• Spotlight: Farmers who employ Mexican workers “immerse” themselves in their country and culture

    LatinaLista — While Latina Lista has reported on those farmers and vineyard owners who are guilty of not ensuring the well-being of their workers, there are some farmers who go beyond the obligations of a good employer. These farmers not only care about keeping their Mexican workers safe but want to understand...

  • Why have California legislators allowed a sixth farm worker since May to die of heat stroke?

    LatinaLista — On the day 63-year-old Maria de Jesus Alvarez died, the temperature was hovering above 103 degrees. This mother of nine, along with 150 other farm workers that day at the Anthony Vineyards, was being pushed to pick table grapes faster. Maria de Jesus Alvarez attends a United Farm Workers gathering....

  • A border fence that doubles as a billboard? Why not?

    LatinaLista — Last week, Homeland Security had a change of mind about building the infamous Texas-Mexico border fence in Presidio, Texas. A change of mind NOT a change of heart. It seems reality kicked in when it was discovered that the budget was higher than what had been planned for to build...

  • Hurricane potential off S. Texas coast leaves some wondering if Border Patrol will make good on threat to screen for undocumented

    LatinaLista — Dolly is getting her act together and while that’s usually a good thing for most of those with this name, it isn’t for this Dolly — Tropical Storm Dolly, that is. Proposed trajectory of Tropical Storm Dolly through Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. (Source: National Hurricane Center) According to the latest...

  • 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...

  • Resistance at US/Mexico border heats up in anticipation of next month’s fence construction

    LatinaLista — Today, all eyes are fixed on Washington DC and ears glued for the latest hint at what was discussed at a late-night meeting between Obama and Clinton but the real action is happening outside the Beltway — at the US/Mexico border. Things are heating up and it promises to be...

  • When fleeing deadly hurricanes in S. Texas, Border Patrol agents say undocumented won’t be allowed to evacuate

    LatinaLista — The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. This Friday, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold a press conference releasing a new computer model simulation that shows there will be fewer hurricanes later in the century, but the ones that do form will be more intense. Hurricane...

  • Earth Day: An Ironic Celebration in a Country Intent on Destroying a Fragile Ecosystem to Build a Fence

    LatinaLista Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet. Ironic that such an inspiring statement should emanate...

  • New Revelations about Texas-Mexico Border Fence Detail Interesting Land Selection Process

    LatinaLista — Past responses to stories posted on Latina Lista regarding the fight South Texans are putting up against the Department of Homeland Security in building the congressionally appropriated border fence have not always been kind to the residents. Some people can’t understand why simple landowners, who have had their property in...

  • Brownsville Mayor Declares Federal Government is Doing Irreparable Damage to Texas Border Region with Proposed Fence

    LatinaLista — Residents in the Texas Rio Grande Valley have been fighting two wars: the war in Iraq that has taken many of their young people from the region and the war against the Department of Homeland Security which is wanting their private property to build a border fence between the U.S....

  • “Man’s Best Friend” Unleashes New Opportunity for Dog-Loving Entrepreneur

    Combining a love for dogs and the desire to be self-employed, Marlena Cervantes creates a unique service that lets people share dog ownership. LatinaLista — Marlena Cervantes had one dream — to be self-employed. But it couldn’t be just any job. It had to be something that earned this California native a...

  • With DHS and Texas Border Residents in a Showdown over Fence, Can Bush Really Expect a Peaceful Retirement in his Home State?

    LatinaLista — The “Hour of Reckoning” has arrived: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has filed the first of an expected 102 lawsuits to force landowners along the US-Mexico border to fork over their property to the government for the border fence. The first town that DHS is targeting is Eagle Pass,...

  • El Paso’s Day of the Dead Poster Shows Washington that Border Wall is Not a Dead Issue

    LatinaLista — Today most Latino families are celebrating a very special observance: Day of the Dead. It is a celebration where families come together to remember their loved ones who have passed away with special homemade altars, traditional foods and family picnics at the family cemetery. This year, one Texas border city...

