SEIU Files Groundbreaking NAFTA Complaint Against HB 56

New America Media, News Report, Posted: Apr 30, 2012

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a Mexican labor lawyers group today filed a groundbreaking complaint with Mexico’s Department of Labor challenging Alabama’s anti-immigrant law HB 56 under the supplemental labor agreement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Tucson’s Ousted Mexican-American Studies Director Speaks: The Fight’s Not Over

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 28, 2012

Educators have gone straight to the source, trying to challenge the basic constitutionality of HB 2281 in Arizona.

What’s the Soundtrack of Your Immigrant Culture?

Univision News, Commentary, Arturo Conde, Posted: Apr 28, 2012

Many Latinos find a voice and identity through the work of musicians such as Manu Chao.

Hundreds Protest SB 1070 in Phoenix

Prensa Hispana, News Report, Maritza Lizeth Félix, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

More than 300 people took to the streets in Phoenix to protest Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 on Wednesday.

ICE to Give Leniency to Those Arrested for Minor Traffic Violations

La Opinión, News Report, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that if it identifies an undocumented immigrant through Secure Communities, from only a minor traffic violation, ICE will not keep him or her in custody until there is a conviction.

After Review, ICE Puts 16K of 300K Deportation Cases on Hold

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

Immigration officials have suspended 16,544 deportation cases and are moving steadily through a review of nearly 300,000 cases in the deportation queue, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week.

Rep. Gutierrez: 'Great' Meeting with Rubio on Alternative DREAM Act

Univision News, News Report, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

A key Democratic congressman said Wednesday that he was encouraged by a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over his plan to introduce a pared-down version of the DREAM Act.

LA Metro Cut Services, Violated Civil Rights

La Opinión, News Report, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

An editorial in La Opinión argues that the Los Angeles MTA had "no excuse" for failing to protect the civil rights of minority passengers.

Report Finds DHS's Border Strategy Ineffective

New America Media, News Report, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

A new report calls for the re-evaluation of U.S.-Mexico border policies, that may have reached the limit of their effectiveness.

Nebraska Decision on Prenatal Care Bittersweet Victory for Women

New America Media, Op-ed, Jessica González-Rojas, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

Nebraska’s decision to override the governor’s veto of a bill that provides free prenatal care to the undocumented denies the mother rights granted to the fetus.

Arizona's 'Salt of the Earth' Moment

New America Media, Commentary, Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez, Posted: Apr 27, 2012

Arizona's ban on ethnic studies could be the next Arizona law to make it to the Supreme Court, which heard arguments this week over SB 1070.

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act

La Opinión, News Report, Posted: Apr 26, 2012

In a bipartisan vote of 68 - 31, the U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which gives women protections and recourse against domestic violence and abuse.

Exiled From Arizona, Immigrant Begins Anew in California

New America Media, Profile, Sugriel Reyes, Posted: Apr 26, 2012

Before SB1070, Claudia lived the life she'd always dreamed of. Today, she is one of thousands who have fled Arizona's anti-immigrant crackdown.

Fed Case Against SB 1070 Not ‘Selling Well’ in Supreme Court

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Apr 25, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor observed that the federal government’s argument against Arizona's immigration law wasn’t “selling well.”

Showdown Time for SB 1070

La Opinión, Editorial, Posted: Apr 25, 2012

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a state has the right to pass its own immigration regulations.

California Pols Move to Keep Immigrant Families Unified During Deportation

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 25, 2012

A California state legislative committee voted unanimously last week in support of a bill that will strengthen the rights of parents arrested by local police and those held for additional time because of their immigration status. The new rules are designed to combat a problem uncovered by, in which parents stuck in detention are unable to remain engaged with their children in foster care.

Hispanic Consumers: Young, Mobile, Growing

Nielsen Wire, News Report, Posted: Apr 25, 2012

A Nielsen study on Hispanic consumers identifies several unique characteristics that make Hispanics the largest population group to exhibit culture sustainability--ever.

In Wake of SB 1070, Waves of Pro-Immigrant Legislation Emerge

New America Media, News Analysis, Alfonso Serrano F., Posted: Apr 25, 2012

The economic and political failure of SB 1070 and other "anti-immigration" bills is causing states to shift course on immigration policy.

Ahead of Supreme Ct. Hearing, Legislators Grill SB1070 Author

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Apr 24, 2012

Ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on Arizona’s SB 1070, a sub-committee heard testimony on the law's economic, social and civil rights implications.

