You’ve undoubtedly heard by now about the president’s plan to push for immigration reform in the first year of his second term. This is a fast-moving train, to be sure, but members of both political parties have already indicated that they are ready to bring something forward. For the first time in more than a decade, it looks like we might pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Detractors of reform, however, have recently started claiming that Congress must “get its priorities straight” and focus instead on shoring up the U.S. economy. The idea is that the immigration fight (and a host of other issues that the president has prioritized) is not one we can afford to wage at this point. It should be put on hold…again.
Naturally, we disagree. If American families can focus on more than one issue at a time, so can Congress. We sent our very own Clarissa Martínez-De Castro to Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture to drive this point home. Representing the opposition was conservative columnist David Selig. The interview is tense at times but well worth watching. The segment in question begins at 15:00 and lasts about ten minutes.
Recently, Fox News Latino put NCLR’s Director of Civic Engagement and Immigration, Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, on its list of “Top 10 Young Latinos in Politics to Watch in 2013.”
We’re surely no stranger to Martínez-De-Castro‘s abilities, and we couldn’t agree more. She effectively led a civic engagement effort this past election that resulted in 95,000 new Latino voters. The voter turnout this year for the Latino community was historic—more than 12 million Latinos went to the polls.
Here’s what Fox News Latino had to say about Martínez-De-Castro:
“Clarissa Martinez (NCLR): On Election Night, I asked a relevant friend in cable news production why Latinos are so seldom booked to speak on air about the Latino vote. Her answer: it is difficult to find Latinos with the adequate level of live media training and experience that primetime television warrants. Not so with Clarissa Martinez of the National Council of La Raza. She has been developing as a Latino affairs pundit on television since the last major drive for immigration reform in 2010. As the battle for immigration reform again heats up in 2013, look for Martinez to continue to grow as a recognizable voice of Latino advocacy.”
View some of those live media appearances below.
Martínez-de-Castro was an outspoken advocate during Justice Sotomayor’s nomination process.
Martínez-de-Castro talks in depth with veteran reporter, Maria Hinojosa
Congratulations, Clarissa, on the well-deserved recognition!