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Dominican Girl, 14, Set to Compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 10:15

Yulkendy Valdez's story is truly inspiring! The 14-year-old spelling champ spoke no English when she immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic with her family just four years ago. Since then, she not only mastered the language, but also began acing spelling bees all across the state of Missouri. She recently earned a spot in The Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking place later this month.


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NY Teen Rearrested for Hate Crime
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 09:45

20-year-old Grigory Korostyshevskiy of Staten Island, New York was recently rearrested on hate crime charges, on accusations that he beat a Mexican immigrant with a belt, just a few short weeks after it seemed as though charges would be dismissed.


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Two PA Teens Acquitted in Hate Crime Murder of Luis Ramirez
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2009 - 10:00

Two teens, accused in the fatal beating of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania back in July of 2008, were recently acquitted of all serious charges by an all white jury. Brandon Piekarsky, 17, was acquitted of third-degree murder and Derrick Donchak, 19, was acquitted of aggravated assault. Charges of ethnic intimidation against both teens were also dropped.


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Mother of Hate Crime Victim Marcelo Lucero Demands Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 04/02/2009 - 14:15

Rosario Lucero hadn't seen her son Marcelo in 14 years, since the day he left his native Ecuador for the United States, determined to make a better life for his family. Ever since then she says she's been “counting the hours, the minutes” until she could see him again.


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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Takes on Border Police
By Mariela Rosario | 03/31/2009 - 17:45

In a recent "special report" for The Daily Show, correspondent Aasif Mandvi went to the heart of the matter to find out what, if anything, the unofficial border police such as the Minutemen actually do.


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Are Immigrants Really Stealing American Jobs?
By Mariela Rosario | 03/20/2009 - 09:00

The Room for Debate blog on nytimes.com recently had a group of experts weigh in on the recession and competition for lower-wage jobs between native-born workers and immigrants, both legal and illegal. We've always heard people scream about how immigrants "steal jobs from real citizens" or how Americans would "never accept the jobs that immigrants do" and were fascinated to hear what those on the front lines of this issue had to say.


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Despite What You May Think, Obama Has Not Forgotten the Immigration Issue
By Yuliana Gomez | 03/19/2009 - 17:15

On Wednesday during a press conference in Southern California, President Barack Obama said he is still for “comprehensive immigration reform,” the Associated Press reports. He made the comments during the town hall-style conference, after being asked about the touchy, now largely forgotten subject.


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The Steep Price of Immigration for Latin American Women
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2009 - 14:15

After the overwhelming response to the article about rape trees published last week, we decided to take a more in-depth look at the perils women face as they attempt to immigrate into America. The journey is dangerous—from the malevolent coyotes transporting their human cargo, to the harsh conditions faced in the desert—and many women are realistic about crossing the border.


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Business Owner Hangs "No Yobs Aqui" Sign
By Mariela Rosario | 03/16/2009 - 15:15

Flash Sharrar, the owner of Team Ramco in Yuma, Arizona has caused quite a controversy after hanging a sign reading "No Yobs Aqui" in the door of his business. 


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Eva Longoria Parker to Executive Produce Documentary About Migrant Children
By Monica Herrera | 03/13/2009 - 10:16

Eva Longoria Parker is putting her money where her mouth is. Variety reports that the star will executive produce Harvest, a documentary about migrant children that is already in pre-production and slated for completion early next year.


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