Watch: Shakira Advocates for Immigrants in Arizona
By Mariela Rosario | 05/04/2010 - 10:08

Shakira has been on a whirl-wind media tour recently, speaking out against the passage of the new immigration laws in Arizona, SB 1070. Although some saw her involvement as an affront since she is not a United States citizen, we think it makes sense that Shaki stepped up to the plate; she herself admitted while speaking to the mayor of Phoenix, "I have no papers here."

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Congress Allows Controversial Vote on Puerto Rico's Status to Move Forward
By Mariela Rosario | 05/03/2010 - 17:00

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to authorize a referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico. For over 112 years, Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth property of the United States; Puerto Ricans living on the island are unable to vote in presidential elections and their representative to the Congress has no official say in political matters. Since the island is not a state, its residents do not pay income taxes, but they can be drafted to fight in wars.

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How Will Health-Care Reform Help You?
By Mariela Rosario | 03/23/2010 - 09:30

On Sunday, the United States House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation; a healthcare reform bill that promises to extend coverage to millions who have been denied for reasons ranging from poverty to preexisting conditions. It was a resounding victory for President Barack Obama, but how will this new law affect you? We looked into the bill to find out what changes will kick in immediately and what we're going to have wait a few years for. Here's a breakdown:

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Millions of Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Voided
By Mariela Rosario | 03/02/2010 - 16:41

A law enacted in Dec. of 2009 by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño has effectively left one third of the Puerto Rican population living in the United States without valid birth certificates. In an attempt to gain control of the identity theft rampant in the commonwealth, Fortuño signed a law into effect making all birth certificates processed prior to Dec. 2009 invalid for use in any federal agency.

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GOP Proposing Bill To Rescind Birthright Citizenship for Children Born to Undocumented Parents
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2010 - 16:00

Republican lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would take US citizenship away from babies born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. The concept of birthright citizenship is a fundamental tenet of the constitution of this country. But according to Rep. Gary Miller (R-Brea, CA), "You have many people coming to this country illegally. They come to this country and have babies. The children are citizens," Miller told the Whittier Daily News.

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Republican Senators Want to Keep Illegal Immigrants Off of Census
By Mariela Rosario | 10/14/2009 - 18:00

The United States senate will vote on a controversial amendment today that could require the Census Bureau to ask the immigration status of everyone who participates in the 2010 survey and exclude illegal immigrants from the population count.

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Will Republicans Feel the Backlash for Voting No on Sotomayor?
By Mariela Rosario | 08/17/2009 - 16:20

Last week, during George Lopez's HBO special Tall, Dark and Chicano, he forcefully warned all of the Republicans who voted against Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court: "To all of you who voted no, I'd like to take this opportunity to say: You'll never get the Latino vote now. You won't win a pinche pie-eating contest!" This got us thinking about the real-world ramifications of the Sotomayor vote in the upcoming 2010 elections.

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Obama Celebrates New Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
By Mariela Rosario | 08/13/2009 - 11:15

President Barack Obama has his hands full, but he still took the time yesterday to throw a fiesta in honor of the first Latina Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor.

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Sonia Sotomayor Sworn In as Nation's First Latina Supreme Court Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 08/10/2009 - 09:37

With her left hand planted firmly on a Bible held by her 82-year-old mother Celina, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in on Saturday, Aug. 8, as the first Latina Supreme Court justice of the United States of America.

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Video: White Man Jon Stewart Declares "White Men Can't Judge"
By Mariela Rosario | 08/07/2009 - 13:49

Jon Stewart took some time on The Daily Show yesterday to examine the statements made by U.S. Senators with regards to Judge Sonia Sotomayor's impending confirmation to the Supreme Court. He noted that it seemed impossible for anyone, Republican or Democrat, to get away from identity politics and acknowledge the fact that—while Sotomayor happens to Latina—she is also imminently qualified for the position she now holds.

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