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  • Skip the comparisons with Mexico Jul 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Almost any discussion of how the United States treats uninvited visitors — whether they be child refugees looking for shelter or adult immigrants looking for jobs — will eventually get to the point where someone asks: “What about Mexico?”

  • America the heartless Jul 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Before it’s too late, Americans need to turn their attention back to the children. The lost children of Central America have themselves gotten lost in the fog of debate over what should become of them. Americans started off talking about the kids, but quickly meandered into distracting conversations about politics, blame, history, ideology and government funding.

  • Cold and calculating on immigration Jul 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Whenever President Obama acts unilaterally on immigration reform — and it’s not often enough — the reactions on both the right and the left are so predictable.

  • Cold and calculating on immigration Jul 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Whenever President Obama acts unilaterally on immigration reform — and it’s not often enough — the reactions on both the right and the left are so predictable.

  • How to define an American Jul 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: It’s a summer night in Washington. On the Mall, across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, people are sitting on lawn chairs and huddled on blankets staring at a white screen. The feature: “Documented,” the new film by journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, one of most famous undocumented immigrants in the country — and one of the most outspoken.

  • Hillary Clinton’s immigration misstep Jun 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: We already knew the immigration issue was a tough one for Republicans. They have a hard time opposing legal status for the undocumented without sounding anti-Hispanic. They insist their leaders take loyalty oaths to oppose an “amnesty,” alienating them from the mainstream. They have to balance supporting a business community that wants more immigration with coddling a nativist wing that wants less.

  • The saga of the border kids Jun 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Americans are trying to get a handle on the border kids — and what President Obama has called an “urgent humanitarian situation” along the U.S.-Mexico border. Americans want to know why, according to U.S. immigration officials, more than 47,000 young people — most of them from Central America — have streamed across the U.S.-Mexico border in the last eight months.

  • The value of a push May 29, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: A little girl can break her daddy’s heart with one question. A few days ago, my 9-year-old daughter — noticing I was in a suit and not my usual, casual attire — asked me where I was going, and I told her. I had been invited to judge a high school debate competition. She asked what that was all about, and I told her it is where two teams square off and make well-constructed arguments, trying to convince a judge of their point of view. She asked, “Can girls do that?”

  • Pay attention to Venezuela Mar 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When people are brave enough to stand up for freedom against repressive governments intent on maintaining their grip on power, the process is usually messy — and often bloody. In Venezuela, for the last few weeks, blood has stained the streets of Caracas and other major cities.

  • Mexicans’ skepticism fuels legend of El Chapo Mar 4, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Before we talk of extradition, shouldn’t we make sure that the man in custody in Mexico is really Joaquin Guzman? A lot of Mexicans don’t believe he is.

  • Taking on the Latino barriers in Hollywood Dec 24, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Given what he does for a living, it is no surprise that Rick Najera’s memoir about being a Latino breaking down barriers in Hollywood reads like a good movie.

  • Fulfilling one DREAM Dec 2, 2013 1:57 PM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When you talk to DREAMers — those undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents — what you hear most often is that they just want to get on with their lives. These young people are in the legal version of a black hole. But unlike many of those who choose to come here illegally, they can’t find their way home. Because this is home.

  • Arne Duncan’s moment of truth Dec 1, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When we talk about improving public education in America, should we mention race and ethnicity? Here’s a better question: If we’re honest about one of the biggest problems — i.e., the low expectations that many educators have of some students that become a self-fulfilling prophesy — how can we avoid the topic?

  • CBS too quick to retract Nov 13, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: "60 Minutes" reporters and producers at the venerable CBS newsmagazine made mistakes in putting together a story about last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya — and the story has been retracted. But they also got a few things right, highlighting important information that raises serious questions about whether the attack could have been predicted and prevented.

  • Hispanics now sit squarely in a difficult conversation Jul 24, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Now that the George Zimmerman murder trial is over, let’s hope we’ve heard the last of the awkward term “white Hispanic.” For the most part, it is a media concoction that has only served to stir resentment from both whites and Hispanics. Welcome to multicultural America, circa 2013, where you can’t tell the players without a program.