As SB 1070 Heads to Court, a Father’s Case Reveals the Larger Problem

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 24, 2012

A New York father faces deportation to Argentina, likely because he went into diabetic shock and had the poor luck to be met by police officers who arrested him, instead of sought aid for him.

No Miranda Rights for Immigrants?

American Immigration Council, News Report, Posted: Apr 23, 2012

The American Immigration Council on Friday challenged a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals that immigrants who are arrested without a warrant do not need to receive certain Miranda-like warnings before being interrogated.

The New Rodney King: Abuse on the Border

La Opinión, Editorial, Posted: Apr 23, 2012

The 2010 video of a man lying down while Border Patrol agents Taser him is "horrifyingly similar" the video of the beating of Rodney King, according to an editorial in La Opinión.

ETHNIC ELDERS ONLINE: Empowering Seniors to Close the "Gray Gap"

New America Media, News Feature, Liz Seegert , Posted: Apr 23, 2012

Ethnic elders are slipping into the technology Gray Gap with little access to the online world. A Miami agency, though, is building Internet bridging for seniors.

Recession Makes Latino Seniors Put Retirement on Hold

Mundo Hispanico/New America Media , News Feature, Johanes Roselló, Posted: Apr 22, 2012

Unemployment, jobs without benefits, health crises, family caregiving—many Latino boomers are moving into elder years without the possibility of retiring.

Republican Legislator Proposes to Revise DREAM Act

La Opinion, News Report, Posted: Apr 20, 2012

Senator Marco Rubio plans to unveil his version of the DREAM Act, which would provide undoucmented youth access to the current visa system, and would eventually lead to citizenship.

When Did Immigrants Become the Enemy?

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Posted: Apr 20, 2012

Commentator Andrew Lam considers the question raised by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice: When immigrants became the enemy, instead of America’s strength?

Demand to Include Central Am. Nations on Census

Proceso Digital, News Report, Posted: Apr 18, 2012

Pro-immigrant organizations will ask the U.S. Census Bureau to include Central American countries on the forms of the next decennial Census.

San Francisco Youth Face Violence, Deportation as Local Services Shrink

New America Media, News Report, Alex Emslie, Posted: Apr 18, 2012

Killings, arrests and immigration crackdowns have hurt San Francisco’s Latino and black youth just as the city has cut services to help them and prevent violence.

ICE Could Deport Mother Suffering From Postpartum Depression

New America Media, News Report, Posted: Apr 16, 2012

Noelia Ramos, mother of a two-month old son and a four-year old girl, who was arrested as part of the raid on the Michael Bianco factory in New Bedford, Mass. along with 300 other workers on March 6, 2007, is reportedly suffering from postpartum depression.

What Would a Romney Presidency Mean for Immigration?

La Opinión, News Report, Posted: Apr 16, 2012

Judging by the poisitions Mitt Romney has taken on immgration during his campaign so far, a Romney presidency would include support for states to pass their own immigration laws; persuing a version of the DREAM Act that does not include a path to citizenship; and making the online work-authorization system E-Verify mandatory for all employers nationwide.

Obama Promises Immigration Reform in First Year of Second Term

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 16, 2012

I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term. I want to try this year. The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple.

Teaching the Bracero Program in CA Schools

La Opinión, Editorial, Posted: Apr 16, 2012

California state Senator Kevin de Leon's proposed bill SB 993 would make the Bracero Program part of the curriculum taught in Grades 7 and 12 in California's public schools.

“Inconvenient Children” Video Unleashes a Political Storm in Mexico

New America Media, News Report, Louis E. V. Nevaer, Posted: Apr 14, 2012

U.S. media coverage of a controversial Mexican video reflects an American public that doesn’t understand Mexico very well.

UFW, Jewish Community Bound by Social Justice Causes

Vida en el Valle, News Report, Rebecca Plevin, Posted: Apr 14, 2012

Jewish communities -- long champions of social justice causes -- supported Chávez from the early days of United Farm Workers.

Exodus of Corporate Support Shines Light on ALEC

Univision News, News Report, Mariana Atencio, Posted: Apr 13, 2012

This week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation became the latest backer to withdraw financial support for ALEC.

Why Do Spanish-Language Media Still Use the Term "Negro"?

El Tiempo Latino, Commentary, Roland Roebuck, Posted: Apr 13, 2012

Some Spanish-language newspapers in Washington, D.C. continue to refer to Latinos of African descent by the insulting term "Negro."

Study: Impact of Undocumented Workers on Wages ‘Negligible’

Univision News, News Report, Posted: Apr 12, 2012

A recent study by economists at the Atlanta Federal Reserve may discredit one of the most common arguments used to justify state-based immigration crackdown laws.

