• Boston makes learning English a city-wide project

    LatinaLista — One fallacy of the illegal immigration debate is that undocumented immigrants don’t want to learn English. Across the country there are stories of how undocumented immigrants are so desperate to learn English that they will work all night, get off in the early morning and either head home to check...

  • Guest Voz: Congresswoman Solis demands oil companies stop withholding oil from the market

    LatinaLista — Democratic Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis represents California’s 32nd Congressional District. The Congresswoman has been instrumental in creating legislation that has addressed issues important to Latinos: H.R. 359 – Cesar Estrada Chavez Study Act of 2007, H.R. 468, Communities of Color Teen Pregnancy Prevention Act of 2007, H.R. 1103 – Environmental...

  • The search is on for a new soundtrack for an old McDonald’s favorite

    LatinaLista — Did you know that McDonald’s and Latinos go hand-in-hand like, well, a burger and fries? Jim Delligatti, an early McDonald’s franchisee, invented McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich in 1967. He poses with the world’s largest Big Mac statue (14-feet high and 12-feet wide) during the opening of the Big Mac Museum...

  • Indian spiritualist chooses to cross picket line of Latino workers fighting for fair wages

    LatinaLista — What do you get when an Indian woman known the world over as the “Hugging Saint” who lives a life of peace and love meets a group of mostly Latino hotel workers protesting their employer’s refusal to enact a living wage law? An interesting showdown! Amma, the Hugging Saint Amma...

  • New impact studies show American economy will suffer without unskilled immigrant labor

    LatinaLista — Continuing revelations from last week’s Postville immigration raid at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant paints the employer as a far worst criminal than any of the 389 detained for using false social security card numbers and/or being undocumented. In fact, in the eyes of the business community, the management at...

  • Arizona’s E-Verify system is the crystal ball for the nation’s economy

    LatinaLista — If there is a thin, very thin, silver lining to states and local communities taking it upon themselves to enforce immigration law, it is the fact that the legal/economic/humanitarian impact of the passage of such enforcement measures can be seen in a controlled setting. From that is a pretty good...

  • The Low-down on Latinas

    LatinaLista — Latinas comprise 48% of the Hispanic adult population in the United States. While Latinas are unique, as a collective whole, we share similarities with other women but also do retain certain distinctions, for good or bad. Between 1980 and 2000, the Hispanic share of meat-processing workers increased from under 10...

  • Contest Awards Round-trip Airline Tickets to Latino Students who Study at Colleges Far From Home

    LatinaLista — Checked the cost of gas lately? It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving or flying — it costs mucho más! While that’s bad news already, it’s certainly bad news for those families who have children attending college far from home. The separation between child and parents can be hard for both...

  • Immigration Reform Legislation Costing Oklahoma Reduction in Gross State Product

    LatinaLista — As an email was circulating this afternoon alerting Oklahoma educators that State Rep. Randy Terrill, known for authoring some of the most punitive anti-undocumented immigrant legislation in the nation, was going to try yet one more tactic to “sneak” his “English Only” bill into law: Email text: Representative Randy Terrill,...

  • A Lesson to be Learned from the IRS: Legal Status and Working are Two Separate Issues

    LatinaLista — When it comes to getting the government’s fair (or unfair) share of hard-earned dollars, the Internal Revenue Service or IRS is more widely feared than the Department of Homeland Security — especially among undocumented immigrants. How can this be, you wonder? Elsa Forero, an immigrant from Colombia, gets tax aid...

  • Is Illegal Immigration the Knock-Off Purse of the Labor Market?

    LatinaLista — Though it’s the day before Super Tuesday, I must digress to a story that caught my eye today  about purses bought in Chinatown. Now, before you ask what this has to do with anything that usually appears on Latina Lista, bear with me. It will make sense. You see, these...

  • Guest Voz: Prominent Urban Demographer Says A Vote Against Immigrant Workers is a Vote Against 77 Million Retiring Baby Boomers

    By Professor Dowell Myers LatinaLista Dowell Myers is a professor of policy, planning and development at the University of Southern California and author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007) (The following post was provided by the author and is a...

  • New Immigration Analysis Uncovers Startling Trends: Immigration Leveling Off and Aging U.S. Workforce Needs Immigrants

    LatinaLista — Dr. Dowell Myers, professor of urban planning and Demography at the University of Southern California, held a telephonic press briefing this afternoon, sponsored by the Washington D.C.-based Immigration Policy Center. Professor Dowell Myers The occasion was the release of Dr. Myers’ report: “Thinking Ahead About Our Immigration Future: New Trends and...

