News and views from the award-winning author of the novels The Skinny Years, America Libre, House Divided and Pancho Land

Monday, June 18, 2007

It’s baaack! President Bush revives immigration bill

Just when you thought immigration reform was on life support for 2007, the bill was miraculously revived. In a rare appearance on Capitol Hill, President Bush brought over his mortician’s makeup kit to tart up the bill as “security legislation” for the nativist fringe.

In an unholy alliance, the revival of the bill was aided by Eddie “PiolinSotelo, the Univision radio personality who last week brought over one million letters from his listeners to Washington D.C. supporting humane and fair immigration reform.

Interestingly enough, on Wednesday June 20th, I will be appearing on Piolin por la Mañana, Sotelo’s nationally syndicated radio show, to discuss my new novel, America Libre. Apparently Sotelo’s producers are fascinated by the novel’s depiction of the role the Spanish-language media plays in galvanizing support for a separatist movement in the book's nightmare scenario.

Please tune in on Wednesday June 20th at 9 in the morning local time. You’ll find a list of the 24 radio markets where Piolin por la Mañana is broadcast here.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez