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In New Mexico, Trump Fails to Enchant

SAN DIEGO -- Never mind Texas. Don't mess with New Mexico!

Apparently, it's the Land of Enchantment you have to be careful with if you're a demagogue running for president who portrays Mexico as corrupt and Mexicans as predators.

If you're peddling insults and intolerance, you might want to steer clear of those parts. Latinos make up as much ...Read more

Some Truth for Today's Graduates

SAN DIEGO -- As they celebrate commencement at colleges around the country, graduates can expect to get the same gift: plenty of unsolicited advice from their elders.

They'll have to separate the useful from the not-so-useful. Here's a tip: The former is most often heard from commencement speakers who recognize that they are there for the ...Read more

FDR May Be Invoked This Election, But He Won't Be Repeated

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The nation's 32nd president doesn't have a hit Broadway musical to his name. But FDR may soon be back in style.

The table is set. It goes beyond the superficial, such as Hillary Clinton's decision to announce her presidential campaign on Roosevelt Island in New York. Or the fact that Donald Trump, another New Yorker, is ...Read more

Obama's Anti-Immigration Legacy Grows

SAN DIEGO -- Barack Obama plans to raise as much as $1 billion to build his presidential library in Chicago.

I hope he puts in a "deportation wing." It could be installed on the right side of the structure since, as president, Obama has approached the immigration issue like a right-winger.

In the latest example, the Department of Homeland ...Read more

One Undocumented Immigrant's Quest to Reinvent the Media

SAN DIEGO -- If you distrust the media complex, don't just resent it. Reinvent it.

Jose Antonio Vargas took that challenge to heart. The 35-year-old thinks of himself as an American without documents. But, as he shows with every project he undertakes, he is also a journalist without boundaries.

Since coming out as an undocumented immigrant in ...Read more

The Limits of Trump's People Skills

SAN DIEGO -- As the grandson of a Mexican immigrant -- the kind of person who Donald Trump has described as a criminal, rapist and drug dealer, someone with "lots of problems" -- I'm not eager to give the presumptive Republican presidential nominee credit for anything.

My grandfather arrived in the United States as a boy in about 1910, during ...Read more

The Trump Show Gets Panned by California Latinos

SAN DIEGO -- Cinco de Mayo is an insult wrapped in red, white and green crepe paper. It's a faux holiday created by white people who run marketing firms and have no qualms telling Latinos what to celebrate as long as it gets people into bars and restaurants to eat chimichangas and drink margaritas.

So I guess it's appropriate that, in the lead-...Read more

Picking Fiorina Was a Clever Move by Cruz

SAN DIEGO -- Some politicians are known for throwing a punch. Ted Cruz has developed a knack for becoming a punch line.

Cruz's critics -- including everyone from media commentators to late-night talk show hosts -- are ridiculing the Texas senator for picking Carly Fiorina as a running mate despite the fact that Republican voters have yet to ...Read more

California Looms Large on the GOP's Horizon

SAN DIEGO -- In this presidential election, California could count for a lot. And that's an idea that many residents of the Golden State are going to need some time getting used to.

For many years, the nation's most populous state -- with its 39 million people, 58 counties and 163,000 square miles -- has been on the sidelines. The California ...Read more

Obama's Dangerous Action On Immigration

SAN DIEGO -- In opposing President Obama's executive actions on immigration, critics on the right have it wrong.

The arguments made to the Supreme Court by conservatives who oppose the administration's efforts to temporarily defer deportation and grant work permits to two groups of undocumented immigrants -- young people brought to the United ...Read more

Latinos May Have to Hold Their Nose at the Ballot Box

SAN DIEGO -- In recent weeks, I've been speaking on college campuses about how immigration, Latino voters and the presidential election all fit together.

Donald Trump doesn't fare well in my remarks. But neither does Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders.

Clinton is all over the map on immigration. While serving in the Senate, she ...Read more

Trump Goes From Winning to Sore Losing

SAN DIEGO -- As a frequent critic of the Republican front-runner, I never imagined that I'd miss the original Donald Trump. But lately I've become a tad nostalgic for the overbearing bully who burst onto the national political scene last year.

What we have now -- Trump 2.0 -- isn't much of an improvement. He isn't any kinder or gentler. Instead...Read more

Trump Satire Shows the Globe's Hypocrisy

SAN DIEGO -- Newspapers ought to focus on doing good journalism, and leave the satire to professionals.

Just look at the ruckus that ensued when The Boston Globe created a mock front-page postdated a year from now, in April 2017. Running this past Sunday in the paper's "Ideas" section, and put together by the editorial board, the parody ...Read more

Tax the Ill-Gotten Gains of Mexican Labor

SAN DIEGO -- There was an uncomfortable moment when Donald Trump, of all people, offered a proposal in the immigration debate that sounded eerily similar to something I have been thinking about.

After 25 years of reporting and writing on immigration, I recently found myself trying to come up with a new way to deter illegal immigration into the ...Read more

Putting Our Children on the Road to Success

SAN DIEGO -- It's that time of year when anxious high school seniors assess their worth by checking their email.

The nation's colleges and universities are announcing their decisions. At prestigious schools like Stanford, Yale and Princeton, one out of every 20 applicants is admitted.

No wonder so many people are picking up the recent book by ...Read more

Huerta-Dawson Spat Goes Beyond Clinton-Sanders

SAN DIEGO -- Speaking recently to Latino students at Harvard, I shared a lesson learned there 30 years ago:

"Be careful with your own kind. Latinos always attack one another with enthusiasm. We're just not secure enough in what we believe to let others think differently."

Look at the ruckus between former United Farm Workers Vice President ...Read more

Meet the Latinos for Trump

SAN DIEGO -- For Latino conservatives, Donald Trump is the Republican of last resort.

When this bizarre presidential election began, most center-right Latinos favored either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio -- both of whom are moderates on immigration. The majority of Latino voters care most about the same issues that other Americans care about: jobs, ...Read more

Yet Another Case of Media Malpractice

SAN DIEGO -- We have yet another case of media malpractice in the 2016 presidential election.

Reporters, anchors and commentators seem intent on providing many Americans with a warm bath when they need a cold shower. It's not the job of the media to reflect the concerns of consumers, but rather to seek out the truth, and report it even when it'...Read more

On Immigration, Front-Runners Make Promises They Can't Keep

SAN DIEGO -- People running for president say the darnedest things.

In both parties, it appears that politicians save the biggest whoppers for their own supporters. That makes sense. After all, they might butt heads with the opposing team but they get elected by winning over the votes of people who agree with them. Or at least, those gullible ...Read more

The Liberation of Marco Rubio

SAN DIEGO -- Congratulations, Marco Rubio. You're free.

For one thing, now that your presidential bid has ended, and you've already said you're not running for re-election to the Senate, you're no longer shackled by other people's plans for you. Back in December 2011, in Washington, I met with another Republican senator who was part of the GOP ...Read more

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