Arizona Pushing for Legislation to Deny Babies Citizenship
By Mariela Rosario | 06/15/2010 - 10:00

A few months ago, we told you about a U.S. rep from San Diego who supported a ban that would keep natural-born U.S. children from receiving citizenship if their parents were undocumented. We figured this idea wouldn't, or couldn't, go very far considering the fact that the fourteenth amendment of the constitution protects that basic right for all citizens born on U.S. soil, but it looks like the push is gaining momentum in some political circles.


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Salma Hayek Angry About New Immigration Laws
By Mariela Rosario | 06/10/2010 - 17:00

Salma Hayek, who was born and raised in Mexico but is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, was asked recently about the new immigration laws passed in Arizona. The bill, entitled SB 1070, essentially gives law enforcement officials carte blanche to use racial profiling tactics and Hayek took the opportunity to voice her strong opinions on the matter.

"Of all these things that are going on, what surprises me the most is the lack of humanity with which immigrants are being treated," the Oscar-nominated actress told Notimex.


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Hunger Strike in NY Continues as Undocumented Youths Push for Dream Act
By Angie Romero | 06/09/2010 - 10:00

While Latino citizens and celebrities alike condemn Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law, a highly motivated group of young Latino leaders are fighting for their chance at the dream—the Dream Act, that is.


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Latin Artists Join the Sound Strike in Protest of New Arizona Laws
By Grace Bastidas | 06/07/2010 - 09:25

Los Tigres del Norte, Juanes, Calle 13, Café Tacuba, Cypress Hill and Ozomatli are just some of the growing number of Latino musicians boycotting Arizona in protest of the state’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070). The new law goes into effect on July 31st of this year and requires police officers to stop anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally.


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Singer Jenni Rivera to Perform in AZ to Protest SB 1070
By Elayne Fluker | 05/28/2010 - 12:35

Tomorrow, protestors will take to the streets of Arizona in opposition to SB 1070, the recent law passed by state governor Jan Brewer that will allow law enforcement officials to question the documentation status of anyone they deem "reasonably suspicious." Among those protestors will be award-winning singer Jenni Rivera, who will perform a concert at the end of Saturday’s march to the State Capitol.


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Is Dora the Explorer an Illegal Immigrant?
By Mariela Rosario | 05/21/2010 - 16:30

An image of Dora the Explorer with a black eye, posing for a mugshot and labeled as an "illegal" has been generating a lot of internet buzz.

Sometimes, we must admit, Dora the Explorer gets on our nerves—mainly due to her high pitched voice and endless repetition of catch phrases. But she definitely does not deserve the treatment she has received at the hands of anonymous online haters. There is even a Facebook group entitled "Dora the Explorer is so an illegal immigrant," which dedicates itself to bashing the beloved Nickelodeon character.


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AZ Students Protest in John McCain's Senate Office
By Mariela Rosario | 05/19/2010 - 09:30

Since the new SB 1070 immigration laws were passed in Arizona, there has been a steady stream of protests. High school students walked out of classes in Flagstaff and University of Arizona students urged their school president to formally denounce the laws.


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Crazy Stuff Racists Say: Special Jan Brewer Edition
By Mariela Rosario | 05/14/2010 - 16:45

What can we say about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? We must admit, we had no idea who she was until she upped and signed that crazy new immigration law into effect in Arizona. But since that fateful day a few weeks ago, it seems like there is no escaping her, or her insistence on passing insane laws that demonize Latinos in a state where 30+% of the population is Hispanic.


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Pitbull Cancels Phoenix, AZ Stop of 'Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval' Tour
By Mariela Rosario | 05/14/2010 - 10:26

Pitbull announced yesterday via his Twitter and his website, www.PlanetPit.com, that he was canceling  the May 31 date of his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnaval" tour in Phoenix, AZ to protest the recent passing of the state's polarizing SB1070 legislation.

"I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31. How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them?" he asked. "It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4."


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On the Ground in Arizona
By Marlene Montanez | 05/13/2010 - 17:00

I often forget that I'm brown.

"How can this be?" you're probably asking.

It's pretty simple: I've lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, most of my life and have a mix of Hispanic and non-Hispanic friends. I don't feel different from them—which is how it should be when you have a great group of friends. I don't really listen to Spanish music, and although I love a good plate of arroz con gandules, I'm not one to have a Puerto Rican flag in my rear view mirror. But when Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 on April 23, 2010, everything seemed to shift.


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