By Mariela Rosario | 12/06/2010 - 11:47
Independent immigration-rights groups, Democratic congressional leadership, the President of the United States and even some conservative leaders all support the DREAM Act. So why is it's passage causing so much controversy? Mainly because it's being used as political fodder by Republican legislators and anti-immigrant groups who are claiming the bill provides amnesty, not equal opportunity, for undocumented young people who were brought here to the U.S. without knowledge of their immigration status.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/02/2010 - 11:00
The failure to address immigration reform and, more specifically, the DREAM Act, may backfire miserably on both Republicans and Democrats. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion on Tuesday to vote for closure on the DREAM Act, essentially forcing Congress to bring the debate to an end and put the bill up for a legislative consideration.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/24/2010 - 15:50
The race is officially on to get the Dream Act passed this year, before newly elected members of Congress (mostly Republicans) are sworn in in January.
After meeting with Hispanic Congressional Caucus members last week, the White House is in full gear, trying to get the word out about an upcoming Senate vote.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/16/2010 - 09:00
You couldn’t be faulted for thinking that Beyond Borderlines, MSNBC’s two-hour live special on immigration that aired last night, was just going to be another clueless attempt to discuss the issue. But in a live show that seemed at once chock-full of information and a bit rushed, MSNBC did a pretty good job of exploring the divisive topic.
Immigration is a complex subject and the program reflected that, giving time to such hot-button issues as immigration enforcement, education and the DREAM Act, the Latino vote and the movement to repeal or modify the 14th amendment.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/15/2010 - 12:15
Though local Tennessee lawmaker Rep. Curry Todd refuses to apologize for a statement he made last week comparing pregnant undocumented immigrants with rats, the Democratic governor of the southern state has spoken out against the hateful talk.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/12/2010 - 17:40
Tennesee lawmaker Curry Todd is in hot water with Latinos after comparing pregnant, undocumented immigrants to rats.
It all came about when Todd was speaking with fellow local legislators about the healthcare system and how to verify citizenship for pregnant women.
By Fox News Latino | 11/11/2010 - 17:00
Republicans are still savoring their midterm election triumph, but some immigration hard liners are already gearing up to protest any comprehensive immigration reform bill that would give a path to citizenship for people living in the United States illegally.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/10/2010 - 09:02
The FX channel is catching a lot of heat for a new show they are developing featuring an illegal immigrant as the protagonist.
The drama, written by Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes), follows an undocumented Mexican immigrant working as a private investigator. Colombian-born TV exec Rodrigo Garcia is on board to direct and produce the project, which he described as "Traffic meets Chinatown."
By Mariela Rosario | 11/09/2010 - 16:14
Gael García Bernal has partnered up with Amnesty International to produce and direct a series of four documentary films chronicling the plight of the immigrant experience called, The Invisibles.
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.