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Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Kucinich on Trade

This is one of the problems with some of the more liberal democrats running for president. They are opposed to the kinds of trade agreements that will bring some level of prosperity to our poorer neighbors to the south.

Miguel Estrada

I hope the liberal Democrats in the U.S. Senate are never allowed to forget what they did to Miguel Estrada. They crushed him for being a Hispanic Conservative.

NC DMV

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is making it harder for illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license.

I hate Fidel Castro

He deserves to be isolated, better yet, quarantined.

Mexamerica

You don't have to agree, but you have to read what Lowell Ponte has to say about immigration. While we are on the subject of must-read material on immigration, Victor Davis Hanson's Mexifornia is indispensable. If you don't have the time, you can read the article by VDH that formed the basis for the book. If you'd rather watch TV than read an article, you should watch the Booknotes interview of Hanson on C-SPAN. It is worth an hour of your time.

What boycott?

A boycott to protest the repeal of the California law that allowed illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses was a bust.

Profiling?

In Illinois, police officers will be required to report the race of everyone they stop. Whose brilliant idea was this? Cops are going to make fewer stops to avoid the extra paper work. How is that going to improve policing? Doesn't anybody read Heather Mac Donald?

Set-Asides Under Attack

In Chicago, a judge has ruled that the city has to reform its set-aside program for minority construction companies. Now minority businesses will be expected to compete head-to-head with white-owned businesses to get city construction contracts. Maybe.

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

There is an ongoing debate in Hispanic/Latino circles about which label best describes us as a group. That's a ridiculous debate! Who cares? A much more important debate is taking place in conservative circles about what to do about illegal/undocumented immigrants now living and working in this country. The folks at Frontpagemagazine.com think that it's a bad idea to grant any sort of legal status. The Wall Street Journal disagrees.
Surprisingly, second-generation Hispanics are having a tougher time finding work in the slow economy than their first-generation counterparts. Go figure.
Hispanics lag behind when it comes to investing, according to this story. How do we expect to get ahead if we don't invest?
According to this New York Times piece, publishers are going after Hispanic readers.
Hello All, Welcome to HispaniCon, a blog on issues of interest to Hispanic conservatives. Enjoy! The first entry deals with an issue that tends to get Hispanics of all stripes into heavy arguments -- affirmative action. The Wall Street Journal's Page One has a story (subscription required) about what colleges and universities are doing to deal with the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision in the Michigan affirmative action cases. Here's how the article starts: The Supreme Court's June rulings on racial preferences in University of Michigan admissions were widely interpreted as a victory for affirmative action. Six months later, the impact looks considerably more ambiguous. Although the decisions allowed colleges to preserve the ability to consider race in choosing students, many schools have felt obliged to change how they factor race into other big academic decisions, particularly in awarding minority-only scholarships. In the Michigan cases, both of which were brought by rejected white applicants to the university, the court approved of using race as one tool to achieve a diverse student body. But the court said schools can't maintain quotas or separate admissions tracks for racial groups -- nor define diversity solely in terms of race. As such, it struck down a point scale for admitting undergraduates that gave an automatic boost to blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, ruling that applicants must receive "truly individualized consideration." In other words, all aspects of a student's life should be taken into account, from race to family background to economic opportunity. The court didn't mention financial aid or scholarships in its decisions. But because aid is so closely linked to admissions, many schools fear that race-conscious scholarships and other programs would be interpreted by lower courts as impermissible under the standard set in the Michigan cases. Already, the court's decisions have accelerated conservative legal activists' challenges of minority scholarships. The article goes on to describe the efforts by some of the country's higher learning institutions to deal with preferences. It's interesting to see these administrators and donors and lawyers try to figure out how to comply with the Court's Order.