  • The Flipside of the Immigration Issue: American Emigrants Impact Mexico

    LatinaLista — Why is it that in Washington conversations tend to be one-sided? Take for instance my favorite subject these days – immigration. The focus always centers on Mexican immigrants and their impact on U.S. society. Nobody wants to talk about the flip side of this conversation – that while, yes, Mexican...

  • Two Independent Studies Arrive at Same Conclusion: Illegal Immigrants are Wrongly Accused of Taxing U.S. Healthcare System

    LatinaLista — As the presidential debate deepens, or gets more desperate, it won’t be surprising to hear more and more candidates who are scared of the immigration issue spouting off just plain WRONG information. What’s sad is that they and their staff are relying on sources whose only intent is not to...

  • Department of Homeland Security Touts Apprehension Record But Overlooks Undocumented Labor Used at Their Own Detention Facility

    LatinaLista — A UPI story published last week revealed that two weeks prior, the number of illegals detained nationwide surpassed 30,000. (Source: NYTimes) On the heels of this revelation is news that the Williamson County, Texas commissioners voted to extend the contract of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and keep the...

  • Guest Voz: Hillary Clinton Has a Plan to Help Latinas Balance Work and Family

    By Hillary Clinton LatinaLista Latina Lista has invited all the major candidates running for President of the United States to blog on Latina Lista to address our readers. So far, several candidates have accepted our invitation. In the coming weeks, each of the candidates, who have accepted, will take their turn as...

  • Will the Short-Sightedness of US Immigration Policy be the Downfall of our Economy?

    LatinaLista — A news item that didn’t make the front/home pages of news sites today was a piece about the new labor agreement between Mexico and Spain. While those who are against undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States might say, “good riddance,” the important thing to note is that Spain has...

  • Slowdown in Remittances Sent Home Creates Unforeseen Economic Investments for Some South American Countries

    LatinaLista — There have been many consequences as a result of the crackdown on undocumented workers, none of it positive. So it stands to reason, that since the main reason all undocumented workers from Mexico and Latin America are here is to work to send money home, that those remittances faithfully sent...

  • Guest Voz: Earl Ofari Hutchinson Talks about the “Latino Challenge to Black America”

    By Earl Ofari Hutchinson LatinaLista Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author, syndicated columnist, political analyst and commentator. He has been a guest on the Today Show, Dateline, The Lehrer Hour, and BET News, America’s Black Forum. He is a frequent commentator for the American Urban Broadcast Network and Ed Gordon’s News and...

  • The Solution to Immigration Reform Lies with Combining the Best of Two Worlds

    LatinaLista — Several news stories over the weekend highlighted the heart of what has gone terribly wrong with this whole immigration debate. The focus has been on the undocumented workers themselves. Guest Mexican workers prepare sandwiches at a Texas retreat. (Source: The Dallas Morning News) Yet, the real problem does not lie...

  • Another Immigration Battle: Guatemalan Immigrant Fights to Get His Earnings Back, Seized by Federal Officials

    LatinaLista — For 11 years, Pedro Zapeta lived the typical life of an undocumented immigrant. He came to this country with two intentions: to work and save his money. He had no delusions about staying and building a life here — even though he stayed for 11 years. Pedro Zapeta (Source: CNN)...

  • Senators Fighting Against Dream Act Run the Risk of Undermining the Future Defense of the Nation

    LatinaLista — Friends in Washington are telling Latina Lista that a group of students from California are hitting the halls of Congress in presenting their cases to Senators as to why they should vote for the Dream Act as an amendment to the Defense bill under current debate. (Source: nysyouthleadershipcouncil) It’s an...

  • Guest Voz: ACLU Lawyers Help Immigrant Women Workers Send Clear Message to Abusive Employers

    By Claudia Flores LatinaLista The Dream Team of ACLU lawyers, who fight for the rights of women as part of the Women’s Rights Project, were responsible for winning a recent settlement on behalf of several immigrant women who were sexually harassed by their employer. (L-R) Lenora Lapidus, director of the Women’s Rights...

  • New Pew Hispanic Study Illustrates Today’s Economic Gains by Latino immigrants are Short-lived for Future Generations

    LatinaLista — Have you heard? There’s another Latino migration happening across the country. The Pew Hispanic Center released their latest report today — 1995 — 2005: Foreign-Born Latinos Make Progress on Wages. It seems Latino immigrants are moving from low-wage jobs to being middle-wage earners. Unfortunately, the study also underscores the sad...