• American DREAMer: The President Can Wake us up from our Nightmare

    By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista I sat up and realized it was only a dream. But was it really? A few nights ago, I dreamt that I was driving my partner Jose to school. It was raining and the road was slippery. I was flustered because I did not know where I was...

  • Son of Mexican immigrants graduates as college Valedictorian on his way to a Harvard PhD

    By Carlo Alaimo CSI Today Irvin Ibarguen, College of Staten Island Valedictorian for 2012, is the first CSI undergraduate to be admitted into Harvard University’s prestigious PhD History program. [caption id="attachment_18241" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Irvin Ibarguen (center, bottom) credits the support of his family for making his academic dreams a reality. (Photo courtesy...

  • Report: Undocumented youth turn to civic activism to fight for their right to stay in the U.S.

    LatinaLista — UC Irvine anthropologist Leo Chavez and Roberto Gonzales, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service, have co-authored a study showing how undocumented immigrant youth, faced with dwindling options in life due to their citizenship status, resort to political and civic activism. The study, “Awakening to...

  • The Saga of Immigrant Youth — the gap between feeling American and becoming American on paper

    By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista Next month, the country’s educational community celebrates the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Plyler vs. Doe. In Plyer vs. Doe, the high court ruled in June 1982 that it was against the law to prohibit primary and secondary education to an undocumented student....

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

    By Elena Shore New America Media Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday dismissed speculation that he could be the vice presidential nominee, but he is preparing to make another political play: he is about to release his version of the DREAM Act – one that would offer legal status without a...

  • Deported father had to fight ICE to be allowed to return to US for 10-year-old son’s funeral

    By Gustavo Martínez Contreras Mojado Citizen 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, according to a Facebook message from a representative of the law office representing him. [caption id="attachment_16825"...

  • Sharing the DREAM with Others

    By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful 19-year-old Salvadorian woman, fighting for the DREAM Act. At first, I thought she was a DREAMer, but on the contrary, Jocelyne Cardona, is a US Citizen, born to immigrant parents. “I am a...

  • Fearless youth confront Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    By Gustavo Martínez Contreras Mojado Citizen (Editor's note: The following is a translation of the original post that appears on Mojado Citizen) [caption id="attachment_16565" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The peaceful demonstration ended with the arrest of six undocumented youth who blocked a street in Phoenix, AZ in defiance of the practices of Sheriff Joe...

  • American Dream: The girl who inspired a US congressman to turn a DREAM into law

    Edited by Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista In the ongoing effort to highlight the stories of DREAMers on Latina...

  • Undocumented college student creates guide to help fellow DREAMers pursue the “other” American Dream

    LatinaLista — For many high school students, this is the time to start filling out college applications and submitting financial aid forms. For high school students who are undocumented, this is the time of their senior year that most of them have dreaded. Unable to qualify for financial aid, and in some...

  • First observance of National Undocumented Mental Health Day marred by deportation of suicide-prone DREAM-eligible student

    LatinaLista — The sad story of 18-year-old Joaquin Luna who committed suicide in November (2011) grabbed national headlines for a few days for one reason and one reason only — he was undocumented. Before anyone could read the letters he left behind, his family and friends attributed his suicide to his undocumented...

  • Report cites future source of growth for military recruits can only be found among immigrant population

    LatinaLista — Undocumented immigrants may be used as the proverbial "whipping boy" by legislators intent on cleansing the country of their presence, but if the U.S. military has their way undocumented immigrants would be the backbone of tomorrow's military. [caption id="attachment_15045" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A military naturalization ceremony, July 2010. Photo by NOWCastSA/Flickr...

  • 2011 saw 11 major milestones for undocumented youth

    By Gaby Pacheco LatinaLista The year 2011 was a year of recuperation. After the failure of the DREAM Act, immigrant youth across the country committed to continue fighting, even as many of them where exhausted from previous years of putting everything on the line. [caption id="attachment_14874" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Undocumented youth, who are...

