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For Some, San Francisco Latino History Began With Irish Songs

For Some, San Francisco Latino History Began With Irish Songs

By Lydia Chávez Mission Local As a boy, Francisco Camplis acquired a repertoire of songs that would have served him well in Dublin. Never mind that Camplis, now 80 years old, was the son of two Mexican immigrants in SoMa. Like his compadres he attended St. Patrick’s School on Fifth Street and every St. Patrick’s


The Connecticut Latino Behind The ‘Borinqueneers’ Bill

Brian Woodman, Jr. Frank Medina, grew up in Bridgeport, CT and still remembers when he first learned about the legendary ‘Borinqueneers.’ It was from his grandfather, who served in the 65th Infantry Regiment. Medina remembered the story of the valiant unit, which fought in some of the fiercest battles in WWI, II and the


French artist creates first video facade installation in the United States on San Antonio landmark

By Alyssa Bunting La Prensa de San Antonio San Antonio, the magical city of historical landmarks, is giving one of its oldest a facelift with a modern twist using some advanced technology. The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest functioning sanctuary in the United States and the first church in San Antonio that stands the


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