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Sen. Tillis Outlines Parameters of Bipartisan Immigration Talks

A bipartisan group of four senators —two Democrats and two Republicans— have been meeting to find consensus on an immigration bill that can get 60 votes to pass the Senate. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) gives Latino Rebels an outline of those discussions.

  • May 25, 2022
  • 5:26 PM

Senate Remains Divided on Puerto Rico Status Question

Even if the Puerto Rico Status Act passes the House —which is far from certain— it would still need to pass the Senate, where 60 votes are required to break a filibuster. If it doesn’t pass Congress, then there will be no binding plebiscite, currently scheduled for November 5, 2023.

  • May 24, 2022
  • 6:17 PM

Venezuelan Immigrant Leads White House Latino Media Outreach

Latino Rebels speaks with Luisana Pérez Fernández, the White House director of Hispanic media, about her life and career after immigrating to Miami from Venezuela in 2011.

  • May 23, 2022
  • 6:08 PM

‘Historic’ Puerto Rico Status Compromise Bill Faces Uncertain Future in Congress

Following a press conference on Thursday, members of the House negotiating team behind a potential consensus bill on Puerto Rico’s status released what is likely a messaging bill meant to act as a framework for further negotiations and their outcome.

  • May 19, 2022
  • 4:59 PM

Reps. Velázquez, González-Colón Find Consensus in Puerto Rico Status Bill

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Jenniffer González Colón, tell Latino Rebels that, despite their opposing perspectives on Puerto Rico’s status question, there are at least two areas of common ground driving the negotiations on a consensus bill.

  • May 18, 2022
  • 7:23 PM

House to Release Framework for Puerto Rico Consensus Bill

A consensus bill to determine the future of Puerto Rico’s status is imminent, Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) said, but sources close to the matter tell Latino Rebels that no draft has been circulated to the key stakeholders in the process and that the tense negotiations over the bill’s language have hit a series of dead ends.

  • May 18, 2022
  • 1:45 PM

Congressional Progressive Staff Association Booming

Less than a year after receiving formal approval, the Congressional Progressive Staff Association, a group looking to increase the number of progressive staffers working in Congress, is seeing its membership swell.

  • May 13, 2022
  • 2:22 PM

House Adopts Resolution to Protect Hill Staffer Unionization Efforts

After a resolution to protect Hill staffers from retaliation for organizing a union in their offices had been adopted by the House on Tuesday night, a number of Congress members tell Latino Rebels they expect their offices to unionize.

  • May 12, 2022
  • 11:57 AM

Senate Split on Increasing Immigration to Boost Economy

As a national labor shortage is contributing to higher prices on consumer goods and increased inflation, some senators tell Latino Rebels that increasing legal immigration can help undermine these economic pressures on the American economy, while others are not so convinced.

  • May 10, 2022
  • 3:54 PM

Senate Stalls Again on Immigration Relief

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) is expected to negotiate immigrant relief into a bipartisan immigration bill with Senate Republicans, but Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the most senior Latino in the Senate, expressed doubts that reform will pass this year.

  • May 6, 2022
  • 5:57 PM

Democrats Powerless in the Face of Looming Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

After news broke Monday of a looming Supreme Court decision to overturn ‘Roe v. Wade,’ Democrats vowed to introduce legislation codifying abortion rights. But without filibuster reform, they are unlikely to secure the 60 votes needed to pass such a bill.

  • May 4, 2022
  • 5:11 PM

Latino Journalist Fin Gómez a Leader in US Political News

On Saturday, for the first time at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a Latino journalist, Serafín “Fin” Gómez, sat at the president’s table along with other guests of honor. Gómez is the new political director for CBS News and the first Latino named to the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

  • May 2, 2022
  • 5:35 PM

Rep. Escobar: Inspector General Should Resign for Hiding Abuse by DHS Agents

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari should resign, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) told Latino Rebels on Wednesday in response to news that Cuffari omitted hundreds of cases of domestic violence from a report on sexual misconduct at the department. “I saw serious problems with this particular inspector general long […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 2:33 PM

Senate Republicans Divided Over Immigration Provisions of COMPETES Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Immigrant relief provisions in the America COMPETES Act, which passed the House in February, are now being debated in the Senate where they face a divided Republican caucus. At issue is whether the bill will do two things: create a special visa category for immigrant entrepreneurs exempt immigrants with doctorates and master’s […]

  • Apr 26, 2022
  • 6:14 PM

Booker, Klobuchar, Warren Help Save Senate Cafeteria Workers From Layoffs

Restaurant Associates, the company that manages Senate cafeteria workers, confirmed on Friday that the layoffs announced a week ago have been canceled.

  • Apr 8, 2022
  • 3:53 PM

Inside the Senate’s Final Vote to Confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

A look at the moments during and after Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court was confirmed by a 53-47 vote in the Senate, making her the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court.

  • Apr 7, 2022
  • 5:51 PM

Senate Cafeteria Workers Plead With Lawmakers to Save Their Jobs

On Friday, workers at the Dirksen Café were told by management that there would be mass layoffs on April 15. The workers tell Latino Rebels that 81 employees of Restaurant Associates, the federal contractor that runs the Senate cafeterias, are on the chopping block.

  • Apr 5, 2022
  • 10:50 AM

Senate Cafeteria Workers Organize Against Union

At least two senators were accosted at lunchtime on Wednesday by Capitol cafeteria workers demanding answers to what they say has been a heavy-handed unionization push by Local 23, which represents over 25,000 hospitality workers in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Mar 31, 2022
  • 1:04 PM

Formerly Undocumented Latina Now Congressional Staff Leader

Despite the legislative setbacks to level the playing field for undocumented immigrants, Patrica Ordaz remains committed to empowering staffers in any way she can. It was to this end that last month, the formerly undocumented immigrant born in Mexico City was elected president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association.

  • Mar 29, 2022
  • 11:34 AM

Ukrainian Refugees Spotlight Restrictionist Policies Toward Black and Brown Immigrants

The Biden White House announced Thursday that the United States will accept 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. The announcement came after over a year of leveraging former President Donald Trump’s racist immigration policies to deny entry to millions of non-white immigrants.

  • Mar 25, 2022
  • 12:09 PM

Congress Punts on Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Denied by Trump Muslim Ban

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants won legal entry to the United States only to have their hopes dashed by then-President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Since then, immigration attorneys have spent countless hours and large sums of money lobbying Congress for diversity visa backlog relief, but to no avail.

  • Mar 24, 2022
  • 2:33 PM

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