Author: Rafael Bernal

Civil rights groups call on House to pass resolution against racist ‘Insular Cases’

A coalition of civil rights groups led by the ACLU on Thursday called on the outgoing Democratic House majority to pass a resolution recognizing equal constitutional rights for residents of all U.S. territories. The resolution, introduced in 2021, would repudiate the so-called “Insular Cases,” a series of Supreme Court decisions that decreed limits to the…

Hispanic Caucus calls for Nevada to host first Democratic presidential primary

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus campaign arm on Wednesday called on Democrats to support Nevada’s application to host the first Democratic presidential primary in the country. The plea comes after a midterm cycle in which Democrats successfully defended Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s seat and three House seats in the Silver State. In a joint statement, Rep….

Mayors call on Congress to protect DACA recipients

A group of 71 mayors from around the country called on congressional leaders to fast-track immigration protections for “Dreamers,” ahead of a GOP takeover of the House of Representatives. In a letter Tuesday under the Cities for Action banner, the mayors warned that court action could soon invalidate the remainders of the Deferred Action for…

Livestock farmers push for immigration bill

Livestock farmers are pushing for the Senate to deliver a long-awaited immigration bill over the lame-duck session to modernize the agricultural visa system. The Senate is poised to consider at least one immigration-related bill between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there are two House-passed bills that could get a vote. Democratic leaders have put their weight…

New wave of Hispanic lawmakers to hit House

Coverage of the 2022 midterms focused heavily on Hispanic voters, but Latino candidates also left a mark: voters will send more Hispanics to represent them in Washington than ever before. Democrats will welcome nine new Hispanic representatives from nine different states, a sampling of the voting bloc’s geographic diversity. The GOP will bring in at…

Texas Democrats ask feds to ‘intervene’ against Greg Abbott’s ‘invasion’ declaration

Six House Democrats from Texas called on the Biden administration to exercise federal authority against GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s declaration of an “invasion” at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Thursday, the Democrats said Abbott’s declaration violates the Constitution by illegally usurping…

What is Article 5 of the NATO treaty?

Russian reportedly struck Poland, a NATO member, on Tuesday, setting off a frenzy over the Western alliance’s mutual defense mechanism known as Article 5. Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, NATO’s founding document, says that any attack on a NATO member in Europe or North America “shall be considered an attack against them all.”…

Mexican president: Pro-democracy protests a ‘political striptease’

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday downplayed mass pro-democracy protests that over the weekend rallied against his proposed political reforms. In his daily morning address, López Obrador said the marches showed his opponents’ true colors. “I think yesterday’s march was very important. It was a kind of political, public striptease of Mexican conservatism,”…

Cárdenas announces run for House Democratic campaign arm

California Rep. Tony Cárdenas has made it official: He’s making another run to lead the Democratic House campaign arm in the lead-up to 2024. In a letter to his colleagues Friday, Cárdenas asked for support to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), a position he narrowly lost to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) in…

Bolsonaro’s sons request Italian citizenship

Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s two sons on Tuesday visited the Italian Embassy in Brasilia to request Italian citizenship, just days after their father lost reelection to President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Flavio Bolsonaro, a senator, and his brother Eduardo Bolsonaro, a member of Congress, are expected to continue serving as legislators. Flavio Bolsonaro…