April 2011

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  • Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too
    Posted: 4/20/2011
    Washington D.C. - Tax Day is an appropriate time to underscore the often-overlooked fact that unauthorized immigrants pay taxes. The unauthorized, like everyone else in the United States, pay sales taxes. They also pay property taxes?even if they rent. At least half of unauthorized immigrants pay income taxes. Add this all up and it amounts to billions in revenue to state and local governments.

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  • Obama vows again on immigration
    Posted: 4/19/2011
    President Obama told about 70 community and religious leaders on Tuesday that he hasn?t given up on immigration.

    According to Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Obama made a ?compelling case? in a meeting at the White House that he was still committed to changing the immigration system, despite his failure to move legislation in either body of Congress in the last two years.

    Obama said he wouldn?t let the failed voted in December on the Dream Act, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants to attend public universities and achieve a path to citizenship, be the last word on that bill.

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  • Can Rubio help GOP with Latinos in 2012?
    Posted: 4/1/2011
    San Diego (CNN) -- We don't know who will be the Republican nominee for president next year. But we do know who stands a good chance of being the Republican nominee for vice president: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

    That is if he wants the No. 2 slot. Rubio might decide that President Barack Obama, even with his softening popularity, will be tough to defeat in 2012 and that the wise move is to wait until 2016.

    Either way, Rubio is a rising star. He has been turning up on television all week, fielding questions from journalists about his plans. He told one interviewer that he won't run for president in 2012. He told another that he is not "going to be the vice presidential nominee."

    Maybe not. But the first-term Florida senator will surely be in demand for the VP job. There are the usual reasons: Rubio is intelligent, well-spoken, handsome, media-savvy and a capable fundraiser.

    But there is also the special sauce: Rubio has a healing quality. No matter who wins the GOP presidential nomination -- Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, et al -- he or she will start the general election at an enormous disadvantage with Hispanic voters. Having a Cuban-American, a self-described "son of exiles," on the ticket could help close the gap.

    Now, a word about how the GOP got crossways with America's largest minority -- with 500,000 new voters every year, Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing segments of the electorate. In a word: immigration.
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