By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/15/2011 - 15:45
It’s time for Latinos to put on their boxing gloves and get ready to fight: It’s redistricting time and the stakes for our political clout have never been higher —say Latino leaders.
“Because of the size of the Latino population, this redistricting will determine the political destiny of Latinos for the next 10 years,” says Rosalind Gold, senior director of policy, research and advocacy for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. “We need to make sure that our growth in population translates into political opportunities.”
By Lourdes Medrano | 02/01/2011 - 16:45
A push by Arizona lawmakers to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants has spawned two separate efforts to oust the architect of the proposed legislation from office.
By Erika Ramirez | 01/28/2011 - 16:30
It’s a madre’s worst nightmare. Guatemalan immigrant Encarnacion Bail Romero, had her son taken away from her when she was detained for being in the country illegally back in 2007. Romero was arrested during an immigration raid at a poultry processing plant and sentenced to two years in a federal prison after she pleaded guilty to “aggravated identity theft” for having a stolen a social security number to get work.
By Irasema Romero | 01/28/2011 - 15:00
The latest push on immigration reform by the newly Republican-controlled House of Representatives is to reinstate workplace raids, reports The Los Angeles Times. The strategy—followed by the Bush administration, but abandoned by President Barack Obama—would undoubtedly lead to the increased deportation of immigrants without offering a path to legal status.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2011 - 16:30
Rep. Raul Grijlalva (D-AZ) talked Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! yesterday about the recent senseless shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He knew Giffords well and worked with her both in their home state and on Capitol Hill.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/12/2011 - 14:00
Colorlines recently posted a video showing two young women who both manage to climb to the very top of the controversial U.S./Mexico border fence in under 20 seconds. Both ladies are fit, but neither seem exceptionally tall or athletically able, yet it takes them mere seconds to scale a fence that costs US taxpayers about $4 million per mile to build.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2011 - 15:30
The House of Representative ruled yesterday to revoke the voting rights of delegates, which means that lawmakers representing Puerto Rico, Washington DC, American Guam, Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands no longer have any power in congress.
For Puerto Rico, the revocation of voting rights basically strips the approximately four million residents of the commonwealth of their only voice in United States government. For perspective, one legislator in the House represents, on average, 700 thousand constituents.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2011 - 12:35
The new congress just began, but already the Republican-held House of Representatives is attacking the constitutional rights of immigrants. A group calling themselves State Legislators for Legal Migration held a press conference to talk up a new initiative to take birthright citizenship away from children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/05/2011 - 16:30
Outgoing Colorado Governor Bill Ritter approved a controversial program on Tuesday that allows the state to identify illegal immigrants through the fingerprints of every person booked into jail.
The program is controversial because some argue that the program will lead to unjust deportations and racial profiling, but Ritter countered that the Secure Communities program improves "public safety, national security and crime fighting."
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/03/2011 - 17:00
A new Arizona law banning ethnic studies courses in public schools went into effect on January 1st and it’s already wreaking havoc. The Tucson Unified School District currently stands to lose $15 million in funding for refusing to shut down its controversial classes.