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26 Aug 2014
There Was Compassion on the Spanish Mission Trail

When we think of the Spanish conquistadors, most of us see images of the ruthless explorers who committed … Read More.

19 Aug 2014
San Antonio: The Showcase of Our Spanish Heritage

In the early evening, as I walked through Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio, headed by the majestic San … Read More.

12 Aug 2014
'Remember the Alamo' Was a Spanish Mission

Its original name was Mision San Antonio de Valero. It was built by Native Americans and Spanish Franciscan … Read More.

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08/26/2014 There Was Compassion on the Spanish Mission Trail
When we think of the Spanish conquistadors, most of us see images of the ruthless explorers who committed genocide while seeking gold in Latin America. Those images often are grossly distorted by the anti-Spanish propaganda known as the Black ...

08/19/2014 San Antonio: The Showcase of Our Spanish Heritage
In the early evening, as I walked through Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio, headed by the majestic San Fernando Cathedral and reminiscent of the many Spanish colonial plazas throughout Latin America, I noticed that something had changed. Just ...

08/12/2014 'Remember the Alamo' Was a Spanish Mission
Its original name was Mision San Antonio de Valero. It was built by Native Americans and Spanish Franciscan priests in 1724. But you probably know it better because of what happened there in 1836, when it was no longer a Spanish mission. You probably ...

08/05/2014 Extracting Compacted History Unveils Hidden Hispanic Heritage
We all make the same mistake. When traveling through history, we tend to shorten time and lose perspective, often turning centuries into decades and decades into years. Perhaps this is the reason why so many Americans still confuse the totally ...

07/29/2014 Galveston: Still the Isle of Misfortune?
As if the day had been made to order, just for me to truly appreciate the hardships endured by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and a few-dozen other shipwrecked Spanish conquistadors almost 500 years ago, there was menacing weather when I arrived on ...

07/22/2014 New Orleans Has a Spanish 'Ne Sais Quoi'
You feel like you've been there before, and yet you know this is your first time in New Orleans. That's the sensation you get if you are a Latino arriving in the French Quarter. At first you can't quite figure out why everything looks so ...

07/15/2014 The Hispanic Flank of the American Revolution
From the cannons mounted on the roof of Fort Conde, now surrounded by modern high-rise buildings in downtown Mobile, Alabama, it's hard to envision the time when it was under siege by Spanish and Latin American troops. But it's even harder for many ...

07/08/2014 A Hidden Hispanic Role Model
When you stand next to those huge cannons pointing into Mobile Bay, as I did when I recently visited Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan in Alabama, somehow they don't look as menacing as when you see them from the water, as I did when I took the ferry that ...

07/01/2014 Beyond St. Augustine
To follow the footsteps of the Spanish conquistadors who came to North America some 500 years ago, sometimes water routes are necessary. And that's how I found myself rowing on the Econfina Creek in northwest Florida. After seeing how the ...

06/24/2014 On the Trail of Conquistadors
From the water, you still can see small sections of unspoiled shoreline that allow you to imagine what the conquistadors must have seen when they landed on the west coast of Florida almost 500 years ago. Seeking that vantage point, from the ...

06/17/2014 The Great Hispanic American History Tour
The time has come for me to take a long drive. My pilgrimage in search for America's hidden Hispanic heritage requires reporting from dozens of historical sites I'm determined to visit this year. To get the most out of my journey, I have been ...

06/10/2014 My Pilgrimage to San Xavier
As you walk in, you feel like you are going through a time warp and landing abruptly in 18th-century Europe. A few minutes earlier you were driving through the Arizona desert, but suddenly you are surrounded by dozens of saints and angels. You feel as ...

06/03/2014 The 'Discovery' of Self-Loathing Hispanics
Wherever they went in North America, usually years before any of the other European explorers, the Spanish conquistadores drew a map and named the landmarks they found along the way. No wonder so much of our country is named in Spanish! ...

05/20/2014 Peace With Colombian Drug Rebels? Keep Dreaming!
When Colombians go to the polls to vote in a presidential election Sunday, they will be going through deja vu. After 50 years, you would think they would have moved on to different issues. But nah, Colombians have no such luck. They will again ...

05/13/2014 Obama Discriminates
Our national Latino leaders still dance around it. They come close to saying it, but they still won't admit it. So I'll say it for them: The Obama administration discriminates against Latino immigrants. Clearly, that should have been the ...

05/07/2014 Like Taking Risks? Try Venezuela!
For the world's risk-taking travelers, those who go to places from which there may be no return, Venezuela is rapidly becoming a major attraction. If you like finding yourself amid violent demonstrations, if you seek the thrill of being accused ...

04/29/2014 Boehner's Whiny Hypocrisy
When House Speaker John Boehner mocked his Republican colleagues for their reluctance to deal with immigration reform last week, we saw the ultimate display of: A. poor leadership; B. hypocrisy; C. a divided Republican Party; D. a puppet rebelling ...

04/22/2014 U.S. Media Is Ready to Lift the Cuban Embargo
Congress may not be ready. The American people may need more clarity. And even our so-called socialist president, Barack Obama, has some reservations. But the American news media are ready to lift the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba and embrace a ...

04/15/2014 Latinos: Why Vote?
The Democratic president who was supposed to be our great amigo turned out to be a huge disappointment, deporting more immigrants than even his Republican predecessors, refusing to ease his government's crackdown on the people he claims he wants to ...

04/08/2014 Can a Pro-Immigrant Candidate Survive the GOP Primaries?
We know where the Democrats would stand. If they were to run for president, both Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton would support comprehensive immigration reform. But with the Republicans, it's a question of whether any of them would have the courage to ...

04/01/2014 Exposing the Immigration Hypocrites
Some critics say it's only theatrics, a waste of time on a political stunt that has no chance of succeeding. But they obviously don't see the true purpose of the "discharge petition" distributed by House Democrats last week. Its only goal was ...

03/25/2014 Latinos Fall for Obama-Scare
To me, they are not a statistic. I don't have to read about them. I know them. I don't need a study to show me that too many Latinos are foolishly rejecting Obamacare. The polls confirm that it's happening, but I see it every day. Some ...

03/18/2014 GOP to Latinos: We Can Be Worse Than Obama
Just when you think there is nothing more Republicans can do to alienate themselves from Latino voters, when you would think that they would sit back and relish how many Latinos are turning on President Barack Obama for his record-breaking ...

03/11/2014 Obama Apologists Should Share Blame for Deportations
From the very beginning, everyone knew there was something morally wrong with it. And yet, many Hispanic community leaders shamefully pretended not to see it and went along with the Obama administration's aggressive immigrant deportation policy. <...

03/04/2014 TV News Wears Horse Blinders
We have more TV channels and more 24-hour "news stations" than ever before. We can cover news events and deliver reports instantly from the farthest corners of the world. Our TV reporters are daring enough to go into war zones and violent ...

02/25/2014 Somewhere Between Extremes
On one extreme, I have some Cuban-American friends who are sooo conservative that they sound like reruns of FOX News. They are so anti-communist and feel so betrayed by Democrats that they behave as if they had sold their souls to the Republican Party,...

02/18/2014 Latino-American History 102: A Tale of Two Cities
Which came first: the Spanish conquistadors or the British colonists? Jamestown or St. Augustine? The Spanish language or the English language? Hernando De Soto or Lewis and Clark? Figuring out the answer to all those questions is much easier ...

02/11/2014 Say Adios to Real Immigration Reform
I never thought I would say this, but I'm glad immigration reform is dead for this year. Don't get me wrong: Comprehensive, humane and logical immigration reform — with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants — is long overdue. ...

02/04/2014 Super Bowl Coke Commercial Draws Out Ugly Americans
We are strong, unique and beautiful because of our diversity. We have a long history as a multilingual country — "a nation of immigrants." Many of our states, cities and major American landmarks are named in foreign languages. Our government has ...

01/31/2014 Marking America's Birthplace
The dream of marking the spot where Juan Ponce de Leon actually landed — after discovering and naming Florida 500 years ago — finally was realized Saturday as more than 100 people gathered in Melbourne Beach, Fla., for the unveiling of an ...

01/28/2014 Gay Marriage's Hidden American History Started in Spanish
The word, as originally written in Spanish, was "diablura," which has been translated to English in at least two ways: "wicked" or "devilish." But it was the way Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca described an issue that is very contentious in society today: ...

01/21/2014 Cuba's Jose Marti: His Legacy Lives Here
You may have listened to his verses in the old Cuban song "Guantanamera." You may have seen his impressive statue in New York's Central Park. You may have heard him mentioned when Cuban-Americans and Washington politicians have discussed the ...

01/14/2014 Hispanics in Denial Should Be Infamous
So say the name your parents gave you is clearly a loser in Hollywood, or say you want to be a rock star and you decide you need a stage name. To succeed in America in the 21st century, do you also need to Anglicize your name and hide your ...

01/07/2014 Immigration Reform Could Be a Nightmare
The pundits are already telling us that 2014 is most definitely the year for comprehensive immigration reform, as if they had not said the same thing about 2013, and a few of the years preceding. Are we to believe that legislation Congress has ...

01/07/2014 Immigration Reform Could Be a Nightmare
The pundits are already telling us that 2014 is most definitely the year for comprehensive immigration reform, as if they had not said the same thing about 2013, and a few of the years preceding. Are we to believe that legislation Congress has ...

12/24/2013 America's First Christmas
Now that we have welcomed Santa, some of us are getting ready to receive the three wise men on Jan. 6. In our annual Latino struggle to preserve our own Hispanic holiday traditions, a little history is appropriate here. After all, it was our Spanish ...

12/17/2013 Shaking Hands With a Tyrant
So there I was in the White House about to meet the president of the Untied States, and I had to think of something to start up a conversation. I would have just a couple of minutes to stand next to George H. W. Bush, because it was only a ...

12/10/2013 Mandela's Blind Spot
He was one of the greatest leaders of our time, a champion for human rights and racial equality. The world is a better place because Nelson Mandela lived among us. But not the whole world! I can think of at least one small part of the ...

12/04/2013 Obliviously Living in 'The Land of Estevan Gomez'
It happens to all of us — including Latino Americans who should know better. When we think of Spanish conquistadors, we usually are drawn to their exploits in the Caribbean, Mexico and South America, seldom paying attention to those who came to ...

11/26/2013 The Power of Dinero and Demographics
Only two months ago, this column suggested the pro-immigrant movement was very myopic and planned only for the next battle in Congress instead of who gets sent to Congress on Election Day. "Where are the pro-immigrant troops lining up to ...

11/19/2013 Carrying the Cuban Family Torch
I had done it before so I thought it wouldn't be so difficult. In delivering funeral eulogies, unfortunately, I've had some practice. But it was always for a friend who passed, never for one of my relatives. In my own family funerals, ...

10/22/2013 Two Good Places to Rest
To most Spaniards, Christopher Columbus rests where he belongs: in the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria in Seville, Spain, the city from where he set sail for the New World in 1492. But to most Dominicans, Columbus rests where he wanted to be ...

10/15/2013 Columbus Deserves His Day
To most of us, he was the ultimate explorer, the gutsy genius who brought Europe to the New World, one of history's greatest figures. His name, of course, was Cristobal Colon, better known here as Christopher Columbus, the Italian navigator who ...

