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After El Paso shooting, Castro loses his restraint -- and finds his voice

SAN DIEGO -- Just as the liberal media largely erased Latinos from coverage of the El Paso shooting -- by excluding Latino commentators and focusing on guns -- so too did the El Paso shooting nearly erase the White House hopes of Julian Castro.

As the first viable Mexican American candidate for the presidency in U.S. history, Castro was in an ...Read more

O'Rourke's heated reaction to the El Paso massacre was the right one

SAN DIEGO -- Whether you're a journalist talking about politicians, or a politician talking to journalists, sometimes you just have to throw up your arms and shout: "What the f---?"

Such was the response when a reporter asked Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke what President Trump could do to prevent mass shootings like the one that tore a hole in ...Read more

El Paso shooter puts Mexican Americans in the crosshairs

SAN DIEGO -- Forget the Alamo. Mexican Americans will always remember El Paso.

The West Texas border city is now our Selma, our Kent State, our Columbine. It's where something ghastly happened that revealed how savagely some people can treat their fellow human beings.

A lot of Mexican Americans -- and our Latino brothers from other mothers -- ...Read more

Can Mad Men spruce up the image of border patrol agents? Stay tuned.

SAN DIEGO -- CBP needs PR. ASAP.

Tasked with carrying out the Trump administration's barbaric policy of taking migrant children from their parents to scare off future refugees from coming here, the reputation of Customs and Border Protection has been dragged through the mud.

The entity responsible for CBP's image problems is not the media or ...Read more

Democrats string together too many promises -- and get tied up in knots

SAN DIEGO -- As Bob Dylan might put it, Democrats are tangled up in blue.

They've promised so many goodies to so many groups that they can't possibly deliver to all of them. Doing so would result in taking care of some supporters but taking others to the cleaners. In trying to be all things to all people, Democrats have all but ensured that ...Read more

America's dialogue on race has become a maddening monologue

SAN DIEGO -- For years, people have told me to stop talking about race and ethnicity. That sort of dialogue, they warn, only divides Americans.

Little did I know the real reason they wanted me to pipe down was so I could hear them drone on about that very same topic -- on their terms.

Gaslighted by immigration and "the Squad," folks on Fox ...Read more

What would Jesus do? On the border, most Americans don't seem to know

SAN DIEGO -- Most Americans agree there is a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. But we can't agree as to what kind of crisis it is.

Conservatives see a security crisis, fueled by a border that is penetrated at will by people who want to drain our resources and do us harm. Liberals call it a humanitarian crisis, caused by a hard-hearted ...Read more

The Squad shakes up the Washington establishment -- on both sides of the aisle

SAN DIEGO -- The Squad is making politics in America great again. And a lot more fun.

Major props to Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar for keeping it real. They speak their mind, and they stand their ground. The Squad is always on a war footing, ready to respond to criticism. The freshmen ...Read more

For Mexican Americans, Castro is the real thing -- even without Spanish

SAN DIEGO -- Julián Castro is going through his own personal version of the Spanish Inquisition.

The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful keeps being pestered about not speaking Spanish fluently by white journalists on the East Coast whose understanding of Mexican Americans is a taco short of a combination plate.

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt recently ...Read more

Hunter should prove to be easy prey for prosecutors

SAN DIEGO -- Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like. And, apparently, Duncan Hunter Jr. never took an oath he didn't violate.

The San Diego-area congressman -- whose personal and professional lives ought to be cordoned off by little orange cones due to poor judgment -- allegedly broke most of the vows he swore to his wife, his country and ...Read more

Americans are no ordinary people

SAN DIEGO -- The idea of America is wasted on most Americans. We don't know how good we have it. People are literally dying to get here.

The body count has risen since the Clinton administration launched Operation Gatekeeper south of San Diego in the mid-1990s. Militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border forced immigrants into the Arizona desert. ...Read more

Castro's debate triumph is a milestone moment for Latinos

SAN DIEGO -- Julián Castro is the little engine that could. And during the first Democratic debate this week, he chugged right into the winner's circle. At least, that's how a lot of people saw it.

The New Republic declared: "Julián Castro was the first debate's big winner. ... No candidate helped their position more. ... If people didn't ...Read more

AOC has right message on concentration camps -- even if we don't want to hear it

SAN DIEGO -- I'm A-OK with AOC.

Sure, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., says wild and crazy things. In that regard, she is a creature of the times and a perfect foil for a wild and crazy president.

The 29-year-old freshman lawmaker is wreaking havoc in the House of Representatives. She shows no fear, defies authority and doesn't flinch.

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In quest for Democratic nomination, Castro stays on track -- and stays on message

SAN DIEGO -- In a crowded field, Julian Castro shows us that one way to climb up is to keep your head down.

Even if the polls don't show it. Castro is registering at just 1% in Iowa, an early-voting and overwhelmingly white state charged with choosing a president for a country that is -- with every census count -- becoming less white.

What do ...Read more

Empathy gap remains a challenge for LGBTQ allies

SAN DIEGO -- As an LGBTQ ally, I am a work in progress. I don't know firsthand what it's like to be rejected or marginalized -- even by family and friends -- because of who I am, so Pride Month is a time for introspection.

My brother and I don't talk much about being Latino, or about being raised in a small farm town, or having an immigrant ...Read more

Mexican standoff over tariffs is theater of the absurd

SAN DIEGO -- Did you notice that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. President Donald Trump both claimed victory in the recent tariff standoff?

The prospect of an ugly trade war between Mexico and the United States was never a win-win situation. Yet both sides say they won.

It's absurd. This is all political theater, a pair ...Read more

Trump's tariffs take aim at Mexico -- and hit American consumers

SAN DIEGO -- President Trump is at it again. He is exploiting an issue he can't figure out, oversimplifying a complicated world and casting foreigners as the cause of America's problems.

That's how Trump rolls. First, he seized on immigration. He claimed to back legal immigration even as he tried to cut it in half by tying it to education and ...Read more

First Mexican American heavyweight champ packs a punch

SAN DIEGO -- You ever wonder how long Americans need to keep taking note of the first this, or the first that?

I have a simple answer: Until there's a second.

So, as a Mexican American who loves boxing, let me explain why it matters that 29-year-old Andy Ruiz Jr. -- who hails from the Imperial Valley, a rural desert region on the California-...Read more

Immigrants: If you can't beat 'em, get rid of 'em

SAN DIEGO -- The anti-immigrant crowd should just be honest and finally own up to the real reason they want to keep out foreigners.

It's fear of competition, silly. Same as it always was.

Oops, I shouldn't be talking. I've been put on notice. No sooner had President Trump sparked a national discussion about immigration than I was apparently ...Read more

The U.S. should welcome legal immigrants -- there's plenty of room

SAN DIEGO -- A reader recently asked me: "Is the USA full?"

This was no random survey. I had just asserted that legal immigration was the best thing about America.

The reader was not persuaded.

He asked: "Have you spent time in Los Angeles and experienced the transportation gridlock -- Bay Area, San Diego, San Bernardino, Sacramento, Orange ...Read more

 

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