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Op-Ed: Seriously? Republicans Target Birthright Citizenship Again?


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Photo credit: www.capsweb.org

Randy Borntrager
People For the American Way


After the vast majority of Republicans voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to oppose President Obama’s immigration actions, and with Republicans blocking any hope of real immigration reform this Congress, it seems the anti-immigrant movement has instead decided to refocus its efforts on revoking the constitutional right to birthright citizenship.

Earlier this week, Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana decided to introduce a birthright citizenship amendment to the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. The amendment so far has just one cosponsor – Sen. David Perdue of Georgia – and it’s unlikely that it will be included in the final bill, but this decision to tack an unconstitutional, anti-immigrant measure onto an important bill shows the priorities of Sen. Vitter and the Republican Party.

Sen. Vitter claims that his birthright citizenship amendment would …

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Latino Victory Project: Making Demographic Destiny A Political Force

Cristóbal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project.

Cristóbal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project.

On a second floor office of the Commercial National Bank building in downtown Washington, D.C., a handful of people are working to ensure that the Latino demographic becomes a formidable political force.

The office décor doesn’t broadcast that such a hefty undertaking is ongoing in the headquarters offices of Latino Victory Project. Visitors find laminate tables serving as desks, neon-green Eames molded plastic chairs mixed with small couches and a few posters, most of the furniture bought bit by bit at Ikea.

But here is where the Latino Victory Project’s staff is trying to propel the 54 million-strong-and-growing Latino community into a force that turns out at voting booths, puts larger numbers of Latinos in political offices with financial backing and eventually sends a community son, daughter or grandchild to the Oval Office.

‘Demography is Not Destiny’

“This bright promise of the

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Obama Immigration Expert Tells Undocumented: Prepare For Implementation of Executive Action

Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant on Immigration to President Obama

Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant on Immigration to President Obama
Photo: Chris Volpe Photography

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The architect of President Obama’s executive action, which would protect about 5 million  undocumented immigrants from deportation, said immigrants and their advocates should be preparing now for when the changes take effect.

Although a Texas judge has halted implementation of the changes, Felicia Escobar, special assistant to the president for immigration policy, said, “ultimately, we will be able to implement this because it’s fully legal. In the meantime, what we’re asking everyone to do is to get ready,” such as by assisting eligible undocumented immigrants with completing applications for new programs.

Immigrants with work permits are protected and can renew their permits,  if needed, while the legal questions are being decided, she said.

Fernando Muniz, co-chair of the Foundation's 'Progresso Latino Fund' and Deputy Commissioner for CT's DSS was among those who attended the program.

Fernando Muniz, co-chair of the Foundation’s ‘Progresso Latino Fund’ and Deputy Commissioner for CT’s DSS was among those who attended the

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