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 two decades Latino immigrant populations in the United States have experienced significant growth in areas that had little

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) –...

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Despite Ruling, Detained Immigrants Face Uncertainty

*A federal judge says Obama’s got to let 2000 detained women and children go from immigration detention centers. The judge  says a 1997 law  states undocumented children must be held in the “last restrictive setting.” The Obama...

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

GOP Criticizes Trump, Insulting Hispanics Again

*There are several things to point out. One is that Latinos aren’t really on the GOP radar, because if they were their collective response to Trump’s remarks about Mexicans would have been as strong as the reaction...

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Children of Immigrants Denied Citizenship

*The more attention this issue gets, the better. The problem of questionable documentation has long been a problem, to varying degrees, along the border. But it goes beyond being a specific border issue – all that does...

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Immigration Agents Find Common Cause with Hate Groups

*Remember the anti-immigrant protests in Murrieta, California, where the protesters blocked the passage of buses carrying undocumented women and children? New reporting indicates that protest organizers received information about the bus route from a Border Patrol officer....

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