Politicians are eyeing the senate seat of Dianne Feinstein. Could California see two Latinos in the U.S. Senate? One name floating around is former Los Angeles congressman and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. While he hasn’t commented about it – and wouldn’t as a sitting Cabinet secretary anyway – Becerra is on a hypothetical short list that includes former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others.
The new governor of Alabama, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has banned the word Latinx in state government business. Republican governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, are waging a cultural and political war against immigrants and people of color.
Biden has not done enough on immigration. The Biden administration promised to get rid of the Trump-era Title 42, a presidential executive order that allows U.S. immigration officials to turn away migrants at the U.S. borders without a hearing. Immigrant advocates called the program a clear slam at immigrants, and while the current administration says it wants to see it end as it wends its way through the courts, the Biden White House has proposed to deal with an influx of immigrants by allowing a certain number of migrants each month – 30,000 – from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela on “parole” if they pass a background check and if they have financial sponsors here in the states. The White House has not said why migrants from those particular countries would be allowed in and others left out.
As a disciple of Reaganomics and a proponent for a strong nation, the choice was clear: I registered as a Republican. Through the years I never imagined the journey that decision would bear in my life. As a student of political science at a very liberal university, I was accosted by fellow students and even faculty. As a Youth Advisory Council representative to Mayor Tom Bradley, I was an anomaly as a Latino Republican. Many chucked in confusion. But I have left the Republican Party for becoming a rudderless entity that has been overtaken by nativists and coincidentally can’t even agree on who will be speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The massive $1.7 trillion – trillion with a T – bill of which the farmworkers and DREAMers legislation would have been a part of includes a funding boost for the U.S. Border Patrol, which is in line to hire several hundred new agents for what the agency says is an expected influx at the U.S.-Mexico border if Title 42 ends.
Gil Cedillo explains why he didn’t resign as a member of the Los Angeles City Council after being caught up in the leaked audio scandal that led to the resignation of former Council President Nury Martinez and calls for Council Member Kevin de León to step down, too.
Latinx people are among the groups that are one and a half times more likely to contract the virus and twice as likely to die from COVID-19.
Pete Aguilar moves up from the vice chair position to become the third-most powerful Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s not lost on me what my election means for my community, for the Latino community,” Aguilar said last week at a gathering of House Democrats. “Being a kid from San Bernardino, having an opportunity to guide this caucus is a great responsibility and I don’t take it lightly.”
If you don’t like candidates from either party then it’s important that we put forth and support candidates who actually have values that include support for human rights, immigrant rights, workers rights, women’s rights and more.
Karen Bass is the first woman and Black woman elected mayor of the city of Los Angeles. Rex Richardson is the first Black person elected mayor of Long Beach. Three U.S. cities with the largest numbers of Latino residents, New York, Los Angeles, Houston – all have Black Mayors. Besides Bass in LA, Eric Adams is mayor of New York and Sylvester Turner is mayor of Houston.
With the midterm gains in Latino seats by Democrats and Republicans, for the first time Latinos are expected to make up more than 10% of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The country is divided. But voters also elected some historic firsts.