• This year’s 2009 Media Violence Fast campaign targets boycotting anti-immigrant hate speech on TV and radio

    LatinaLista — Media violence. The two words evoke fistfights, shoot-outs, assaults on women and children and even cartoon characters disintegrating their enemies -- all in the name of telling a good story. So, it was never a big surprise that over the years there have been calls to boycott television shows that...

  • Sharpton calls Arpaio a blight on Arizona’s civil rights record

    By KRISTA NORSWORTHY Cronkite News Service PHOENIX (Friday, Oct. 16) -- With one exception -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- Arizona addresses civil rights as well as any other state, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Friday. The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at a civil rights forum sponsored...

  • Forcing the debate over immigration reform starts now

    LatinaLista — Today was a big day in Washington. There was the bipartisan passage of the Senate Finance Committee's health reform bill, even though there was only one Republican that signed on -- and there was the immigration rally attended by thousands of immigrants, advocates and sympathizers. Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez...

  • New video highlights CNN’s need to make a decision about Lou Dobbs

    LatinaLista — In the few short weeks since the launch of the national campaign christened Basta Dobbs, over 50,000 people have signed on to let CNN know that Dobbs' rhetoric about undocumented immigrants, trying to be passed for factual news, has reached its limit with the Latino community. This declaration by the...

  • Department of Homeland Security should revoke the 287(g) program until there is immigration reform

    LatinaLista — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a happy camper these days. It seems the federal government has had enough of the complaints lobbed against Arpaio's use of the government's 287(g) program, which authorizes local law enforcement to enforce immigration policy. With his infamous "immigration sweep" operations, Arpaio has been...

  • Over three thousand undocumented military veterans battling deportation orders

    LatinaLista — It goes without saying that the men and women of our armed forces who fight on behalf of our country deserve to be respected and honored for that service -- regardless of their citizenship status. In many ways, the men and women who are not citizens of the United States...

  • New measures to improve detention policies of undocumented immigrants doesn’t go far enough

    LatinaLista — Finally, the Department of Homeland Security has a brain! Notorious for treating all apprehended undocumented immigrants, children included, as hardened criminals locked away in prison-type facilities, DHS Secretary Napolitano and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton, announced today changes to how undocumented immigrants will be detained....

  • Could US visa restrictions played a part in Chicago losing Olympic bid?

    LatinaLista — It's kind of embarrassing that even with the star power of the First Family and Oprah Chicago lost its bid for the Olympics. But if we had to lose, Rio was the best alternative. Chicagoans react in disbelief in the city's Daley Plaza upon hearing the city was among the...

  • Holding the US Census ransom to force action on reforming immigration is a bad idea

    LatinaLista — The frustration level of Rev. Miguel Rivera, chairman of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, over Congress' inaction on reforming immigration policy is understandable. It's a frustration shared by many in the Latino community who want to see the undocumented who have lived in this country for...

  • Does the U.S. Constitution defend the rights of undocumented immigrants?

    LatinaLista — An excellent piece appears in the student-written Yale Daily News about immigration raids that occurred in 2007 in a Latino dominant neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. U.S. Constitution The federal agents came at dawn on June 6, 2007, pounding on doors, yelling in an unfamiliar tongue, storming bedrooms, lining up...

  • TX Mexican-Americans birthed by midwives still can’t get Washington to give them a passport

    LatinaLista — It was just a little over a year ago that unimaginable stories of how Mexican-Americans, along the Texas-Mexico border, who had the misfortune of being birthed by a midwife, were suddenly being denied passports. The situation was problematic because without a passport, these border dwellers couldn't comply with the new...

  • Obama explains why he used the term “illegal immigrant”

    LatinaLista — The day after Obama made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, a fellow blogger sent an email and asked what I had written about Obama's appearance on Univision's Al Punto program with Jorge Ramos. I replied, "Nothing." In fact, I hadn't even watched it. Why bother, I thought. He's...

  • Undocumented students in over 28 states stage events to let Washington know USA is their home

    LatinaLista — If you should see a group of students picketing, marching, hosting petition tables or gathering for a rally today, you might want to join them. Today is the national Back to School DREAM Act Day of Action when undocumented students and their supporters in over 28 states will host more...

