By Mariela Rosario | 12/14/2010 - 14:30
Legendary activist Dolores Huerta has been on a hunger strike in front of Sen. John McCain's office in Arizona for seven days in support of the DREAM act—hoping to gain attention and support for the bill, which was pushed indefinitely from a senate vote last week.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 12/09/2010 - 14:00
After Democrats shepherded the DREAM Act through a narrow win in the House yesterday (216-198), Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called for a vote to table the Senate version of the bill this morning. The intention? To take up the successful House version of the bill instead and try to get the 60 votes needed to get it through the Senate before the lame-duck session is over this month.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2010 - 09:16
In a revelatory new interview in V magazine Spain, Salma Hayek admits for the first time that she came to the country illegally.
“I was an illegal immigrant in the United States,” Hayek said during the interview. “It was for a small period of time, but I still did it."
By Mariela Rosario | 12/07/2010 - 17:15
Newt Gingrich is the second Republican to come out this week with an appeal of support aimed at the Latino community. After Jeb Bush came out this weekend opposing Arizona's SB 1070, Newt Gingrich announced that he's spent months learning how to speak Spanish in order to reach out to potential Latino voters when he begins his campaign for the 2012 presidential election.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/07/2010 - 08:39
Jeb Bush—former President George W. Bush's younger brother and member of one of the most esteemed Republican families in the country—announced his opposition to Arizona's SB 1070 laws over the weekend.
At the National League of Cities convention in Denver, Colorado, he explained that doesn't believe racial profiling is an affective way to determine citizenship and pointed out that his half-Latino children (he is married to a Mexican woman) could be suspects.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/06/2010 - 13:29
The Associated Press published an investigative report that found that many students who come to the U.S. each year on J-1 visas, which supply cheap seasonal labor with the goal of fostering cultural understanding between countries suffer at the hands of abusive supervisors.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/06/2010 - 11:47
Independent immigration-rights groups, Democratic congressional leadership, the President of the United States and even some conservative leaders all support the DREAM Act. So why is it's passage causing so much controversy? Mainly because it's being used as political fodder by Republican legislators and anti-immigrant groups who are claiming the bill provides amnesty, not equal opportunity, for undocumented young people who were brought here to the U.S. without knowledge of their immigration status.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/02/2010 - 11:00
The failure to address immigration reform and, more specifically, the DREAM Act, may backfire miserably on both Republicans and Democrats. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion on Tuesday to vote for closure on the DREAM Act, essentially forcing Congress to bring the debate to an end and put the bill up for a legislative consideration.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/24/2010 - 15:50
The race is officially on to get the Dream Act passed this year, before newly elected members of Congress (mostly Republicans) are sworn in in January.
After meeting with Hispanic Congressional Caucus members last week, the White House is in full gear, trying to get the word out about an upcoming Senate vote.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/16/2010 - 09:00
You couldn’t be faulted for thinking that Beyond Borderlines, MSNBC’s two-hour live special on immigration that aired last night, was just going to be another clueless attempt to discuss the issue. But in a live show that seemed at once chock-full of information and a bit rushed, MSNBC did a pretty good job of exploring the divisive topic.
Immigration is a complex subject and the program reflected that, giving time to such hot-button issues as immigration enforcement, education and the DREAM Act, the Latino vote and the movement to repeal or modify the 14th amendment.