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A New Way to Measure the Burgeoning Power of the Immigrant Vote

A New Way to Measure the Burgeoning Power of the Immigrant Vote

Voter registration is a key measure of immigrant integration. After all, what could be more American than casting your ballot on Election Day? When measuring immigrant voting patterns, voter registration is typically defined as the continue reading »

U.S. Visas Aid Trafficking Victims, At Their Peril

U.S. Visas Aid Trafficking Victims, At Their Peril

Zoraida Peña Canal, left, was trafficked from Peru to be a domestic servant in Walnut Creek. Lawyer Avantika Rao guided her through the complex T visa program. Peña Canal prevailed, without law enforcement certification of her case. Photo courtesy of Avantika Rao. continue reading »

“Twilight: New Moon” Director Shows Impact of Anti-Immigrant Law on Alabama Families

“Twilight: New Moon” Director Shows Impact of Anti-Immigrant Law on Alabama Families

Last September, a federal court judge allowed a sweeping immigration crackdown law to take effect. That legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Bentley in June of 2011, continue reading »

Denying Fairness and Human Rights to Some Put All of our Freedoms at Risk (AUDIO)

Denying Fairness and Human Rights to Some Put All of our Freedoms at Risk (AUDIO)

Mitt Romney’s line on “self-deportation” got a laugh from the audience at a Florida debate last week, but as thousands in Alabama, Arizona and elsewhere know — there’s nothing funny about it. continue reading »

Retiring Baby Boom Generation Will Rely on Immigrant, Hispanic Workforce

Retiring Baby Boom Generation Will Rely on Immigrant, Hispanic Workforce

The U.S. population is rapidly growing older, which is having a dramatic impact on the U.S. labor force. The far-reaching effects of this demographic transformation continue reading »

Romney Thinks Mandatory Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Is ‘An Excellent Idea’ (VIDEO)

Romney Thinks Mandatory Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Is ‘An Excellent Idea’ (VIDEO)

Georgia’s controversial plan to mandate drug testing for all welfare recipients and other beneficiaries of government assistance got a big endorsement on Friday continue reading »

What is an Upscale Latino?

What is an Upscale Latino?

Just what is an upscale Latino? Take a drive through some of the manicured suburban neighborhoods of Downey, Whittier, West Covina or parts of Glendale California to get an idea. Or you can read a new report put together by Packaged continue reading »

How Congress Can Better Protect Immigrant Victims of Crime

How Congress Can Better Protect Immigrant Victims of Crime

This week the Washington Post reported on two laws that protect victims of domestic abuse who are also immigrants. The story profiles women who were literally saved from abusive relationships by law enforcement who then guided them to programs that offer a special form of immigration relief for victims. continue reading »

The Incredible Shrinking Rep. Lamar Smith

The Incredible Shrinking Rep. Lamar Smith

Does anyone (besides Mitt Romney) listen to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee anymore? This week, Rep. Lamar Smith is looking especially desperate. He's taken to the pages of Roll Call and National Review Online to continue reading »

John McCain Is No Fan of Romney’s “Self-Deportation” Immigration Strategy (VIDEO)

John McCain Is No Fan of Romney’s “Self-Deportation” Immigration Strategy (VIDEO)

Mitt Romney's call for self-deportation has generated intense criticism from a wide swath of folks, ranging from editorial writers and activists to even John McCain! Yes, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee continue reading »

How to Prepare for the Citizenship Interview Some applicants are exempt from taking English test

How to Prepare for the Citizenship Interview Some applicants are exempt from taking English test

The citizenship interview is an important step toward becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, but it can also be one of the most stressful ones. That's because it involves a meeting with a federal agent, not to mention taking and passing an English language comprehension and a Civics test. continue reading »

Komen Decision May Deny Care For Latinas

Komen Decision May Deny Care For Latinas

Komen Foundation discontinues funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates, threatening the health of Latinas, the uninsured and low-income women.Latinas face some of the most serious challenges to getting the help needed to prevent continue reading »

Anti-Immigrant Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona’s Immigration Law

Anti-Immigrant Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona’s Immigration Law

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has outdone itself when it comes to shoddy research. In a recently released report on “demographic changes” in Arizona, FAIR utilizes an almost random assortment of statistics to make its case that the state’s unauthorized immigrant continue reading »

Call to Action: Save the Child Tax Credit for Hardworking Families!

Call to Action: Save the Child Tax Credit for Hardworking Families!

A fair economy is the talk of the nation, but some members of Congress have their ears plugged. As you read this message, lawmakers are seriously considering raising taxes on hardworking, low-income, taxpaying families in order to pay continue reading »

East Haven Mayor Thinks Eating Tacos Equals Reaching Out to Latinos; RI4A Delivers 500 of Them

East Haven Mayor Thinks Eating Tacos Equals Reaching Out to Latinos; RI4A Delivers 500 of Them

They’re calling it Taco-Gate. Here’s the story: on Tuesday, the FBI arrested four East Haven Police Department officers and charged them with conspiracy, false arrest, excessive force, and obstruction of justice. Over many years, it seems, these officers have been abusing minorities, especially Hispanics, and then trying to cover it up. According to. continue reading »