Friday, October 29, 2004

Film on Immigrant Workers

From the New York Times:

In the summer of 2000, amid growing tensions between longtime residents and illegal-immigrant day laborers in the Long Island town of Farmingville, two young Mexican men were lured to a job site by white supremacist youths and beaten nearly to death. Many documentaries might be content to begin and end with that grim story, but "Farmingville," a new one produced and directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, goes much further, taking the attempted murders as a starting point for larger questions about hatred, tolerance and the future of labor and immigration law in this country.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Latino Portals

Web portals that serve the Hispanic community are in deep trouble, according to Wire Magazine.



Nearly two dozen Hispanic organizations endorsed President George W. Bush's reelection bid on Wednesday.

The Latino Coalition, a public policy research organization, and 21 mostly business and professional groups announced their decision with six days to go before Tuesday's election pitting Bush against Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Disparate Swing Bloc

A good article from the Boston Globe on the Hispanic voting bloc:

This is the look of the 2004 Latino vote: a disparate group of Americans united by language, but not by politics. While Hispanics nationwide have tended to vote Democratic in presidential elections, neither major party has a firm hold over the group, which officials and analysts say is driven as much by economic, social, and national security issues as by heritage.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Proposition 200

The Wall Street Journal (subscription) has an editorial regarding Proposition 200, the Arizona ballot initiative that would deny public benefits to immigrants who are not legal residents of the state:

Back in July, when voters were first polled, 75% expressed their support for the measure. Three months later, according to a survey published last week by Northern Arizona University, that figure has dropped to 42%. The number of undecideds has been rising steadily, and one-quarter of those who say they favor the measure also say they might change their mind before Election Day. In other words, the more people have considered Proposition 200, the less they like it.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Al-Qaeda Recruiting

This is very disturbing for several obvious reasons:

It's a U.S. Homeland Security Department nightmare, and Honduras' most outspoken Cabinet member says that it is happening: Al-Qaida operatives are recruiting Central American gang members to carry out regional attacks and slip terrorists into the United States.

Yet U.S. and Central American officials say they have found no evidence supporting the allegations by Oscar Alvarez, the Honduran security minister. Human-rights groups accuse Alvarez of trumping up terrorism reports to justify his crackdown on gangs, who in response have adopted terror-style tactics such as beheadings, 20 so far, and threatened the government.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Kerry and Latin America

Paul Crespo explains:

John Forbes Kerry says that as President he would improve relations with the Americas. Perhaps he can, but his long record shows that he has consistently been out of touch with the region's realities. Most significantly Kerry has been on the wrong side of democracy in the Americas for over two decades.

Latino Vote is Key

CNN explains how the Latino vote could decide this presidential election.

Battle for the Hispanic Vote

From Laura Bonilla of Agence France-Presse:

WASHINGTON - Hispanic voters are hot commodities this year, as President George W. Bush and Democrat John Kerry fight to win their support in what is expected to be an extremely close presidential election on November 2.

There are more than seven million Hispanic voters in the United States, and their ballots could be decisive in five swing states where they make up a large chunk of the population -- Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.

Although Hispanics traditionally vote Democratic, many support Republican Bush for his perceived Christian piety and his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Cuts in Health Care for Immigrants

From the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription):

As many states continue to struggle with tight budgets, a rash of moves to reduce health care and other benefits for illegal immigrants has sparked an outcry among medical workers and others.

Some of the loudest criticism has arisen from Colorado's recent decision to cut off prenatal care for thousands of illegal immigrants. Critics note that these babies will by law be U.S. citizens. They also say the policy doesn't make fiscal sense, since denying such care could give rise to costlier medical problems later. The move also has raised questions about the broader public-health repercussions of withholding care from any large segment of the population. At least one nonprofit program providing health care to legal and illegal patients faces a big cut in funding.

Forbes Endorses Bush

Steve Forbes has many reasons for prefering the president, and this is one of them:

The Democratic candidate is also partial to his party's empathy for violent, leftist Latin American guerrillas and leaders. Colombia's president, Alvaro Uribe, has achieved great success in combating narco guerrillas and is reviving Colombia's once-moribund economy. But Venezuela's Castroite dictator Hugo Chávez has Uribe in his crosshairs. Kerry would likely scale back our military and economic assistance to Colombia. And Fidel Castro would break out the champagne.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Florida Hispanics

They are not as predictable as they used to be:

If any conventional wisdom about Florida politics has been rewritten more in the past 20 years, it's that the state's traditionally Cuban-dominated Hispanic community votes solidly Republican.

An influx of Puerto Ricans in central Florida and South Americans in South Florida in recent years has made a cipher out of the voting patterns of this fast-growing voter group desired by both Democrats and Republicans.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Immigration and the Poverty Statistics

From Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post:

The Census Bureau's annual figures on family incomes and poverty were bound to become familiar factoids in the Bush-Kerry combat. The numbers seem to confirm what many people feel: The middle class is squeezed; poverty is worsening. In 2003 the median household income dropped for the fourth consecutive year, to $43,318; the official poverty rate rose for the third year, to 12.5 percent of the population; and the number of people without health insurance increased for the third straight year, to 45 million, or 15.6 percent of the population. But the debate you're hearing is not the real deal. What ought to be the debate is shunned by both candidates because it touches a politically explosive subject: immigration.

Thanks Anthony!

