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Pablo Manríquez

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Past articles by Pablo:

Venezuelan-Born Latina Delivers Remarks in Spanish During White House Press Briefing

The White House debuted a new voice in a new language on Wednesday, giving the honor of beginning Hispanic Heritage Month to Luisana Pérez Fernández, a senior press aide to President Joe Biden, who delivered the press briefing to the White House press in Spanish. → Read More

Mayra Flores Becomes First Mexican-Born Woman Sworn Into Congress

Rep. Mayra Nohemi Flores (R-TX) was sworn in Tuesday to serve in the House seat vacated by former Rep. Filamon Vela (D-TX), who resigned to become a lobbyist. An immigrant from Tamaulipas, she is the first woman born in Mexico to become a member of the U.S. Congress. → Read More

Latino Lawmaker Takes Center Stage During Third Day of January 6 Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) took center stage on Thursday afternoon at the third made-for-TV hearing of the House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack on the Capitol. → Read More

Indian Backlog Immigrants Offer Durbin Redemption Through Eagle Act

The Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment Act of 2022 or Eagle Act is an obscure bill, strangely bipartisan in the House with a low-key advocacy organization, Immigration Voice, that was on Capitol Hill this week for meetings with staffers for Republican Senators Josh Hawley (MO), Mike Lee (UT), and Tom Cotton (AR), plus the Senate offices of Democratic Senators Catherine Cortez Masto… → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Grijalva Previews Next Steps for Puerto Rico Status Act

On Tuesday afternoon, Latino Rebels caught up with the House Committee on Natural Resources Chair in the Speaker’s Lobby of the House of Representatives for an update on the bill that has brought the two policy factions supporting statehood and self-determination bills together for the first time. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Ocasio-Cortez on the Future of Puerto Rico Status Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Days after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) traveled to Puerto Rico with three fellow House members to hold a public forum to discuss the new Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft, Latino Rebels caught up with the New York Democrat on Wednesday evening for an update on the bill. → Read More

What Senators Are Saying About Transgender Rights

Latino Rebels asked senators this week whether transgender rights come up in conversations with their colleagues and if they themselves know any transgender people. Twenty-one senators were asked in consultation with transgender reporters and gender-beat reporters who couldn’t make it to the Capitol. → Read More

Venezuelan Immigrant Leads White House Latino Media Outreach

Latino Rebels speaks with Luisana Pérez Fernández, the White House director of Hispanic media, about her life and career after immigrating to Miami from Venezuela in 2011. → Read More

'Historic' Puerto Rico Status Compromise Bill Faces Uncertain Future in Congress

Following a press conference on Thursday, members of the House negotiating team behind a potential consensus bill on Puerto Rico's status released what is likely a messaging bill meant to act as a framework for further negotiations and their outcome. → Read More

Congressional Progressive Staff Association Booming

Less than a year after receiving formal approval, the Congressional Progressive Staff Association, a group looking to increase the number of progressive staffers working in Congress, is seeing its membership swell. → Read More

Senate Split on Increasing Immigration to Boost Economy

As a national labor shortage is contributing to higher prices on consumer goods and increased inflation, some senators tell Latino Rebels that increasing legal immigration can help undermine these economic pressures on the American economy, while others are not so convinced. → Read More

Senate Republicans Divided Over Immigration Provisions of COMPETES Act

Immigrant relief provisions in the America COMPETES Act, which passed the House in February, are now being debated in the Senate where they face a divided Republican caucus. At issue is whether the bill will create a special visa category for entrepreneurs and exempt immigrants with advanced degrees in STEM from annual country caps on green cards. → Read More

Booker, Klobuchar, Warren Help Save Senate Cafeteria Workers From Layoffs

Restaurant Associates, the company that manages Senate cafeteria workers, confirmed on Friday that the layoffs announced a week ago have been canceled. → Read More

Senate Cafeteria Workers Organize Against Union

At least two senators were accosted at lunchtime on Wednesday by Capitol cafeteria workers demanding answers to what they say has been a heavy-handed unionization push by Local 23, which represents over 25,000 hospitality workers in 12 states and the District of Columbia. → Read More

Formerly Undocumented Latina Now Congressional Staff Leader

Despite the legislative setbacks to level the playing field for undocumented immigrants, Patrica Ordaz remains committed to empowering staffers in any way she can. It was to this end that last month, the formerly undocumented immigrant born in Mexico City was elected president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association. → Read More

Ukrainian Refugees Spotlight Restrictionist Policies Toward Black and Brown Immigrants

The Biden White House announced Thursday that the United States will accept 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. The announcement came after over a year of leveraging former President Donald Trump’s racist immigration policies to deny entry to millions of non-white immigrants. → Read More

Democratic Senators Introduce RELIEF Act for Green Card Backlog

Five Democratic senators introduced legislation on Monday that, if enacted, would provide sweeping relief to millions of immigrants in green card backlogs. → Read More

Latina Hill Staffer: ‘I Wasn’t Willing to Stand Down From What I Believe Is Right’

"As a Brown person, they told me I couldn’t cover my community, unlike my white counterparts who were allowed to cover their community," says Montesinos. "Things like that were disappointing to me, so I began thinking where else can I make a difference." → Read More

Unionizing Congressional Staffers Is Going to Be Messy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Momentum continues on Capitol Hill to unionize Congressional offices after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said last week that… → Read More

Support Grows in Congress for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protest

Support is growing in Congress for the "Day Without Immigrants" protest planned for Monday, February 14. The rationale behind the protest led by TikTok star Carlos Eduardo Espina is that immigrant labor underwrites Valentine's Day every year. → Read More