Anchor Baby
"Anchor Baby": When a Dictionary Definition Makes a Political Statement
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/13/2011 - 13:00

Millions of words roll off our tongues every day. We often times don’t think about the power of words, specifically the legitimacy we give a political position or social statement with the terms we choose to use. That is, until a scandal breaks.

Exhibit A: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language added “anchor baby,” along with 10,000 other words and phrases, to its latest edition.  The term was initially defined as:


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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arizona's Immigration Law Case
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Arizona SB 1070 Case
By Amaris Castillo | 12/13/2011 - 10:45

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear the arguments surrounding Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070.


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Manu Chao Blasts Treatment
Manu Chao Blasts Treatment of Jailed Migrants in New "Clandestino" Video
By Amaris Castillo | 12/09/2011 - 11:45

Global superstar Manu Chao went to Arizona recently to denounce the treatment of undocumented immigrants at a county jail. And how did he express this, exactly? Through music, of course!


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Would Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
Could Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/07/2011 - 08:30

Despite being a good student with dreams of becoming an engineer, 18-year-old Joaquin Luna committed suicide the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Why?  His family insists that the Mission, Texas teen (who was brought illegally to the U.S. by his parents as a six month old baby) became depressed after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed to pass Congress last December.  In a note addressed to Jesus Christ, he suggests he has no future:


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The Latino Vote
Election 2012: The Latino Vote
By Viviana Hurtado | 11/29/2011 - 16:30

We’re less than a year out from the 2012 Presidential Election, and Latinos are poised to determine who occupies the White House! Our growing segment of the electorate may register and vote in droves (we hope)—or, unhappy with President Barack Obama’s record on job creation and immigration reform, many may choose to sit the election out.


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Election 2012: The GOP Candidate’s Stance on Immigration
By Viviana Hurtado | 11/14/2011 - 09:15

Newt Gingrich is up in the polls. Rick Perry is down. As the Republican field narrows before President Barack Obama’s challenger is chosen, we thought it was only fair to take to look at where these hopefuls stand on the key political issue of immigration, since we broke down the President's stance last week. Decide for yourselves!


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Russell Pearce
Does Russell Pearce's Recall Election in Arizona Signify A Shift in Attitudes Towards Immigrants?
By Lourdes Medrano | 11/11/2011 - 12:45

Almost a year and a half after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the controversial SB 1070 immigration bill into law, school cafeteria worker Ana Rosa Vera voted to oust local Senate President Russell Pearce, one of the most powerful and divisive politicians in the state and the main force behind the state’s tough anti-immigration law, emulated by other states. 


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Star Tracker: Enrique Iglesias, Jencarlos Canela, Maria Hinojosa, and more!
Star Tracker: Enrique Iglesias, Jencarlos Canela, and Maria Hinojosa
By Amaris Castillo | 10/17/2011 - 13:03

— For Spanish pop superstar Enrique Iglesias, the time had arrived to produce his first bilingual album. In a joint phone call interview with the El Paso Times, the 36-year-old said he loved recording his Euphoria album. “I always wanted to make this type of album, where I was able to combine English and Spanish,” he said. “It actually gave it a spin on what I usually do.”


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Alabama Immigration
Alabama’s Latinos Stop Their Work In Protest of Immigration Law
By Amaris Castillo | 10/13/2011 - 16:01

In protest of Alabama’s new immigration law, many Latinos in the state reportedly skipped work yesterday or closed their businesses, Fox News Latino reports. According to the website, the goal of their work stoppage was to show the contribution Alabama’s Latino immigrants make to the southern state’s economy.


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California Signs Second Portion of DREAM Act
California Governor Signs Second Portion of DREAM Act
By Amaris Castillo | 10/11/2011 - 08:43

This past weekend, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed the second portion of the state’s DREAM Act or AB 131. This part, which has been described as contentious, allows undocumented students to apply for scholarships financed by the state – as well as aid at state universities, according to The New York Times.


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