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:

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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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Watch: Jessica Alba on SB 1070: "It's very racist"
By Mariela Rosario | 09/08/2010 - 17:30

Jessica Alba recently sat down with MTV Tr3s to promote her new film Machete and they asked her what she thinks about the controversial SB 1070 passed in Arizona last spring and immigration reform. Here's what she had to say:

 


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Migrants Mourned
Families Mourn Massacred Migrants
By Mariela Rosario | 09/08/2010 - 09:00

72 Central and South American citizens were found murdered along the northern Mexico border on August 24, and since then there has been an international outcry to bring those responsible to justice. The bodies were found after a shoot-out between suspected drug cartel members and local authorities.


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Aterciopelados Get Animated for Their Latest Video
By Grace Bastidas | 09/07/2010 - 14:15

Colombian rockeros Aterciopelados have never shied away from commenting on political and social issues through their music. The band’s latest video tackles the immigration debate with lyrics and images. The clip is for the song "Bandera," which was recorded for the 2008 album Rio but might as well have been written with Arizona's controversial SB1070 legislation in mind.

"Who are you?/ Where were you born?/ Therefore you can’t enter this country," sings vocalist Andrea Echeverri.


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