John Lewis – During the week of May 22-26, hundreds of Americans are expected to converge in Jackson, Miss., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Between May and December of 1961, the nonviolent protest against segregation in the Deep South — which continued despite the Supreme Court’s outlawing of such practices — saw 436 black and white young people riding interstate buses together through the South, testing segregation laws.
As the presidential campaign starts to take flight, President Obama is calling for much needed immigration reform. With no clear Republican candidates who have officially thrown their hat in the ring, President Obama has a clear head start on his re-election bid.
After a very successful week in the wake of the killing of Bin Laden and Donald Trumps poll numbers imploding, President Obama’s re-election prospects look very good indeed. Obama has a decidedly strong advantage over the Republican field on this hot-button topic. He is perceived as a “friendly” and not a hostile combatant as the Republicans are.
Article first published as Obama 2012 – The Latino Vote on Technorati.
Obama 2012 – President Obama officially announced he is running for re-election this past week. The Republicans are frothing at the mouth to beat him. One problem however, he really has a great chance at winning re-election. Obama is sure bet to get the Latino vote in 2012.
The Latino vote will be a huge factor in who wins. The Republicans realize that they need this valuable constituency if they want to take back the white house. One problem, all polls show that Latinos heavily favor Barack Obama. Of course, this isn’t guaranteed. The Dream Act’s failure is where everyone missed the boat including the democrats. President Obama should have been a more vocal supporter of the Dream Act. Republicans were down right hostile towards this legislation. This would have allowed the children of undocumented immigrants to attend college in the U.S. We missed a great opportunity.
Article first published as Republicans and Latinos on Technorati.
Just when I thought I had heard it all, another conservative white guy tops the last idiot that says something goofy! I don’t know if I’m appalled,angry, surprised or what. It’s simply amazing to me. The Republican party’s tent keeps shrinking with each gaffe and insensitive remark. It’s absolutely amazing! The GOP’s “big tent” has turned into a circus!
They don’t seem to think that Republicans and Latinos go together. At least with former President Bush, he reached out to Latinos. His Attorney General was Latino as well as several members of his cabinet. His brother, Jeb Bush Gov. of Florida is married to a Latina and they aggressively sought their participation in the party.
Immigration, immigration laws, illegal immigration and immigration reform won’t stay in the background for much longer. It’s not about republicans or democrats, it’s about trying to get our arms around some type of comprehensive immigration reform. It’s had to take a back seat to other pressing issues in our country as of late. President Obama has promised to address this urgent issue.
Current immigration law is very harsh, especially for those with criminal records; we need immigration reform. While I’m a liberal on the issue of immigrants and immigration; I’m in full support of deporting dangerous criminals. Immigration laws have been on the books in the United States going back to 1798 that ushered in the Alien Act known as the Alien and Sedition Laws, which empowered the President to expel any alien, or non-citizen, he deemed dangerous.
Immigration activists who support the dream act suffered a crushing defeat in the Senate this past week. While it seemed like a good idea in the house; GOP Senators delivered a coup d’état. Several Republican senators successfully mounted a filibuster that killed the dream act. Dozens of young activists crowded the galleries above the Senate floor in support of the bill, many wearing college graduation mortar boards (not yet U.S. citizens) some held hands as senators cast their votes.
Barak Obama’s selection of Janet Napolitano is a breath of fresh air to The Department of Homeland Security. She is neither an ideologue nor partisan on the issue of immigration. She is a pragmatist and realist when it comes to immigration reform.
This is particularly refreshing when we have dealt with a hard right hawkish approach to immigration. The xenophobes and extremists would have the American taxpayer fork over millions to build a brick fence between the U.S. / Mexican border. Just the sound of it is ridiculous!
Ms. Napolitano’s even handed approach will be warmly welcomed in Partisan Washington. The issue of immigration was almost mute during the election and debates. Surely the issue will surface again and probably sooner than later.
Given the tremendous support President elect Obama received from Latino’s, it’s a foregone conclusion that immigration reform will take on a kinder and gentler tone. This is a step in the right direction. Together we can come up with a practical and common sense approach to the immigration issue. This will allow us to focus on the truly big problems that confront us; namely the economy and the war in Iraq.