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President Obama Names Sonia Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice Pick
By Mariela Rosario | 05/26/2009 - 10:00

President Barack Obama has chosen Puerto Rican Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his pick for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. The President is making his announcement this morning, but finalized his decision over the weekend while at Camp David and alerted White House officials. 

Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic, and only the third woman, to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice if she is successfully confirmed.


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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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U.S. Attorney General Mukasey's Parting Gift for Immigrants
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2009 - 17:45

Attorney General Michael Mukasey delivered his farewell remarks recently to the employees of the Department of Justice and in a remarkably brazen move announced a decision sure to have a lasting impact on immigration policy for years to come. Effectively, Mukasey has declared that immigrants and asylum seekers do not have any rights under the Constitution to representation by a lawyer. The Board of Immigration Appeals and most federal courts have operated under the assumption that immigrants do indeed have these basic rights of due process for decades.


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Peru to Sue Yale over Stolen Incan Artifacts
By Mariela Rosario | 11/10/2008 - 15:22

Nearly two years after it first demanded that Yale University return thousands of artifacts from Machu Picchu excavated by Hiram Bingham in 1911, the Justice Ministry of Peru has approved plans to press ahead with the government's charges against the Ivy-league school. Bingham's discovery helped to drum up international interest in Peru and incited a steady stream of tourism to the site that has yet to let up.


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