By Mariela Rosario | 01/26/2011 - 12:34
At Tucson High Magnet School, almost all of teacher Curtis Acosta's students are Mexican-American. But Tom Horne, Arizona's newly elected attorney general (and former superintendent) says Acosta's Latino Literature class is "propagandizing and brainwashing." So, Horne declared the program in violation of a new state law that went into effect on January 1 that outlaws ethnic studies classes in the state of Arizona.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/26/2011 - 08:00
During President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, he repeated his call to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but seemed to admit that he understood it would be a very hard battle in Congress.
"I know that debate will be difficult and take time, but tonight, let's agree to make that effort," Obama urged. The president also said he was "prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows."
By Mariela Rosario | 01/17/2011 - 09:40
Robert De Niro had tongues wagging at last night's Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, CA. While accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, De Niro positively killed it with his speech, during which he compared making movies to having children and even managed to sneak in a joke or two about immigration reform and SB 1070.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2011 - 16:30
Before being shot point blank in the head this weekend and surviving (thank God), U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was expected to be an outspoken leader of the immigration debate taking shape in congress this year.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2011 - 14:00
Colorlines recently posted a video showing two young women who both manage to climb to the very top of the controversial U.S./Mexico border fence in under 20 seconds. Both ladies are fit, but neither seem exceptionally tall or athletically able, yet it takes them mere seconds to scale a fence that costs US taxpayers about $4 million per mile to build.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2011 - 12:35
The new congress just began, but already the Republican-held House of Representatives is attacking the constitutional rights of immigrants. A group calling themselves State Legislators for Legal Migration held a press conference to talk up a new initiative to take birthright citizenship away from children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants.
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.