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Immigration advocates are gearing up for a battle in the Senate in the coming weeks, despite the fact that health care continues to dominate, lessening the chances for immigration reform.

One veteran Senate lobbyist said that “immigration is deader than a doornail”. Further adding to advocates frustration is that fact that President Obama devoted only a single sentence to immigration in his 71 minute State of the Union speech last week, in which he ranked health care and an energy bill as his top legislative priorities. (more…)

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In a recent article published in the San Antonio Express-News, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, argues that if 2009 was the year in which Americans developed a grasp of the importance of health care reform, 2010 must be the year in which it is implemented.

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A study released by the California Immigrant Policy Center shows that 84 percent of Latino and Asian immigrant men of working age are employed compared with 78 percent of U.S.-born Latino and Asian men. Immigrant women were less likely to be employed than their U.S.-born counterparts.

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In his State of the Union speech on Wednesday evening, President Obama appealed to Congress to throw off “the numbing weight of our politics” and embrace bipartisanship. He vowed to make the creation of millions of new jobs his main priority for the coming year in response to the wave of public anger in the U.S. over unemployment and other recession-related issues. In addition, Obama discussed helping small business getting back on track and chided Wall Street executives for their big bonuses. (more…)

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Based on its analysis of government economic data, The Opportunity Agenda, a public interest group based out of New York, has released a report that finds that economic conditions declined faster for minorities and women during that past several years than for white Americans.  The report, titled The State of Opportunity in America, finds unequal barriers and unequal opportunity for minority groups.  Released on the eve of President Obama’s first State of the Union speech, the report calls on government officials to address racial and gender disparities in opportunity, and to closely track the numbers that indicate changes in these disparities including employment, wages, poverty, and education. (more…)

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Forms for the 2010 U.S. Census will be mailed out in March, and there is a push being made for everyone to complete their forms, especially Latinos.

In a recent survey (link) released by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Latinos were shown to be less likely to participate in the Census than other groups. (more…)

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Maria Cardona, head of the Dewey Square Group’s Latinovations practice, served as the moderator for the 2010 Latino State of the Union: Third Annual Roundtable on Law, Policy and Civil Rights, sponsored by the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund.  The event drew more than 300 community leaders on a number of critical issues facing the Latino community.

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