• When the Mexican Rich Get Richer, The Poor Come North

    LatinaLista — So what if we build a 30-foot, double-steel, reinforced fence at the border with Mexico and do random worksite raids gathering hundreds of undocumented immigrants and filling planes and buses to deport them en masse back across the border? Will that stop the desperate attempts to reach “El Norte?” Well,...

  • An Economist Sees the True Value of Undocumented Labor

    LatinaLista — There is a very simple reason as to why the United States is in the mess it is in when it comes to having lost control over illegal immigration. Nobody ever wanted to talk about our dependence on illegal labor. Well, finally there’s a Texas economist who is not only...

  • Transforming Ordinary Business Owners into Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

    Empowerment coach, Nancy Marmolejo, sells clients on recognizing and valuing their own strengths to achieve their greatest potential. Nancy Marmolejo LatinaLista — Entrepreneurialism is in Nancy Marmolejo’s blood. Having a father who loved being his own boss, and who put Nancy and her six brothers and sisters to work in the family...

  • Latino Buying Power Set to Soar Nearly 500 Percent

    LatinaLista — Though some doubt the power of a Latino electorate, there is no doubting the buying power of Latinos. In the latest annual report on minority buying power by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Latino buying power is due to surpass...

  • Do U.S. Citizens Really Want to do Back-Breaking Labor for Minimum Wage?

    LatinaLista — The title of a new Arizona coalition sounds more like the name of an early morning talk show than an organized effort to combat the first fallout of the state’s do-it-yourself approach to immigration reform. (Source: bp2.blogger.com)

  • Immigrants and Their Children Will Account for All of the U.S. Work Force Growth Between 2010 and 2030

    LatinaLista — Tomorrow, the United States of America is 231 years old. What has become a cliche, courtesy of the immigration reform debate, that our nation is a nation of immigrants, has never been more true than tomorrow. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), more than 4,000 immigrants will...

  • NCLR Gets it Wrong in Assuming Future Workers Want Citizenship

    LatinaLista — While the Latino community is over 42 million strong, surprisingly there are still very few of our voices that have been able to find a platform from which to be heard. One either has to be in the media or have their own blog (;)) to be recognized as an...

  • Commercializing Cinco de Mayo Underscores How Much the Event Doesn’t Belong to Mexican-American Latinos

    LatinaLista — One thing mainstream America is good at doing is “commercializing” any special holiday or event  on a t-shirt! What better recuerdo (memory) than to have the event screen printed on a t-shirt. We know that event has reached the pinnacle of mainstream acceptance when t-shirts are dedicated to it. Who...

  • It’s Not a Digital Divide that Exists Among Latinos, but a Divide Over Nativity

    LatinaLista First, there were THESE headlines: Latinos hurt by digital divide, report says Latinos lagging in Internet use, report states Study finds wide Internet gap among US Latinos US Latinos Less Likely to Use Internet Juan Manuel Reyes- Hernandez, 12, plays games on the internet. (Source: Statesmanjournal.com) All of the above stories...

  • Expert Says Not Just Any Kind of Guest Worker Program Will Work

    LatinaLista — During his stop in Mexico, the last leg of his The-US-Wants-to-be-Your-Friend Latin American trip, President Bush made it clear that there would not be any amnesty granted to the undocumented who are in the United States, but rather what he likes to call a “path to citizenship.” President Bush with...

  • Today’s Undocumented Students Could Hold the Key to Impending Economic Crisis in 2012

    LatinaLista — A new report released today by the Boston College Center on Aging and Work warns the country that today’s strong economy is in for a very rude awakening by 2012. Why? Because of a changing workforce demographic. Today’s Baby Boomers are getting near retirement age and there won’t be anyone...

  • Latino Advice Columnists Got it All Wrong

    LatinaLista — Today, a question was posed to three Latino advice columnists. The question: I’ve always heard of the glass ceiling for nonwhite, nonmale workers, but is there such a thing as a “token ceiling”? I’m a Latina professional who’s competent, loyal and ambitious, but guess what? My boss is competent, loyal...

  • California is Second State to Release Research Finding Economic Benefits to Undocumented Immigrant Labor

    LatinaLista — The U.S. Census reports that between July 1, 2003 and July 1, 2004, California led all states in an increase of Hispanics. Overall, the state added 715,000 Latinos. In Los Angeles County alone, there was an increase of 76,400 Latinos – which proved to be the highest among all counties....

  • Superhero Exhibit Underscores Value of Immigrant Labor

    LatinaLista — Monday nights are addictive for those of us who have gotten hooked on the NBC series Heroes. The idea that ordinary-looking people can have these incredible qualities makes it all the more believable that a “Superman” could actually be walking among us. But sometimes, we get so caught up in...

  • The Point of No Return for Immigration Reform: The Proof is in the Pizza

    LatinaLista — There is a bigger verdad (truth) in this whole immigration debate and the proof is in the pizza. By now, we’ve all heard of the special promotion that a Dallas, Texas-based pizza chain called Pizza Patron, was doing. For a limited time, they are allowing their customers, who are primarily...

  • Iraqi War Veterans Among Growing Trend of Homeless Veterans

    LatinaLista — As President Bush delivers his speech telling the nation that it’s going to take over 20,000 more U.S. troops to bring stability to Iraq, I am rereading the sad statistics about the homeless in this country. (Source: whdh.com) It may or may not surprise anyone to know that a good...

  • Operator of Family Immigrant Detention Center Named Among the 400 Best Businesses in America by Forbes

    LatinaLista — In 2004, at a company investors’ meeting, representatives from Corrections Corporation of America, operators of the family immigration detention facility, the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, told their investors that business was good. T. Don Hutto Residential facility (Photographer: Jay Johnson-Castro) At the time, federal prisons were...

  • Just How Many Immigrants Caught in Swift Raids Used False Identities to Damage Others’ Credit?

    LatinaLista I am a Chicana and my identity was stolen by an illegal alien. Yes, an illegal alien. Not an undocumented worker, not an economic migrant, not a border crosser, not an entrant. It ruined my credit, cost thousands of dollars getting the IRS off my back when they demanded back taxes...

  • The State of Texas Makes It Official: Undocumented Contribute More to State Revenues than Receive in Services

    LatinaLista — A day after Latina Lista reported on the attempts by a Texas lawmaker to revoke American citizenship of children born in the United States of undocumented immigrants comes a “Special Report” from the state’s comptroller that undocumented immigrants contribute more to the state coffers than any services they receive. Billed...

  • Lending Program Matches American Citizens with Struggling Mexican Entrepreneurs

    LatinaLista — Maria Elena lives in Monterrey, Mexico. She used to work in a tortilla factory. Though she didn’t make a lot of money, her small salary, added to her husband’s wages as a mechanic, let Maria Elena, her husband and their daughter live with a roof over their heads and food...

  • Tax Law Professor Shows Research Proving that the Undocumented Don’t Exploit U.S. Economy

    LatinaLista Since the enactment of the Revenue Act of 1913, the federal government has subjected non-U.S. citizens residing in the United States (with or without documents) to income tax in the same manner as U.S. citizens. Low-income undocumented immigrants pay little or no federal income tax because of the offset against gross...

  • Four Myths About Undocumented Immigrants are Dispelled in New University Study

    LatinaLista — As more and more towns join in the hysteria of proclaiming undocumented immigrants Public Enemy #1, it’s more and more obvious these politicians and citizens don’t want to know the people behind the label. Who knows what would happen then? Well, one University of South Carolina researcher thought it was...