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Monday, January 16th, 2017

From the wall to the burqa: why the politics of immigration is all about big symbols

*Why you should read this: Because it helps to understand why the border wall, while nearly impossible to build and pay for, continues to resonate among people who live far from it. Because is uncovers the way large symbols frame the immigration issue. VL By David Iaconangelo, Christian Science Monitor (4.5 minute read)  The first thing

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Latinos along border discover Sephardic Jewish heritage

*Why you should read this: Because it’s fascinating. Because the U.S. Latino culture is vast and varied and intricate. Because in many ways the Latino culture is all cultures. VL By Mercedes Olivera, The Dallas Morning News...

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Cuban “wet-foot, dry-foot” has been a point of contention among U.S. Latinos. U.S.-Cuban relations say No More.

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The big news this morning is foreign policy, and immigration policy, and not so much Trump. Although, the Trumpian border wall and the president-elect cabinet choices are in the mix. The big headline,...

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The Saucy Poetry Of Huevos Rancheros

*Why you should read this: Because who doesn’t like a good double entendre? Because I’m glad I read this recipe after I had breakfast, or else I might still be eating. VL By Adán Medrano, Adán’s Blog...

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Solange Proves She Rides Hard for Selena in a New Interview With Beyoncé

*Why you should read this: Because it proves that Selena is forever. Because crossover isn’t just about popularity, it’s about artist’s recognition. Becasue we’re transforming America. VL By Isabelia Herrera, Remezcla (2.5 minute read)  In the cover story...

Friday, January 13th, 2017

For Mexico the U.S. relationship is about trade, immigration and dignity

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)  NAFTA, the Trumpian border wall and gun trade all came to a head for Donald Trump and his plans for relations with Mexico. We got a hint of it in the...

Friday, January 13th, 2017

How the Spanos Family Built a Fortune Selling Bologna Sandwiches to Mexican Farmworkers

*Why you should read this: Because a family worth $2.6 billion is asking the City of San Diego, with 1.4 million Latinos – 35 percent of the population, to use public money to construct a stadium for their...

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Six Texas Lawsuits Trump Could Impact (or Not) in 2017

*Why you should read this: The story may be from of Texas, but the lawsuits listed will have a national impact on voting rights, civil rights, immigration and the environment. VL By Melissa del Bosque , Naveena Sadasivam, Gus Bova, and...

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Susana Martinez OK with no Latinos in Trump cabinet, says he picked “best and brightest”

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (1 minute read) Some people feel that a Latino in Trump’s cabinet might give the president-elect a clearer perspective on his approach to U.S Latinos, the U.S.-Mexico border and to Latin America in general....

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Obama Farewell speech failed to inspire

*I disagree with Ray on this. I think the president’s speech was well written and well delivered. It’s not tradition for a departing president to make bold statements in a farewell speech. The last two presidents made...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

What do you do when you get time to state your case with an incoming president and he sends his c-team?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2 minute read)  That’s what happened yesterday to a group of Latino leaders who gathered in Michigan for an audience with president-elect Trump’s transition team. To be fair, I don’t think the representatives...

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Bill Richardson – What you need to know about Trump and Russia

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read, 25 minute listen)  It seemed natural to talk to former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson about the present state of U.S.-Russia relations and the future of that relationship with the Trump...

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record in Alabama could complicate his confirmation

*This is happening today and it affects all Americans. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country, has a documented history of  opposing civil rights and immigration reform. The...

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Federal Judge Rules Pasadena Infringed On Latino Voting Rights, Orders Changes

*This a recurring story. Latinos win voting rights battles only to see them regress. And we fight them again, as we should, as many times as needed. VL By Andrew Schneider, Associated Press (3 minute read)  In...

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