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Reported Neo-Nazi Spree Killer Called SB 1070 Sponsor Russell Pearce His ‘Surrogate Father’

Reported Neo-Nazi Spree Killer Called SB 1070 Sponsor Russell Pearce His ‘Surrogate Father’

Yesterday, J.T. Ready, a neo-Nazi and member of the anti-immigrant Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, reportedly strapped on body armor, grabbed several firearms, and then killed four people in Gilbert, Arizona. One of the dead is a toddler. Ready also was killed in this incident, although reports vary on whether he took his own life. At the time of his death, Ready was running for Pinal County sheriff. continue reading »

Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

Proponents of “attrition through enforcement” would have you believe that, given the right conditions, unauthorized immigrants will choose to leave the U.S. and return to their home countries. The Myth of Self Deportation, by Alexandra Filindra, questions the assumptions behind the attrition strategy and concludes that self-deportation is not rational because unauthorized immigrants have invested too much in the U.S. to return home. continue reading »

Rubio Watch: Rubio’s ‘Dream Act Light’ Jumbles Immigration Issue

Rubio Watch: Rubio’s ‘Dream Act Light’ Jumbles Immigration Issue

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spent the week in the spotlight as the latest potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The Hispanic lawmaker, anointed as the party's best hope for appealing to more Latino voters, came loaded for bear — rolling out an alternative to the Democrats' Dream Act. continue reading »

Still Seeking Justice for Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers

Still Seeking Justice for Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers

For years, USDA has denied minority farmers equal access to farm credit and non-credit farm benefit programs, while urging the farmers to complain to it of such discrimination despite having secretly dismantled its civil rights enforcement capability in the early 1980s. Thereafter, USDA, continue reading »

Marco Rubio’s Grandfather Was Ordered Deported; He Chose To Stay

Marco Rubio’s Grandfather Was Ordered Deported; He Chose To Stay

Here’s the thing about Marco Rubio: he’s the son of Cuban immigrants, represents the state with the fourth-largest immigrant population in America, constantly bills himself and his background as the embodiment of the American Dream…and yet he seems to have much less sympathy for immigrants who have stories much like his. continue reading »

Five Things to Know About the Supreme Court Hearing Arguments on Arizona SB1070

Five Things to Know About the Supreme Court Hearing Arguments on Arizona SB1070

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. United States, the long-anticipated dispute over the legality of SB 1070. More than any case in recent history, the dispute raises fundamental questions about the role of states in the enforcement of federal immigration law. continue reading »

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on SB1070- Join the Team to Help Spread the Word

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on SB1070- Join the Team to Help Spread the Word

This week, all eyes will once again be on SB 1070. Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Arizona law and will soon decide whether to strike it down forever, or open the door to Arizona laws across the country. Exactly two years ago , Governor Jan Brewer signed Arizona’s now-infamous “show me your papers” anti-immigrant legislation -- SB 1070 -- into law. continue reading »

Pew Hispanic Center: Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero——and Perhaps Less

Pew Hispanic Center: Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero——and Perhaps Less

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants----more than half of whom came illegally----the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped----and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries. continue reading »

Latina Institute Applauds Move to Restore Care for Undocumented Pregnant Women

Latina Institute Applauds Move to Restore Care for Undocumented Pregnant Women

On Wednesday, Nebraska lawmakers voted to override the governor’s veto when they restored funding for maternity care for undocumented women—based on the premise that while a pregnant woman herself is ineligible for benefits, the fetus she carries can be enrolled in public health insurance. continue reading »

Latinos Overwhelmingly Target of National Origin Housing Discrimination in Illinois, per HUD data

Latinos Overwhelmingly Target of National Origin Housing Discrimination in Illinois, per HUD data

While 44 years have passed since April 1968’s milestone federal Fair Housing Act, an estimated four million violations of the law continue to occur each year. And although only a fraction of those violations actually get reported—less than 30,000 according to a 2010 estimate by the National Fair Housing Alliance continue reading »

Guayabera by Raul Guerrero

Guayabera by Raul Guerrero

Once upon a time, Vice President Dan Quayle, on his way to an official visit to Latin America, lamented not having taken Latin in high school to communicate with his hosts in their native language. President Obama, on the other hand, has mastered key vocabulary in Spanish for the 6th continue reading »

A Deadly Syndrome Stalks the Mexican Elections

A Deadly Syndrome Stalks the Mexican Elections

Call it the Michoacan Plus Syndrome. Exposed during last fall’s elections in the Mexican state of Michoacan, kidnappings and other crimes against actual or potential political candidates are now surfacing in Mexico’s state and federal elections scheduled for July 1. continue reading »

Communities of Faith in Alabama Launch TV Ad Calling Immigration Law Immoral

Communities of Faith in Alabama Launch TV Ad Calling Immigration Law Immoral

Late last week, the Alabama legislature introduced a bill to change the state’s disastrous anti-immigrant law, HB 56. The new changes don’t even come close to fixing the problem - in fact they even make some provisions even worse! continue reading »

Latinos Call for Justice for the Martin Family and Demand Arrest of George Zimmerman

Latinos Call for Justice for the Martin Family and Demand Arrest of George Zimmerman

We the members of Latinos for Trayvon Martin, a coalition of Hostos professors, administrators, and students are gathered in this plaza today because the history of this Latino institution demands we speak out. Hostos Community College is a college born out of the struggle of Latinos for educational equality and against American racism. continue reading »

Arizona’s ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: What’s at Stake?

The enactment in April 2010 of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, S.B. 1070, which targets undocumented immigrants and increases the authority of local police, was an ominous sign for the direction of the immigration debate in this country. By signing into law the most restrictive anti-immigrant piece of state legislation the country has ever seen, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) declared that Arizona would pursue its own immigration policy—“attrition through enforcement.” continue reading »