Local Leaders Ask Washington to Include Immigration Reform in Social Spending Plan – Hundreds of mayors and state legislators descended on the nation’s capital to demand that Congress include immigration reform in the trillion-dollar social spending plan, insisting that it would help economic recovery. The unusual demonstration comes as Democratic negotiators work out the details of the plan to secure the go-ahead of the Senate parliamentarian before putting it to a vote. José López Zamorano has this report from Washington.
Texas and Mexico Moving in Opposite Directions on Abortion Issue - While Texas passes an anti-abortion law that is considered the most restrictive in the United States, the Supreme Court of Mexico moved in the opposite direction, voting unanimously to decriminalize abortion. The ruling will establish jurisprudence in Mexico and is expected to have repercussions throughout Latin America. Gretel Eunice Castorena Escalera, a Mexican professor of public health and activist, puts both events in perspective in a conversation with our news director, Samuel Orozco. You can listen to the full interview in the archives of Línea Abierta for Wednesday, September 8th at radiobilingue.org
Latino Vote Sought After on Eve of Referendum on Governor of California – On the eve of the referendum launched by Republicans and conservative groups to unseat California’s governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, Latinos appear to be slow to vote by mail or early ballot. Analysts agree that the fate of the governor and the bid to unseat him depends on the Latino vote. Will Latinos get out to cast their ballots on Election Day? Rubén Tapia reports from Los Angeles.