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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 »

2011 CA Legislation Aids Immigrant  Integration; Further Contrasting CA From Neighboring AZ

2011 CA Legislation Aids Immigrant Integration; Further Contrasting CA From Neighboring AZ

With the recent end-of-session bill signings by California Governor Jerry Brown, 2011 has proven a good year for laws that further distinguish from neighboring Arizona and other states that have recently enacted virulently anti-immigrant laws. A continue reading »

Tensions Between Blacks and Latino Immigrants

Tensions Between Blacks and Latino Immigrants

For the past several years, an ongoing debate has been raging between my friends and I over racism and discrimination in America. At the crux of the discussion lies one specific question: which is worst, racism toward Blacks or racism toward Latino immigrants? continue reading »

What to Do When You’re Diagnosed with Breast Cancer -New Spanish-Language Website

What to Do When You’re Diagnosed with Breast Cancer -New Spanish-Language Website

Breastcancer.org is the number one online resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support, with over 1,000 pages of expert-reviewed medical information on breast cancer – spanning all aspects of the illness, from symptoms and diagnosis through treatment and side effects. continue reading »

A Record-Setting Decade of Immigration: 2000-2010

A Record-Setting Decade of Immigration: 2000-2010

New data from the Census Bureau show that the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal), also referred to as the foreign-born, reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in American history. continue reading »

LGBTQ and Immigration Reform: Two Movements Joined at the Heart

LGBTQ and Immigration Reform: Two Movements Joined at the Heart

Late last month, Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL, 4th) and Mike Quigley (D-IL, 5th) met with leaders of the Chicago's LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition, an emerging alliance between members of the LGBT and immigrant communities who find themselves in a political struggle for basic rights. continue reading »

Where Do 2012 Republican Candidates Stand on Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law?

Where Do 2012 Republican Candidates Stand on Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law?

Though the 2012 Republican presidential field continues to tack hard right on immigration, the candidates have thus far stayed silent on the topic of Alabama’s devastating new immigration law. continue reading »

Left Behind by Deportations—Growing Up Poor in The Bay Area

Left Behind by Deportations—Growing Up Poor in The Bay Area

In the last 24 months Maria's father and brother were deported to Mexico leaving Maria, her mom and siblings to survive off of one fast food paycheck in Oakland, Calif. continue reading »

If You Oppose the DREAM Act, You’re No Moderate on Immigration

If You Oppose the DREAM Act, You’re No Moderate on Immigration

Perry and Rubio Say they Support In-State Tuition But Oppose the DREAM Act. Position Defies Logic, Alienates Latinos While immigration has emerged as a flashpoint in the Republican presidential primary, the fact remains: not one of the leading candidates supports the DREAM Act. continue reading »

Why are Progressive Latinos Abandoning Obama?

Why are Progressive Latinos Abandoning Obama?

When Barack Obama was elected the first Black president of the United States in 2008, it was with 67 percent of the Latino vote that turned out in record numbers (10 million Latinos, 9 percent of voter turnout). continue reading »

Dispatch From Mexico—Reynosa, a City Under Siege

Dispatch From Mexico—Reynosa, a City Under Siege

It takes 30 minutes to reach Reynosa, Mexico, from McAllen, Texas. But it only takes 30 seconds to realize that it’s a town under siege. It’s a regular business day but most of the businesses are closed or empty. continue reading »