By Mariela Rosario | 07/07/2010 - 14:00
Yesterday, the United States Justice Department officially filed suit against the state of Arizona, charging that the new laws conflict with federal immigration enforcement efforts. S.B. 1070, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in April and set to go into effect on July 29, gives police the power to stop anyone they have "reasonable suspicion" to believe is an undocumented immigrant.
By Alice Taranto | 07/06/2010 - 12:56
The imminent enforcement of the SB 1070 legislation that was passed a few months ago in Arizona has Latinos mobilizing all over the country. Now the community is responding in a big way with the Voces Unidas por America Concert being held on Saturday, July 17.
By Alice Taranto | 07/02/2010 - 11:40
Yesterday President Obama made the first major speech of his presidency regarding the immigration issue currently facing the country.
Before a select crowd at American University in Washington, D.C., the president endorsed the notion that what makes the country great are the individual cultures and customs that create one unified America. To deny the importance of immigrants in this country is to deny the American promise of opportunity.
By Angie Romero | 07/02/2010 - 10:05
We reported that Miami rapper Pitbull canceled his Phoenix concert date in June during “Mr. Worldwide’s Carnaval,” his first-ever US tour, as a way to protest Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070. We recently caught up with Mr. 305 himself and asked him why he felt the need to take this stance, and how he handled some of the criticism that followed.
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.
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.
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.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/11/2010 - 12:30
A fifteen-year-old boy was killed earlier this week by US Border patrol agents, setting off a string of protests and a possible homicide investigation by Mexican authorities. Although the Border Patrol claimed that the boy, Sergio Adrian Hernandez, was shot after he unsuccessfully tried to cross the border illegally and began to throw rocks at agents, two eyewitnesses claim otherwise.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/10/2010 - 17:00
Salma Hayek, who was born and raised in Mexico but is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, was asked recently about the new immigration laws passed in Arizona. The bill, entitled SB 1070, essentially gives law enforcement officials carte blanche to use racial profiling tactics and Hayek took the opportunity to voice her strong opinions on the matter.
"Of all these things that are going on, what surprises me the most is the lack of humanity with which immigrants are being treated," the Oscar-nominated actress told Notimex.
By Angie Romero | 06/09/2010 - 10:00
While Latino citizens and celebrities alike condemn Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law, a highly motivated group of young Latino leaders are fighting for their chance at the dream—the Dream Act, that is.