By Amaris Castillo | 09/29/2011 - 07:30
Immigration advocates are up in arms over a proposed bill that would force authorities to deport undocumented women who turn to police for help after experiencing domestic violence. The bill, proposed by Rep. Lamar Smith, is titled the Hinder the Administration Legalization Temptation Act (also known as the HALT Act).
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/28/2011 - 15:30
In an unprecedented 50-minute chat streamed live online, President Obama sat down with Latino journalists in the White House’s map room to answer an array of questions posed by Hispanics nationwide. Among his comments: He expects a viable Latino presidential candidate within his lifetime.
By Amaris Castillo | 08/29/2011 - 13:50
Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox has suggested that perhaps a truce should be formed between the country’s government and drug traffickers to end the ongoing drug war. According to the Associated Press, the 69-year-old announced this during an anti-crime event. “I want to start a public debate on the following ideas,” Fox said, “… call on the violent groups for a truce.”
By Grace Bastidas | 08/12/2011 - 17:27
The women of the rural town of Barbacoas in southwest Colombia have been on a sex strike since June 22, forgoing all sexual activity with their men until the central government fulfills their promise of paving the only road leading in and out of their town. As it is right now, the dangerous 35-mile mountain road has made the town virtually unreachable, resulting in countless deaths.
By Amaris Castillo | 08/11/2011 - 17:00
Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that placed a hold on parts of the state’s infamous SB 1070 immigration enforcement law.
By Amaris Castillo | 08/11/2011 - 10:00
In light of the United States’ great debt, a conservative fundraising group has launched a television advertisement aimed at Latino voters. The "Despertarse" ad, which was paid for by super-PAC American Crossroads, features a Latina mother losing sleep over the country’s unemployment rate. A super-PAC is a fundraising group that is able to accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations or unions.
By Adriana Rivera | 08/04/2011 - 13:15
“Destroying families is un-American,” said Chicago community leader Artemio Arreola.
With nearly 400,000 deportations per year, and more than one million families separated, President Obama’s administration is facing heat from the immigrant Latino community. The national Change Takes Courage campaign, launched on June 30 and sponsored by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, is combating the President’s resistance to stop deportations.
By Amaris Castillo | 08/02/2011 - 18:00
Since Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 caused a frenzy last year (and was later ruled unconstitutional), it seems as though the topic of immigration has remained in the headlines and will likely stay a hot button issue until at least the 2012 election. Some states have made headlines with their own efforts to pass immigration laws or—on the other end of the spectrum—pass their own versions of the DREAM Act.
By Amaris Castillo | 08/01/2011 - 12:45
Farmers are strongly opposed to a new bill that would require them to verify the immigration status of their workers. According to The New York Times, the bill proposed by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) would demand farmers to use E-Verify (a federal database backed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) to check new hires.