  • With racial intolerance rearing its ugly head, website reaches out to “fellow Americans”

    LatinaLista — Racial intolerance has reached such high levels of disbelief that it's hard to believe we are talking about the United States and not some third world, oppressive country. Yet, two stunning examples of racial intolerance practiced by US citizens bring the issue "home for the holidays." The first example was...

  • Laredo’s Paisano Rest Stop program is longest-running bi-national effort dedicated to holiday travelers going to Mexico

    LatinaLista — While most states, in an effort to trim their budgets, are shutting down roadside rest stops — those isles of oasis on the side of the highway where one can stretch their legs, let whining kids and pets out to run off pent-up energy and, of course, the ever important...

  • New kind of diner’s guide helps discriminated restaurant employees get a fair shake

    LatinaLista -- To say Latinos have a love affair with food would be an understatement. Food is enjoyed whether it's in the family kitchen or out eating in restaurants. In fact, according to an article in FoodBusinessNews.net, the restaurant industry heavily depends on Latinos. According to Packaged Facts, without the influence of...

  • Poll underscores changing realization among Latinos, blacks and Asians that it takes more than hard work to be a success

    LatinaLista -- It's always assumed that if a person works hard, he/she will succeed in life. The harder you work, the greater your success. It's the premise for the proverbial "American Dream." Yet, a new poll released by Colorlines.com shows that the meaning of the American Dream has evolved, or to some,...

  • Immigrant Archive Project strives to preserve the personal stories of all immigrants

    LatinaLista -- It's estimated that 47 percent of today's Latino population is foreign-born. It's a statistic that isn't all that surprising, though it's important to note that the US Census attributes current growth in the Latino population from births, rather than immigration. Yet, immigrants have historically been heralded as the trailblazers of...

  • ALL Latinos suffer the stigma of low household wealth

    LatinaLista -- Even before today's release by Pew Social & Demographic Trends announcing the freefall in Latino household wealth, it was known that the recession hit Latinos especially hard. Yet, the real story is that it didn't hit ALL Latinos the same. While the just published statistics are dramatic in showing that...

  • Once blamed for the housing bust, Latinos now looked at saving housing industry

    LatinaLista -- It's rather ironic that Latinos, who were blamed for the nation's housing bust, are now being heralded as the ones who will save the industry from its demise. A new report State of Hispanic Homeownership by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals shows that if it were not...

  • Freeing the voice of incarcerated women and troubled youth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista College instructor Emmy Pérez taps into her lifelong passion of helping others to share her love of creative writing with troubled youth and incarcerated women. Emmy Pérez is a writer. She's also a college instructor, a life motivator and an inspiration to all her pupils -- from inside...

  • A sister’s death spurs a life quest for environmental truth

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista Corpus Christi native, Suzie Canales, encounters federal bureaucracy, frustration and roadblocks in finding solutions to help her local neighborhoods impacted by environmental abuses. For more than 10 years, Suzie Canales, 51, has been fighting for a clean environment in the Texas coastal town of Corpus Christi. Through her...

  • Women’s pro-football in San Antonio?

    By Angela Covo La Prensa SAN ANTONIO -- Rebecca Garza is the only Latina woman in the world who completely owns a pro-sports franchise team. And she wants to bring it to San Antonio. More than that, Garza is building a dynasty. Sitting with her in a quiet Starbucks, the entrepreneur exudes...

  • Teaching ESL abroad creates new opportunities for adventure for one Latina abuela

    LatinaLista   Teaching English in the "other" Iraq, Patricia Hernandez finds assimilation into the local culture made easy because of her bicultural and bilingual background. Patricia Hernandez is proof that the spirit of adventure isn't just reserved for the young. This 53-year-old California grandmother of three decided to venture out of her...

  • Latino baby boomer entrepreneurs sought as nominees for special social purpose prize

    LatinaLista -- In these economic times, the thought of retirement for many Baby Boomers is as much an impossibility as being in their twenties again. Most people older than 60 are resigned to the fact of working until they can physically no longer do it. Yet, there is a difference in this...