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Hispanic Christians Highlight GOP Immigration Dilemma

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference met Wednesday in Houston to hear speeches from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Their remarks illustrated the line the GOP is straddling on immigration as it gears up for the 2016 presidential race. Photo: Patrick Svitek

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference met Wednesday in Houston to hear speeches from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Their remarks illustrated the line the GOP is straddling on immigration as it gears up for the 2016 presidential race.
Photo: Patrick Svitek

 

As far as recent forums featuring Republican White House hopefuls go, Wednesday’s meeting of Hispanic evangelicals here was a bit unusual. Its host is an ardent supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, a dirty phrase to many GOP primary voters. And the two potential candidates who spoke did little to back away from views on immigration that have gotten them in trouble with that conservative wing of their party.

The gathering of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference put on vivid display the disparate audiences some Republicans are speaking to on immigration as they try to pave a path to the White …

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Huckabee To Latino Evangelicals: ‘I Don’t Speak Spanish… But I Do Speak Jesus’

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HOUSTON, TEXAS — In a flexing of its growing political muscle, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) welcomed to their convention this week two Republicans who have their eye on the White House: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. At the event, the group unveiled a challenge to presidential candidates to pledge support for four “pillars” of immigration reform: “No amnesty, secure borders, secure families, and an integration process.” But the millions-strong Evangelical group showed little interest in holding Bush or Huckabee’s feet to the fire on what they claim is their make-or-break issue.

At a press conference Wednesday, Huckabee said he would not even consider supporting immigration reform until the US/Mexico border is further militarized.

“The first thing you do is not go down to Home Depot and shop for a faucet. You stop the leak. And the first thing we have to …

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Bill To Lower Car Taxes In Cities Would Benefit Many Hispanics

Graphic: wsj.com

Graphic: wsj.com

 
Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com

 

For the thousands of Hispanics who own cars and live in Connecticut’s largest cities, a bill, known as SB-1,  that contains a provision that would essentially cap the property tax assessed on personal vehicles could be a significant game changer, especially in Hartford which has the highest car tax in the state.

“SB-1 is very Hartford friendly,” said Rep. Edwin Vargas (D-6), whose south-central Hartford district is more than 50 percent Hispanic. The Hartford Democrat added that he is very excited by the bill, which includes other provisions that would benefit the capital city, and hopes its survives the legislative process in close to its present form.

As it now stands, Senate Bill No. 1, which was recently approved by the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, would save some Latino families and their neighbors as much as several hundred dollars a year. …

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