Adriana Maestas

Political junkie and policy wonk, giving you the Latina perspective on the issues.

Domestic Worker Bill of Rights passes the CA Senate

A bill that would give housekeepers, nannies, and elder care workers overtime passed in the California Senate on Wednesday. The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights law, known as AB 241,...more

Gun Control Debate Rages in Colorado with Latino Candidates at Center

As Colorado becomes more “blue” (Democratic) and urban, issues like gun control have become even more contentious. Southern Colorado is more rural than the northern part of the state. In one state senate district, a recall effort has been underway because of a freshman legislator’s support for gun control legislation that was passed and signed by Governor Hickenlooper earlier this year ....more

Immigration Showdown in the Capitol Begins

On Sunday, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte indicated that she would support the gang of eight immigration bill that was crafted by a group of bipartisan senators. Just last week, an amendment to end the deferred action program (DACA) passed in the House of Representatives (read about that here) that was split largely along party lines ....more

Steps toward divorcing local law enforcement from immigration enforcement

While there has been a steady push in recent months for comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill, there have been a few steps in the states and in localities to limit the extent that local law enforcement participates in immigration enforcement (which has been seen as a federal duty) ....more

How Terrorism Crept into the Immigration Debate & Why It Shouldn’t be a Focal Point

I have a piece on BlogHer explaining how the terrorism issue become a sidebar in the current immigration debate. One thing to keep in mind is that there will always be people who want to commit crime and harm people regardless of country of origin, but if children who are brought to the U.S. are the perpetrators of terrorism, perhaps we, as a society, need to look inward at the factors here in the U.S. that may have influenced the ...more

Terrorism Creeps into Immigration Debate, Diverting the Focus From the Positives

Last week, announcement of the long-awaited immigration reform bill by the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight was overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombing. Shortly after the official press conference announcing the proposal, some sought to tie terrorism into the immigration debate. On Friday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said...more
It's unfortunate that the Boston event, as tragic as it was, may be used as a red herring that ...more

Latinas More Likely to Have Multiple Teen Pregnancies

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with some new data showing that Latinas are more likely than their black or white peers to have multiple teen pregnancies. Overall, the teen birthrate has been declining ....more

New Data: GOP Can Make Inroads with Latinos on Immigration

Since last November's election, pundit after pundit --- even those who lean right -- has said that the Republican party needs to win minority voters who cast their ballots overwhelmingly Democratic. Adriana Maestas at Latino Politics Blog has been watching this issue and tells us about a new study that there maybe be hope for the GOP to become a big tent, after all:...more

The Significance of Hugo Chavez’s Passing

The news of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s passing on Tuesday at age 58 following a battle with cancer evoked strong reaction throughout the world. Just a sampling of the reaction on Twitter shows how his death was either lamented or celebrated. People in Venezuela and throughout the world are just coming to terms with what this loss means and what might happen in a post-Chavez Venezuela. ...more
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Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Speaks on Immigration Reform

Immigration is top of mind in Washington, with the Senate “Gang of Eight” announcing their plan for immigration reform Monday morning. The bipartisan committee, led by Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) unveiled their plan to overhaul immigration policy by emphasizing legal pathways to employment and citizenship. Notably absent was any discussion about family reunification or deportations....more
Each time we militarize "something" (borders, public transportation or just everything in ...more