By Mariela Rosario | 01/05/2011 - 16:30
Outgoing Colorado Governor Bill Ritter approved a controversial program on Tuesday that allows the state to identify illegal immigrants through the fingerprints of every person booked into jail.
The program is controversial because some argue that the program will lead to unjust deportations and racial profiling, but Ritter countered that the Secure Communities program improves "public safety, national security and crime fighting."
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/04/2011 - 15:35
That grilled chicken salad that you ate for lunch? There’s a good chance that everything in it, from the tomatoes to the lettuce to the bird itself was picked or processed by a Latina. Some 640,000 women (mostly Latinas) perform farm work and another estimated 63,000 work in poultry farms and processing centers.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/22/2010 - 16:00
President Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this week to talk next steps regarding immigration reform after the Senate blocked the passage of the DREAM act over the weekend.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/20/2010 - 17:00
Though the DREAM Act failed to pass a senate vote this past weekend, many young activists and immigrant supporters are refusing to give up hope. Now, recent high school graduates and college students plan to take the fight to a state by state level and are gearing up for the 2012 elections.
"All of us are definitely preparing for much more defensive work," Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center told the Associated Press.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/15/2010 - 17:00
It used to be that immigrants flocked almost exclusively to large cities. No more. According to current census data, new arrivals are hitting suburbia and small towns in bigger numbers for the first time ever.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/15/2010 - 15:30
With the death toll due to drug violence rising in Mexico, a new idea is beginning to take hold among immigration advocates. Many are starting to lobby the United States government to allow Mexican undocumented immigrants to apply for Temporary Protected Status, normally reserved for immigrants coming from countries ravaged by war or natural disaster.
By Johanna Ferreira | 12/15/2010 - 13:35
Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys and Willie Nelson all came together to support legendary social activist, Dolores Huerta and the Hermes Foundation by recording the album, Proyecto de Amor.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/14/2010 - 14:30
Legendary activist Dolores Huerta has been on a hunger strike in front of Sen. John McCain's office in Arizona for seven days in support of the DREAM act—hoping to gain attention and support for the bill, which was pushed indefinitely from a senate vote last week.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/09/2010 - 14:00
After Democrats shepherded the DREAM Act through a narrow win in the House yesterday (216-198), Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called for a vote to table the Senate version of the bill this morning. The intention? To take up the successful House version of the bill instead and try to get the 60 votes needed to get it through the Senate before the lame-duck session is over this month.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2010 - 09:16
In a revelatory new interview in V magazine Spain, Salma Hayek admits for the first time that she came to the country illegally.
“I was an illegal immigrant in the United States,” Hayek said during the interview. “It was for a small period of time, but I still did it."