  • The egg on Heritage’s face May 28, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: What's the point of building bridges between Latinos and the Republican Party if one of the nation's leading conservative think tanks is going to blow them up?

  • Cruz finds redemption May 22, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarette: A couple of weeks ago, in a partisan jab, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (a Democrat) accused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (a Republican) of being “anti-immigration.” This was an odd accusation to level at someone whose personal hero is his father, Rafael, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1957.

  • Tequila, with love May 2, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.: For Cinco de Mayo this year, I recommend a tequila that lets you savor a son's love for his father. The liquor will fill your glass. But the story behind it will fill your soul.

  • Testing the will of the people Apr 1, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When I listen to conservatives and liberals stake out their respective positions on gay marriage, I have to wonder if they're listening to themselves talk.

  • Hispanic Republicans walk a fine line Jan 24, 2013 9:14 AM
    When you’re a Hispanic Republican, the immigration debate comes with both obstacles and opportunities. This is true with two lawmakers who are among the most important people to watch in the debate that is about to play out in Congress: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. These rising superstars in the GOP need to find the sweet spot on immigration, where they could get something done without getting done in. First, there are the obstacles. The media will often play “gotcha” and try to trap Rubio and Cruz between reaching out to Latinos and toeing a party line on immigration that so far has repelled Latinos. Both the right and the left will view them with suspicion. Latinos will see them as trying to please Republicans, while Republicans will suspect that their true allegiance lies with other Latinos. Both sides will wait for them to disappoint, and they will immediately pounce when that happens. Just ask Rubio. Last year, when President Obama offered deferred action to undocumented students brought here by their parents, Rubio called it a good first step. A conservative radio talk show host in San Diego who is known for anti-immigrant rants declared: “That’s it, I’m done with Rubio.” But Rubio isn’t done with immigration. He plans to introduce a bill that gives illegal immigrants a path to legal status without citizenship — and perhaps offer the citizenship option to undocumented students. Still, for Hispanic Republicans, being targeted comes with the territory. And since they’ve been put on the defensive, it’s hard for them to find a nuanced and thoughtful approach to immigration. And there is the opportunity. At the moment, the newly sworn-in Cruz is doing what Rubio did in his first two years in the Senate — trying to keep immigration at arm’s length. It didn’t work for Rubio, and it won’t work for Cruz. The Republican Party is counting on both these leaders to help it mend fences with Latino voters, and that road goes right through the immigration debate. There is no detour. In a recent interview, Cruz told me that — for him and his family — the issue is personal. His father, Rafael, left Cuba before Fidel Castro came to power. “We need to remain a nation that doesn’t just welcome but that celebrates legal immigrants who come here seeking to pursue the American dream,” he said. “All across the state of Texas, I have told my father’s story thousands of times. My dad has been my hero my entire life. But what I find most extraordinary about his story is how commonplace it is. Every one of us — whether it’s us, or our parents, or our grandparents, or our great-grandparents — we all are the children of those who fled oppression seeking freedom. I think that’s the most fundamental DNA of what it means to be an American — to value freedom and opportunity above everything else.” For Cruz, step one is “securing the border,” but he thinks that both parties are too busy trying to demagogue the issue to get even this done. Still, he seems to understand the curious paradox of America — a country of immigrants that, truth be told, has often been hostile to newer immigrants. “Resistance to immigrants is not a new phenomenon,” Cruz said. “It’s been present in the United States, and present everywhere really, for centuries. You go back 100 years, and go to the New York City, and you’d see signs in restaurants that said: ‘No Irish and No Dogs.’ Then you had a big immigration wave from Ireland, and there was the same sense of fear that we sometimes see manifested here.” Indeed, it’s all about fear. We don’t just need new laws. We also need a new mindset. Americans can’t fix the immigration system until they overcome their fear of immigrants. On the left, organized labor has an economic fear that immigrants take jobs and lower wages. On the right, nativists have a cultural fear that immigrants don’t assimilate and expect Americans to lose their language and national identity. That’s the power of immigrants — bridging the political divide one scary story at a time. Rubio and Cruz have their work cut out for them. But, I suspect, they also have a lot to offer. Let’s see it. Ruben Navarrette’s email address is © 2013, The Washington Post Writers Group

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