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Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Bourdain: Trump’s deportation plan would ‘shut down’ every US restaurant

*I know there are many Bourdain fans among you, and you’re fans precisely because of things like this. He stood up for Latino restauranteurs and restaurant staff against Donald Trump and his immigration plan. In the process he exposed a reality that remains willfully invisible to many in the “foodie” community. This is important.  VL

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

America’s Immigration Battle By the Numbers

*Numbers tell stories. This is a good compilation of the numbers, amounts and percentages pertinent to immigration in the U.S. You can trace all arguments about immigration to these figures, in one way or another. VL By...

Monday, October 19th, 2015

US Captain America Beats Up On Illegal Immigration Opponents In Latest Issue

*Hey, Captain America knows what’s right. He was my favorite when I was a kid, he’s my favorite now. Read the article while I run to the store to get my copy. VL By Chuck Ross, The...

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Washington Perspective: What the Pope understands about U.S. Latinos, and the GOP doesn’t

*The problem is that not only does the GOP not understand the Pope’s point of view, they blatantly reject it. Bill Valdez tells us that respect and dignity are at the core of Latino politics. VL By...

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Latino immigrants changing the face of rural populations

*I remember helping to organize voter registration drives in Aspen and Telluride. Even back in 2004 Latinos there were service workers, invisible to the “mainstream” community. VL By PennState News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over the last...

Monday, September 28th, 2015

How a 1965 immigration reform created illegal immigration

*Fifty years ago there was no such thing as an “illegal alien.” As much as we dislike the term, it’s an invented idea that came about as a consequence of a law that sought to be more...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Daughter: Mom, Arrested at Gynecology Office, ‘Doesn’t Deserve What’s Going On’

*Texas Observer update: At around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Blanca Borrego was released from Harris County jail after her family posted her $35,000 bond. Though an immigration detainer was not placed on Borrego upon her release, the Houston mother...

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Business leaders must speak out against Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric

*While Donald Trump’s popularity continues to rise among GOP voters, his peers in the business community are starting to speak out against his campaign and policies. America Online co-founder Steve Case wrote this opinion piece for the...

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Mexicans Are the Most Successful Immigrants

*Mexicans are, in fact, the most successful immigrants when you take their starting point into account. Success, in this case, is measured by the road traveled and not by the place you finish. Other immigrant groups reach...

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Judge Will Hear Birth Certificate Case Next Month

*In four weeks a judge will hear the case of the Mexican families who were denied their child’s birth certificates. The children are U.S. citizens and the reason given for the denial was a lack of proper...

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Jeb Bush Co-Chaired Group That Told Politicians Not To Say ‘Anchor Baby’

*Last week Jeb Bush used the “anchor baby” term during a stump speech. A reporter asked him if he understood that the word was offensive to some people. Bush responded, “give me a better term.” VL  ...

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Tracing The Shifting Meaning Of ‘Alien’

*This is the kind of “inside baseball” that I know many Taquistas enjoy discussing. I like these stories because they add context to a larger debate, in this case the language of immigration – “anchor babies,” and...

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

What do we mean when we talk about assimilation?

*Let’s clear a misunderstanding. How do you assimilate into a nation of immigrants, whose culture is constantly changing, whose history of immigration and assimilation is more myth than reality? This is a good piece by Aaron Sanchez....

Monday, August 17th, 2015

U.S. court throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration policy challenge

*Arpaio says he would be hampered by Obama’s executive actions because they would produce more crime. An appeals court said, no. Arpaio says he wants a supreme Court hearing. VL By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) –...

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