Future of Immigrant Children
The Future of Our Niños Is At Risk
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/21/2011 - 15:30

Immigrant children are the country’s fastest-growing group but their future and their ability to assimilate is in jeopardy unless something is done to improve their educational achievement, according to a new policy brief released by the Brookings Institute.

In its report, the independent think tank specifically calls the educational lag of Latino kids—who make up a quarter of school-age children in the U.S. and 5 million of whom have at least one undocumented parent—one of the biggest domestic problems facing the country.


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4 year-old U.S. citizen Deported to Guatemala
U.S. Government Defends Deportation of Four-Year-Old Citizen
By Fox News Latino | 03/23/2011 - 15:00

The U.S. government is defending the recent deportation of a four-year-old little girl who was born in the United States to undocumented immigrants.

On March 11th, despite her citizenship, Emily Samantha Ruiz was deported after officials detained her grandfather while the two were on their way back from a trip to Guatemala visiting relatives.


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Recession Hits Latino Youth in Colorado Disproportionately Hard
Recession Hits Latino Youth in Colorado Disproportionately Hard
By Fox News Latino | 03/14/2011 - 12:00

The recession has disproportionately affected Hispanic children in Colorado; driving up the number of Latino children in poverty, exacerbating both nutritional issues and higher rates of attempted suicides among Latino kids.


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"Grey's Anatomy" Spin-off Star Engaged!
EXCLUSIVE: 'Off the Map' Actress Valerie Cruz is Engaged!
By Lee Hernandez | 01/10/2011 - 11:00

Cuban actress, Valerie Cruz (Dexter, True Blood)is feeling like she's on top of the world right now. Not only does the 34-year-old actress have a lead role in ABC's highly anticipated medical drama, Off the Map (premiering January 12th from Executive Producer, Shonda Rhimes) she recently got engaged!


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14-year-old Drug Cartel Hitman is an American Citizen
14-year-old Drug Cartel Hitman is an American Citizen
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2010 - 17:45

A 14-year-old boy was recently arrested and charged with murder while trying to cross the border from Mexico to San Diego. Authorities are claiming the young teen, named Edgar Jimenez, aka "El Ponchis," has been working as a hitman for the Pacifico Sur drug cartel based out of Cuernavaca, Mexico.

He reportedly worked alongside his 16-year-old sister, who dumped the headless bodies after her brother had finished his job. Jimenez, who was paid three thousand dollars per murder, told authorities that he had decapitated numerous rivals for the cartel.


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No Back-to-School for Kids Who Crossed Border in AZ
No Back-to-School for Kids Who Crossed Border in AZ
By Mariela Rosario | 08/25/2010 - 12:15

Tom Horne is on a mission. The wanna-be politician, in the running to become Arizona's next attorney general, is determined to keep kids who can't prove they are American citizens from attending school.


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The Case Against Kids
The Case Against Kids: Is it Un-Latina to Not Want a Family?
By Marlene Montanez | 08/12/2010 - 11:27

Is it un-Latina-like not to want a family?

“Don’t you dare do that to me,” my mother said,  and then cried out in Spanish: “¡Estás loca! ¡No me puedes hacer esto!”

We were sitting in the living room of my parents’ house on an otherwise normal Sunday afternoon. Except I had just casually mentioned that I wasn’t sure I wanted to have children. Ever. Which apparently was cause to call in the National Guard.

“Raising a family is the point of life!” she said.

“Not for everyone. Maybe not for me,” I replied.


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Why Brazil Says Spanking is a No-no
By Alice Taranto | 07/19/2010 - 15:53

While child abuse is already on the books as a crime, Brazil just made spanking illegal. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a bill to Congress last week banning domestic corporal punishment (or spanking). The bill says small-scale, quick punishments for misbehavior are seen as "cruel and degrading." Parents caught breaking the law will receive a warning and possibly psychological treatment.


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Child Obesity in the Latino Community
By Ylonda Gault Caviness | 06/07/2010 - 13:00

To the school nurse, there is no question that "Roni," a cherub-faced third-grader who tips the scales at more than 90 pounds and stands under four feet tall, is obese. At recess, she struggles to keep up with her classmates in a simple game of tag—panting near exhaustion and calling "time out" early and often.

"The poor baby has it bad," says Carla Hostos, part-time nurse for Roni’s Newark, N.J., school district. "Problem is, her mom thinks those rolls are baby fat. She insists that back in her country no one wants their kid to be skinny and sickly looking. What can you do?"


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