Author: Pilar Marrero

Bio: Pilar Marrero is Los Angeles newspaper La Opinión’s political editor and columnist, a radio talk show host, and international news service writer. Go to Pilar's audio archive.


Podcast: Latino Voters and the GOP Presidential Candidates – Economic Concerns Outweigh Faith and Religion

Posted on: 16 Dec 2011

In this Feet in Two Worlds podcast, La Opinión senior political writer and columnist Pilar Marrero breaks down a new poll released by impreMedia and Latino Decisions analyzing how religion and faith impact voting decisions for Latinos.

Podcast: Republican Candidates Do Not Resonate With Latinos

Posted on: 19 Oct 2011

In this podcast, Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks with La Opinión senior political writer and columnist Pilar Marrero about the first poll showing how Latino voters are responding to the GOP presidential field.

Latinos Support Health Care Reform But Not Mandate

Posted on: 13 Oct 2011

A new Impremedia poll shows that Latinos support the majority of the federal health care law’s provisions and oppose its repeal. But just like other voters, they are against the clause that will force them to purchase coverage, the so-called mandate.

With Appointment as Lt. Governor, Abel Maldonado to Become California’s Highest Ranking Latino

Posted on: 25 Nov 2009

Abel Maldonado, a California state senator and the son of Mexican immigrant farmers, has been appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the state’s lieutenant governor.

Pro-Immigrant Protesters and Hispanic Media Confront Sheriff Arpaio in Southern California

Posted on: 09 Nov 2009

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona was clearly enjoying his starring role at a series of fundraisers last week in Southern California. The sheriff, known for his aggressive tactics against undocumented immigrants in and around Phoenix, happily chatted with reporters — even the citizen reporters that were part of a protest against him –at […]

News Analysis: Health Care Reform Turns into an Immigration Debate for Some

Posted on: 08 Sep 2009

By Pilar Marrero, La Opinión and FI2W reporter This Wednesday, President Obama is scheduled to give a major speech on health care reform before a joint session of Congress. The speech comes after weeks of controversy over various proposals and their real or imagined effects on the country. Some groups have focused not on the […]

News Analysis: ICE Chief Promises Efficiency, Continued Tough Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Posted on: 24 Aug 2009

On his first visit to Los Angeles, three months after becoming the chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), assistant secretary for Homeland Security John Morton said all his agency wants to do is become more efficient. “We will try to apply immigration laws in a tough, smart and thoughtful manner,” said Morton to […]

Los Angeles: Many Small Marches for Immigration Reform on May Day

Posted on: 01 May 2009

In Los Angeles, there were at least five major organized marches pushing for immigration reform on May Day, three of which started from the same point in the heart of downtown: Broadway and Olympic. Different groups and local organizations had different routes in mind: the first one started with about 1,500 people and followed a […]

Foreclosures Still Rising, Immigrants and Latinos Among the Hardest Hit

Posted on: 24 Apr 2009

By Pilar Marrero, La Opinión and FI2W reporter LOS ANGELES — Activists have a pet name for Hope for Homeowners (H4H), the government initiative that’s supposed to help struggling mortgage holders keep their homes: they call it “hoho”. “It’s a sad kind of humor, but it reflects a reality,” says Kathleen Day of the Center […]

The Fall of Rosario Marín, California’s Favorite Mexican Republican: News Analysis from FI2W

Posted on: 13 Mar 2009

By Pilar Marrero, La Opinión and FI2W reporter For years, California politician Rosario Marín, a model Latina conservative, was a rising star in the Republican Party. Last week, though, after she resigned her state cabinet position due to an investigation into her outside income, Marín saw the state’s Republican-led administration quickly distance itself from her. […]