10/08/2013 Hollywood's Hidden Hispanic Heritage
In 1934, Wallace Beery was Pancho Villa in MGM's "Viva Villa." In 1939, Paul Muni played Benito Juarez in Warner Bros' "Juarez." In 1952, Marlon Brando starred as Emiliano Zapata in FOX's "Viva Zapata." In 1961, Natalie ...

10/01/2013 Hispanics or Latinos?
It may seem like an identity crisis, as if we Latinos/Hispanics can't make up our minds about what to call ourselves. And it's true. We can't. It started many years ago, when Census Bureau officials determined that they needed a term to ...

09/24/2013 To Reform Immigration, Depose the Xenophobes
As if the immigration reform coffin needed any more nails, two more House Republicans have dropped out of the bipartisan group of legislators who were trying to drive comprehensive reform through a wall of GOP xenophobia on Capitol Hill. The ...

09/17/2013 In the Name of Heritage
So what do you do when people mispronounce your name? Do you correct them? If they butcher your identity, do you let it ride? Just to avoid having to educate them? Foreign-born Americans are constantly pressured to Americanize their names ...

09/10/2013 Say Hello to Syria and Adios to Immigration Reform
It started with Sept. 11, 2001. Twelve years ago, opponents of immigration reform had a perfect excuse to delay changes that had seemed eminent until that infamous day. And ever since then, whenever those changes come to the forefront again, something ...

08/27/2013 When 'Leaders' Divide
They are marching in all the Hispanic parades, having their photos taken with every brown face they can find, waving Latin American flags, trying to speak Spanish, buying time and space on Spanish media and kissing Latino babies! But what are the New ...

08/20/2013 Let's Build a Timeline of Hispanic-American History
So let's assume that you already know that the Spanish conquistadors were here long before the British colonists, that Spanish was spoken in North America before a word of English was uttered, that St. Augustine was established 42 years before ...

08/13/2013 The Discovery of White Hispanics
We have been in this country longer than most other ethnic groups and races. We are a majority among Latinos. Finding us should not be a problem. We have been here all along! And yet some of our fellow Americans are just beginning to notice us. ...

07/30/2013 The New King of Intolerance
He has become toxic material in Washington D.C. Even the leaders of his own party are running away from him and strongly condemning the waste that keeps coming out of his mouth. But Iowa Rep. Steve King is undeterred. He has a narcissistic need for ...

07/23/2013 Obama Preaches to the Converted
Everyone knows that immigration reform is stalled in Congress, that House Republicans are the ones who need to be swayed to become a bit more compassionate with undocumented immigrants, and that comprehensive legislation is running out of time and ...

07/09/2013 Snowden Exposes Our Enemies
He may have done more damage to this country than any other person in recent history. He may have exposed national security secrets that could put Americans at risk. U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden may have helped the terrorists, and we'll ...

07/02/2013 Immigration Reform Is DOA
As if immigration reform legislation had not already been considerably diluted when it went through the Senate last week, the House of Representatives is getting ready to dissect it so well that the whole process may turn into an autopsy. Of ...

06/25/2013 'Uncle Tom' Rubio
At a time when we thought Sen. Marco Rubio couldn't go any farther to the right, when his pandering to conservative extremists had become too repugnant to bear, when so many Latinos were already identifying him as our own "Uncle Tom," out he ...

06/18/2013 Exposing the Social Media Bigots
Just when we think racism is in retreat, when census and election results demonstrate that we should be much more tolerant than we have been in the past, something happens to remind us that much work still needs to be done to combat ignorance in ...

06/11/2013 Latino Community Leader -- Not!
There are community leaders and there are party leaders, and usually there is a huge difference between those two particular species of human beings. And yet in the American news media, discerning one from the other seems to be very difficult. ...

06/04/2013 Guantanamo Has a History
Long before Guantanamo became synonymous with al-Qaida prisoners, American injustice and hunger strikes — yes, even before it became known as a high-security prison for suspected terrorists — it was a U.S. Naval Base with a long and ...

05/21/2013 The Obstacle Course to Legalization
Has anyone noticed that the so-called "path to legalization" for undocumented immigrants is rapidly becoming an obstacle course? Are we so hungry for immigration reform that we are willing to swallow it without even looking at it? Even if it'...

05/14/2013 The Conveniently 'Forgotten War'
If you missed CBS's "Sunday Morning" program last week, you missed a report that should be required viewing for all Americans. And if you are one of those Americans who still question why Latinos in the Southwest are offended when ...

04/30/2013 Venezuelan Democracy Is a Farce
You can call Venezuela many things — a political circus, an upcoming dictatorship, the world's most effective government vote-manipulating machine, a melodramatic Latin American telenovela — but please don't call it a democracy. ...

04/23/2013 On Immigration Reform, the Democrats Caved
Just when we thought we were about to see fair and compassionate immigration reform, when we thought the Latino vote in the presidential election had opened a real pathway to U.S. citizenship for some 11 million undocumented immigrants, when at least ...

04/16/2013 The Re-Conquest of American History
The Re-Conquest of American History As if he was a field commander rallying his troops, "the dean of Florida historians" was distributing ammunition among those who fight to correct American history, especially those who try ...

04/09/2013 The Fountain of Our Hispanic Heritage
The Fountain of Our Hispanic Heritage People were shouting "Viva Espana" and celebrating the great achievements of the Spanish conquistadors in Florida last week. They were dressing up as Spanish explorers, firing muskets and ...

04/02/2013 Accidental Death or State-Sponsored Murder?
If it were another country that was running out of ways to cover up its own government-sponsored murders, world outrage and condemnation would be huge and to be expected. But since it's happening in Cuba, where getting away with murder has ...

03/26/2013 Can They Revive the GOP After an Autopsy?
When the Republican National Committee released a report on the health of the GOP and called it an "autopsy" — instead of a prognosis — last week, were they admitting that the Republican Party is dead? After all, you don't ...

03/19/2013 Latino Pope Evokes Pride and Questions
At first, all we felt was pride. Learning that the Vatican had selected its first Latin American pope gave Hispanic Catholics a sense of inclusion we had never felt before. I felt like screaming "gooooal," but I was in a university ...

03/12/2013 Mummified Like a Pharaoh?
When I predicted two months ago that Hugo Chavez would get a pharaoh's funeral, believe me, I was being sarcastic. Nowhere in my wildest imagination did I conceive that the Socialist Venezuelan president would actually be mummified. When I ...

03/05/2013 Cabinet-Level (Con) Jobs
Back in November, when an overwhelming majority of Latino voters extended President Barack Obama's lease to remain in the White House four more years, no one would have believed what happened this week. Yet when Obama hosted the first Cabinet meeting ...

02/26/2013 Castro Wants to Retire but Preserve Communist Dictatorship
When I was 8 years old, they came into my life and changed the course of my destiny, driving me and 2 million other Cubans out of our homeland and submitting those who stayed behind to the longest dictatorship in modern human history. And now ...

02/19/2013 Not All Cubans Are Rubio Fan Club Members
Please get this straight: For those of us Cuban-Americans who value our brotherhood with our fellow Latin Americans, especially those who didn't have our privilege to come to this country legally, Marco Rubio is an embarrassment. As the Florida ...

02/12/2013 Florida's 500th Birthday Should Be a National Holiday
Editor's Note: This is the 29th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.hiddenhispanicheritage.com My reservations are made; my plans are solid. ...

02/05/2013 On Immigration Reform, El Diablo Is in the Details
If there is a stipulation that has to be met first, if comprehensive immigration reform still is going to depend on when Republicans "certify" that the border with Mexico has been "secured," then forget about it. It's all a huge ...

01/29/2013 Our Hispanic Heritage: On Exhibit and Yet Hidden
Editor's Note: This is the 28th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.hiddenhispanicheritage.com On a concrete courtyard in upper Manhattan, a group ...

01/15/2013 A Pharaoh's Funeral and a Grave to Dance On
His followers will make him a socialist martyr and give him a pharaoh's funeral. His opponents will dance on his grave and try to stomp his ideology into oblivion. That's the way it is with Hugo Chavez. Even though he is apparently on his ...

01/15/2013 A Pharaoh's Funeral and a Grave to Dance On
His followers will make him a socialist martyr and give him a pharaoh's funeral. His opponents will dance on his grave and try to stomp his ideology into oblivion. That's the way it is with Hugo Chavez. Even though he is apparently on his ...

01/08/2013 Backdoor Amnesty or Lesson Learned?
Remember the time when Obama administration officials let it be known that things would get worse before they got better for undocumented immigrants? Remember how they justified their raids, border re-enforcements and record-breaking deportations? ...

01/01/2013 Happy Three Kings Day
Happy Three Kings Day To many U.S. Latinos, they are much more than figurines in the Nativity mangers under our Christmas trees. They are Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar, those three magical figures who rode camels and left toys under our ...

12/25/2012 A Hispanic Christmas
We call it "Navidad," the Spanish word for Christmas. But literally, it means "Nativity" — and we have no qualms about the birth we are celebrating. Christmas traditions unfortunately are becoming politically incorrect ...

12/18/2012 The Mexican Gauntlet
If it was safe, you can bet a lot more Latinos would be taking long drives back to their homelands in Central and South America. But we know better. We know that in order to get there, we have to go through a gauntlet of crime and corruption known as ...

12/04/2012 Unlearned Immigration Lessons
Just when we think Republicans finally have learned their immigration lesson, when a landslide of Latino voters kept them out of the White House and threated to wipe the GOP out of contention in future presidential elections, out they come with ...

11/27/2012 Puerto Rico's Questionable Vote for Statehood
At first glance, it seemed like a totally different story, especially given the superficial way in which the American news media tend to cover Latin America, even in a part of Latin America that also is part of the United States. The way it was ...

11/20/2012 Beware of Repentant Republicans
The human hand was not meant to scribble so fast as to be able to record all the truly amazing, self-deprecating comments uttered by Republicans as they confessed repentance for all their immigrant bashing last week. I know because I tried, and ...

11/13/2012 How to Lose an Election by Alienating Latinos
Back in August, when Republicans still were in denial about the depth of the hole they had dug for themselves in the Hispanic community during the GOP primaries, back when they thought that having Sen. Marco Rubio and a few other Latino surrogates ...

11/06/2012 Like Most Latinos, I Voted Against Romney
Remember the times when we went to the polls to vote for someone we believed in, instead of against a candidate we can't stand? Ah! The good old days. Before the complete polarization of our country, before we were divided between those ...

11/06/2012 Like Most Latinos, I Voted Against Romney
Remember the times when we went to the polls to vote for someone we believed in, instead of against a candidate we can't stand? Ah! The good old days. Before the complete polarization of our country, before we were divided between those ...

10/23/2012 Latinos Get Nada From Debate Moderators
During the entire presidential campaign season, the media have been telling us that this is the year when Latino voters can swing the swing states and determine who gets to be president. The hype over the alleged power of the Hispanic vote in ...

10/16/2012 Now That Fiesta Month Is Over, Can We Talk about Heritage?
It's an awkward month, covering the second half of September and the first half of October. But it's not as awkward as the way we celebrate it. We call it Hispanic Heritage Month, but it has little to do with heritage. Hispanic Fiesta Month ...

