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Man Mistaken For Illegal Immigrant, Held in Jail for 13 Months
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.


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Racist Texan Incites Outrage Over "Hispanics Keep Out" Sign
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.


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Mexican Lesbian Couple Claims Refugee Status in Canada
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.


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Teens Convicted of Murdering Luis Ramirez Sentenced to 7 Months in Jail
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.


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Minutemen Accused of Murdering Latino Family
By Mariela Rosario | 06/16/2009 - 09:45

Shawna Forde, 41, Jason Eugene Bush, 34, and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, have been accused by police for a home invasion attack on May 30th in the border town of Arivaca, AZ which left Raul Junior Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, shot dead.


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Texas Mayor Abandons Post for His Gay, Illegal Lover
By Mariela Rosario | 06/12/2009 - 09:35

Mexico City newspaper El Mundo reports that the mayor of San Angelo, a small town in the shepherding region of Texas, has resigned from his post and moved to Mexico with his gay partner, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant.


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Violent Protests Rock Dominican-Haitian Border
By Mariela Rosario | 06/02/2009 - 09:40


Violent protests disrupted the Dominican-Haitian border
recently after authorities destroyed fruits and vegetables they were growing on protected land. This border area conflict is just the latest in a string of incidents that has heightened tension on the island of Hispaniola.


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Three-Year-Old Reunited with Mom After Kidnapping and Abduction Across Border
By Christine Estevez | 05/19/2009 - 16:00

Toddler Briant Rodriguez was finally reunited with his mother, Maria Rosalina Millan, over the weekend, more than two weeks after his abduction on May 3rd. Police named Liberto Vega and Israel Moreno as the suspects responsible for abducting Briant,3, from his San Bernardino home. The two men are accused of kidnapping the child at gun point after tying up his mother and four other children.


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Jon Stewart Tackles Immigration Process with "The Naturalized"
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/12/2009 - 16:20

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart is working on a two-hour special about the U.S. naturalization process for the History Channel called The Naturalized. It is one of 13 new specials and 16 series greenlit or in development for the network's 2009 to 2010 season, reports The NY Post.


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Border Patrol Officers Rip Up Birth Certificates of Latino Teens
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 14:45

Two Latino teens, born in the United States and legal citizens were forcibly "deported" to Mexico against their will. Apparently, Mario, 17 and Ricardo, 16 (last names held because they were minors at the time of the proceedings) were both detained by agents while crossing the US/Mexico border who then proceeded to rip up the boys birth certificates.


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