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With a Dream of Return: Deportees in Mexicali

With a Dream of Return: Deportees in Mexicali

By Jéssica Bedolla EL NUEVO SOL The goal of this audio documentary is to put a human face on the devastating effects of deportations on immigrant families by giving voice to the deportees themselves. The documentary includes interviews with people affected by deportations and their accounts of their forced exodus back to the south as


Political Developments Chill Immigration Reform from Texas to Virginia

Frontera NorteSur In new signs that prospects for immigration reform legislation are all but dead for now, developments in both state and national arenas have pushed a solution to the issue farther down the political tracks. For starters, Texas Republicans readopted a tough stance at the party’s convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Drawing more


Caring for thousands of children crossing illegally into the U.S. to cost $868 million in 2014

By Hecko Flores Borderzine EL PASO – Employees at a children’s shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, found 12-year-old Noemi Alvarez Quillay’s lifeless body hanging from a shower-curtain rod last March. The Ecuadorian girl had been trying to cross the border to reach her parents in New York when police apprehended her. She is only one


Texas’ Hispanic Republicans urged to switch parties

By Steve Taylor Rio Grande Guardian AUSTIN — Given what happened with the vote on immigration reform at the Texas GOP Convention last weekend, Hispanic Republicans are being urged to ditch their party and join the Democratic ranks. State Reps. Bobby Guerra, D-McAllen, and Armando Martinez, D-Weslaco, say Hispanic Republicans will find the Democratic Party

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Latino student wins scholarship to Yale University

By John Newton La Voz Latina Forgive Christopher Rios-Villalobos if life seems a little surreal these days. The Latino teen has just graduated with the highest grade-point-average in his class at Swainsboro High School, has been recognized as the star student of Emmanuel County and has been offered scholarships to attend several prestigious Ivy League


Veterans open up about immigration

By Michael Bacos Extra! n May 27, Veterans for Immigration Reform held a discussion at the Pritzker Military Library to discuss the role of immigrants in the U.S. Armed Forces and how immigration reform is needed to protect these immigrant veterans. Rodrigo Garcia, a former Marine and the son of undocumented immigrants, gave the keynote