Immigration Protests Draw Thousands to Nation's Capital
By Mariela Rosario | 03/22/2010 - 16:15

Tens of thousands of protesters, young and old, descended on the National Mall in Washington DC to demand that the government get moving with regards to comprehensive immigration reform. Ever since President Obama promised to make sweeping immigration reform a major goal during his first year in office, supporters of the process have been waiting for something, anything, to indicate that he was making good on his pledge.


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GOP Proposing Bill To Rescind Birthright Citizenship for Children Born to Undocumented Parents
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2010 - 16:00

Republican lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would take US citizenship away from babies born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. The concept of birthright citizenship is a fundamental tenet of the constitution of this country. But according to Rep. Gary Miller (R-Brea, CA), "You have many people coming to this country illegally. They come to this country and have babies. The children are citizens," Miller told the Whittier Daily News.


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Immigration Laws Lead to Fatal Family Separation
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2010 - 12:00

The NY Times recently ran a heartbreaking story about Elizabeth Drummond and Segundo Encalada, a couple who were married with children when Encalada was forced by immigration officials to take a "voluntary departure" back to Ecuador. A lawyer advised the Drummond-Encalada family that the process of obtaining a visa from a United States Consulate in Encalada's native Ecuador would take two months to a year.


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Report: Immigration Legalization Could Boost U.S. Economy
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/16/2010 - 15:38

A recent study says that legalizing the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. would boost our economy. The study, done by UCLA Associate Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda and released by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center, goes on to explain that granting them citizenship would create more jobs, increase minimum wage and add $1.5 trillion to our gross domestic product over 10 years.


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Day Laborers in California Sue for Right to Solicit Work
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2010 - 17:00

Day laborers in Costa Mesa, California have filed a lawsuit against the city after police dressed in plain clothes posed as employers and subsequently arrested dozens of workers attempting to solicit jobs. Costa Mesa, a small city about 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, passed an ordinance outlawing work solicitation in 2005. They also managed to shut down a labor center that served as a popular gathering spot for day laborers looking for work and have since stepped up enforcement of the ordinance as well as of their immigration laws with the help of federal agents.


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How to Save Money Like an Immigrant
By Franziska Castillo | 01/28/2010 - 09:32

It happens everywhere: Latinos arrive in a new American town, work and save like crazy, and within a few years, voilà! They’re opening businesses and buying homes. At a time when the rest of us are choking on major credit card debts, immigrants often save a fifth or more of their income and are 30 percent more likely than nonimmigrants to open a business.


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Jose Feliciano Responds to "Illegals in My Yard" Parody of "Feliz Navidad"
By Mariela Rosario | 12/23/2009 - 12:32

José Feliciano recently released a statement condemning the hateful parody of his seminal Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad." As we reported last week, his famous holiday tune was covered by a right-wing radio show recently. You can read the lyrics and hear the song here.

Here's what Feliciano had to say about it:


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Listen: "Illegals in My Yard" Parody of Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad"
By Mariela Rosario | 12/16/2009 - 15:24

Right-wing conservative website Humanevents.com recently posted an incredibly vile, nasty and racist parody of the Jose Feliciano song, "Feliz Navidad." It took us a few attempts before we could even get through the whole ditty—written by Matt Fox and AJ Rice, producers for Talk Radio Network—without wanting to punch something.


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Crossing the Border? There's an App for That
By Mariela Rosario | 11/24/2009 - 17:14

Ricardo Dominguez has made a career of pissing off the authorities. Part performance art, part poetry, part activism, his Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) has managed to disrupt the online activities of government organizations from the White House to the Mexican Embassy, in effect, rendering their websites inaccessible.


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"Reverse Remittances" on the Rise in Mexico
By Mariela Rosario | 11/19/2009 - 18:00

The New York Times reported recently on a startling new trend that no one on either side of the US/Mexico border could have predicted. Community banks, immigration experts and government officials have noticed a rise in "reverse remittances," or people sending money from Mexico up north to family members who have moved to the United States.


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