By: Benny Agosto, Jr. While car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 19, a recent report by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm indicates that the rate of teen fatalities due to auto accidents is falling—and drastically. In the report, “Miles to Go: Monitoring [...]
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By: Benny Agosto The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court docket will force the court to decide on issues that could have a major effect on Latinos. The topics at issue range from redistricting in Texas, immigration laws and President Obama’s national health care law. “These issues, taken together, may drastically change the way in which Hispanics [...]
“But Your Honor, He’s an Illegal”–Ruled Inadmissible and Prejudicial: Can the Undocumented Worker’s Alien Status Be Introduced at Trial?
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The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline awarded the Fourth Annual Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award to HNBA member Professor Sarah E. Redfield in recognition of her exemplary leadership in pipeline work. The award honors those demonstrating success working along the educational pipeline in a collaborative approach [...]
The U.S. Army South Office of the Staff Judge Advocate hosted its quarterly San Antonio Joint Base Judge Advocate General luncheon at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course. Hispanic National Bar Association President and trial attorney, Benny Agosto, Jr., was selected as the guest speaker for the fall event. Mr. Agosto discussed the HNBA’s Veteran’s Initiative [...]
Hispanic National Bar Association Addresses New York Times Piece on ABA Ratings and Obama Prospects for Judgeships
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the New York Times published a piece on the impact of the American Bar Association (ABA) ratings on the President’s list of candidates for federal judgeships. The article highlights the number of potential judicial nominees designated as “not qualified,” the number of those with this designation belonging to a minority group, and [...]
Journalists Decide Against the Words “Illegal Immigrant” The Society of Professional Journalists (“SPJ”) decided recently to urge the profession to cease using the phrases “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant” in favor of the term “undocumented.” At the New Orleans convention where 7,800-member SPJ passed its resolution on a voice vote, SPJ member (and member of [...]
MALDEF has been a fixture in the Ninth Circuit for over a decade defending undocumented workers’ legal rights. In March of this year, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, Thomas A. Saenz, argued before the 11-judge en banc panel on behalf of the plaintiffs challenging the City of Redondo Beach’s anti-solicitation ordinance. Guided by “well-established principles of First Amendment law”, the Court found the ordinance failed to meet the elements of the Supreme Court’s “time, place and manner test.” The Ninth Circuit stood firmly in support of the First Amendment rights of undocumented workers by finding the ordinance a “facially unconstitutional restriction on speech.”
Immigration has become a hotbed of discussion amongst Americans and politicians alike. With more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States, it’s unrealistic to try and deport such a tremendous number. So, the President has focused his attention to developing an immigration solution that effectively meets the country’s security and economic needs. To do so, the Administration has created a strategy to utilize government resources in a way that puts national security and public safety at the forefront—prioritizing immigration enforcement.