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Friday, September 24, 2010


House Republicans Pledge More of the Same on Immigration
It was a week of broken dreams and empty promises for immigration reform. The failure of the Senate to take up the DREAM Act illustrated once again that good policy isn't enough to make legislation work. And over on the House side, GOP members unveiled their "Pledge to America," a pledge that promises, among other things, more of the same deportation-driven strategies for resolving our immigration crisis. Although the public appears to have an insatiable appetite for talking tough on illegal immigration, if cable shows and Tea Party candidates are your measure of the public taste, catering to the worst of the public's instincts is not a strategy for the long run.Read more...

New Census Data Underscores Growing Entrepreneurial Power of Latinos
New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the rapidly growing economic power of Latino-owned businesses in the United States. According to the Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners, there were 2.3 million Latino-owned businesses in the country as of 2007, which generated $345.2 billion in sales and employed 1.9 million people. Moreover, the number of Latino-owned businesses grew by 43.7 percent between 2002 and 2007, which was more than twice the national average. In other words, the Latino community tends to be highly entrepreneurial, and the businesses which Latinos create sustain large numbers of jobs. Read more...

Will the GOP's Failure to Move the DREAM Act Galvanize the Latino Vote?
In a procedural vote Tuesday, Senate Republicans (and two Democrats) voted not to proceed (56-43) to the Defense Authorization bill in a party line vote, preventing the consideration of, among others, the DREAM Act amendment. Hemming and hawing their way through floor speeches, Senate Republicans expressed sympathy for the plight of potential DREAM Act students and offered to "debate the merits of the DREAM Act" in a standalone bill, just not on the Defense authorization bill. This latest vote, coupled with some in the GOP's recent anti-immigrant rhetoric on birthright citizenship and Arizona's immigration enforcement laws, has the potential to not only alienate America's fastest growing voting bloc, but drive them to the polls in November. Read more...

DREAM Act Delayed in the Senate, But DREAMers Continue
Tuesday, the Senate voted 56 to 43 against proceeding to the Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454). This procedural vote, which basically followed party lines, ends consideration of some critical social issues - offered as amendments - that affect the military. Among the amendments not considered were a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the DREAM Act, an immigration bill that would provide legal status to young people who graduate from high school and pursue college or military service. While Democrats blame Republicans for prioritizing procedure over policy and Republicans blame Democrats for trying to shore up the Latino vote before midterms, it's the roughly 800,000 undocumented students who should blame Congress for its inability to legislate. Read more...

Colin Powell, Military Personnel Make Case for the DREAM Act
Over the weekend, former Secretary of State and retired General, Colin Powell, not only called for Republicans to stop driving the anti-immigrant bandwagon, but made an economic case for immigration as well as the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is attached to the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill; the Senate votes tomorrow on whether to proceed to debate on the floor with the DOD bill. Meanwhile, as critics of the DREAM Act - which provides legal status to qualifying undocumented youth who have graduated high school and want to attend college or join the military - continue to decry that it is "extraneous" and "has nothing to do" with the military, a host of former military personnel heralded the DREAM Act as a smart way to recruit capable, mission-ready soldiers. Read more...

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