Latinos and the Obama Administration
Latinos and the Obama Administration
By Mariela Rosario | 11/01/2010 - 12:25

Much noise has been made recently about President Barack Obama's delay in passing immigration reform—with some special interest groups going so far as to suggest that Latinos refrain from voting since the "Do-Nothing" Democrats haven't, well, done anything for us.


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Election Guide
2010 Election Guide
By Mariela Rosario | 10/29/2010 - 11:43

Next Tuesday is election day and the nation is watching the Latino community to see what our impact will be. Here is a round up of the important races and issues that affect our community. 

FLORIDA

Senate candidate Marco Rubio is ahead of Democrat Kendrick Meek and independent Charlie Crist in the race for congressional office. Rubio has been making waves as the Tea Party's Latino darling and it looks like he just might run away with the seat because Democrats are split between Crist and Meek.


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Pew Study Shows Latinos Divided on Immigration Issues
Pew Study Shows Latinos Divided on Immigration Issues
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/28/2010 - 13:49

With the 2010 midterm elections coming up you’re probably wondering what effect the nationwide backlash against undocumented immigrants has had on Latinos as a community. The short answer: Worry and some division, according to a Pew Hispanic Center poll released today.


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Immigration
314 New Immigration Laws Passed This Year
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/06/2010 - 11:01

Think Arizona’s SB1070 law is tough on undocumented immigrants? Well, not only are several other states currently crafting similar laws, but many are in an immigration law-passing frenzy.  In the first half of this year, 44 state legislatures enacted 314 immigration laws and resolutions—21 percent more than in the same time period in 2009. Here are some of the harshest measures making life really hard for undocumented immigrants nationwide:

Nebraska


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Mexico's Illegal Immigration Problem
Mexico's Illegal Immigration Problem
By Mariela Rosario | 10/05/2010 - 16:00

Most Americans would probably find it hard to believe that Mexico has a problem with illegal immigration. At best, they may think that it stems from Central and South American's overstaying their welcome in the country en route to the United States. But the majority of illegal immigrants in Mexico are actually from the United States.


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Nicky Diaz Santillan
UPDATE: California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman Sued by Undocumented Maid
By Mariela Rosario | 10/04/2010 - 09:00

UPDATE:

Meg Whitman—former EBay CEO and current Republican candidate for Governor of California—was sued last week by her former maid, an undocumented immigrant named Nicky Diaz Santillan.

The controversy came back to haunt her at a tense debate over the weekend at California State University, Fresno. The debate was aimed at California's huge Latino constituency and was to air statewide on Spanish-language television.


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Senator Menendez Hopeful about New Immigration Reform Bill
Senator Menendez Hopeful about New Immigration Reform Bill
By Mariela Rosario | 10/01/2010 - 09:22

Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced a new immigration reform bill that has many supporters hopeful to see a change within the system sooner rather than later. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 was filed just as Congress prepares to break until after the November 2 elections.


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DREAM Act Activists React to Republican Filibuster
DREAM Act Activists React to Republican Filibuster
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/22/2010 - 14:15

As soon as she heard that Republicans had filibustered a defense bill that would have brought the DREAM Act to a vote in the Senate, Lizbeth Mateo got on a plane and headed to Washington D.C., along with other DREAM Act student activists who are not giving up on getting the decade-old bill passed this year. “I’ve been here since then, lobbying a lot of people,” Mateo told Latina.com. “We were hopeful, but we knew it was going to be tough.”


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DREAM Act Up for Vote Today
UPDATE: Republicans Filibuster Defense Authorization Bill & DREAM Act
By Mariela Rosario | 09/21/2010 - 16:30

The DREAM act is scheduled to come up for a vote before the senate today at 2:30PM after Senate majority leader Harry Reid added the amendment to the defense authorization bill a few weeks ago. But unfortunately (and ironically), Sen. John McCain—once a staunch supporter of the DREAM act and the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee—has announced that he is filibustering the $726 billion defense-spending bill.


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Jacob Vargas
Jacob Vargas from 'Devil': "The devil manifests itself in many ways, like SB 1070"
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/13/2010 - 18:00

For us, Jacob Vargas is a familiar and welcome (not to mention, cute) face, having been in several of Hollywood’s best-known movies about Latinos: Selena, My Family, American Me, and Mi Vida Loca. But you’re about to see him in a whole new light in the M. Night Shyamalan-produced thriller Devil, which pits a group of people stuck in an elevator against each other...And  the forces of evil.


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