Villarreal, Rosa Martha

Rosa Martha Villarreal is an Adjunct Professor at Cosumnes River College and a member of PEN USA. An essayist and novelist, she is a recipient of the PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award. Her novel, The Stillness of Love and Exile, is in film pre-production.

They’re Not Supposed to Build That

By Rosa Martha Villarreal
Speaking at a campaign stop on July 13, 2012, President Barack Obama noted that business creation does not exist in a vacuum. Rather, the state, he said, provides the infrastructure that supports economic growth and private sector job creation. Leaving aside that the Republicans do not understand that in the English language the indicative pronoun “that” in the was referring to roads and other infrastructure not business, the president was accurate in every empirical and historical context.

Why the Latino Vote Will Remain Democratic

By Rosa Martha Villarreal

As the next presidential cycle approaches, pundits and journalists alike are staking their position on the Latino vote.  Most correctly surmise that President Obama will not only win the Latino vote but do so in an overwhelming fashion.  However, most of these (non-Latino) analysts are many times perplexed as to why Latinos, generally considered to be conservative, regard the Republicans in general and this field in particular as anathema.

To obtain a clear perspective of the Latino community’s voting patterns, it is instructive to divide the Latinos most likely to vote into two camps: (1) naturalized citizens and American-born children of undocumented immigrants; and (2) assimilated, middle-class Latino Americans. 

Time to Pass the DREAM ACT

By Rosa Martha Villarreal

After the 2010 Midterm Elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made the passage of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act a priority for the lame duck congress. The DREAM Act was first introduced on Aug. 1, 2001. A bi-partisan bill, its purpose was to provide a path to legalization for undocumented individuals who were brought into the country illegally by their parents.

Lacking public support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, proponents of this legislation sought to remedy the most unjust aspect of illegal immigration and simultaneously provide the U.S. with a group of young, well-educated, English-speaking, and economically viable immigrants.  The terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and subsequent anti-terrorism efforts had deferred debate and consideration of the bill until last year when it was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Immediately thereafter, opponents of immigration reform claimed that the bill was “amnesty” and that this limited legislation would create a subsequent “nightmare” of chain legalization.