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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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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