10/09/2012 Socialism Unlike Ours
Imagine an election where the incumbent president can bribe the voters with public housing, household appliances and social welfare programs — all paid by the state. Envision a contest in which the incumbent uses state funds and workers ...

10/02/2012 Do We Have to Exaggerate to Get Attention?
All summer long, if we paid attention to the media, we were led to believe that Republican voter suppression laws were meant to target mostly African-Americans, students, the elderly and other groups that are likely to favor Democrats. If we ...

09/25/2012 Romney's ‘Long-Term' Sham
From the moment Mitt Romney clinched the Republican nomination some three months ago, the pundits have been expecting him to soften his stance on immigration in order to appeal to Latinos. We have become so cynical about our political ...

09/18/2012 The "Accidental" Death of a Cuban Dissident
If you believe Cuban authorities because you choose to ignore five decades of lies, propaganda and deception, then you believe that Cuban dissidence leader Oswaldo Paya was killed in a single-car accident. But if history makes you skeptical, if ...

09/11/2012 Brown Face Conventions
We Latinos should be happy, shouldn't we? In both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, brown faces were on display like never before. But is that all we need? Do Latinos vote for surnames or substance? If brown faces and ...

08/28/2012 Romney's Anti-Immigrant Platform
The pundits tell us not to pay too much attention to the Republican convention platform, because this document usually reflects the party's most extreme ideas — just fodder for the far-right activists — and because the GOP nominee for ...

08/21/2012 Dreaming With Risks
When thousands of young people come out of the undocumented-immigrants' closet and reveal all their well-kept secrets to the federal government in the next few weeks, are they taking a risk for relying on a temporary reprieve from President Barack ...

08/14/2012 The Bucket List of Hispanic Heritage
I always wanted to go there. The Grand Canyon was on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I always thought that it wasn't enough to just see it in pictures. And I was right. Last Monday, Aug. 6, in celebration of my 62nd ...

07/31/2012 Watching Others Realize My Dream
When we see people protesting all over the Arab world — liberating themselves from oppressive dictators, using social media to come together and taking amazing risks in order to regain their freedom — most of us cringe a little. We admire ...

07/24/2012 With Amigos Like Hugo Chavez ...
As if President Barack Obama didn't have enough problems, especially with so many Americans who think he is a closet socialist, he gets an unexpected endorsement from the most obnoxious socialist of them all. Without an invitation, Venezuelan ...

07/17/2012 The Real Privilege Is That Voting Is a Right
Just when we think Republican talking points can't get any more ridiculous and insulting, out they come with a new one that takes insolence to a higher level. Did you hear the one about voting? According to some GOP spinners, voting is ...

07/03/2012 They Think Latinos are Stupid
They are so desperate, so far behind in their quest to get Latinos to vote for Mitt Romney, that GOP leaders are now resorting to telling half-truths — the kind of distortion that insults our intelligence and surely will backfire. They ...

06/26/2012 Supreme Court Upholds Racial Profiling
When the Supreme Court struck down 3 out of 4 provisions of Arizona's controversial SB 1070, immigrant-bashing law Monday, President Barack Obama received a huge, unexpected boost, Mitt Romney got egg on his face, and U.S. Latinos and other immigrant ...

06/19/2012 Say Adios to Romney
When President Barack Obama finally realized the dream of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants who long to be Americans last week, he hammered the last nail on Mitt Romney's political coffin. As if Romney had not done enough to bury his ...

06/12/2012 Romney's Problema
If he wasn't already trying to overcome the image of the politician who would say anything to get elected, if he wasn't already known as the champion of flip-floppers, perhaps Mitt Romney still could Etch A Sketch a new image of himself for the ...

06/05/2012 The New Dream Act Is Only an Act
As if young undocumented immigrants had not been disillusioned enough over the past few years. As if Washington politicians had not done enough to thrash their hopes and aspirations by rejecting the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors ...

05/22/2012 In Defense of Colombianas and Cartagena
Working at a Manhattan jewelry store, the last thing my friend Claudia expected was confronting a new stereotype about her native Colombia. "For many years, whenever some people discovered that I'm Colombian, I would have to put up with ...

05/15/2012 The Spirit of Ada Merritt
Perhaps it was the times we lived in; the 1960s were special to almost everyone. Or perhaps it had more to do with the unique place we found ourselves sharing. Our junior high school, in the heart of Miami's Little Havana, is legendary. No one ...

05/01/2012 Supreme Setback Looms Ahead
If the Supreme Court tea leaf readers are correct, if more than four justices decide to uphold Arizona's infamous SB 1070, and you are an immigrant — legal or illegal — brace yourself for unprecedented harassment. Even if you were ...

04/24/2012 The First Latino Vice President
Mitt Romney doesn't have a choice. Without a Hispanic running mate, he doesn't stand a chance of winning a significant portion of the Hispanic vote, which is what he needs in the swing states that will determine who gets to be president. ...

04/17/2012 Loving Fidel Is Offensive
He is the all-time champion of world dictators, making his people succumb to pain and degradation longer than any other despot in human history. He has killed thousands and driven tens of thousands to drowning deaths while they were trying to escape ...

04/10/2012 Studying the Obvious Reveals the Absurd
It was surely a well-intended effort to clarify the complex identity of those of us who hail from Latin America and live in the United States and of those "Latinos" or "Hispanics" who were born here of Latin American parents. But ...

04/03/2012 My American Birthday
There are no photos of that day. No one in my family took pictures on the morning I left my native Cuba. But those images never will leave me. Immigrants never forget the day we begin our new lives in the United States. It becomes almost like a ...

03/20/2012 Saint Santorum in San Juan
On his way to Puerto Rico, at least in a hastily conducted briefing, you would think that someone would have reminded Rick Santorum not to mess with the Spanish language. You would think someone would have told him that fear of losing their language ...

03/13/2012 Fueling the Syrian Massacres
Just when you begin to feel sorry for Hugo Chavez, when his bouts with cancer make you feel compassion for a man who doesn't deserve any, when you begin to tell yourself that you don't wish anyone's death, the president of Venezuela reminds us he ...

02/28/2012 Romney: Rejecting the Latino Vote
He has vowed to support the most extremist anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic measures that have been floated in this country in many years. He says he would oppose comprehensive immigration reform, veto the Development Relief and Education for Alien ...

02/14/2012 Eye-Opener for Diehard Latino Republicans
Just when we think there is nothing more Republicans can do to alienate themselves from Latino voters, when they have made it clear to most Latinos that they don't want us in their "big tent," out they come with more evidence to convince ...

02/07/2012 Romney: The DREAM Latino Unifier
In our public schools, we taught them to be civic minded and to exercise their rights as Americans. There were no separate courses where young undocumented immigrants could learn how to be submissive second-class citizens. When they learned about ...

01/31/2012 Snake Oil Peddlers
It takes a lot of gall to defend either Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney in the Hispanic community nowadays. And yet, we see them out there, the Latino GOP surrogates — selling snake oil to their own people. The Republican candidates have ...

01/24/2012 My Mother Wouldn't Let Me Vote for Gingrich
When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, back in the mid-'90s, Newt Gingrich was trying to take away her healthcare benefits. She had been a legal U.S. resident for many years, but Gingrich's "Contract with America" was bent on ...

01/17/2012 Romney's Bilingual Hypocrisy
In the past, Republican presidential candidates would only have to be a little hypocritical as they came back from extremist right-wing views driven by the GOP primaries and then tried to appeal to moderates — just in time for the general ...

01/10/2012 Long-Overdue Action, Even If It's Just Politics
In yet another welcomed administrative move to ease the hardships of undocumented immigrants, the Obama administration, last week, proposed new rules that will allow some immigrants to remain in the country while they apply for legal residency. ...

12/27/2011 America's First Christmas
Editor's Note: This is the 25th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. Now that we have welcomed Santa, some of us are getting ...

12/20/2011 If They Sought Arpaio's Support, How Can They be Our Amigos?
The U.S. Justice Department says Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ran the nation's "most egregious system" of racial profiling, presided over a "chronic culture of disregard for basic legal and constitutional obligations" and engaged in ...

12/13/2011 Debates Define Their Demagoguery
It's not that the question hasn't been asked. In fact, in this presidential campaign season, we hear it more than ever. Yet until now, the leading Republican candidates had refused to answer it. In countless GOP presidential debates, where the ...

12/06/2011 Beyond the Point of No Return
Only a few months ago, the questions would have been easy to answer, before the GOP presidential candidates began to campaign. Yet they caused me a momentary brain freeze as I was sitting in front of a TV camera Monday morning in Manhattan. &...

11/29/2011 With Amigos Like Gingrich, Who Needs Enemigos?
The TV pundits said it was "a huge gamble" and a "very courageous move." But those comments on Newt Gingrich's "legalization without citizenship" proposal showed how distant most of them are from the heart of the U.S. ...

11/22/2011 Changing the Faces of Hatred
After getting thrown out of office in a recall election, you would think some politicians finally would realize that scapegoating and bashing illegal immigrants is not really a good idea, right? Nah! Not if you are the face of hatred, the ...

11/15/2011 Why Vote for Obama? Let's Go to the Video Tape
Imagine a Spanish-language TV commercial featuring Mitt Romney and Rick Perry accusing each other of being too weak on immigration or a radio spot featuring Herman Cain "joking" about building an electrified border fence that could kill ...

11/08/2011 Death of Democracy in Nicaragua
International observers say they were denied access to many voting stations, hundreds of voting irregularities were reported, election officials and "paramilitary mobs" were accused of obstructing opposition party observers and the "...

11/01/2011 Beware of the GOP's Latino Spinners
Look for them on your television, hear them on your radio, read them in the blogs — and beware of the phony indignation they will try to sell you. In English or Spanish, their cheap act will be easily detectable. When Latinos who claim to ...

10/25/2011 Are Some Latinos in the Wrong Party?
You would have to go back several decades to encounter the kind of outright racism and xenophobia-based politics that unfortunately, in recent years, have enjoyed a revival in the United States. You would also have to be living in a complete vacuum to ...

10/18/2011 The American Dream Lives in Dayton
Amid all the recent efforts to subjugate undocumented immigrants -- the Obama administration breaking deportation records, the states passing draconian and unconstitutional laws and the Republican presidential candidates using immigrants as guinea pigs ...

10/11/2011 Alabama's Ethnic Cleansing
Almost 50 years after the federal government forced former Alabama Gov. George Wallace to swallow his bigotry and allow African-Americans to attend state universities, a new Alabama governor is turning back the clock to a time when human and civil ...

10/04/2011 Running to The Right, and Falling off A Cliff
In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, we all expected a sprint to right, but we didn't expect the candidates to fall over a cliff with Latino voters — at least not so soon. We still are months away from the first ...

09/27/2011 From Cuba With Nada
Every once in a while, we send a useful fool to Havana. They go bearing gifts from the U.S. government; concessions we are willing to make to the world's oldest dictatorship — and one of the most repressive regimes on the planet — without ...

09/13/2011 Undermining Democracy
It is the dirtiest form of politics, the kind usually practiced by unscrupulous political operatives who seek advantage, even at the risk of eroding and undermining our precious democracy. It goes against everything we stand for, and yet we've seen it ...

08/30/2011 The Latino Clock is Irreversible
Just when we think our detractors are gaining strength, when efforts to turn back the civil rights clock are making it harder for Latinos to realize the American Dream, the U.S. Census Bureau gives us a much-needed confidence boost. Around this ...

08/23/2011 Obama Snaffles the Hispanic Vote
Without having to attend a big banquet or host another White House summit to deliver pandering rhetoric, President Barack Obama finally addressed the Hispanic community last week — with action instead of words. When his administration ...

08/16/2011 Perry at the Immigration Crossroads
Because he has an immigrant-friendly past, you would think that Texas Gov. Rick Perry could easily challenge President Barack Obama for the Hispanic vote in the 2012 presidential election. After all, while Obama has failed to keep his promise ...

08/09/2011 Wooing the Latino Vote: A Lesson in GOP Hypocrisy
Their TV commercials will undoubtedly insult our intelligence. The issues they will try to sell us are not really our issues. The topics we want to discuss will mostly be ignored, but Republican politicians still will try to woo ...

08/02/2011 The Great Minority Depression
Some of my friends are unemployed. Some are making less money than they used to. Some full-timers are now part-timers. Some are having to lay off their employees. Some have lost their homes to foreclosure. Some have seen their nest eggs vanish. I didn'...

07/26/2011 Say Adios to Free Speech in Ecuador
Imagine a legal system that would reward President Barack Obama $40 million every time a pundit questions his sincerity, honesty or place of birth or cites any of the many outrageous allegations and disrespectful statements that constantly are made ...

07/19/2011 A Long-Overdue Museum
Editor's Note: This is the 24th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. Imagine a place where you could retrace 500 years of ...

07/12/2011 The Impossible DREAM Act
They know that for now, they are selling an impossible dream. Yet some Democrats in Congress keep promoting the DREAM Act, the elusive legislation that would create a path to legalization for some 2 million young undocumented immigrants who came here ...

06/28/2011 Run for President, but Not on the Fence
The so-called "moderate" in the field of Republican presidential contenders apparently can't seem to decide which side of the immigration fence he wants to fall on. If Jon Huntsman jumps to the right, his pro-immigrant record could ...

06/14/2011 Deep South Reclaims Bigotry Title
Just when we thought no other state could beat Arizona as the champion of hatred, xenophobia and immigrant-bashing legislation, the Deep South reclaimed its title as the all-time champion of discrimination. Imagine how the bigots in Georgia and ...

06/07/2011 When Ignorance Goes On Tour
As part of her "One Nation" bus tour of American landmarks — and an ego trip with even more mileage — quasi-presidential candidate Sarah Palin went to New York City last week and used Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as a ...

05/31/2011 The Supreme Court Is Getting Scary
For many years, when they were telling us what they had in mind, the rest of us refused to believe them. It was just too cruel — too inhumane for the American people to allow it. When immigration hawks said they wanted to make living ...

05/24/2011 Immigrant-Bashing States Need Economic Shoving
Nearly all 50 states have tried to crack down on undocumented immigrants, and nearly all of their most Draconian measures have failed. According to a new Associated Press review of the immigration measures considered by state legislatures, only ...

05/17/2011 Seeking a Latino-Friendly Republican
Considering the track record of the most prominent GOP presidential contenders, it's hard to picture the face of the one who could be reasonable about fixing our broken immigration system. But if there were such a person, if one still emerges in the ...

05/10/2011 Official English Promotes Ignorance
For at least a couple of decades, they have been lobbying for laws to make English the country's official language. Slowly but surely, English-only zealots have been gaining ground — and taking this country backward! All over the world, ...

05/10/2011 Official English Promotes Ignorance
For at least a couple of decades, they have been lobbying for laws to make English the country's official language. Slowly but surely, English-only zealots have been gaining ground — and taking this country backward! All over the world, ...

05/03/2011 What's Not To Celebrate?
Whenever I think of that morning — Sept. 11, 2001 — I feel I'm reliving a terrible nightmare. Most Americans probably feel that way when they remember the images they saw on television. But I watched it all from my balcony! My nightmare ...

04/26/2011 Obama's Latino Problem
Say we Latinos decided to tell President Barack Obama that we are not going to take his cheap rhetoric anymore. Say we told him we are fed up with his empty promises to fix our broken immigration system while his administration breaks deportation ...

04/19/2011 What a Birthday To Forget!
Editor's Note: This is the fourth part of the ongoing series "Should We Celebrate Our Quincentennial?" and the 23rd part of another series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns, go to http://www....

04/12/2011 My Own Mold
If I write a column criticizing Republicans, some people assume that I must be a Democrat. If Democrats are my target one week, others conclude I must be a Republican. But if I blast both parties in alternating columns, as has happened coincidentally ...

04/05/2011 Our Man in Havana
Just as the winds of freedom were blowing all over the planet and as the world's oldest dictatorship needed to find a way to divert those winds, Jimmy Carter went to Cuba — ready to build political shelter for the Castro brothers. To have ...

03/29/2011 The Latino Backlash Is Coming Sooner Than Republicans Expected
Now that we know the U.S. Hispanic population has grown even faster than the U.S. Census Bureau projected — already surpassing the 50 million threshold — some Republican politicians are beginning to worry that the GOP could be in trouble.
03/22/2011 For Cuba, a Democratic Presidente
It took more than 50 years to find an opposition leader who could unite the Cuban people and lead a movement that could drive the Fidel/Raul Castro communist dictatorship out of power. But now a person finally has emerged who, many believe, could be ...

03/08/2011 The (Buried) Story of the Flores Family
The story of the Flores family apparently was too contradictory to the stories American news media like to promote nowadays. It just didn't fit in the current media climate. It wasn't about North Africa and the Middle East or about the Tucson, Ariz., ...

03/01/2011 Gadhafi's Three Amigos
Just when we thought Moammar Gadhafi was totally isolated, when his crimes against humanity became so repulsive that no one would dare still call him a friend, it turns out that the Libyan madman still has at least three amigos in Latin America. <...

02/22/2011 Watching Others Realize My Dream
When we see people protesting all over the Arab world — liberating themselves from oppressive dictators, using social media to come together and taking amazing risks in order to regain their freedom — most of us cringe a little. We admire ...

02/15/2011 'Largest Minority' Still Means 'Nada'
Now that the statisticians have begun to crunch the numbers and interpret the information gathered by the 2010 census, get ready for a new epidemic of xenophobia. It happens every 10 years. As census figures reveal that Latinos are multiplying ...

02/01/2011 Obama's Cheap Immigration Rhetoric
President Obama's recent effort to resuscitate the immigration reform debate in Congress — after he allowed it to die and be buried for at least the next couple of years — shows he has little respect for our intelligence. Apparently,...

01/25/2011 Obama's Senseless Cuba Bailout
Until recently, the Obama administration had been surprisingly firm in its posture toward Cuba, always asking for concessions — in terms of freedom for the Cuban people — before lifting sanctions against the Stalinist Castro dictatorship, ...

01/18/2011 Birthright Bigots: More Dangerous Than They Seem
They are the champions of the Constitution — at least, that's what they tell us — yet they keep looking for ways to violate it. They hold the patent on family values — at least, that's the impression they try to give — yet they ...

01/11/2011 Who's To Blame for the Tucson Massacre?
The left said he had to be a tea party extremist because, police say, he shot a Democrat. The right said he had to be a leftist because he read "The Communist Manifesto." The way we jumped to conclusions about Jared Loughner's political ...

01/04/2011 Happy Three Kings Day!
Editor's Note: This is the 22nd part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. To many U.S. Latinos, they are much more than ...

12/28/2010 A Real Socialist Coup
Imagine President Barack Obama trying to override the shift to the right by American voters in the midterm elections by staging an auto-coup. Imagine him getting the Democratic majorities in the lame-duck Congress to grant him the power to pass ...

12/21/2010 A Vote That Will Live in Infamy
As I watched many young undocumented immigrants crying on television Saturday, I tried to put myself in their place. But I just couldn't. How could I possibly feel the impotence and frustration they must have felt as the U.S. Senate rejected their ...

12/14/2010 Speak Any Spanish Lately?
Editor's Note: This is the 21st part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com.   When we take a lunch break, often we go to a &...

12/07/2010 No Tequila Party, Por Favor!
They claim they want to create a grass-roots movement that will do for Latinos what the tea party has done for conservative Americans, and that makes a lot of sense. They want to empower Latinos within the Democratic Party in the same way that ...

11/23/2010 Children of the American Dream: The Compassion Litmus Test
If it were the other way around — if Republicans instead of Democrats had one last hurrah in a lame-duck session — you know they would have no reservations about ramming bills through Congress. You have to admire that about Republicans; ...

11/16/2010 Racism on Display
In the old days, the bigots would cut out my column, scribble childish and offensive phrases on it, and send it back to me. Or they would send me letters that made no effort to hide their racism. "Hey Perez, You spic, look at your people; dirty, ...

11/09/2010 Latino Leaders -- Not!
They are Hispanic, and they are elected leaders. But seeing as the new crop of Latino Republicans mostly were elected by non-Latinos — because majorities of Hispanics often voted against them — can we call them Latino leaders? If ...

11/03/2010 The Wrath of Latino Voters
You can threaten to deport some of our relatives or to limit our use of the Spanish language or to deny our youths college educations or even to deny citizenship to some of our U.S.-born children, and we might let you get away with it — ...

10/26/2010 Holding Our Noses, Latinos Must Vote
You see them on Spanish television every so often, Latinos who claim to speak for the Republican Party, displaying a degree of shamelessness that is truly incomprehensible. They belong to the party that has vilified and persecuted immigrants, yet they ...

10/20/2010 The GOP's Hispanic Candidates: Perfect for Self-Loathing Latinos
They are the new breed of GOP Latino politicians — more conservative than those already in public office, more Draconian in their approach to illegal immigration, likelier to forsake their own language and culture, and more willing to betray ...

10/12/2010 Hispanic Voters Are Staying Home
Considering the way many Republicans have treated Latinos lately — promoting racial profiling, immigrant-bashing and outright bigotry — Democrats thought the Hispanic vote would be served to them on a silver platter. They knew that ...

10/05/2010 The Hall of Hypocrites Has a New Member
For the past few months, she has been telling California voters that employers who hire undocumented immigrants should be held accountable and sanctioned. But now that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman admits she had an ...

09/28/2010 Tidal Shift in Venezuela
It took them five years to recover from the grave mistake they made in 2005, but members of the Venezuelan opposition finally began to turn the tide against socialist President Hugo Chavez in national congressional elections Sunday. Hallelujah!<...

09/21/2010 Fake Immigration Fever
With the midterm elections on the horizon and politicians scrambling for votes, Democrats suddenly have developed renewed interest in immigration reform. Unfortunately, it's not because they have any hope of passing significant legislation, but ...

09/14/2010 Fidel's Epiphany
He says he is concerned about nuclear war, yet he is the man who took the world closest to the brink of nuclear annihilation. He claims to be concerned for the human rights of Gypsy refugees in France, yet he has driven millions of refugees out of his ...

08/31/2010 Mexico Doesn't Help
When Mexican officials come to the United States pretending to have the moral authority to preach about compassion and human rights for undocumented immigrants in this country, they personify hypocrisy. Everyone knows that what they preach here ...

