By Mariela Rosario | 10/01/2009 - 12:00
Maria Gurrolla had no idea who the woman was who showed up at her doorstep posing as an immigration official. "She said she was an immigration officer and she was there to arrest her," Gurrolla's cousin said, serving as interpreter for the AP. The unidentified woman pushed her way into the home and proceeded to the kitchen where she grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed Gurrolla repeatedly. Gurrolla ran to her neighbor Eric Peterson's home to plead for help.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/30/2009 - 14:15
An illegal immigrant walked into a police station in Framingham, MA, admitted to stealing another man's identity and asked to be deported back to his native Guatemala.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/10/2009 - 16:11
If you watched President Obama's eloquent address to the joint Congress last night, there is no doubt one moment that sticks in your mind, and unfortunately it probably has nothing to do with health care. Rather, it was most likely Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-NC) inappropriate outburst in the middle of the president's speech that made an impression.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/02/2009 - 16:32
Jose Enrique Sanchez, 11, traveled more than 600 miles alone with only 200 pesos (the equivalent of 15 U.S. dollars) in his pocket in an attempt to be reunited with his mother.
"My papa said that my mother is in Laredo, so I came to find her," said Sanchez, who hasn’t seen his mother in more than 18 months.
By Angie Romero | 08/18/2009 - 16:08
“It’s a troubling time in many of America’s urban Hispanic communities. A deep recession continues to plague families. Youth are jobless and growing restless while gangs flourish. The turmoil erupts into chaos when an innocent, young Latina bystander is fatally shot by Texas police.
By Samantha Leal | 07/29/2009 - 14:19
Being a U.S. citizen and son of a decorated Vietnam veteran, Hector Veloz never expected to find himself captive in an ICE jail. But that's exactly what happened when immigration officials mistook him for an illegal immigrant and threw him into an Arizona jail cell for 13 months starting in 2007.
"It was a nightmare," Veloz, 37, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
By Christine Estevez | 07/28/2009 - 12:37
A "Hispanics Keep Out" sign has proudly been displayed on the front of a home in Azle, Texas, for the last several months. It has caused tension in the neighborhood, with many residents expressing a desire to see it taken down. The mayor of Azle also spoke out against the sign, assuring residents that it is not a view shared by most in the town.
By Diana Buendia | 07/20/2009 - 12:00
Lesbian lovers Norma Angelica Gomez, 33, and Alina Gallegos Lee, 34, have claimed refugee status in an attempt to avoid being deported back to Mexico from their current residence in Toronto, Canada. The couple claim that they are constantly harassed by Mexican police for being in a same-sex relationship.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/18/2009 - 09:45
Brandon Piekarsky, 17, and Derrick Donchak, 19, received 7- to 23-month sentences for their roles in the brutal murder of 25-year-old Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez. It is a case that has galvanized the community of Shenandoah, Penn., creating a hotbed of racial tension in a blue-collar town. An all-white jury convicted the two teens of misdemeanor simple assault.