• Federal Reserve economic report disputes claims of immigrants taking away jobs from Americans

    LatinaLista — A non-political report was released earlier this week that surprisingly received little media attention. It was published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and titled The Effect of Immigrants on U.S. Employment and Productivity. After reviewing the research, it’s easy to see why it didn’t make headlines —...

  • The book isn’t closed on Laredo’s quest for a city bookstore

    LatinaLista — There may yet be a happy ending to the city of Laredo’s quest to have a bookstore in their town. If you remember, the town lost their last bookstore, B. Dalton, when the national chain felt they needed to take their retail concept in another direction that didn’t fit with...

  • Closing Mexican border would be a bad thing for both countries

    LatinaLista — In a testy exchange between TX Democrat State Rep. Rene Oliveira of Brownsville and Judge Mary Horn, a Republican from North Texas over a new report detailing how much undocumented immigrants cost the state of Texas: Horn said undocumented immigrants have driven up healthcare and prison costs in her county....

  • Analysis of U.S. employment shift reveals future potential need for Latino immigrant labor

    LatinaLista — It’s not news that the economic downturn has hurt people of color the most. Yet, the hope that the economy will improve enough to where it was before everything crashed and people who worked in the construction and manufacturing businesses will get their old jobs back appears to be more...

  • USDA Sec. Vilsack still owes an apology and swift action to discriminated Hispanic farmers

    LatinaLista — What happened to Shirley Miller Sherrod and the swiftness of her firing at the hands of her boss Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was an outrage. Yet, what was a bigger outrage was the reason Vilsack gave the press for doing what he did: Vilsack said he had been focused on...

  • New report says family migration accounts for majority of U.S. immigration

    LatinaLista– Today the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released their annual International Migration Outlook for 2010. When it comes to migration or immigration — depending from which side you want to look at it — it’s important to put it in a global perspective since migration is a world-wide phenomenon...

  • One blogger’s idea to get companies to change course on offshore jobs

    LatinaLista — A lot of people, bloggers in particular, have ideas on how to bring jobs back into the U.S. economy. One blogger and Latina Lista friend, Dee of Immigration Talk with a Mexican American proposes that jobs that are outsourced be brought back to the United States. While the idea is...

  • T-shirt company asks Brazil’s World Cup supporters to buy shirts benefitting Brazil’s street kids

    LatinaLista — The 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer matches are really starting to heat up as the quarterfinals begin. For fans that means going all-out to show their support. The most popular way for fans to support their teams is by wearing t-shirts sporting the team’s colors. Well, one clothing company is...

  • United Farm Workers launch campaign to get unemployed Americans to fill farm job vacancies

    LatinaLista — The argument that undocumented immigrants do the work most Americans don’t want to do doesn’t apply to the Gulf Oil spill — yet. The Pensacola office of Workforce EscaRosa, an unemployment agency that serves the Florida region of beaches that find themselves littered with tar balls, fielded over 5,000 applications...

  • Job site helps Latino professionals find work

    LatinaLista — It’s been often reported that Latinos are one of the groups who have been hit the hardest as companies downsize their staff. Aside from networking or using online job boards, there’s not much support or help for the average Latino professional trying to advance their career while keeping a roof...

  • New report reveals Latinos and African Americans losing homes to foreclosures at even higher rates

    LatinaLista — Home ownership has long been considered the heart of the “American Dream.” Not just for immigrants but native born Americans as well. However, these days talk of that aspect of the American Dream for Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans and Asians is like talking about the existence of unicorns —...

  • Memorial Day campaign raises money to help train veterans for civilian jobs

    LatinaLista — For many young Latinos, joining the military is a way to have their education paid for or “see the world” or do something with their lives. Unless they decide to make it a career, these same young people, along with their fellow soldiers, are finding it a tough go at...

  • Arizona boycotts appear to be working before they’ve begun

    LatinaLista — A recent headline trumpeting Arizona Boycotts Could Backfire on Latinos illustrated just how much non-Latinos don’t get the issue of SB 1070. It shouldn’t be surprising. A new study released this month in the journal Current Biology revealed that when it comes to pain empathy, people of different races have...

