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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 »

Colossal Disaster for Minorities if Supreme Court Scraps Health Law

Colossal Disaster for Minorities if Supreme Court Scraps Health Law

There was never much doubt that if the Supreme Court ever got a chance to decide the constitutionality of the health care reform law that it would be in for rough sledding from the court’s five conservatives. The three days of court questioning on the law more than bore out that dire prediction. continue reading »

USCIS One Step Closer to Adopting Changes to Immigration Waiver Process Reducing 3 and 10 Year Bars

USCIS One Step Closer to Adopting Changes to Immigration Waiver Process Reducing 3 and 10 Year Bars

A provision of the immigration law commonly known as the “3 and 10 year bars” has proven to be one of the most heart-breaking of the many draconian changes made to the immigration law at the time. continue reading »

Pew Hispanic Center: When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

Pew Hispanic Center: When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

Nearly four decades after the United States government mandated the use of the terms "Hispanic" or "Latino" to categorize Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, a new nationwide survey of Hispanic adults finds that these terms still haven't been fully embraced by Hispanics themselves. A majority (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family's country of origin; just 24% say they prefer a pan-ethnic label. continue reading »

On Trayvon: Is the Issue of Race Distracting Us From the Real Issue? Scared, Angry People with Guns

On Trayvon: Is the Issue of Race Distracting Us From the Real Issue? Scared, Angry People with Guns

Wading through a disturbing morass of arguments about whether George Zimmerman is white or Hispanic, whether Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman before Zimmerman killed the unarmed 17-year-old, and, stupidest of all, continue reading »

Where is Senator Marco Rubio’s Complete Legal Immigration Plan?

Where is Senator Marco Rubio’s Complete Legal Immigration Plan?

After meeting in person with valedictorian Daniela Pelaez from Florida who was facing deportation, Senator Rubio restated his opposition to the DREAM ACT by saying: “it is the wrong way to do the right thing.” continue reading »

More Evidence that Hostile Immigration Enforcement Compromises Public Safety

More Evidence that Hostile Immigration Enforcement Compromises Public Safety

The priorities of immigration enforcement authorities, such as ICE and the Border Patrol, often do not align with those of local law enforcement agents. When local continue reading »

House Hearing Mocks Humane Immigration Detention Standards

House Hearing Mocks Humane Immigration Detention Standards

Cynically entitled “Holiday on ICE,” the hearing reflects Chairman Lamar Smith’s allegation that the new standards—which set minimum requirements for medical care, access to counsel, and other living conditions—are a “hospitality guideline” for detained immigrants. continue reading »

Uninsured Immigrant Women Go Underground for Birth Control Pills

Uninsured Immigrant Women Go Underground for Birth Control Pills

Most undocumented immigrants in Arizona either can’t afford private health insurance or don’t qualify for state insurance programs for low-income families. As a result, many seek alternative ways of meeting their health care needs by tapping into an underground market for medications, including birth control pills. continue reading »

Bilingualism’s False Friends by Raul Guerrero

Bilingualism’s False Friends by Raul Guerrero

Now that science has corroborated that bilingualism makes us smarter, and profoundly benefits the brain, as reported by the New York Times, people are brushing up on their Spanish. continue reading »

24% of US Child Have at least One immigrant Parent and More Immigration Facts

24% of US Child Have at least One immigrant Parent and More Immigration Facts

The Migration Policy Institute's online journal, the Migration Information Source, today published its annual compilation of some of the most up-to-date and frequently sought-after facts and statistics on U.S. immigration, including current and historical population shares, illegal migration flows, continue reading »