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Mexican deportee creates business born behind US bars

Mexican deportee creates business born behind US bars

By Jessica Salcedo Borderzine DURANGO, Mexico — Hipólito López never thought that he would learn a new trade in prison that would lead to his own business after incarceration. “Polo” spent 12 years in prison at Beaumont, Texas, where he learned various crafts such as making paintbrushes, beadwork and saddlery. “I learned this leather craft


As documentary of slain journalist Rubén Salazar debuts, his wife remembers

By Sally Salazar Hispanic Link Editor’s note: A Wikipedia entry describes Ruben Salazar as:… a Mexican-American journalist killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy during the National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War on August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, California. During the 1970s, his killing was often cited as a symbol


Program educates border youths about danger of working for cartels

By Josh Burton Cronkite News Service NOGALES, Ariz. – When the Border Patrol stops Arizona youths smuggling drugs through the port of entry here on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and other agents often find out those kids have been fed lies. One common lie: If agents find those drugs taped to your leg, you


Things are getting better for both sides of the border

By Joe Sandoval La Prensa de San Antonio LAREDO, TX — Going to and from Mexico may get a little easier between the two Laredos, at least that’s how Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) perceives it. In the last few days, millions of dollars have been appropriated adding to the equation, and Cuellar can only see


More Support Needed For Latino Veterans And Families?

By Brian Woodman Jr. Iraq War veteran Armando Elias, a 41 year-old native Puerto Rican, joined the U.S. Army at age 26 and became a sergeant before his service ended. He and his family described the anxiety that they sometimes faced; he as a returning veteran becoming acclimated to civilian life while seeking work


Thirteen and Homeless — San Francisco’s homeless families on the rise

By Andra Cernavskis Mission Local Anthony Velez, 13, is tired of trudging around the Tenderloin with his family to find something to eat that won’t give him a stomachache. He misses his mom’s home cooking. “I’m used to having a refrigerator,” said the eighth grader at Everett Middle School. He’s at a diner across the