Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Task Force on New Americans Highlights Importance of Immigrant Media

*President Obama’s executive action on immigration was not only about deferred action, it was also about immigrant integration and the establishment of a Task Force on New Americans. And while DACA and DAPA have gotten the most  attention, the Task Force  is up-and-running, helping to integrate immigrants and refugees into American society. VL By Elena

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Texas House apparently headed in different direction on illegal immigration issue

*On the surface, this is so unlike Texas. A Republican state legislator filed a bill to give driving permits to undocumented workers? While the Texas Senate talks about tightening the laws against the undocumented. But below the surface,...

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant

*A very reasoned argument in favor of open borders. It demolishes the idea of the anti-immigration, zero-sum economy myth. Immigration expands the economy, and creates more jobs and more wealth. Immigrant growth in the U.S. actually helps...

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Iowa Pastor Deported Back to Honduras

*This happened today, in the era of Obama’s ordered “prosecutorial discretion.” Either this is a one-off case, or the immigration rank-and-file is blatantly disregarding the president’s directive. VL By Juan Escalante, Latino Rebels Last weekend we reported...

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A gorgeous visualization of 200 years of immigration to the US

*Two things I like very much here: data visualization and context. This is a very cool, interactive way to see how immigrants have come to the U.S., from all over the world. I provides good context for...

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Schools after the surge: Swamped by migrant kids, Miami-Dade district seeks more funding

*The second of a four part series by Fox News Latino about how some schools and school districts are coping with the sudden increase in students due to the surge of unaccompanied child immigratns of the past...

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Schools after the surge: How they’ve dealt with 2014’s flood of undocumented minors

*There was so much speculation at the time of the unaccompanied minor surge along the border. How much would it cost to house the children, to educate them, should they be in U.S. schools? Ther was no...

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Losing licenses in New Mexico

By Tom Trowbridge, Latino USA New Mexico was one of the first states in the country to allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license. Now, Republican Governor Susana Martinez wants to repeal the law, as do about...

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

7,000 immigrant children ordered deported without going to court

*This lack of due process is happening in the U.S., the beacon of democrcy, the shinning city on a hill. “What was a border crisis is now a due process crisis.” The President ordered these child cases...

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Death on Sevenmile Road

By Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer The pickup truck accelerated. Jose Isabel Coj Cumar could see the glow of the sun through the thin black fabric that concealed him and the five other men in the...

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Arpaio’s contempt could mean payout for profiled victims

*Things clear and unclear: there is videotaped evidence, corroborated by interviews, that Arpaio’s deputies continued to profile for undocumented immigrants after a federal judge ruled that the practice must stop. What’s unclear is how many immigrants were...

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Snapshot: DNC and GOP are both clueless about Latino politics

*Two stories, a snapshot of  U.S. Latino politics: 70 percent of Latinos voted for the President Obama in 2012. Only 1.7 percent of the total $500 million spent by DNC on political consulting went to Latino firms....

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

*This is an important read for the Latino community – we all know someone or of someone who will be affected by this political chess game. The prevailing thinking is: that this block will eventually be overturned;...

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Latino Influence & the Politics of Immigration in the 2014 U.S. Senate Elections

*Good piece, as always, from Latino Decisions. It’s a good read if you’re into political minutiae – x’s and o’s. Cutting to the chase, Damore says Latinos didn’t have a significant impact on the 2014 midterm election...

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