By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2010 - 12:00
The NY Times recently ran a heartbreaking story about Elizabeth Drummond and Segundo Encalada, a couple who were married with children when Encalada was forced by immigration officials to take a "voluntary departure" back to Ecuador. A lawyer advised the Drummond-Encalada family that the process of obtaining a visa from a United States Consulate in Encalada's native Ecuador would take two months to a year.
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/16/2010 - 15:38
A recent study says that legalizing the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. would boost our economy. The study, done by UCLA Associate Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda and released by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center, goes on to explain that granting them citizenship would create more jobs, increase minimum wage and add $1.5 trillion to our gross domestic product over 10 years.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2010 - 17:00
Day laborers in Costa Mesa, California have filed a lawsuit against the city after police dressed in plain clothes posed as employers and subsequently arrested dozens of workers attempting to solicit jobs. Costa Mesa, a small city about 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, passed an ordinance outlawing work solicitation in 2005. They also managed to shut down a labor center that served as a popular gathering spot for day laborers looking for work and have since stepped up enforcement of the ordinance as well as of their immigration laws with the help of federal agents.
By Franziska Castillo | 01/28/2010 - 09:32
It happens everywhere: Latinos arrive in a new American town, work and save like crazy, and within a few years, voilà! They’re opening businesses and buying homes. At a time when the rest of us are choking on major credit card debts, immigrants often save a fifth or more of their income and are 30 percent more likely than nonimmigrants to open a business.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/23/2009 - 12:32
José Feliciano recently released a statement condemning the hateful parody of his seminal Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad." As we reported last week, his famous holiday tune was covered by a right-wing radio show recently. You can read the lyrics and hear the song here.
Here's what Feliciano had to say about it:
By Mariela Rosario | 12/16/2009 - 15:24
Right-wing conservative website Humanevents.com recently posted an incredibly vile, nasty and racist parody of the Jose Feliciano song, "Feliz Navidad." It took us a few attempts before we could even get through the whole ditty—written by Matt Fox and AJ Rice, producers for Talk Radio Network—without wanting to punch something.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/24/2009 - 17:14
Ricardo Dominguez has made a career of pissing off the authorities. Part performance art, part poetry, part activism, his Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) has managed to disrupt the online activities of government organizations from the White House to the Mexican Embassy, in effect, rendering their websites inaccessible.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/19/2009 - 18:00
The New York Times reported recently on a startling new trend that no one on either side of the US/Mexico border could have predicted. Community banks, immigration experts and government officials have noticed a rise in "reverse remittances," or people sending money from Mexico up north to family members who have moved to the United States.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2009 - 15:17
The news team for Telemundo 52 recently reported on Alma Minerva Chacon, a women who was terrorized by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Unfortunately, she is just the latest in a long line of Latinos who have suffered at the hands of the ruthless Sheriff whose personal goal is to rid Arizona of all "illegals" and just maybe, all Latinos. Arpaio has repeatedly stated that he is breaking no laws and just enforcing the constitution by arresting more than 600 Latinos a year.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/05/2009 - 09:34
Sounds like an unlikely evolution, right? But that's exactly the path that Ben Reed followed. Reed is a longtime Idaho radio DJ and a former Mormon missionary. He was also a committed Republican, until love changed everything.