08/24/2010 Cuba Visitors Wear Horse Blinders
Whenever fellow Americans tell me, "I just came back from Cuba" or "I'm planning a vacation in Cuba soon," they obviously think they are paying me some kind of compliment. Because I was born on that precious Caribbean island, they ...

08/17/2010 Their Problemas With Latino Voters
He may not be the right person to be saying it, but when Sen. Harry Reid said he can't understand how any Latino could be a Republican, the Senate majority leader was very close to being correcto! In my opinion, if Reid had said he can't ...

08/10/2010 Birthright Citizenship or Opportunistic GOP Demagoguery
Just when you think there is nothing Republican congressional leaders could do to further alienate the GOP from Latinos and immigrant voters, when so many claim faith in Christian values that could not conceivably allow them to be even more vicious to ...

08/03/2010 Indoctrinated Americans: The Worst Kind of Bigots
On the Internet last Wednesday, the bigots were going berserk. A federal judge prevented the most Draconian sections of Arizona's anti-immigrant law from taking effect, and the sore losers were throwing childish tantrums. It was hilarious! ...

07/27/2010 Wake-Up Call for Buried Heads
Whenever I write about Latin America, I'm amazed by the responses I get from some readers, especially those who claim not to care about what's happening in our own backyard. Like ostriches burying their heads in the sand, they don't even want ...

07/20/2010 If They Quack Like Racists, They're Probably Not Ducks
You would have to be blind not to see it, deaf not to hear it. You don't even have to go to a tea party rally to know that there are many racist people in its ranks. All you have to do is turn on your radio or television, and if you are not offended ...

07/13/2010 World Cup Loyalties
When the World Cup tournament began, I was surprised by a question from a friend. "By the way, whose flag are you flying in the World Cup?" my friend Jim asked in an e-mail. I thought it was clearly understood that I was ...

07/07/2010 Obama Insults Our Intelligence
The buildup was huge, but not as big as the letdown. President Barack Obama met with Latino and other pro-immigrant leaders and led them to believe that something different was about to happen. He had scheduled a major speech on immigration, and ...

06/22/2010 The Face of Hatred
It all comes out when Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, gets angry. She becomes the new poster woman for immigrant-bashers, and for Latinos and other immigrants, she shows the new face of hatred. It's not a pretty sight! We saw it last ...

06/15/2010 Immigration Causes Political Impotence
People on both sides of the issue are demonstrating on U.S. streets — perhaps more passionately and riskily than ever before. All over the country, there is growing impatience over illegal immigration. Our ethnic, cultural and racial ...

06/08/2010 Politicizing Education
Editor's Note: This is the 20th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. When I was a boy growing up in my native Cuba, ...

06/01/2010 Colombia Votes for Democracy
Defying the pollsters who had predicted a tight presidential election and pleasantly surprising defenders of democracy in Latin America, Colombian voters Sunday gave a resounding first-round lead to a strong U.S. ally and rebuked the growing socialist ...

05/25/2010 Colombian Crossroads
They are our strongest allies in Latin America, constantly guarding the front line against the socialist, anti-American movement that has been growing in our own backyard. And yet, many Americans are not even aware that our Colombian allies are facing ...

05/18/2010 Arizona Wants To Fight
Just when we think Arizona should be getting the message, when widespread condemnation for its unconstitutional immigrant-profiling law should be putting its lawmakers on defense, out they come with more Draconian anti-immigrant measures. Just after ...

05/11/2010 What's Good for US Latinos May Not Be Best for Puerto Ricans
For U.S. Latinos, it would be the biggest political boost in history. Imagine suddenly gaining two Hispanic U.S. senators and six additional Latino members of the House of Representatives. Imagine 4 million additional Latinos suddenly eligible to vote ...

05/04/2010 Gracias, Arizona!
For exposing the racial profiling and ethnic discrimination promoted by right-wing extremists, for making comprehensive immigration reform possible much sooner than anyone expected, for uniting the Latino community and other ethnic minorities like ...

04/27/2010 The Reactionary Republic of Arizona (Make Sure To Take Your Passport)
Just when you think the Democrats are in trouble with Latino voters, when their failure to keep their promises to reform our immigration system have them cornered and against the ropes, out come the self-destructive Republicans with new and even more ...

04/27/2010 The Reactionary Republic of Arizona (Make Sure To Take Your Passport)
Just when you think the Democrats are in trouble with Latino voters, when their failure to keep their promises to reform our immigration system have them cornered and against the ropes, out come the self-destructive Republicans with new and even more ...

04/20/2010 Say Adios to Harry
Put Sen. Harry Reid in a baseball uniform, and picture him caught in a rundown between bases, shuffling back and forth between Nevada and Washington, seconds away from being tagged out. That's the image that came to mind as the Senate majority ...

04/20/2010 Say Adios to Harry
Put Sen. Harry Reid in a baseball uniform, and picture him caught in a rundown between bases, shuffling back and forth between Nevada and Washington, seconds away from being tagged out. That's the image that came to mind as the Senate majority ...

04/13/2010 The Lone Republican Ranger
He is doing more for the Republican Party than anyone can imagine, perhaps saving the GOP from complete alienation in Latino and other immigrant communities. And yet, for supporting comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has ...

04/13/2010 The Lone Republican Ranger
He is doing more for the Republican Party than anyone can imagine, perhaps saving the GOP from complete alienation in Latino and other immigrant communities. And yet, for supporting comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has ...

04/06/2010 Hyphenated and Proud!
Editor's Note: This is the 19th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com.   Every once in a while, a reader writes me a ...

03/30/2010 Cuban Images Speak Louder Than Words
For many years, the government-orchestrated protests were good enough to fool some of the world some of the time. All over the planet, many fools actually believed that the Cuban people loved their government so much that they would run out of their ...

03/23/2010 What Obama Didn't Say
In Spanish, we have a special word to describe nonsensical discourses. Long-winded speeches, especially by demagogic politicians, are called "cantinfladas." The word derives from "Cantinflas," a hilarious character — ...

03/16/2010 To Fight for Immigration Reform, Don't Show Up in the Last Round
They seemed almost embarrassed to acknowledge it. Yet one after another, the same immigrant rights leaders who encouraged us to vote for Barack Obama were telling us that the president had betrayed them — and all of us who believed that he would ...

03/02/2010 His Death Has Many Culprits
A Cuban political prisoner starved himself to death last week to protest against the human rights violations of the Castro communist dictatorship, but don't expect the kind of world outrage and condemnation that would have followed if this tragedy had ...

02/23/2010 Their Venom Is No Longer Hidden
In the old days, when bigots wrote me anonymous letters, it was hard to believe that people could be so ignorant and vicious. The way they described new immigrants as welfare leaches and criminal invaders was a painful lesson in the reality of racism ...

02/16/2010 If I Were Illegal
Put yourself in the shoes of an undocumented immigrant — constantly looking over your shoulder, aware that you could be arrested and deported at any time, going out every morning knowing that you might not be able to return to your family at ...

02/02/2010 No Se Puede
He spoke to the nation in a forthright State of the Union, and he confronted Republican lawmakers in an impressively sincere encounter last week. It's time for President Barack Obama to fess up to Latinos. It's time for him to say: No Se Puede.<...

01/26/2010 Cuba's Jose Marti: His Legacy Lives Here
Editor's Note: This is the 18th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. You may have listened to his verses in the old Cuban ...

01/19/2010 Politicizing Haiti
The U.S. response to the disaster in Haiti made us proud to be Americans. As we watched the pain and suffering of the Haitian people on television, most of us were not only compelled to donate to relief efforts but also happy to see President Barack ...

01/12/2010 Nicaragua at a Crossroads
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega already has learned his lesson. When he played by the rules in 1990, he was booted out of office. And he is not about to do that again! Nowadays, Ortega will break any rule and violate any ...

01/05/2010 A Latino Peace Plan
On one side, we have those who argue that participating in the 2010 U.S. census is crucial to Latinos, that getting even undocumented immigrants counted is essential to empowering the Hispanic community. And they are right! Because census results are ...

12/29/2009 A Hispanic Christmas
Editor's Note: This column, originally published in December 2004, is the 17th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. We call ...

12/22/2009 The Amnesty To End All Amnesties
No one expects it to pass in its present form. Legislation on controversial matters inevitably is subject to a series of amendments. But the current bill, introduced in the House of Representatives last week, aiming to repair our broken immigration ...

12/15/2009 The New Don Quixote
If I were a cartoonist, I would draw a picture of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., as Don Quixote of la Mancha — riding on a horse, charging against windmills that represent the obstacles to immigration reform — and in the cutline, I would ...

12/08/2009 The Real Godfather
Unlike any other godfather I ever have seen — except in the movies — this man took that responsibility very seriously. He was an amazing father to his two daughters, and he treated his godson like the son he never had. He is the one ...

12/01/2009 They Voted for Democracy!
Unlike the case with any other presidential election I can remember, in Sunday's election in Honduras, voter turnout was more important than the actual winner. If the turnout had been low, the winner would have been a man who was not even in ...

11/24/2009 Ready To Surrender
At a time when a human rights organization is charging that Raul Castro is just as ruthless as his brother Fidel, when Cuban political prisoners are on the rise, when dissidents are being assaulted by government goons on the streets of Havana, a ...

11/17/2009 Say Adios to Zelaya
After getting most world leaders reluctantly to demand his reinstatement as president of Honduras — even though they know he doesn't deserve it — Jose Manuel Zelaya now says he will not accept it. The ousted leftist president, ...

11/10/2009 The Lesser of Two Evils
Just when we think going further to the right would drive conservative Republicans over a cliff, they go ahead and take another giant step into an abyss. Oops, adios! At least that's the way they are seen by many U.S. Latinos — ...

11/03/2009 The Closing Immigration Window
Even those idealists who still believe it is possible for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation within the next year, even those dreamers who persist that President Barack Obama will keep his promise to Hispanic voters by ...

10/27/2009 A Time To Welcome the Spirits
Editor's Note: This column, originally published in October 2005, is the 16th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. During ...

10/20/2009 From Cuba With Courage
She is an outstanding writer, a great political analyst, a popular blogger and an award-winning journalist. But those are not the best adjectives to describe Yoani Sanchez. Courage is what makes her different. After all, writing, ...

10/13/2009 Bad Idea Turns Even Worse
All along, it was obvious that deputizing local cops to do the job of federal immigration agents would be a bad idea. It was clear that such a policy would make undocumented immigrants reluctant to report real crimes and would drive them further ...

10/06/2009 Knock, Knock: Census Workers or Immigration Raid?
Just when we thought things would be a little different under the Obama administration — because we were promised so much "change" — we realize that we are getting more of the same. On some issues with which we expected clear ...

09/29/2009 In Cuba Concert, Even the Audience Was Staged
They were told that the Cuban government couldn't be trusted — warned by thousands that there was no way that outside promoters could stage and control a massive music concert under a very repressive communist dictatorship. But Juanes and ...

09/22/2009 Health Care Sends Immigration Into Coma
They have been washing our cars and our dishes, caring for our children and elderly, picking our crops and mowing our lawns. They work in construction, restaurant kitchens and sweatshops, and those are some of the less hazardous jobs they do. And yet ...

09/15/2009 American Discovery Day
Editor's Note: This is the 15th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. When he discovered the huge landmass now known as the United ...

