Venezuela After 2018 

How Venezuela Failed — and What it Can Do to Recover  In Nov. 2018, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raised the country’s minimum wage a whopping 150 percent to 4,500 bolivars. Prior to that, he ratcheted the minimum wage up 60-fold in August.  What happened? Did Venezuela suddenly become extraordinarily wealthy again — after a lengthy period of economic dysfunction — carrying wages to … Read More

Can We Learn About Immigration Policy from a 9-Year-Old Who Got a Snowball-Fight Ban Repealed?

U.S. immigration laws aren’t working.  Sometimes, when laws become too old and arbitrary, it makes more sense to change the law than to punish the person in violation.   Take, for example, 9-year-old Dane Best from the small town of Severance, Colorado. An old town ordinance made it illegal to throw snowballs— but according to his mom, he threw them anyway.  “My boys have been … Read More

Lame-Duck Session Is Prime Opportunity for Lawmakers to Act on Dreamers

With funding for a portion of the federal government now slated to expire after Dec. 21, Congress has convened for the remainder of a “Lame Duck” session – and funding for border security is high on the list of issues to be resolved. Officials should take that as an opportunity to expand the conversation and find a permanent solution for Dreamers. It’s a task … Read More

Fed Chairman Powell: Immigration Boosts U.S. Economic Growth

Americans gets excited when excessively burdensome regulations are rolled back and punitive taxes are lowered because they understand that pro-growth policies bolster the economy. When people can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, they can better provide for their families. That not only improves their lives — it ultimately improves their communities.   As Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell … Read More

What Does Constitutional Law Actually Say About Birthright Citizenship?

The country is abuzz with the 14th Amendment, as a practice called “birthright citizenship” has taken over the headlines.   According to birthright citizenship, a baby born in America is an American citizen. Here’s what Section 1 of the 14th Amendment says, and has said for 150 years:  “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Political Trailblazers

In our second post celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we shined a spotlight on immigration. All our stories begin with people brave enough to pursue the American Dream. But from that point on, we’re all unique. We’re students, members of the military, nurses, doctors, teachers, athletes, and celebrities. We know there are endless opportunities for us … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Our Immigration Stories

As we said in our first post commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), The U.S. Census Bureau estimated in 2016 that approximately 57.5 million people in America were Latinos. People of Hispanic origin are the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority, constituting some 18 percent of the population. Those numbers will continue to grow.   How have we gotten this far? … Read More

Celebrate Your Story During Hispanic Heritage Month!

In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that approximately 57.5 million people in America were Latinos. That number has been growing for some time and will continue to grow into the future. But as we look to the past, Hispanics have shaped America in ways that may be taken for granted in daily life. From the food … Read More

A Year Without DACA and Still No Solution

One year ago today, President Donald Trump called for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which deferred the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — known as Dreamers.  For years now, Dreamers have been living their lives with uncertainty. Without Congressional action in the last year, their concerns have … Read More