Obama Supports Asylum for Guatemalan Woman Fleeing Abusive Husband
By Mariela Rosario | 11/03/2009 - 10:25

After fighting in court since 1995, Rody Alvarado Peña's path to political asylum was finally cleared by the Department of Homeland security, which declared she is "eligible for asylum and merits a grant of asylum as a matter of discretion."


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Dallas Woman Ticketed for Not Speaking English
By Mariela Rosario | 10/26/2009 - 16:08

When Ernestina Madragon was pulled over by the police in Dallas, she understood that she'd be getting a ticket that she deserved for making an illegal U-turn. It was the citation on the ticket for "not speaking English" and the accompanying fine that confused her. "He asked me if I spoke English. I said I speak a little and understand it," Madragon said.


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Republican Senators Want to Keep Illegal Immigrants Off of Census
By Mariela Rosario | 10/14/2009 - 18:00

The United States senate will vote on a controversial amendment today that could require the Census Bureau to ask the immigration status of everyone who participates in the 2010 survey and exclude illegal immigrants from the population count.


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Kidnapped Newborn Found Safe, Shocking Twist to Story
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/05/2009 - 11:08

First, the good news: The kidnapped newborn of Nashville resident Maria Gurrolla was found unharmed in a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line. Four days after Gurrolla, 30, gave birth to Yair Anthony Carillo, a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent stabbed the young mother in her neck and upper chest before stealing the baby. Gurrolla’s 3-year-old daughter was left untouched.
 


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American Apparel Forced to Lay Off 1,800 Immigrant Workers
By Mariela Rosario | 10/02/2009 - 11:17

After a lengthy investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, American Apparel owner Dov Charney has been forced to fire 1,800 employees (about a quarter of the company's workforce) because of their immigration status.


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Woman Claiming to be Immigration Officer Stabs Mom, Steals Baby
By Mariela Rosario | 10/01/2009 - 12:00

Maria Gurrolla had no idea who the woman was who showed up at her doorstep posing as an immigration official. "She said she was an immigration officer and she was there to arrest her," Gurrolla's cousin said, serving as interpreter for the AP. The unidentified woman pushed her way into the home and proceeded to the kitchen where she grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed Gurrolla repeatedly. Gurrolla ran to her neighbor Eric Peterson's home to plead for help.


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Immigrant Asks to be Deported, Can't Afford to Live in USA
By Mariela Rosario | 09/30/2009 - 14:15

An illegal immigrant walked into a police station in Framingham, MA, admitted to stealing another man's identity and asked to be deported back to his native Guatemala.


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Trial Starts in Fatal Immigrant Smuggling Case
By Mariela Rosario | 09/29/2009 - 17:00

Texas native Jorge Hernandez Hernandez's trial for his involvement in the 2004 deaths of nine Central American immigrants began yesterday in the town of McAllen.


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Joe Wilson Heckles President Obama Over Health Coverage for Illegal Immigrants
By Mariela Rosario | 09/10/2009 - 16:11

If you watched President Obama's eloquent address to the joint Congress last night, there is no doubt one moment that sticks in your mind, and unfortunately it probably has nothing to do with health care. Rather, it was most likely Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-NC) inappropriate outburst in the middle of the president's speech that made an impression.


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Little Boy Travels 600 Miles Alone to Find Mother
By Mariela Rosario | 09/02/2009 - 16:32

Jose Enrique Sanchez, 11, traveled more than 600 miles alone with only 200 pesos (the equivalent of 15 U.S. dollars) in his pocket in an attempt to be reunited with his mother.

"My papa said that my mother is in Laredo, so I came to find her," said Sanchez, who hasn’t seen his mother in more than 18 months.


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