09/09/2009 Our Quincentennial Is Coming!
Editor's Note: This is the 14th part of an ongoing series, "America's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." To read previous columns in the series, go to http://www.MiguelPerez.com. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When they take the time ...

09/01/2009 America's Cradle
Editor's Note: This is the 13th part of an ongoing series on America's hidden Hispanic heritage. To read previous columns in the series, go to http://MiguelPerez.com and click on "American's Hidden Hispanic Heritage." SANTO ...

08/25/2009 Peace Without Freedom?
When the Colombian pop singer known as Juanes announced that he would take his music to Havana's Plaza of the Revolution soon to perform in a "Peace Without Borders" concert, I had some soul-searching to do. Surely it happened to most of my ...

08/11/2009 Repelling Latino Voters
The feeling is hard to explain. Ethnic pride is like intense love — something you just can't put into words. You have to feel it to understand it. This is why, in the U.S. Hispanic community — in ways that are incomprehensible to ...

08/04/2009 A Dose of Cuban Reality
For those who still had naive illusions about changing Cuba by befriending a couple of old tyrants, Raul Castro offered a dose of reality Saturday. "I wasn't elected president to return capitalism to Cuba or to surrender the revolution,&...

07/28/2009 The Giant Still Is Sleeping
For U.S. politicians who may be weighing the significance of the Hispanic vote in future elections, the writing is on the wall: Although Latinos clearly swung several key states for Barack Obama in 2008, you haven't seen nada yet. ...

07/21/2009 The Solution for Honduras
Granted: Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was a democratically elected leader who was on a mission to crown himself as dictator. He had joined the axis of evil of leftist Latin American presidents, and he was following their playbook on ...

07/14/2009 In Sotomayor Hearings, Republicans Are On Trial
Shortly after the Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings began Monday, Sen. Jeff Sessions let it be known that he and other Republicans intend to play hardball. And in the Latino community, where almost everyone enjoys a good ballgame, ...

07/07/2009 If It Smells Like a Coup ...
The military raided the president's home, forcibly put him on an airplane and sent him out of the country, yet we are told that what happened in Honduras June 28 was not a coup d'etat. Of course, "if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck ...

06/30/2009 Keep Affirmative Action, Without Reverse Discrimination
Some Republicans will tell us that Sonia Sotomayor is in trouble, that Monday's Supreme Court decision to overturn one of her appeals court rulings should disqualify her from joining the highest court in the land. Of course, because this is not ...

06/23/2009 On Immigration, Bush and Obama Are No Different
In one extreme corner, we have the immigrant haters, with their never-ending list of excuses for denying some form of amnesty to foreigners living in this country without proper documents. And in the other corner, just as extreme, we have the ...

06/16/2009 The Counterrevolutionary Perspective
A long time ago, when I was too young to be interested in politics, the Cuban government labeled me as a "counterrevolutionary." I had nothing to do with it. It was my parents' decision to take me off the communist island to become a refugee ...

06/09/2009 Let's Give Clinton Some 'Credito'
MIAMI — In Havana, the government-controlled press claimed the communist dictatorship had scored a "historic victory" at the Organization of American States meeting in Honduras last week. But here in Little Havana, USA, from the Cuban-...

06/02/2009 Who's on Trial, Sotomayor or Republicans?
When I dared to suggest that Sonia Sotomayor could be a shoo-in for a Supreme Court nomination — three weeks before President Barack Obama actually picked her — some people told me I had gone too far out on a limb. "Está...

05/26/2009 Making Census Sense
At first glance, it seems like a crazy idea, a counterproductive movement born out of frustration. But when you hear the people who are calling on illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 census, some of their arguments make a lot of sense. The ...

05/19/2009 Hugo Being Hugo
Say you saw Hugo Chavez shaking Barack Obama's hand and you thought the Venezuelan president was a different person. Say you no longer saw him as an arrogant, anti-American socialist dictator but as someone who could be swayed to rule by democratic ...

05/12/2009 Southern Hostility
Remember the days when people, especially in the South, felt they had a perfect right to discriminate? Remember the time when skin color determined whether you would be treated like a human being? Well, that litmus test has changed! Now humane ...

05/05/2009 Supreme Court Shoo-In?
She meets all the politically correct qualifications the Obama administration is seeking in its first Supreme Court nominee. As a woman, Sonia Sotomayor would help balance the court's lopsided 8-1 gender scale. As a Latina, she would give Hispanics ...

04/28/2009 Fidel Being Fidel
Just when America's useful fools were getting ready to sing "Kumbaya" with Cuba's Castro brothers last week, just when they thought they had heard from Raul the kind of conciliatory remarks they never had heard from Fidel, that's when they ...

04/21/2009 Castro's Trojan Horse
Cuban dictator Raul Castro says he is willing to talk to the United States about "human rights, press freedom, political prisoners — everything" — and everyone is biting, hook, line and sinker! We are so eager to see ...

04/14/2009 Obama Could Disarm Them
He rules a country from the left, yet he doesn't have any need to be totalitarian. He has been called a socialist, yet he doesn't jail his political opponents, censor critical media, or try to amend the Constitution to prolong his time in power. <...

04/07/2009 Americans Surrender in Havana
We don't hear them calling for Cuba's freedom or for at least a little less repression. We don't see them trying to meet with Cuban dissidents or making an effort to visit political prisoners. We don't see them seeking free elections. They are ...

03/31/2009 Latino-American History, Chapter 12: Whitman's Prophetic Letter
The letter was penned in 1883, but it could have been written today. Its message is still very current. Its words still need to be repeated. "We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents," the letter noted. "Thus far,...

03/24/2009 Obama Should Stop Immigration Raids
It's going to happen! Regardless of the fact that some people write me bitter letters assuring me that illegal immigrants never will be given any form of amnesty, this is the year when we finally will begin to fix our broken immigration system, with ...

03/17/2009 A Scary Domino Theory
Like falling domino pieces, continuously tilting one another, our Latin American neighbors keep falling to the political left. And we don't seem to care, as if their dominoes can't reach us, their problems can't affect us. While we fight two ...

03/10/2009 When the Truth Becomes an Obstacle
In Congress and in the media, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was being treated as an obstacle last week. He was telling the truth about Cuba, the land of his ancestors, but sometimes, for some people, the truth becomes an obstacle. One news ...

03/03/2009 Our Leaders Have No Shame
Just when we thought congressional earmarks were becoming an abomination, after a presidential campaign that led us to believe that pork spending would be abolished soon, at a time when Americans are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great ...

02/24/2009 An Elitist Shortcut to Citizenship
Say you had to make a choice between a young immigrant who is here temporarily (and still holds allegiance to a foreign country) and one who has been here most of his life and considers himself an American. Which one would you trust to defend the ...

02/17/2009 The Ultimate Paradox: A Democratic Dictatorship
Until Sunday, Latin American dictatorships had been established by force. It usually took a strong-arm president, a coup d'etat or a violent revolution to violate a constitution and subject the people to a regime that deprived them of their civil and ...

02/10/2009 Running for Dictator
Imagine what would happen if President Barack Obama started campaigning to end presidential term limits and if he told us we should amend the Constitution so he could run for re-election indefinitely. We would think he went crazy, right? ...

02/03/2009 Real Change or GOP Cosmetology?
They keep claiming that their party needs to change, yet Republicans keep making only cosmetic changes. Some predict that the GOP is on the verge of becoming only a regional party instead of staying a national one, yet all they give us is cheap talk ...

01/27/2009 Presidents Are Elected
In this country, the media are rightfully diligent in the way they scrutinize politicians. We go into their personal lives, their tax records and their questionable associations. We even question the "vetting process" by which politicians ...

01/20/2009 Just How Important Is 'Inmigración'?
As if politicians needed any more excuses for ignoring one of the country's most pressing issues, a new poll says immigration reform "appears to have receded in importance among Latinos." Immigrant rights advocates are building a new, ...

01/13/2009 Adios, Amigo?
President George W. Bush is going out the same way he came in: pretending to be compassionate with illegal immigrants while running an immigrant-bashing administration. With "amigos" such as Bush, immigrants don't need "enemigos&...

01/06/2009 Avoid Piecemeal Immigration Reform
When anti-immigrant zealots were on a roll the past couple of years, introducing various "enforcement-only" measures to fix the nation's broken immigration system, they were wrong. The fix has to be comprehensive. And when they tried ...

12/30/2008 Still Waiting for White Dove's Peace
On the way home from a New Year's Eve party, we saw something that made us stop and reflect. Standing on the sidewalk, daringly blocking our passage, was a white dove. It happened a half-century ago. It must have been 2 a.m., on the morning of ...

12/23/2008 What Are We, 'Amigos' or 'Imperialistas'?
They choose to overlook Cuba's 50 years without free elections, free speech or freedom of the press. They refuse to see the dissidents rotting in jail or drowning while trying to escape from the communist island. They shamelessly align themselves with ...

12/16/2008 'Presidente' by Intimidation
Only one year after the Venezuelan people rejected Hugo Chavez's bid to become their dictator, the socialist/narcissistic "presidente" wants another referendum that would enable him to stay in power indefinitely. Last December, when ...

12/09/2008 Obama's Election Didn't Cure Racism
Remember when, just a few weeks ago, we thought the election of Barack Obama had dealt a major blow against racism in this country, when we temporarily were swept by a tidal wave of interracial harmony? Remember how some people were actually naive ...

12/02/2008 The Jobs That Americans Didn't Want
It was bigger than any border wall, more secure than any sophisticated ID card, and more effective than immigration raids and border vigilantes. It turned out to be the most effective weapon for deterring illegal immigration. Who would have thought of ...

11/25/2008 Looking for Brown Faces
As President-elect Barack Obama takes his time to make his first Hispanic appointment, the Latino leaders who supported him are beginning to squirm — not because they all expect job offers, but because they fear they could end up with egg on ...

11/18/2008 Blacks and Latinos: Natural Allies
When Barack Obama was losing the Hispanic vote to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries, some people automatically assumed that racial discrimination had something to do with it. There was widespread speculation that Hispanics wouldn't vote ...

11/11/2008 The Punching Bag Strikes Back
Latinos flipped the vote in four battleground states and gave Barack Obama free passage to the White House. But did Obama earn the Hispanic vote, or did he win it by default? More importantly, will President-elect Obama repay his debt to ...

11/04/2008 Mexico Wears Two Faces
At first, you think it must be some kind of sick joke. Someone must be trying to be funny by twisting a few things around and making it seem as if Mexico, the world's largest exporter of illegal immigrants, is vowing to arrest and deport anyone who ...

10/28/2008 'Locos' About Obama?
He never has traveled to Latin America. He opposes free trade with Colombia, turning his back on one of the only U.S. allies in the region. He wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. He insists on meeting &...

10/21/2008 In an Act of Desperation, McCain Tries To Connect With Latinos
It took him a long time, but Sen. John McCain finally said what he needed to say to score some points with Latino voters. In last Wednesday's presidential debate, McCain brought up immigration, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the pending free ...

10/14/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 11: Two Good Places To Rest
To most Spaniards, Christopher Columbus rests where he belongs: in the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, in Seville, Spain, the city from where he set sail for the New World in 1492. But to most Dominicans, Columbus rests where he wanted to be ...