Pro-Life Hispanics

From Life News:

A new poll shows President Bush faring well with Hispanic voters -- better than he did in 2000 -- primarily because he and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry offer such a stark contrast on the issue of abortion.

Conducted by Latino Opinions, the poll shows Kerry with just a nine-point lead. That's well short of the two-one lead Kerry needs to make up for Bush's strong showing with white voters.

The small lead among Hispanics makes it more difficult for Kerry to carry such key battleground states with large Latin American populations such as Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Colorado, and Nevada.

Backlogs Keep Immigrants from Voting

From the New York Times:

Nearly half of the 126,000 immigrants in New York State who have applied to become American citizens have lost their chance to vote in the presidential election because of processing backlogs in the federal Department of Homeland Security, according to a new study.

The New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella group and advocacy arm for more than 150 community organizations serving newcomers, found that about 60,000 prospective citizens in New York were not naturalized in time for last week's state voter registration deadline. The situation is similar, if not as severe, in other states, including several swing states.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Immigration Debate in the Southwest

From Voice of America:

This year's U.S. presidential campaign comes at a time of increasing friction in border states like Arizona over the issue of illegal immigration. Nevertheless, President George Bush and his opponent, Senator John Kerry, have said little about it up to now. Activists on both sides of the immigration divide are looking for support from the candidates.

The Judiciary

From C. Boyden Gray:

Since the beginning of George W. Bush's tenure in the White House, liberals have waged an unprecedented campaign to block, delay and besmirch his judicial nominees. The tone was set when the left smeared Charles Pickering--a federal judge, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and a longtime proponent of racial reconciliation in the New South--as a racist, and blocked his nomination.

Tensions boiled over when the president nominated Miguel Estrada, a Honduran immigrant with an impeccable record, to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The minority Democrats, led by Tom Daschle, blocked him with a filibuster. Never before had the filibuster been used to block a judicial nominee with majority support. The filibuster had the effect of twisting the Constitution's explicit 51-vote judicial confirmation standard to an unconstitutional 60-vote hurdle.

Leaked Democratic memos indicate that Mr. Estrada was targeted, in part, because, "he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment," and because, "we can't make the same mistake we made with Clarence Thomas." Judiciary Democrats, led by Sens. Edward Kennedy, Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin, agreed to block or slow-walk particular nominees at the behest of liberal campaign donors, including the trial lawyers, the NAACP, and the national abortion providers' lobby. These Democrats decided, in advance of hearings, which nominees to block, and Democratic staffers characterized Bush nominees as "Nazis."

Since 2003, Democrats have filibustered Mr. Estrada plus nine other appellate nominees: Carolyn Kuhl, Priscilla Owen, Judge Pickering, Bill Pryor, Janice Rogers Brown, Henry Saad, David McKeague, Richard Griffin and William Myers. Most of them were elected previously to their states' supreme courts and are either women or ethnic minorities.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Humanizing Ché

From Acton:

The Motorcycle Diaries chronicles the South American trek of a young Guevara and his friend, Alberto Granado, in 1952. Both men are portrayed as handsome and idealistic. That the trip awakened the son of an Argentine aristocrat to the realities of poverty, despair and illness is evident in the title of one of the film’s two sources: Traveling with Che Guevara: the Making of a Revolutionary. The poverty and disease witnessed by Guevara were real. However, the political solutions he eventually devised for these problems were as ill advised as his rejection of religion.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

No Evidence of Terrorists in Central America

From the Miami Herald:

CANCUN - Reports of al Qaeda terrorists in Central America are mere speculation with no firm basis in evidence, the chief of the regional office for the international police agency Interpol said Wednesday.

Saul Hernández said police in the region were on the watch for terrorists, but he said there was no evidence to be certain that groups such as al Qaeda had tried to contact the Central American gangs known as maras.

Interviewed by a small group of reporters during Interpol's annual assembly here, Hernández said investigators also had been unable to confirm the presence in Central America of a suspected al Qaeda member, Adnan Gushair El Shukrijumah, despite earlier official reports he had been spotted in Honduras.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Language Barrier

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Children of immigrants must often navigate the nation's complex health and education systems alone because of their parents' poor English skills, according to a report to be released today by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The report recommends that schools and community-based organizations provide literacy programs and support groups to help these children and their parents. It was published in the foundation's twice-yearly journal, the Future of Children.

Hispanic Christians Vote

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family is encouraging Hispanics to vote their values.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Carter Is Wrong

From Brent Tantillo and Winfield Myers:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says Florida's voting arrangements don't meet "basic international requirements." That might be a good thing, if the "basic international requirements" of which Carter speaks mirror anything close to the highly questionable Venezuelan election results the former president endorsed as a monitor last month.

Sunday, October 03, 2004


From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (AP) - The Bush administration said on Friday that it was backing off plans to require hospitals to ask emergency room patients their immigration status, after hospitals and advocates for immigrants protested.

The hospitals and immigrant groups said the questions would make people afraid to seek care and would lead to public health problems.

Ignored Latinos

Ruben Navarrete:

The amount of attention that Latino voters are getting depends a lot on where they live and what language they speak. If they live in a so-called battleground state and speak Spanish, they're being hit with television and radio commercials. But if they live in states assumed to be dependably red or blue and speak English, it's more likely they're being ignored.


Bush's lead among Hispanics in Florida is not what it used to be.