Punishment and Profits: Al Jazeera Visits Immigration Detention

Al Jazeera, News Report, Posted: Apr 12, 2012

Al Jazeera's Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention in the United States.

Who Is the Real Mitt Romney?

La Opinión, Editorial, Posted: Apr 12, 2012

Winning the trust of voters is indeed Romney's big challenge.

Temporary Protected Status Keeps Family Living in Limbo

New America Media, News Report, Scott Graf, Posted: Apr 12, 2012

The one thing that Vasquez, a student at San Francisco State University, realized soon after arriving was that his new home is sadly temporary.

Maricopa County’s Former Top Prosecutor Andrew Thomas Disbarred

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 11, 2012

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his onetime deputy, Lisa Aubuchon, will be disbarred effective May 10 by the Arizona ethics panel for failed corruption probes.

Mexican Candidates Blast the Airwaves, Stir Up the Social Networks

Frontera NorteSur, News Report, Posted: Apr 11, 2012

Mexican candidates in the country's 2012 presidential election hit the airwaves -- and social media networks -- this week.

Zimmerman Case Ignites Dialogue on Latino Racial Identity

New America Media, Roundup, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 10, 2012

A daily conversation is taking place on Latino news sites and blogs about where Latinos see themselves in the context of race in America.

Marlins Suspend Guillen for Five Games After Pro-Castro Remarks

El Nuevo Herald, News Report, Posted: Apr 10, 2012

Miami Marlins manager Oswaldo "Ozzie" Guillén was suspended for five games Tuesday as a result of his pro-Castro remarks.

Border Patrol Turns to Foreign Media to Discourage Unauthorized Border Crossings

Univision News, News Report, Juan Gastelum, Posted: Apr 10, 2012

The federal government is turning to Mexican and Central American media outlets to warn potential migrants of the dangers of trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

CA State Immigration Bill Vies for Spot on November Ballot

New America Media, News Report, Posted: Apr 10, 2012

The California Opportunity and Prosperity Act, or COPA, would allow undocumented immigrants to join a state immigration registry.

New Migrant Worker Health Plan Offers Binational Care

Hispanic Trending, News Report, Posted: Apr 10, 2012

Migrant workers who split time between Mexico and Bakersfield could now have access to medical insurance on both sides of the border, thanks to a new plan targeting Kern County's large mobile labor force.

ICE Slow to Embrace Alternatives to Immigrant Detention

New America Media, News Report, Alfonso Serrano F., Posted: Apr 10, 2012

The new Texas immigrant detention center may be more "humane," but there are less costly, more effective alternatives to detention.

My Uncle’s Life in Exile

New America Media, Commentary, Melissa Reyes, Posted: Apr 10, 2012

For Uncle Joe, a deportee, someone raised thoroughly American, but who is now an exile in his homeland, home has become a complicated concept.

A Deadly Syndrome Stalks the Mexican Elections

Frontera NorteSur, News Report, Posted: Apr 09, 2012

Leaders of the Progressive Movement coalition denounced violent attacks and threats against their candidates in seven of Mexico’s states.

Miss. Business Sector Key to Defeat of Anti-Immigrant Bill

La Opinión, Editorial, Posted: Apr 08, 2012

The state of Mississippi has a dark history when it comes to discrimination and racial segregation, like many other southern states. Yet, unlike its neighbors, an anti-immigrant state law was blocked there. And this is good news.

A Model to Forecast the Latino Vote?

NBC Latino, News Report, Posted: Apr 08, 2012

A group of Latino political scientists say they have come up with a way to measure how influential the Latino vote will be in November.

Drop in Latino Registered Voters Surprises Political Experts

Al Día, News Report, Posted: Apr 08, 2012

The number of Hispanic voters declined significantly between 2009 and 2010.

AOL Co-Founder Turns Attention to Immigration Reform

Univision News, News Report, Posted: Apr 07, 2012

After a successful campaign for the Jobs Act, AOL Inc co-founder Steve Case says he’s ready to champion for immigration reform.

Most Ala. Businesses Missed E-Verify Deadline

Univision News, News Report, Posted: Apr 07, 2012

The vast majority of businesses in the state failed to meet one of the requirements of Alabama’s H.B. 56 before the deadline, signaling continued confusion about the law.

Marco Rubio’s Dream Act: The New ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’?

New America Media, Commentary, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 06, 2012

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is poised to release his version of the DREAM Act – one that would create a legal category of second-class citizens.

