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White House Won’t Fully Commit to Green Card Recapture

On Tuesday, Latino Rebels asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about President Biden’s willingness to take unilateral action on immigrant relief, such as reallocating unused green cards from past years.

  • Jan 25, 2022
  • 5:43 PM

Latino Lawmakers Demand Meeting With Tech CEOs on Spanish-Language Misinformation Campaigns

Last week, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus went public with letters sent on January 14 to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok “respectfully requesting a meeting” to discuss Spanish-language misinformation on their platforms.

  • Jan 24, 2022
  • 11:17 AM

Sen. McConnell Awkwardly Walks Back Voting Rights Remark in Kentucky

On Friday, reporters staked out at the Kentuckians for Better Transportation annual event in Louisville asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to clarify controversial remarks he made at a press conference earlier in the week when asked by Latino Rebels about voting rights.

  • Jan 21, 2022
  • 5:42 PM

Republican Senators Say Voting Rights Not an Issue for Voters of Color

Republican Senators told Latino Rebels throughout the day that voters of color are foolish to believe that the restrictive voting laws passed by their party in state legislatures over the past few years will inhibit the ability of voters of color to cast ballots.

  • Jan 19, 2022
  • 9:44 PM

What Senators Say About Their Staffers’ Student Loan Debt

“Not just my staff,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) when asked about the student debt born by her team. “The people of Nevada, people I know, my family members. And I think there definitely is a concern we have in this country about high student debt.”

  • Jan 18, 2022
  • 4:49 PM

VP Harris’ Comms Director Forgiven, But More Questions Surface

On Sunday it was reported that Jamal Simmons, Vice President Harris’ newly appointed communications director, donated $250 to Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign in 2015, which again raised questions concerning the embattled White House aide.

  • Jan 11, 2022
  • 6:46 PM

Senate Parliamentarian Worked in Two Immigrant Detention Centers, Records Show

Employment records obtained by Latino Rebels show that Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough worked at not one but two immigrant detention centers for Immigration and Naturalization Services, the agency that once managed the federal deportation workload now tasked to ICE.

  • Jan 10, 2022
  • 2:32 PM

VP Harris’ New Comms Director Apologizes for Anti-Immigrant Tweet

The resurfaced tweet is the latest in a series of embarrassing setbacks for the Office of the Vice President, which has been hampered by leaks, snafus, and other staffing setbacks in the first year of the Joe Biden administration.

  • Jan 7, 2022
  • 2:08 PM

Senate Parliamentarian Advises Against Third Immigrant Relief Proposal for Budget Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has advised the Senate against including a third immigrant relief proposal presented by Senate Democrats in the Build Back Better Act.

  • Dec 16, 2021
  • 7:39 PM

‘Every Minute of the Day’: Inside the Green Card Backlog’s Call Campaign to Senators

In some Senate offices, the phones never stop ringing thanks to a green card backlog advocacy movement seeking answers and pushing for immigrant relief.

  • Dec 14, 2021
  • 12:21 PM

Press Freedom Threatened Under Bukele in El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On November 23, Apple sent 14 El Faro journalists a warning: “state-sponsored attackers may be targeting your iPhone” because of “who you are and what you do.”

  • Dec 10, 2021
  • 4:33 PM

Immigrants Demand Relief in Budget Bill as Senate Awaits Parliamentarian’s Decision

“We will no longer accept being a country that accepts our labor, but doesn’t accept our humanity and dignity,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in Spanish at an immigration rally on Monday. “We’re almost two years now into a pandemic where our country relies on undocumented people to survive.”

  • Dec 8, 2021
  • 9:23 AM

Sen. Leahy Slams Biden White House Over Cuba Policy

“As someone who has observed the evolution of relations between the United States and Cuba for nearly 50 years, I find the situation between our two countries today bewildering, tragic, and frankly exasperating,” said the 81-year-old Senator.

  • Dec 7, 2021
  • 12:08 PM

TikTok Star Launches #QueridoSenado Campaign for Immigrant Relief

“All my content is in Spanish and related to immigration issues here,” said 22-year-old Carlos Eduardo Espina, who was teaching in-person citizenship classes to immigrants in 2019 when he had the idea to teach the same classes but on TikTok.

  • Dec 3, 2021
  • 5:59 PM

Democrats: Immigration Reform Will Lift Economy, Lower Inflation

“We need workers in this economy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Latino Rebels. “(If) you want to grow the GDP then workers are at the heart of that. And this is one path to get the workers here in the United States able to come out of the shadows, take these jobs, pay taxes, and help us grow the economy.”

  • Dec 3, 2021
  • 2:19 PM

Speculation Continues Over Immigrant Relief Proposals in Senate

Senators returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to speculation over what comes next in immigration relief negotiations concerning the Build Back Better Act, which passed the House on November 19 but did not include a pathway to citizenship.

  • Nov 30, 2021
  • 11:13 AM

Death Threats Soar as Progressive ‘Squad’ Grows in Congress

Capitol Police expect to log 9,000 death threats against members of Congress this year, many of them aimed at members of the ‘the Squad,’ a group of six young Democrats of color who have become icons for progressives and many communities of color.

  • Nov 22, 2021
  • 11:27 AM

Green Card Backlog Wins Big in House Bill as Undocumented Community Demands More From Senate

Immigration advocates got a rare, if uneven policy win Friday when the House of Representatives voted 220-213 to pass a hard-fought version of the Build Back Better Act that includes a mixed bag of relief provisions facing an uncertain future in the Senate.

  • Nov 19, 2021
  • 3:54 PM

AOC Says Some Immigration Advocacy Groups Are ‘Hampering Progress’

“There are certain advocacy groups, national organizations, that may have a footprint here in Washington but do not have a presence in immigrant communities,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with Latino Rebels on Monday evening at the Capitol.

  • Nov 15, 2021
  • 10:52 PM

‘Traveling Sola’: Afro-Latina Hill Aide to Backpack Through Asia

Santos Núñez laments the fact that there are not more Afro-Latinas and LGTBQ Hill staffers like her. “I’ve only met four other Afro-Latinas in all of Congress,” said Santos Núñez, who is the programming director for the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and a member of the Congressional Black Associates.

  • Nov 15, 2021
  • 4:16 PM

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio: Working-Class Messages Resonate With Latino Voters

Donald Trump over-performed with Latino and Latina voters during the 2020 election. Latino Rebels asked both Latinos in the Senate GOP caucus, Marco Rubio (FL) and Ted Cruz (TX), to explain the rightward shift in Latino voters during last year’s presidential election.

  • Nov 11, 2021
  • 2:08 PM

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