida Supreme Court has decided that it will not allow law school graduates who are in the U.S. illegal to practice law. From the story: "Last year, the court ruled that a specific immigrant and Florida State University law school graduate, Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio, a citizen of Mexico who had passed Florida's Bar examination, could not be admitted but put off the larger issue." The decision bars others like him from admission.
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A demonstrator hits a pot in protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in San Antonio, in the border state of Tachira, Venezuela, on February 25, 2014.
One year ago this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died after battling cancer. His successor, former vice-president Nicolas Maduro, was democratically elected in April by a narrow margin. The new president inherited a long list of problems: an unraveling economy, rampant crime, inflation, and decreasing living standards.
In recent weeks, protesters have been voicing their grievances in the streets. The protests have grown violent as authorities have cracked down. So far, a reported 18 people have died in confrontations.
In the U.S., many of the Venezuelan immigrants who have long opposed their native country's government are reacting and speaking out.
"We were fed up with this government because of all the things, the situation piling up," said Flor Trocones, a Brentwood visual artist who came here from Venezuela 28 years ago. "The violent crimes, the scarcity, the lack of justice with all the things that are happening, the violation of human rights every day. We just got to a point that, no more."
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As California officials work on rolling out driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants next year, some immigrants remain skeptical about revealing their personal information in order to apply. The new licenses are to look slightly different from standard ones, further fueling mistrust.
Dems expected to move forward with discharge petition on immigration - Washington Post House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a radio interview Tuesday that "a decision will be made in the next few days about whether to forge ahead with a discharge petition designed to force a House vote on immigration reform." But the tactic may not work, as it would still require several Republicans to sign on in order to force a House vote on a reform bill.
California Driver’s License Program Hits an Unexpected Hurdle - New York Times A recent community forum in Bell, Calif. brought to light one big obstacle as California officials work on rolling out driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants next year: mistrust of the government. Some immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally fear that if they apply for licenses and reveal their personal information, it could someday be used against them.