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A 'nationwide task force' takes on the 14th Amendment

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Latino elementary school students recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a September 11 memorial service in Tyler, Texas, 2003

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce held a press conference today in Phoenix to discuss plans for a state measure challenging automatic U.S. citizenship for children born in this country to undocumented immigrants. But unlike the Republican lawmaker's stringent SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, which was limited to Arizona (though it has spawned numerous imitations), it's not just an Arizona story this time.

Pearce was one of 15 state legislators around the country holding press events in support of such plans today, according to the story in the Arizona Republic. Pearce and Arizona Rep. John Kavanagh have teamed up with Kansas law professor Kris Kobach, the legal brains behind SB 1070, to draft an anti-birthright citizenship bill that the other states could propose as part of a larger national effort to force a revision of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees U.S. citizenship to those born here.

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Featured comment: A reader on the 'Don't vote' ad targeting Latinos

"Settling on an adjective to describe this ad, and campaign, escapes me now; I've no hope of finding one any time soon."

- a reader identified as "etc" on the Multi-American site


The comment was posted beneath an item from earlier this morning about a new television ad from a GOP-affiliated group called Latinos for Reform that urges Latinos not to vote in the coming election.

“Yes, you heard right,” the voiceover goes in Spanish. “Don’t vote.”

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In the news this morning: Latinos told not to vote, inter-racial dorm assignments, more

Ads targeting Latinos: "Don't vote" - Multi-American/KPCC A GOP-affiliated group has produced ads in English and Spanish urging Latinos not to vote in the coming election.


Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Triggers Little Fallout - ABC News The anti-Muslim comments made recently by Brian Kilmeade of "Fox & Friends" and the New Republic's Martin Peretz don't seem to have harmed their careers.


Gavin Newsom stumps for the Latino vote -- and gets a surprise visit from Abel Maldonado - Los Angeles Times The first candidate to appear at Newsom's campaign rally yesterday near Olvera Street was not Newsom, but Maldonado, Newsom's Republican opponent in the race for lieutenant governor.


Saul Toledo dies at 90; played on and wrote about Latino baseball teams in East L.A. - Los Angeles Times Toledo, who played on and later wrote about Latino baseball teams in East Los Angeles, died late last month in Downey at 90.

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Ads targeting Latinos: 'Don't vote.'

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A GOP-affiliated group called Latinos for Reform has produced a national television ad to air in targeted states, including in Nevada, telling Latinos not to vote. "Yes, you heard right," the voiceover goes in Spanish. "Don't vote."

There are Spanish and English versions of the ad, which makes the bizarre argument that not voting is the only way for Latinos disappointed by a lack of progress on immigration reform to "send a clear message" to politicians. "If they haven't done anything for immigrants on two years, they shouldn't count on our vote," the Spanish voiceover goes. And this should include those who have pushed immigration reform measures? According to the logic here, yes, you heard right.

The ad has angered groups who are trying to get Latino voters out to the polls, including the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), whose executive director Arturo Vargas denounced it on Twitter this morning.

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Quote of the moment: 'Some of you look a little more Asian to me'

"...I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that."

- U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, speaking to the Hispanic Student Union at Las Vegas' Rancho High School


It has not been a good day for Angle, the Republican candidate running against Democratic incumbent Harry Reid for the Nevada U.S. Senate seat. Her recent comment before a room full of Latino high school students has been all over the news today since the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston posted a transcript of her statement this morning, with video.

Links to the news item have been making the Twitter rounds, eliciting a variety of responses, with wisecracks predominating (like this one on Twitter accompanying a link to the item on Politico, posted by @LatinosMatter: "She meant in every barrio there's a vato called 'Chino.'"). Ouch.

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