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Marco Rubio: “Cuban amnesty for ‘me’, but not for Mexican ‘thee’”

Marco Rubio: “Cuban amnesty for ‘me’, but not for Mexican ‘thee’”

Here’s the reality. Mexican-Americans account for almost 70% of the Latin population pie. However, Cuban-Americans account for 3% of the pie.Why is Senator Marco Rubio supporting a unique amnesty and government entitlements via the Cuban Adjustment Act afforded to the Cubans (with heavy concentration in continue reading »

Latinos in California’s Central Valley Lag Behind

Latinos in California’s Central Valley Lag Behind

A Latino baby born in rural and urban areas of California's San Joaquín Valley can expect to live 81.2 years -- about a year longer than the average Californian, but fewer years than Latinos in other regions of the state. continue reading »

The Great Deporter by Hector Luis Alamo,Jr.

The Great Deporter by Hector Luis Alamo,Jr.

As a young progressive Latino studying ethnic relations at the University of Illinois-Chicago, no one was more ecstatic than I when in 2008, Barack Obama – Chicago’s hometown hero touted as Lincoln incarnate – became the first Black president of the United States continue reading »

Staying Connected and Protected This Halloween- Safety Tips

Staying Connected and Protected This Halloween- Safety Tips

As the seasons turn, kids are seeking out the coolest costumes, prepping for haunted Halloween happenings and of course planning to score bags and bags of trick-or-treat candy. However, families need to make sure their children are prepared and not scared as they go out into the Halloween nigh continue reading »

How Piri Met Piri! (A Tribute to Piri Thomas)

How Piri Met Piri! (A Tribute to Piri Thomas)

Most people who have known me from my grammar school days are aware that my nickname as a child was "Piri". In fact, they are the only ones who still call me that. To add to the mystery, most people know me by the first name of "Peter" but my real first name given to me at birth is "Pedro". continue reading »

New Report Faults Secure Communities for Wrongful Arrests and Detentions of Latinos

New Report Faults Secure Communities for Wrongful Arrests and Detentions of Latinos

Secure Communities relies on local law enforcement to target noncitizens for deportation. Fingerprints from individuals booked into local jails—many on minor infractions—are sent to the Department of Homeland Security for an immigration check, triggering arrests. This has transformed the enforcement landscape by allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to effectively run federal immigration checks on everyone booked into a local jail. continue reading »

Secure Communities Dragnet Includes US Citizens

Secure Communities Dragnet Includes US Citizens

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) welcome the publication of a new report by the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law that exposes the violations of the rights of both citizens and non-citizens alike by the Secure Communities program. Released on the heels of the hard-hitting PBS expose, continue reading »

Paradise and Violence in Honduras- Hector Luis Alamo, Jr

Paradise and Violence in Honduras- Hector Luis Alamo, Jr

When I visited Honduras earlier this year, it was my first time stepping foot in my maternal homeland. My mother had lived the first seven years of life in a tiny village nestled in the mountains surrounding Tegucigalpa before leaving for the United States in 1972. continue reading »

Pan American Games Begin-Terra Offers Live Stream Coverage

Pan American Games Begin-Terra Offers Live Stream Coverage

Monday, the XVI Pan American Games began! The major international multi-sport event between athletes from all nations in the Americas will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico and Terra, will have the most complete live stream coverage of the competition beginning today until October 30th. The inaugural ceremony and all of the games will be available in HD (high definition) in both English and Spanish. continue reading »

Foundation-giving to Latino Community Stuck at Mere 1 Percent for Decades- Now 16% of Pop

Foundation-giving to Latino Community Stuck at Mere 1 Percent for Decades- Now 16% of Pop

Just when I was beginning to have some hope that philanthropy was getting better at meeting the needs of communities who have been underserved or marginalized in some way, a preview of a new report hit me like a slap in the face. continue reading »