Human Dignity is Not a Joke

New America Media, Commentary, Roopal Patel, Posted: Apr 06, 2012

Violations of immigration laws are a civil offense, yet ICE models immigration detention after criminal incarceration systems.

DHS Releases Two Reports on Secure Communities

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 06, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector-General (OIG) today released two reports regarding the Secure Communities federal immigration enforcement program.

Ala. Lawmakers Propose Changes to HB 56

American Immigration Council, News Report, Posted: Apr 06, 2012

On Thursday, lawmakers in Alabama introduced a bill proposing extensive changes to HB 56, the state’s notorious immigration enforcement law.

State of Women and Girls in CA's Santa Clara County

El Observador, News Report, Posted: Apr 06, 2012

The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy has released comprehensive report about the State of Women and Girls in Santa Clara County.

Popular Latino Blogger Pulled From

Tucson Weekly, News Report, Posted: Apr 05, 2012

The Three Sonorans is no longer on the site.

A Latino VP? Marco Rubio's Limited Appeal

La Opinión, Commentary, Posted: Apr 05, 2012

It used to be unheard of, but now black and Latino presidential candidates are practically a requirement.

Pew Study: Latinos Identify by Countries of Origin

Pew Hispanic Center, News Report, Posted: Apr 05, 2012

A majority says they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin while just one-quarter says they prefer a pan-ethnic label like Latino or Hispanic.

A Trend Toward Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Choice Laws

New America Media, News Analysis, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 05, 2012

The states that moved to crack down on immigrants last year were the same states that enacted new restrictions on abortion.

End -- Don’t Mend -- Broken Enforcement Program

New America Media, Commentary, Jessica González-Rojas and Miriam Yeung, Posted: Apr 05, 2012

While it is laudable that the Obama administration has decided to reduce funding for the immigration enforcement program, 287(g), harmful parts of it will continue to tear families apart.

Miss. Anti-Immigrant Law Dies in State Senate

Univision News, News Report, Posted: Apr 04, 2012

A controversial bill cracking down on undocumented immigration died in the Mississippi state Senate after Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, a judiciary committee chairman, chose not to bring it to a vote before a Tuesday deadline.

Amnesty International: US Immigration Policy Violates Human Rights

Amnesty International, News Report, Posted: Apr 04, 2012

Amnesty International's new report, "In Hostile Terrain: Human rights violations in immigration enforcement in the US Southwest," examines the human rights violations associated with immigration enforcement at the border and in the interior of the United States.

From Alabama to Berlin -- Civil Rights Leaders Ask Mercedes to Oppose HB 56

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 04, 2012

Civil rights leaders traveled to Berlin this week to ask Mercedes executives to speak out against Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, HB 56.

Department of Justice Cuts Off Negotiations With Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Colorlines, News Report, Posted: Apr 04, 2012

In December, the DOJ accused Arpaio’so office of engaging in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing, including racial profiling in traffic stops, immigration operations and discriminating against Spanish speakers in the county jails.

Deported Dad Returns for Son's Funeral

Mojado Citizen, News Report, Posted: Apr 03, 2012

A Mexican man will be finally able to travel to his 10-year-old son’s burial in Pennsylvania after immigration officials granted his request for humanitarian permission to enter the United States.

The Tongue-tied Misfit and the Language of Violence

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Posted: Apr 03, 2012

One commentator writes about what drives inarticulate immigrants -- often cultural misfits -- to turn to gun violence.

More Older Vietnamese American Seeking Help for Depression

Viễn Đông/New America Media, News Report, Vanessa White , Posted: Apr 03, 2012

More older Vietnamese Americans in Southern California are seeking professional help for depression, and some find solace in their traditions.

ICE Deported More Than 46,000 Immigrants with U.S. Citizen Children Last Year, Report Finds

Immigration Impact, News Report, Michele Waslin, Posted: Apr 02, 2012

The new report finds that, between January and June 2011, ICE deported over 46,000 immigrants who claimed to have at least one U.S. citizen child.

Eastern Coachella Valley Fights Pollution: 3 Profiles in Environmental Activism

New America Media/Coachella Unincorporated, News Feature, Ivan Delgado, Rogelio Montaño and Aurora Saldivar, Posted: Apr 02, 2012

California’s Eastern Coachella Valley is steeped in poverty and pollution, and profiles of local residents show you don’t have to be a Super Hero to take action.

Experts: Vietnamese Parents Could Stem Youths’ High Depression Rates

New America Media/Viễn Đông , News Feature, Vanessa White, Posted: Apr 01, 2012

The murder-suicide of a young Vietnamese American last year spotlighted high depression levels among Asian youth. Experts say their parents need to listen.