10/07/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 10: Columbus Deserves His Day
To most of us, he was the ultimate explorer, the gutsy genius who brought Europe to the New World, one of history's greatest figures. His name, of course, was Cristobal Colon, better known here as Christopher Columbus, the Italian navigator, ...

09/30/2008 Beating Around the Bush Bailout
With leaders such as Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, what's there to worry about? Did you see them in their highly anticipated first debate? Didn't you feel reassured that the nation's financial crisis soon will be in good hands? Not!...

09/23/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 9: Latinos Are Failing
About this time every year, when Latinos can't keep up with all the parades and fiestas to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I get terribly upset. I keep looking for the kind of substance that African-Americans absorb in serious seminars and ...

09/16/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 8: We Are All 'Americanos'
Perhaps I had not been paying attention, but now that I'm in the midst of writing a series of columns on the Latino contributions to North American society, I see a history column everywhere I look. When Sen. John McCain reminded us that a ...

09/09/2008 McCain Hits, Stays on 1st Base
When it became John McCain's turn to bat in the contest to win the Hispanic vote, the senator from Arizona took a good swing at the "bola." But he got a base hit when he needed a home run. "We believe everyone has something to ...

09/02/2008 The 'Bola' Is in McCain's Court
When they come to the barrios to seek the Hispanic vote, Democratic Party leaders tell us anything we want to hear, especially about their plans to fix our broken immigration system and to grant some kind of amnesty to the 12 million illegal ...

08/26/2008 Your Party or Your People?
When they begin their journeys, their intentions are usually good and genuine: They seek personal political empowerment so they can help their people. But something happens to many Hispanic community activists on their way to gaining that power....

08/19/2008 Georgia on Her Mind
When she wrote about Tbilisi as part of a class assignment at Lehman College in the Bronx, N.Y., this spring, Ekaterine Osepashvili didn't know her hometown soon would become the center of world attention. Her article — published in The ...

08/12/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 7: Exalted or Offended?
It all began with an innocuous column to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, one that encouraged U.S. Latinos to take pride in the contributions their ancestors made to this great nation. And yet many non-Latinos were offended. Almost 20 years ...

08/05/2008 Going Home Is Painful, Even on Video
Think of the house of your childhood, the one that you haven't seen in many years but still brings back very good memories. And then consider that it has been turned into a police station and that the bedroom you once shared with your brother is now ...

07/29/2008 Are Latinos Voting for Obama or Against Republicans?
The dramatic surge in Latino support for Sen. Barack Obama may be the last straw that tips the scale and puts America's first black president in the White House. When many Latinos were voting for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries,...

07/22/2008 Who Can Fix Immigration: Obama or McCain?
It is a political minefield so dangerous that no one dares to lead us through it. The presidential candidates dance around it as if we don't notice, but both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain clearly are avoiding one of the most important and ...

07/15/2008 Obama and McCain Are Making Me Punch Myself!
Sen. Barack Obama challenges America to learn how to speak Spanish, and Sen. John McCain challenges Obama to deal with Latin America -- and my dual national personalities, Miguel and Michael, are fighting again. I'm at war with myself! As a Cuban-...

07/08/2008 Ingrid Walks Free, But Where Does She Stand?
When I met her, about a month before she was kidnapped by leftist guerrillas in Colombia, Ingrid Betancourt struck me as an idealist bordering on naive. We were in New York, and she was going back to Colombia to run for president, but somehow, she ...

07/01/2008 Colombians Worship 2 Gods
CARTAGENA, Colombia — Amid all the historical information going back several centuries, the tour guide kept referring to the past six years. It was unusual, given the fact that recent history doesn't normally compare to ancient times, especially ...

06/24/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 6: Our Spanish Heritage
CARTAGENA, Colombia — Surrounded by a wall fortified by cannons and in the midst of fortresses and castles, there is no better place to appreciate Spanish influence in the New World than in this beautiful city by the Caribbean Sea. This is the ...

06/17/2008 The Most Hated Woman in Colombia
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia — Everywhere you go in this country, the mere mention of her name evokes angry reactions. Cursing is people's preferred method to describe how they feel about Colombian leftist Senator Piedad Cordoba. And it's all ...

06/10/2008 Latinos Will Select Our New 'Presidente'
With Sen. Hillary Clinton out of the presidential race after having won most of the Hispanic vote in the primaries, Latinos and their issues are about to receive unprecedented attention from Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama. After all, neither of ...

06/03/2008 The Clinton Spin Cycle
We have to grant it to them: When it comes to spinning the arguments — bordering on dishonesty — nobody does it better than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her band of professional spinners. For months, they have been telling us the ...

05/27/2008 Driving out of the FARC Tunnel
The death of Colombian rebel leader Manuel "Sureshot" Marulanda, following a series of major setbacks to his Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), could mark the beginning of the end of Latin America's longest and bloodiest civil ...

05/20/2008 VP Pick Could Swing the Latino Vote
As the Clinton campaign finally begins to read the writing on the wall — "Get Out" — and the race for president turns to vice presidential picks, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama should try to avoid selecting running mates who ...

05/13/2008 In Puerto Rico, Rare Vote for 'Presidente'
They serve valiantly in our armed forces, yet they don't have the right to vote for the president, who is their commander in chief during war. They are American citizens, yet they don't have a single voting representative in Congress. They are our 4 ...

05/06/2008 The Great Immigration Divide
I've been saying it for years: The only reason we can't fix our broken immigration system is because on the issue of illegal immigration, there is no middle ground. But maybe I've been part of the problem; maybe I, too, should move to the middle ...

04/29/2008 From a Primaries Marathon to a General Election Sprint
The more they try to be different the more they sound the same. Now that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have convinced us that they are almost equal on every issue, now that petty attacks have taken over political discourse in this country, ...

04/22/2008 On Immigration, Some Popes Speak Louder Than Others
The pope calls for compassion for America's "many immigrant children," and some people accuse him of meddling in American politics. My, how things have changed in this country! On immigration, the political pendulum has swung so far to the ...

04/15/2008 On Free Trade, Democrats Are Spineless
Let's face it: There are good trade deals, and there are bad ones. Unfortunately, this country has been engaging in so many bad ones that when a good one comes along, our politicians don't have the courage to separate it. That's the kind of ...

04/08/2008 Cuba's 'Changes' Amount To Nada
Just as America's "useful fools" were beginning to buy the smoke and mirror changes that appear to be taking place in Cuba, out comes a new report condemning the communist island for multiple human rights violations. The changes are ...

04/01/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 5: Even on HBO, 'The Black Legend' Lives
Watching the Founding Fathers and their historic creation of a new nation, even in a dramatization, always makes me feel proud to be an American. But just when I expected "John Adams" to make me feel proud to be a Latino, too, the new ...

03/25/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 4: The Black Legend Returns
Don't blame it on talk radio and conservative politicians, as if they started something new. The anti-Hispanic rhetoric poisoning political discourse in the United States lately actually dates back to 16th-century Europe. That's when British and Dutch ...

03/18/2008 Put Venezuela on the Terror List
After years on the receiving end of insults and unfounded attacks from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Bush finally is engaging in some tough talk with the firebrand/demagogue who wants to lead a leftist movement against the United States.<...

03/11/2008 'Los Presidentes' Assault Each Other Then Embrace
In the end, they embraced each other, just like many boxers do moments after bloodying each other's faces. But I can't think of a boxing match that was more exciting than the face-to-face, blow-by-blow encounter between several Latin American ...

03/04/2008 War Is Knocking on Our Back Door
At first, you get the impression that the Colombians overplayed their hand. You don't send armed troops across a border with a neighboring country — not even if you are chasing wanted criminals — unless you have permission from your ...

02/26/2008 Obama Is Naive About Havana
Just as the ruthless regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro declared that it was gasping for its last breath of air last week, Sen. Barack Obama shamefully was sending oxygen to Havana. In his most recent debate with Sen. Hillary Clinton, only ...

02/19/2008 Texas Latinos Will Pick the Democratic Nominee
After all the unforeseen twists and turns of the Democratic race for president this year, after all the times we thought one particular primary or interest group would be the one that would prop one candidate above all others, it is Latino voters in ...

02/12/2008 McCain's Delicate Dance
One step to the right and two steps to the left. Two steps to the left and one step to the right. It's not easy doing the McCain Shuffle. It's a very delicate dance. One misstep could decide who the next president will be. Everyone is ...

02/05/2008 Free Trade for Freedom
In these hard economic times, there are many compelling arguments against the free trade agreements we have been making lately. Too many American jobs, instead of U.S. products, are getting exported. But if there were ever a country that we ...

01/29/2008 Bashers Face Backlash
As candidates keep dropping out, or getting trounced, in the race for president, the walls are caving in for those seeking to elect an anti-immigrant zealot. After all, those candidates who have practiced the politics of xenophobia are not doing too ...

01/22/2008 Watching Hugo Go Crazy
As the world tries to ignore him, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gets increasingly close to doing something crazy — just to get some attention. And when it happens, when Chavez declares war on a neighboring country or wages an oil war ...

01/15/2008 McCain Empowers Latinos
For the past few months, it seemed as if Latino voters had lost their leverage. When the polls and the pundits gave Sen. John McCain of Arizona up for dead, when they said his presidential campaign was on life-support, Latinos lost their ability to ...

01/08/2008 Latino-American History, Chapter 3: Our Pre-Hispanic Heritage
CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico — Until you get here and you stand before the great pyramid of Kukulcan, you don't fully appreciate the amazing ingenuity and achievements of the Mayan people. Sure, you may have seen pictures and heard that this ...

12/25/2007 One Down, Many Other Bashers To Go
In a strange way, I was almost sorry to see Rep. Tom Tancredo drop out of the race for president last week. The immigrant-bashing Colorado Republican had proved to be such an extremist that he was hurting his own cause. Even other immigrant ...

12/18/2007 Latino-American History 102: A Tale of Two Cities
Which came first: the Spanish conquistadors or the British colonists? Jamestown or St. Augustine? The Spanish language or the English language? Hernando De Soto or Lewis and Clark? Figuring out the answer to all those questions is much easier ...

12/11/2007 To Get to the White House, Go Through 'El Barrio'
In spite of the anti-immigrant climate that has been sweeping the nation, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll says 60 percent of Americans are still in favor of a legalization plan for law-abiding illegal immigrants. Other polls say two Republican ...

12/04/2007 Venezuelans Reject Chavez Dictatorship
For several years, it seemed as if the Venezuelan people had gone crazy. Over various election cycles, they gradually had given away their freedom and allowed their madcap president to rule like a vociferous tyrant. It seemed as if we were ...

11/27/2007 Latino-American History 101: Our Pre-Mayflower Thanksgivings
For Latino immigrants, no other American holiday is more precious than Thanksgiving. "El dia de accion de gracias," as we know it in Spanish, is a welcomed opportunity to reflect on the reasons we came here and to express our ...

11/20/2007 A Dangerous Clown
The U.S. government pretends he is invisible, and the American people refuse to see him. Most of us don't see the threat he represents to U.S. interests. He keeps telling us he is powerful and dangerous, but because he acts like a clown, we just keep ...

