sábado, 13 de agosto de 2011


No corren buenos tiempos para las migraciones y las sociedades cosmopolitas, a pesar de que la ley de la gravedad es inexorable. Los hispanos en Estados Unidos están siendo quienes más organizadamente advierten del camino acelerado hacia una comunidad polarizada entorno a debates chauvinistas, proteccionistas y segregadores. Por eso dan un aprobado justo a Obama en un trabajo publicado recientemente. El informe es fruto del trabajo del National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, un grupo de presión hispano que gira alrededor de Consejo Nacional La Raza. e
Estas son algunas conclusiones del informe:
"For Latinos, the lack of movement toward an immigration overhaul to give legal status to illegal immigrants overshadowed progress on other issues, Hispanic leaders said.
Immigration is “clearly an area where the president overpromised and underdelivered,” said Lillian Rodríguez López, the president of the Hispanic Federation, who is also chairwoman of the leadership coalition. On a conference call Wednesday, she recalled that Mr. Obama had pledged to take up the overhaul bill in his first year in office.
“The amount of enforcement activity by the administration has been a great disappointment to our community,” Ms. Rodríguez López said. Authorities have deported nearly 800,000 immigrants in the past two years.
The much-disputed 2010 health care bill contained many measures that benefit Hispanics, the progress report found, including expansion of the Medicaid program, the creation of affordable insurance exchanges, $11 billion for community health clinics and $15 billion for preventive care.
The report also found that Hispanics had been helped by Mr. Obama’s stimulus package and by Justice Department efforts to prosecute hate crimes against them.
But Ms. Rodríguez López warned that many programs recorded as advances in the report appeared vulnerable in the upcoming deficit reduction talks. “We feel the Latino community can be significantly hurt, but particularly in the health safety net,” she said.
Hispanic leaders praised the House of Representatives, when it was controlled by the Democrats, for passing a bill last year, known as the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrant high school graduates seeking to attend college. With opposition from Republicans, the bill failed in the Senate.
The leaders said they expected the Dream Act and other immigration issues to be a litmus test for Latino voters judging candidates in the presidential race. Latinos could cast crucial votes in states like Colorado, Nevada and Florida.
Immigration “is an American problem,” said Carmen Segarra, national policy chairwoman of the Hispanic National Bar Association. “This is not a Republican problem or a Democratic problem.”

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