  • Wal-Mart rolls out five-year plan to help ease hunger in the U.S.

    LatinaLista — It’s reported that hunger rates in the United States are the highest since 1995, with almost 15 percent of households not having enough nutritious food in their homes. Among these households are included: over 16 million children (ten states and Washington, DC have over 20 percent children) and more than...

  • The justification of an Arizona boycott is as clear as a bill that singles out Latinos

    LatinaLista — Every day the list of city councils and organizations that either call or plan to boycott Arizona keeps growing. The (Washington) D.C. Council waded into the fight over illegal immigration today, as all 13 members sponsored a bill forbidding the police chief from sharing arrest data with federal immigration officials...

  • Guest Voz: Economic investment in Mexico is key to stemming illegal immigration

    By Dr. Bill Hing LatinaLista — Dr. Bill Hing is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. He teaches Judicial Process, Negotiations, Public Service Strategies, Asian American Legal History, and directs the law school clinical program. Throughout his career, he...

  • LSU researchers underscore negative ramifications for urban blacks from U.S. immigration policy

    LatinaLista — Researchers and policy experts have long known that low-skilled undocumented immigrant workers impacted the job prospects of native low-skilled workers, notably blacks. In the past, this competition for jobs between the two groups has contributed to what is reported as tension between blacks and Latinos. Yet, the full and specific...

  • States passing draconian immigration bills aren’t taking into account Latino buying power

    LatinaLista — One of the most creative movies about Latinos to ever come out of Hollywood was the 2004 film “A Day Without a Mexican.” The premise of the story was all the Mexicans in the state of California disappear, and no one knows why. While the focus in the film was...

  • Dump Day campaign raises money to feed people who live at Honduras dump

    LatinaLista — It wasn’t that long ago that Honduras dominated world headlines due to the country’s political turmoil, and remains in the spotlight because of the increase in violence and murders of journalists. Yet there is another story in Honduras that, unfortunately, has never attracted the kind of global outcry as has...

  • Justice Dept. report shows U.S. need for illlegal drugs from Mexico only to increase in 2010

    LatinaLista — In February, the Justice Dept. released their annual National Drug Threat Assessment. Unfortunately, few media outlets paid much attention to it. Maybe because it was so lengthy or it could be because it was so disturbing in its analysis of how our country’s addictions are playing a part in the...

  • Education report reveals less than a quarter of Florida Latinos have bachelor’s degrees

    LatinaLista — When it comes to higher education, Latinos always seem to lag behind the pack. Recent reports reveal that only 10 percent of Latinos have earned a bachelor’s degree, while Latinas are outpacing Latinos in college enrollment. This disparity in genders and graduation rates among ethnicities serves as a window into...

  • Mexico — It’s time to create laws recognizing the value of housekeepers

    By Martha Ramos LatinaLista MEXICO CITY — In Mexico, one million 816,000 women work as housekeepers. I’ don’t think there are any women stronger than them. Usually, they live in small villages where there is no water or even telephone service, and they always come to big cities searching for a better...

  • New AARP report underscores the value of family to Latinos, even in a bad economy

    LatinaLista — It’s been reported that Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the nation’s recession more than other groups. Well, a new study jointly released by AARP and the National Hispana Leadership Institute reveals just exactly who among Latinos is bearing the brunt of the poor economy — and why. According to...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Teaching immigrant workers they too have a voice

    LatinaLista — One of the consequences of illegal immigration is the subculture of workers that unscrupulous employers have learned how to take advantage of. For example, in the Niagara Falls area of New York last month, an undocumented worker, upset with the contractor who hired him to work on a house and...

  • National Urban League includes Hispanic Equality Index in annual “State of Black America” report

    LatinaLista  — The National Urban League celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and like it has for the past 34 years, released their annual “State of Black America” (SOBA).   The SOBA traditionally features the Equality Index — a black-white comparison of how blacks in America are faring compared to whites. This...