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Friday, April 14th, 2017

Long-Lost Photos Reveal Life of Mexican Migrant Workers in 1950s America

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read)   TIME magazine has published a series of revealing photographs of the Bracero program from 1957. Sixty years ago the Saturday Evening Post commissioned celebrity photographer Syd Avery to do a story on the immigrant program and the photos hadn’t been seen since. The program was started in

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Does the “New Trump Era” have human selective breeding at its core? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)    eff Sessions was at the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday. The Attorney General was in Nogales, Arizona, speaking to a group of Customs and Border Protection Agents, laying out the structure...

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly gives Latino lawmakers a slippery story

*Why you should read this: Because while the Homeland Security chief says there are no immigration raids happening in “sensitive areas” the Attorney General and the head of ICE justify raids at courthouses. VL By Victor Landa,...

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Hollywood’s Latino exclusion snobbery set the stage for Trumpism

By Victor Landa NewsTaco (2 minute read)  I’m starting a collection of Latino paradoxes. So far I’ve collected two: The Latino health paradox – where U.S. Latino’s live longer than other folk despite poverty and bad eating habits....

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Trump doesn’t get that sanctuary cities are about providing public safety

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)  There’s a good editorial in the Chicago Tribune that takes Trump’s immigration plan to task. “Can President Donald Trump make America safer by taking money away from local police departments? Short answer:...

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Latino Church in Georgia Vandalized for Third Time

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (1 minute read)   It happened in the city of Dalton, in Northwest Georgia. The congregants of the Mundo de Amistad church found late last week that seven of the church’s large window...

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Reports find that immigrants commit less crime than US-born citizens

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read)    The story is from The Hill: “Immigrants commit crimes and are incarcerated at a much lower rate than U.S. citizens, according to two separate studies released this week.” One...

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Bill aims to repatriate deported veterans

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)  This is something that deserves strong backing – my thanks to Taquista Antonio Garza for bringing this to my attention and to Taquista Jose Borjon for putting his work behind...

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Border apprehensions are down, but White House boasts may be empty chest thumping

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (3.5 minute read)   found two stories this morning that are at odds with each other, or better said, they’re two different sides of the same set of numbers. First: Illegal Border Crossings...

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Immigration advocates say Trump’s Immigrant Crime office is political bait

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (1 minute read)    NBC News reports that when Trump announced his office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, during his recent speech on Capitol Hill there were moans and boos from...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

How a new Pew poll describes the Latino political paradox

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (3.5 minute read)   You’d think, given the Pew Hispanic Center’s recent poll numbers, that Latinos do, indeed, love Trump. Pew surveyed 1,001 Latino adults between December 7, 2016 and January 15, 2017...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

For this Latino, Trump’s speech underwhelmed

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)   ere’s my impression in six words: the speech was unexpected and predictable. It was unexpected because it wasn’t Trump’s usual stream of consciousness, shoot from the hip style of...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Is Trump positioning for mass deportation?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (2.5 minute read)    Now we know how far Trump’s immigration orders will go (or better yet, can go) toward a massive deportation effort, because it’s one thing to say you’re going to...

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Is the National Guard going to round-up immigrants or not?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2.5 minute read)   The short answer to the question of whether or not the National Guard will be deployed to round up immigrants, is not. But there are more questions. Did the...

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