Celebs React to the Signing of SB 1070
By Mariela Rosario | 04/28/2010 - 11:30

Everyone from President Obama to Calle 13 is lambasting the insane new immigration bill recently signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.


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AZ Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Racist Immigration Bill into Law
By Mariela Rosario | 04/26/2010 - 16:00

The immigration debate has always caused a rift among citizens of Arizona —a state that has one of the highest Latino populations in the country. Though Hispanics own businesses, hold public office and help support the local economy, the perception that immigrants do nothing but drain community resources, take away jobs and increase violence persists for some in the southwestern state.


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Watch: John McCain Says, "Immigrants are Crashing Cars on Purpose"
By Mariela Rosario | 04/20/2010 - 16:30

Since when is John McCain a hard line conservative Republican? Though he was once known as a "maverick" it looks like these days, McCain is drinking the right-wing Kool-aid (or maybe it's just too much tea time with Sarah Palin)? Either way, McCain took to Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor to address the incredibly stringent new immigration laws that were recently passed in Arizona.


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Immigration Protests Draw Thousands to Nation's Capital
By Mariela Rosario | 03/22/2010 - 16:15

Tens of thousands of protesters, young and old, descended on the National Mall in Washington DC to demand that the government get moving with regards to comprehensive immigration reform. Ever since President Obama promised to make sweeping immigration reform a major goal during his first year in office, supporters of the process have been waiting for something, anything, to indicate that he was making good on his pledge.


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GOP Proposing Bill To Rescind Birthright Citizenship for Children Born to Undocumented Parents
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2010 - 16:00

Republican lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would take US citizenship away from babies born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. The concept of birthright citizenship is a fundamental tenet of the constitution of this country. But according to Rep. Gary Miller (R-Brea, CA), "You have many people coming to this country illegally. They come to this country and have babies. The children are citizens," Miller told the Whittier Daily News.


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Immigration Laws Lead to Fatal Family Separation
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.


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Report: Immigration Legalization Could Boost U.S. Economy
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.


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Day Laborers in California Sue for Right to Solicit Work
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.


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