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Amid speculation that Lou Dobbs is considering a career in elected politics, the former CNN anchor is working to improve his image with the Latino community.  Dobbs has recently indicated that he may be interested in pursuing a challenge to Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in 2012, or possibly even running for president as a third-party candidate.

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Monday, ImpreMedia released a poll addressing registered Hispanic voters’ feelings regarding health insurance reform. The poll has been placed on the front page of many well known papers across the country, including La Opinion in Los Angeles and El Diario la Prensa in New York. (more…)

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Last week hundreds of young and middle aged Los Angeles residents, primarily blacks and Latinos, lined the street outside of an employment office vying for more than 600 jobs. In the second largest U.S. city, the unemployment rate is nearly fourteen percent. So when the new JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton hotels in downtown announced the availability of so many jobs, which pay $14+ an hour and provide free healthcare, there were plenty of eager applicants.

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The current economic situation is forcing legislators to alter their approach to comprehensive immigration reform.  Speaking on the issue, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said “each bill is reflective of a time. And with unemployment over 10 percent I think we need to have language that is very carefully tailored.”  His concerns are echoed by other lawmakers, including Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who acknowledge that tough economic times create challenges for passing such legislation.

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Latinovations would like to thank Rudy Ruiz for his contribution to La Plaza.


Republicans say they love Latinos, but they sure have a funny way of showing it.

Recently, the Senate killed the controversial Vitter Amendment, which would have required that the 2010 Census questionnaire be changed to include an unprecedented question regarding citizenship status. Crafted by Republican Senator David Vitter (Louisiana), the amendment was widely seen as a GOP tactic to discourage immigrants and Latinos from participating in the Census, which has always counted “persons” rather than “citizens.”

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U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

On November 18, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) addressed supporters of immigration reform on a national conference call organized by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Immigration Reform for America, a policy group that is spearheading a campaign to promote public support for the issue.  The purpose of the conference was to rally support for comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

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As the 2010 Census approaches, it is likely that the count of the U.S. population will confirm the continued growth of the nation’s largest minority population – Hispanics. The importance of this growth and what it means for congressional district reapportionments is becoming increasingly clear. (more…)

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