Arizona Legislators Introduce “SB 1070 on Steroids”
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/23/2011 - 15:35

A new Arizona immigration bill that some have called “SB 1070 on steroids” took its first step towards becoming law when it was approved by a key state legistative committee on Tuesday night. SB 1611, one of two immigration bills passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, squeaked by with a 7-6 vote. It will now go up to the full state Senate for vote.


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State Legislators Announce Attack on Birthright Citizenship
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2011 - 12:35

The new congress just began, but already the Republican-held House of Representatives is attacking the constitutional rights of immigrants. A group calling themselves State Legislators for Legal Migration held a press conference to talk up a new initiative to take birthright citizenship away from children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants.


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New New Report on Immigrant Workers Reveals Rampant Workplace Abuse
New Report on Immigrant Workers Reveals Rampant Workplace Abuse
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/04/2011 - 15:35

That grilled chicken salad that you ate for lunch? There’s a good chance that everything in it, from the tomatoes to the lettuce to the bird itself was picked or processed by a Latina. Some 640,000 women (mostly Latinas) perform farm work and another estimated 63,000 work in poultry farms and processing centers.


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Discrimination in Connecticut Leads to Justice Department Investigation
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/27/2010 - 12:13

The Justice Department and the FBI have opened civil rights and criminal probes into the town of East Haven after allegations of police harassment of Latinos has apparently prompted many to move away.

Among the complaints, according to an Associated Press report: False arrests, unnecessary traffic stops, police beatings, questionings over immigration status. Some Latino business owners have alleged that police officers park outside their shops and stop Latino-looking clients on their way into the stores, and tow away cars from the parking lot.


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Curry Todd Refuses To Apologize for Comparing Immigrants to Rats
Tennessee Lawmaker Compares Immigrants to Rats
By Mariela Rosario | 11/12/2010 - 17:40

Tennesee lawmaker Curry Todd is in hot water with Latinos after comparing pregnant, undocumented immigrants to rats.

It all came about when Todd was speaking with fellow local legislators about the healthcare system and how to verify citizenship for pregnant women.


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EXCLUSIVE: Project Runway's Mondo Guerra on Receiving "Negative Comments and Hate Mail"
By Lee Hernandez | 10/27/2010 - 09:30

Mondo Guerra is unquestionably the frontrunner on season 8 of Project Runway and a lot of people are predicting that he’ll be crowned the winner on Thursday night’s finale (October 28 on Lifetime, 9 PM). Mondo grabbed national headlines earlier in the season for revealing that he’s HIV positive—a secret he'd been hiding for 10 years.


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Rachel Maddow Slams Sharron Angle, Defends Latinos
Rachel Maddow Slams Sharron Angle, Defends Latinos
By Mariela Rosario | 10/25/2010 - 17:00

Rachel Maddow took some time on Sunday to tear into Sharron Angle, the Tea Party darling who is running a very tight race against Senate majority leader Harry Reid in Nevada.


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Watch: 3 Reasons Governor Jan Brewer is Wrong to Claim Most Immigrants are "Drug Mules"
By Mariela Rosario | 06/29/2010 - 08:00

Although many are criticizing Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's recent assertion on local TV station KTVK that most immigrants trying to cross the border into Arizona are "drug mules," it's not the first time the Governor has made this argument. During a debate between the Arizona's four Republican candidates for governor earlier this month, Brewer made the same claims. This past weekend, when asked by a local reporter to clarify her argument, she said, "Well, we all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules.


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AZ Gubernatorial Candidate Wants "Tent Cities" for Undocumented Immigrants
By Mariela Rosario | 06/19/2010 - 14:00

Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin—currently vying for the Republican candidacy for governor—recently announced a plan to create tent cities to house the expected increase in the number of illegal immigrants arrested once the controversial new immigration laws go into effect.


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Arizona Pushing for Legislation to Deny Babies Citizenship
By Mariela Rosario | 06/15/2010 - 10:00

A few months ago, we told you about a U.S. rep from San Diego who supported a ban that would keep natural-born U.S. children from receiving citizenship if their parents were undocumented. We figured this idea wouldn't, or couldn't, go very far considering the fact that the fourteenth amendment of the constitution protects that basic right for all citizens born on U.S. soil, but it looks like the push is gaining momentum in some political circles.


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