  • New film chronicling impact of state-sponsored immigration laws urgently needs help to finish before deadline

    LatinaLista — When it comes to state mandated immigration enforcement, two states that top the list of literally trying to drive out undocumented immigrants, and make Latino residents uncomfortable, are Arizona and Oklahoma. What's happening in Arizona is more widely known courtesy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio but little is really known about...

  • One Home Owners Association checking legal status before allowing new residents in neighborhood

    (Update follows post) LatinaLista — In the latest example of how immigration enforcement has run amok, there comes a story out of the Dallas area where the home owner's association (HOA) of a trailer park has taken it upon itself to decide who gets to live in their community. Though HOAs are...

  • New Latino initiative unites Latino bloggers & organizations in speaking out against Lou Dobbs and CNN

    LatinaLista — If there was any doubt as to how vicious the issue of undocumented immigrants has become then you haven't seen the Senate Finance Committee's version of the healthcare bill. The Chairman's Mark America's Healthy Future Act of 2009 goes out of its way to calm fears that undocumented immigrants would...

  • President Obama’s usage of the term “illegal immigrants” is more than just semantics

    LatinaLista — Whoever created the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" was just plain dishonest. Obama delivers his push for healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress. No matter how many times we were taught to let insults "roll off our backs" the...

  • Time for Obama to break with current detention policy and enact one worthy of a world-class champion of democracy

    LatinaLista — One of the universal signs of an abusive country that doesn't respect basic human rights is when that country locks up a person and essentially throws away the key. In other words, the person is indefinitely incarcerated/detained without being charged for a crime or allowed to have a trial. It's...

  • New NCLR report reveals employers who exploit Latino laborers have little to fear

    LatinaLista — One of the arguments for reforming immigration and recognizing the people who, though living illegally in this country are working, is to bring them out of the shadows where unscrupulous employers take advantage of them on a continual basis. This Labor Day, it's only fitting that we remember those employees...

  • As Lou Dobbs readies to cross another journalistic line in the sand, CNN management remains silent

    LatinaLista — Back in the heyday of journalism, before the whole debate of whether or not bloggers were journalists, journalists were always careful not to attach their names or appearances to events and/or issues that might suggest to their readers/viewers that they leaned a particular way. Nowadays, it's a badge of honor...

  • The fight for immigration reform goes on in the name of Ted Kennedy

    LatinaLista — Since Senator Ted Kennedy's death, advocates, editorial cartoonists, commentators and politicians have tried to turn the contentious debate over healthcare and immigration reform by proposing that Congress work extra hard to pass both bills in tribute of Sen. Kennedy's devotion to each issue. Editorial cartoon contrasts two tributes to Sen....

  • Surfaced video sets the tone of what to expect in immigration reform debate

    LatinaLista — Organized opposition or concerned citizens? It's the question most Americans now struggle with whenever seeing on television images of people screaming, pointing fingers or waving weighty stacks of paper at healthcare town hall meetings. Woman protests Obama's healthcare reform at town hall meeting with Rep. Barney Frank. One side would...

  • Involving undocumented immigrants in the healthcare debate underscores the ignorance and futility of the argument

    LatinaLista — There's a difference between health-care and health-care coverage. One is the act of receiving health-care. The other is the act of paying for a policy and/or entitled to coverage for impending health issues. Some of these vocal opponents of Obama's health-care plan are trying to confuse the issue when it...

  • DHS strives to foster dialogue over border issues with new social network

    LatinaLista — In a move that I can only characterize as "odd," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to amp up their PR when it comes to border security by creating their own social network. Visit Our Border Dubbed Our Border: A Southwest Border Civic Network, the site carries "blog...

  • Mr. President, It is time to grant a moratorium on deportations of youth raised in the U.S. until immigration reform is passed

    LatinaLista — First, there was Benita. Then came Walter. After that, Taha. Now, it's Herta. These are the names of young people who faced deportation from the Department of Homeland Security because their parents brought them to live in the United States when they were very young, overstayed their initial visits and...