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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 on their families […]

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 Justice Act of […]

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 Restaurant in North […]

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 Agriprocessors has delivered […]

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 percent to almost […]

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, author of last […]

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 from John Quing […]

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 reprint of an […]

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 Mutual Benefits in […]

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 present the facts […]

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 “family” immigrant detention […]

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 home to their […]

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 Notes on NPR. […]

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 with people coming […]

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) For all practical […]

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 understatement to say […]

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 Project, Sara Lesch, […]

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 wage earning status […]