11/13/2007 Hasta La Vista, Hillary!
Think of it this way: From now on, whenever politicians want to avoid taking a position on illegal immigration, all they have to do is say they agree with Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. Whenever they want to appear as if they are saying a lot ...

11/06/2007 A Cuban Movie Proposal
As the world's leftists keep celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death and keep selling him as the ultimate champion of a people's revolution, I keep thinking about my friend Carlos Barberia. When you talk to ...

10/30/2007 The Congress of Broken American Dreams
When we can't even forgive the children of illegal immigrants, when we insist on penalizing them for decisions made by their parents, there's something wrong with us. On the scale that measures our compassion as a nation, we must be at an all-...

10/23/2007 The United States of Cubazuela
Just when you thought the clown who rules Venezuela couldn't be any more bizarre or say anything more absurd, out comes President Hugo Chavez with yet another amazingly preposterous statement. It happens at least once a week. He is the shock ...

10/16/2007 An Unspoken Menace Threatens Latinos
It sends Latinos to the hospital and the cemetery at a higher rate than violent criminals, and yet in the Hispanic community, most people don't like to talk about it. It's "el SIDA," the Spanish name for the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and it ...

10/09/2007 Bordering on Racism
For years, xenophobic immigrant bashers have used national security as an excuse to go after the Mexican border and Latino immigrants who cross it without proper documents. They kept telling us that after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, we ...

10/02/2007 The Latin American Axis of Evil
They are a new and emerging team of anti-American players — Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Bolivia's Evo Morales, Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega and Ecuador's Rafael Correa. They call themselves socialists of the 21st century. And their team manager is the ...

09/25/2007 Instilling Fear of Reporting Crimes
For years, there have been numerous warnings of what potentially could happen. If you deputize state and local cops to enforce federal immigration laws, we were told, illegal immigrants would stop reporting crimes. Those warnings came not only ...

09/18/2007 Our Undemocratic Primaries
It's not likely to happen in the foreseeable future because, to many politicians, tradition is more important than logic. But we need a national primary system that levels the playing field for all American voters. How long will we allow the ...

09/11/2007 Winning the Hispanic Vote -- By Default
Republicans give us their back, and Democrats give us demagoguery. That's what Latinos are getting from the presidential candidates, and nowhere was that more evident than in the debate hosted by the Spanish-language Univision TV network Sunday night ...

09/04/2007 The Lawyer Becomes the Accused
For more than 10 years, ever since Florida attorney Magda Montiel Davis was caught on video kissing Fidel Castro and expressing admiration for the Cuban dictator, she has been persona non grata in Miami's Cuban-American community. And now that ...

08/28/2007 Running for President -- of Flip-Floppers
Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are not only competing to see who takes the hardest line on immigration, but who can be the biggest hypocrite. The two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination are trying so hard to please the ...

08/21/2007 The Making of a Constitutional Dictator
Just when we thought there was nothing more Hugo Chavez could do to legally entrench himself as dictator of Venezuela, out he comes with yet another proposal that we think free and democratic voters will have to reject. But amazingly, they ...

08/14/2007 With Amigos Like Bush, Who Needs Enemigos?
When he first ran for president, George W. Bush wanted us to think he was a "compassionate conservative," the kind of leader who could be firm yet humane while fixing the nation's broken immigration system. But when members of his ...

08/07/2007 For GOP, Immigration Reform Is About Self-Preservation
We knew it all along: Self-preservation was always the main reason why so many Republicans were opposed to giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. But if we had any doubts, a new proposal by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., confirms the main ...

07/31/2007 Same Question, New Word
"What part of the word 'illegal' don't you understand?" That is by far the most frequently asked question I get from readers who disagree with my columns on illegal immigration. They are so fixated on that word that somehow they think ...

07/24/2007 Courting Latinos, Without Shame
He spends much of his campaign time feeding the flames of hatred against illegal immigrants, yet Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has the gall to go courting Hispanic voters. There is a Spanish word to describe that kind of person, &...

07/17/2007 As McCain Slips, Latinos Lose Leverage
The unfortunate demise of the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain is taking away Latino leverage with Democratic candidates. Until now, whenever Democrats began to take Latino voters for granted, we could still threaten them with McCain. ...

07/10/2007 A Narrowing Field of Candidatos
For Latino voters, especially those fed up with the anti-immigrant climate that has created storms of intolerance across the nation, the field of presidential candidates is rapidly shrinking. As they appeal to the worst xenophobic instincts of ...

07/03/2007 Only Elections Will Fix Immigration
When pro-immigrant activists somehow learn to be as driven and aggressive as the anti-immigrant zealots, that's when comprehensive immigration reform will become a reality in this country — and when the broken immigration system will finally be ...

06/26/2007 From Punching Bags to Voters
Let's face it, they have us playing defense. Those of us seeking fair and comprehensive immigration reform are barely holding the line against those who promote anti-immigrant sentiments. Immigration restrictionists, conservative radio ...

06/19/2007 Tactless Governator Does It Again
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Everyone knows California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a big guy, and that since he is not a career politician, he is prone to blunder. But not everyone knows he has the tact of an elephant. Last week, the governor ...

06/12/2007 Grave Dancing is Permissible
The immigrant bashers are dancing on the grave of the immigration reform bill, and they write me sarcastic letters because they expect me to be in mourning. "All the Americans united to kill that stupid amnesty bill," one xenophobe ...

06/05/2007 Venezuela Unplugs Opposition TV
When the people freely give away their freedom, as they have in Venezuela, can you really feel sorry for them? In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez gives the people every indication that he intends to gradually take away their liberties, and yet ...

05/29/2007 For Immigration, A Remedy Worse Than the Illness
It never really mattered how much immigrant rights activists were willing to concede in order to reach a compromise on comprehensive immigration reform. If the deal included any kind of legalization path for the 12 million illegal immigrants already ...

05/22/2007 A Huge Leap Backward
He was a key negotiator in the closed-door Senate meetings that produced an immigration reform agreement with the White House last week. But in the end, in good conscience, he could not go along with it. And that makes me proud to say, I voted ...

05/15/2007 Grand Bargain or Huge Rip-Off?
Betraying America's commitment to a family-based immigration system, a group of key U.S. senators and White House officials are reportedly negotiating a "grand bargain" immigration reform package that would shift the primary basis for legal ...

05/08/2007 Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Leads to Violence
When Los Angles police launched an attack on thousands of peaceful immigrant-rights protesters and many members of the news media last week, the violent nature of the U.S. anti-immigrant movement was finally exposed. The immigrant-bashing ...

05/01/2007 Strong Ideals, Weak Leaders
The marchers may be fewer, some may even be piggybacking to promote their own wacky agendas, but the cause behind the May 1 "Great American Boycott II" is still a valid one: Comprehensive immigration reform, with a little compassion, is ...

04/24/2007 Bad News? Cringe and Pray!
You hear the news of a mass murder or some other horrible crime, and if you are a white American you probably wonder about the criminal's motivation or the way he executed his plan. But if you are a minority American, immediately the first ...

04/17/2007 A Lesson in Latino vs. Black Power
For weeks before Don Imus was fired for making racist and sexist remarks on the radio, two other shock jocks were already targeted for protests and boycotts for making insensitive remarks on New Jersey's 101.5 FM. The two jocks, known as "...

04/10/2007 A Platform Based on Fear and Hatred
We know they have a constituency, but is it bigger than the voting bloc they are alienating? Can conservative Republicans continue to offend Latinos and not pay a price on Election Day? Apparently, some of them still think so. They believe ...

04/03/2007 The Hidden Anti-Latino Agenda
At a time when immigration reform proposals have been moved so far to the right that even conservative Republicans could support them, out comes the White House with its own remarkably hawkish set of ideas. For a president who supposedly wants ...

03/27/2007 Vigilante Radio Stoops to New Low
Just when we thought American xenophobes couldn't stoop any lower, when their mean-spirited behavior couldn't be any more repulsive, two New Jersey radio shock jocks are seeking to reach a new low. The two jocks, knows as "The Jersey Guys,&...

03/20/2007 Gonzalez Must Tell the Truth or Say Adios
The lynch mob is out to get U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, and his survival may depend on whether he can tell the truth — the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If he had something to do with the politically motivated ...

03/13/2007 Bush Rediscovers the New World
Just when we thought Hugo Chavez had been given free rein to take over Latin America, President Bush suddenly remembered that there are 19 countries just south of the Mexican border. After neglecting Latin America for the past six years, and ...

03/06/2007 The Democrats' Secret Weapon
She is just about the best thing that could have ever happened to the Democratic Party, the reason why they may retake the White House in 2008, the person who will finally make most Americans see just how destructive conservative extremists can be for ...

02/27/2007 Let Them Swear on Their Faith
When someone is taking an oath, and placing his or her hand on a holy book, you want it to be a scripture that person believes in, right? It's only logical. If they swear on something for which they have no respect, how valid is the oath they are ...

02/20/2007 Immigrant Bigots Cause Indigestion
When your mail is filled with hatred and vicious remarks from xenophobic native-born Americans who are inexplicably offended by your calls for compassion for illegal immigrants, somehow you get used to it. You accept the fact that intolerance is ...

02/13/2007 Colombia Forced to Gamble With Hostages' Lives
When I first met her in New York five years ago, Ingrid Betancourt was campaigning to be president of Colombia. She had been a strong critic of the leftist guerrillas who had caused so much bloodshed in her war-torn homeland, and she knew her ...

02/06/2007 Bush Doesn't Practice What He Preaches
Since President Bush claims he wants to "resolve the status of the illegal immigrants who are already in our country, without animosity," you would think his administration would be putting the breaks on efforts to arrest and deport them. ...

01/30/2007 On Immigration Reform, There are Few True Leaders
Contrary to the wishful thinking of immigrant rights advocates who applauded President Bush's vague words on immigration reform during his State of the Union speech, I'm not impressed. He said he wants a guest workers' program and comprehensive ...

01/23/2007 Faked Fear of Persecution is Asylum Fraud
Immigrants who obtained green cards after entering the United States through political asylum now run the risk of losing that privilege if they return to the countries where they claimed they were persecuted, according to a warning posted on a federal ...

01/16/2007 Sheehan Leads Delegation of Hypocrites
As they traveled through Cuba, on their way to protest against the detention of al-Qaida suspects at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo last week, American peace activists displayed the hypocrisy of their cause. To get to Guantanamo, they had to ...

01/09/2007 Say Adios to Venezuelan Democracy
Until now, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been able to claim that he rules over a democracy. But that is about to change. You can't have a democracy if opposing the government becomes a crime, if the media is censored and only one ...

01/02/2007 The Year For Immigration Reform
Thanks to a significant political shift dictated by the November midterm elections, the New Year begins with high hopes for resolving one of the most controversial issues of 2006. Immigration reform — the issue that polarized the country, ...

12/26/2006 Back From Cuba, With Nada
A U.S. congressional delegation just went to Cuba, got absolutely no concessions from the Castro communist dictatorship, and still they had the gall to come back and tell us that the next move is up to Washington. Excuse me? Why? Did the ...

12/19/2006 Romney For President -- Of Hypocrites
On the list of opportunistic Republican politicians who pick on immigrants just to pander to the conservative extremists in their party, add the name of Mitt Romney. The outgoing governor of Massachusetts, who is thinking of making a bid for ...



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