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A Look at Senator Gil Cedillo
By Javier Rodriguez H.
50 year old California Senator Gil Cedillo, a progressive politician and a
hero to millions in California, will soon introduce SB1160, the newest version
of the driver's license bill, designed to empower 2.2 million undocumented
immigrants in California and of course to make the highways safer for rest of the
population. A controversial topic to say the least.
The big gamble
By Roberto Lovato
Indians used to be on the bottom in Palm Springs, but gaming put them on top.
Now tribal leaders are accused of exploiting workers and abusing their
neighbors. Will the backlash topple their empire?
The History of Jalisco
By Donna S. Morales and John P. Schmal
For more than a century, Mexican nationals have been crossing the southern
border to begin new lives in the United States. A large percentage of those
immigrants have come from the state of Jalisco. Jalisco, located in the west
central part of the Mexican Republic, is the sixth largest of Mexico's thirty-one
states. Within its 124 municipios, the state boasts a population that is
approaching seven million.
Testimony of Charles Cervantes - General Counsel United States-Mexico Chamber
of Commerce Before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and
Citizenship Senate Judiciary Committee
A 'hostile' takeover bid at the Sierra Club (Anti-immigrant groups making
By Brad Knickerbocker
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
The Sierra Club - America's premier environmental group, with 750,000 members
and considerable political clout - is the target of an unfriendly takeover
attempt. A combination of animal-rights and anti-immigrant activists is aiming
to take control of the organization - and change its philosophy and direction -
by getting their slate of candidates elected to the group's board of
A march to remember
By Jack Kemp
February is Black History Month primarily because Abraham Lincoln's birthday
is Feb. 12. Unfortunately, the political party he helped to found has lost its
historical recognition as the Party of Civil Rights. As I've said previously:
The Democratic Party had a terrible history and overcame it; the Republican
Party had a great history and turned aside.
Democrats warned on GOP, Hispanics - Republicans only need 5% or 6% more
Hispanic voters to win.
By Donald Lambro
Democrats must step up the courting of Hispanics who have voted Republican in
recent years or risk losing this year's presidential election, states a
Democratic campaign strategy memorandum.
REVIEW & OUTLOOK
No Politician Left Behind - Lack of money isn't the problem with education.
Critics of President Bush's education program, the No Child Left Behind Act,
now accuse him of enforcing the law on the cheap. We agree the law has its
faults, and said so when it roared through Congress two years ago, but lack of
funding isn't close to being one of them.
Selective outrage and hidden injuries of Class and Race: A Governor's Speech
By Paul Street
Sometimes the masters of policy and opinion speak most loudly through their
silences. In such cases, it's what they fail to mention and what they choose to
delete that says the most about who they are and what they are generally
about: preserving privilege and power under the guise of populist concern for the
people. Their omissions reflect their desire to suppress public consciousness
and discussion of uncomfortable matters of race, class, and power that pose
troubling questions about the content of American democracy.
An Unlikely Fit: Will the Undocumented Apply for a Temporary Status?
By Benjamin Johnson
The American Immigration Law Foundation
(sic)…Any serious proposal to reform the U.S. immigration system must meet
two distinct challenges: reducing future flows of undocumented migration by
providing sufficient legal avenues for immigrants to enter the United States; and
adjusting the status of undocumented immigrants who already live and work
Too Hot To Verify
By Richard Blow
Back when I was embroiled in a mini-controversy over writing a book about my
old boss, John F. Kennedy Jr., this kind of thing happened a lot: A reporter
would call me up, say that an anonymous source who used to work at George
magazine had alleged a heinous thing about me, and ask me to comment. I was writing
the book because I had a latent homosexual crush on John, because I couldn't
get a job, and so on.
By Charles Krauthammer
As the Democrats enter the final stages of their primary race, the emerging
story is how the Republicans are preparing to go negative in the general
election with a campaign of singular viciousness against John Kerry.
Democratic Primary Campaign Impresses Voters - Bush Personal Image Tumbles
The Pew Research Center
The presidential primary campaign has been very good for the Democratic
Party. Public interest in the race has been relatively high. Americans have a much
better impression of the Democratic field than they did just a month ago. And
an increasing percentage believes a Democratic candidate will win in November.
Veterans face conundrum: Kerry or Bush?
By James Webb
Both Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and President Bush have had their attackers
and defenders on the issue of Vietnam War service. But given Kerry's infamous
anti-war activities, it is striking that many Vietnam veterans have chosen
either to support him or maintain a skeptical distance from both camps. Indeed,
Kerry's wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, which jump-started his campaign, often
are attributed to his support among veterans.
The Dreyfuss Report
Does the United States want to have permanent military bases in Iraq? Does a
camel sleep in the desert? Hardly mentioned in the hubbub about the June 30
handover date in Iraq, and the scramble to put together an Iraqi, umm,
"government" by then, is this basic fact: more than anything else, the Pentagon wants
to stay in Iraq for years, maybe forever-you can't have an empire without an
imperial presence. But if and when Iraq gets sovereignty handed to it, whatever
rump authority takes power on July 1 will own the country.
Journal Star, Peoria, Ill., on doctored health reports:
One of the more bizarre tales coming out of the nation's capital concerns
whether racial disparities in health care make for "national problems" or a
success story. The original draft of a study issued by the Department of Health and
Human Services said minorities receive less health care, and care of a poorer
quality, than whites.
The reality of outsourcing
By Bruce Bartlett
Last week, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman N. Gregory Mankiw ran into a
buzz saw. He committed a major gaffe, which in Washington means he spoke the
truth, by defending the concept of outsourcing -- contracting with foreigners
for information technology services. With a lack of job growth being the
central economic issue in the country today, Mankiw's comments were assailed across
the political spectrum.
NAFTA, Corn, and Mexico's Agricultural Trade Liberalization
Even well before NAFTA, successive Mexican governments embraced free trade
with remarkable zeal. Beginning with its membership of the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1987, Mexico has signed more trade agreements than
any other country in the world.
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