  • Why Isn’t CNN Fact-Checking a Story Before Airing it?

    LatinaLista — The fires in San Diego are dramatic enough without the horrendous side stories of arson and death. Yet, all afternoon on CNN, in between live and taped footage of raging fires and neighborhoods burned to a crisp, anchor after anchor stops coverage long enough to “report” on a story about...

  • Texas Valley Residents Count On Law that Predates U.S.-Mexico Border to Stop Border Fence

    LatinaLista — Throughout the debate over the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, critics have long enjoyed defending their stance by saying that it’s within the “legal rights” of the country to defend its borders. Well, there are some other legal rights that go way back before there ever was...

  • Canada Proves to be a Warm Haven for Immigrants

    By Maria Luisa Grimaldi CANADA: Immigrants leave their homes, families, friends, country and everything else that used to matter to them the most for a journey that could be for only a short time or turn into a lifetime. As all of us do, we all arrive somewhere, in my case Toronto,...

  • Specs for Texas-Mexico Border Fence Finalized

    LatinaLista — Well, it’s official. The next big business along the Texas-Mexico border is (drumroll) — the 17-foot ladder business! (Source: claybennett.com) Department of Homeland Security today released where they plan to build the Texas-Mexico portion of the border fence and — it doesn’t look good.

  • Texas Valley Protesters Celebrate One More Protest Against Border Wall

    LatinaLista — If there will be a running joke in this presidential election, it has to be the line that Gov. Bill Richardson shared during the Univision debate, and one that has been repeated often by critics of the border wall: If you build a (insert your own number here) foot wall,...

  • Fuego — A Wonder of Nature and Constant Reminder of Human Fragility

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA: Like everybody knows, Guatemala is located in Central America. Our topography is extremely mountainous and we have many volcanos. In fact, our area of Central America is known as the fire belt. For those of us who live in the city, we enjoy a spectacular view...

  • Death Alone Doesn’t Separate Families of Dead Mexican Miners

    LatinaLista — The deaths of the six miners in Utah’s Crandall Canyon Mine was a heartbreaking tragedy. But what may be worse for the families is that the search has been called off without ever recovering their bodies. For the families of Kerry Allred, Don Erickson, Manuel Sanchez and Brandon Phillips, the...

  • The Day the Earth Wouldn’t Stop Shaking Peru

    By Janett Chavarry Garcia PERU: In Perú right now, we’re experiencing a particularly cold winter. It’s perhaps the strongest one we’ve had in years. Somehow, we should have seen that as an omen as to what was to come. Because on August 15, our corner of the world changed. It was a...

  • Texas-Mexico Border Fence Protests Begin This Weekend

    LatinaLista — There’s advance word that things along the Texas-Mexico border will be heating up this weekend. No, it has nothing to do with the temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, nor are there any Minuteman protests planned that Latina Lista has been made aware of. Rather what will be heated up are...

  • New Report Shows that 96 Percent of the Nation’s Children are U.S. Citizens

    LatinaLista — The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released The 2007 KIDS COUNT data book online. The book is a compilation of kid-centric data and how states rank against one another in meeting the needs of the children living in their states. What’s always interesting is that the information is broken down...

  • US and Mexico to Join Forces Against Cartel Violence, so Why Are Some Still Insisting on Border Fence?

    LatinaLista — The violence is escalating — not in Iraq, but in our own backyard. This week there have been reports of the drug cartel violence that has long plagued Mexico moving north into towns along the border. In New Mexico this week, the state’s two US Senators have formally asked Homeland...

  • Forecasting Border-Crossers’ Deaths is Easier than Preventing Them

    LatinaLista — By now, pretty much everyone agrees that Global Warming is a fact and not some left-wing, liberal propaganda story. Global Warming temperature changes (Source: nasa.gov) Winters are getting colder, spring weather brings more violent showers and we know, global warming or not, summer is a killer with its high temperatures....