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.
By Mariela Rosario | 11/03/2009 - 10:25
After fighting in court since 1995, Rody Alvarado Peña's path to political asylum was finally cleared by the Department of Homeland security, which declared she is "eligible for asylum and merits a grant of asylum as a matter of discretion."
By Mariela Rosario | 10/26/2009 - 16:08
When Ernestina Madragon was pulled over by the police in Dallas, she understood that she'd be getting a ticket that she deserved for making an illegal U-turn. It was the citation on the ticket for "not speaking English" and the accompanying fine that confused her. "He asked me if I spoke English. I said I speak a little and understand it," Madragon said.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/14/2009 - 18:00
The United States senate will vote on a controversial amendment today that could require the Census Bureau to ask the immigration status of everyone who participates in the 2010 survey and exclude illegal immigrants from the population count.