By Irasema Romero | 04/15/2011 - 15:37
In the final day of the legislative session, Georgia lawmakers passed a bill that if signed by Republican Governor Nathan Deal may become one of the toughest anti-immigration measures imposed by a state.
Similar to last year’s Arizona law, the HB87 would allow enforcement officials to verify immigration status of certain investigation suspects. CNN.com also reports that people caught working with fake documents could receive fines of up to $250,000 and be sentence to 15 years in prison.
By Lourdes Medrano | 04/12/2011 - 20:26
Arizona Latinos welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that blocks enforcement of the state’s tough immigration law, but they also say the legal fight is anything but over.
“To us a victory is going to be when SB 1070 is repealed totally out of the books of Arizona,” Salvador Reza, a Phoenix immigrant-rights activist, said of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/31/2011 - 12:30
What started as a low rumble for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has become a loud roar as immigrant's rights organizations, fans and players alike call on the league to reconsider playing the 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix, Arizona due to the passage of controversial SB 1070.
By Lourdes Medrano | 02/15/2011 - 18:05
Arizona lawmakers are continuing their push this week to deny automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Senator Ron Gould (R-AZ) recently called off the vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee because he believed the bill would have been defeated, but more receptive legislators are expected to again take up the agenda this week. The goal is to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider whether the 14th Amendment truly guarantees citizenship to such children.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/11/2011 - 16:30
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced yesterday that the state of Arizona was going to sue the federal government for failing to protect the border.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/05/2011 - 16:30
Outgoing Colorado Governor Bill Ritter approved a controversial program on Tuesday that allows the state to identify illegal immigrants through the fingerprints of every person booked into jail.
The program is controversial because some argue that the program will lead to unjust deportations and racial profiling, but Ritter countered that the Secure Communities program improves "public safety, national security and crime fighting."
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 Damarys Ocaña Perez | 09/13/2010 - 18:00
For us, Jacob Vargas is a familiar and welcome (not to mention, cute) face, having been in several of Hollywood’s best-known movies about Latinos: Selena, My Family, American Me, and Mi Vida Loca. But you’re about to see him in a whole new light in the M. Night Shyamalan-produced thriller Devil, which pits a group of people stuck in an elevator against each other...And the forces of evil.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/08/2010 - 17:30
Jessica Alba recently sat down with MTV Tr3s to promote her new film Machete and they asked her what she thinks about the controversial SB 1070 passed in Arizona last spring and immigration reform. Here's what she had to say:
By Grace Bastidas | 09/07/2010 - 14:15
Colombian rockeros Aterciopelados have never shied away from commenting on political and social issues through their music. The band’s latest video tackles the immigration debate with lyrics and images. The clip is for the song "Bandera," which was recorded for the 2008 album Rio but might as well have been written with Arizona's controversial SB1070 legislation in mind.
"Who are you?/ Where were you born?/ Therefore you can’t enter this country," sings vocalist Andrea Echeverri.