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That Ship Has Sailed , Senator Rubio by Hector Luis Alamo jr

That Ship Has Sailed , Senator Rubio by Hector Luis Alamo jr

Two weeks ago, in a deft display of political maneuvering, Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio urged his party to tone down its anti-immigrant rhetoric. In front of a gathering for the Washington Ideas Forum, the 40-year-old Cuban-American senator underscored the need for the GOP to win back Latino and pro-immigrant voters: “The Republican Party should not be labeled as the anti-illegal immigration party. Republicans need to be the pro-legal immigration party.” continue reading »

Social Security Launches New Spanish Online Services at www.segurosocial.gov

Social Security Launches New Spanish Online Services at www.segurosocial.gov

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that the agency’s most popular online services, the applications for retirement and Medicare and for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs, are now available in Spanish. continue reading »

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Forces Lawyers To Choose Between Their Ethics And The Law

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Forces Lawyers To Choose Between Their Ethics And The Law

HB 56, Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, already threatens undocumented immigrant’s ability to live in their own homes, access utilities in their homes, or even receive library cards. Children were terrified to go to school because of the law for fear their parents would be deported, and bullying against Hispanic children has been reported. continue reading »

The Banana Republic of Honduras by Hector Luis Alamo Jr.

The Banana Republic of Honduras by Hector Luis Alamo Jr.

Last week, historian Dana Frank wrote an article for The Nation in which she details a cocaine smuggling triangle involving a prominent Honduran billionaire, military and police backing from the Honduran government, and backdoor funding by the U.S. State Department. continue reading »

The Unjust Deportation of DREAMer Jose (JB) Librojo

The Unjust Deportation of DREAMer Jose (JB) Librojo

DREAMer Jose (JB) Librojo [A073 956 802] is a California resident and Dream Act-eligible candidate who came to the United States lawfully as a child and has lived in the country for 16 years. continue reading »

Yoani Sanchez From Cuba: The Starting Line

Yoani Sanchez From Cuba: The Starting Line

The Paseo del Prado has been unsettled for the last couple of days, and not just because of the hustlers hustling and the hookers trolling for tourists. The uproar comes from the new Decree-Law No. 288 continue reading »

Ordain Women as Deacons Now! Why Not?

Ordain Women as Deacons Now! Why Not?

U.S. Catholic spent the last two days interviewing three scholars on the topic of women deacons at the book launch of Women Deacons: Past, Present, and Future (Paulist, 2011) at Loyola University's Gannon Center for Women in Leadership continue reading »

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 »