• New LA Times/Bloomberg Poll Uncovers the True Question of Measuring How Americans See Illegal Immigration

    LatinaLista — One of the basic unspoken tenets of journalism these days is if papers and television news stations want to increase readership/viewership, and newspapers need all the help they can get given the dismal circulation figures, they must create a sense of urgency or controversy — even where none exists. That's...

  • Special Toy Drive Underway For Children Locked Up in Immigrant Detention

    LatinaLista — With Christmas just over two weeks away, toy drives are going into overtime to fulfill the wishes of children. Safe to say, there will be a large group of children who won't be asking for any new toys but only that Santa brings home their mommy or daddy, or both,...

  • Arizona Congressman Wants to Draft Special Visa Legislation for “Illegal” Immigrant Hero

    Disclaimer: The word "illegal" is denoted in quotation marks in solidarity with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' call to end media usage of the word as a noun or descriptor of undocumented immigrants. Manuel Jesus Cordova Soberanes may not be known by his full name but identify him as the illegal...

  • No Coincidence that Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Results in Latinos Victimized at Highest Levels Ever for Hate Crimes

    LatinaLista — Last month, the FBI released their annual report on hate crimes. If you didn't hear, hate crimes against Latinos is up. In fact, 62.8% of hate crimes were categorized as being perpetuated by an offender who had an anti-Hispanic bias. Of the offenders who committed these hate crimes, 58.6% were...

  • 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...

  • North-of-the-Border Dreams of Mexican Migrants Eventually Lead Back Home

    LatinaLista — Why do Mexican migrants spend thousands of dollars, and almost always, risk their lives just to illegally enter the United States? The full answer is complicated but in the book Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migrants by Sam Quinones and published by the University of New...

  • Young Latina Immigrant Learns That Changing Public Policy Is the True Way to Immigration Reform

    By Samantha Contreras LatinaLista The following blog post provides insight into how young people can realize their dream of affecting change in today's society through learning about the world of public policy. The Drum Major Institute, a non-profit think tank dedicated to changing public policy through research in social and economic issues,...

  • Kind Act of Illegal Immigrant Towards Lost 9-Year-Old Shatters False Stereotypes

    LatinaLista — By the time a reader brought the story of Jesus Manuel Cordova, a Mexican national who was crossing the Arizona border illegally and found and cared for a 9-year-old boy involved in a car accident that killed his mother on Thanksgiving Day, to my attention, there had already been over...

  • ICE Acknowledges Irving, Texas Officials’ Abuse of Illegal Immigrant Referral Program

    LatinaLista — In a rare move that made international headlines, the Mexican Consulate issued a travel warning to its citizens to avoid Irving, Texas. The Consul noted that an excessive amount of Mexican nationals were being picked up and referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Consul felt that the Irving police...

  • New Survey Shows Anti-Illegal Immigration Foes Trying to Resurrect 1986 Fears

    LatinaLista — In an effort to pull away from the pack, Tom Tancredo, launched a new television advertisement and radio spot in Iowa highlighting the terrorist threat of illegal immigration. Already, the ad has critics condemning it for how it attempts to stir up fear among viewers. Rep. Tom Tancredo (Source: msnbc)...

  • Migra Matters’ Blogger Pens Most Thorough Analysis of Immigration Issue

    LatinaLista — In the blogosphere he is known as Duke1676. Among bloggers, he's better known as the analytical author of Migra Matters. Duke has written and posted at Daily Kos one of the most insightful, certainly most thorough and step-by-step approach into fully understanding the immigration issue. It's titled: A progressive plan...

  • US Immigration Policy Stuck on a Merry-Go-Round of No Long-Term Solutions

    LatinaLista — What debate, strike that, bad word. What arguing on immigration reform has shown is that no one really cares about treating the cause of the exodus from Mexico and other Latin American countries but would rather talk only about the symptoms. The symptoms being mass migration from south of the...

  • Romney Wants to Penalize Cities Declared Immigrant Sanctuaries But Forgets His Own Grandparents Fled to Mexico for That Very Reason

    LatinaLista — It seems that Governor Bill Richardson isn't the only presidential candidate with a Mexican-born parent. Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, can technically claim Latino heritage as well. His father, George Romney, was born in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. George Romney, father of Republican presidential candidate Mitt...

  • 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...

  • Guatemalan Father Dies Giving Autistic Son a Better Life in the United States

    LatinaLista — The March 6, 2007 immigration raid on the Bianco factory workers in New Bedford, MA was all the more heartbreaking when stories surfaced of mothers and fathers being taken into custody and leaving behind their children. The common criticism is that if any of these undocumented parents love their children...

  • Guest Voz: Senator Mike Gravel Declares: Latino Immigrants are America’s New Scapegoats”

    By Mike Gravel LatinaLista In Latina Lista's second installment of special blog posts penned by candidates in the 2008 presidential election, we welcome Senator Mike Gravel (GraVELL). Senator Gravel moved to Alaska after he received his B.S. in economics from Columbia University. In Alaska, he built a real estate business before pursuing...

  • New Report Documents Impact of Immigration Raids on the Children Left Behind

    LatinaLista — It's a telling coincidence that today of all days the National Council of La Raza would release a new report that is downright scary! Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America's Children is documentation for the first time on how severely impacted children are by seeing their...

  • Is Arkansas News Story News or Alarmist Rhetoric?

    LatinaLista — It must have been a slow news day in Arkansas. That's the only explanation as to why precious white space in the local newspaper would have been devoted to an article with the headline: Analysis: State lags in checks of illegals. From the tone of the article, it's hard to...

  • The Subtitle of the Immigration Debate: All Latinos are the Same

    LatinaLista — Anti-Latino rhetoric has become so rampant in the last few days that it rivals the speed and ferocity of the San Diego fires. Speaking of which, for some inexplicable reason, San Diego has become Ground Zero in the rhetoric. From accusing a Latino family of stealing supplies from Qualcomm Stadium...

  • Breaking News: A Sad Day for Undocumented Student Americans

    LatinaLista — The Senate just completed voting on whether or not to go to the next stage in the debate to move the DREAM Act to the next level — it failed. Sixty votes were needed to move the bill. If there is a silver lining in this day, it was that...

  • Tomorrow is “Make or Break Day” for the DREAM Act

    LatinaLista — I couldn't help but be drawn to the subject line of one of the first emails of the morning: PLEASE HELP US! I would have probably deleted it without opening it, assuming it was another one of those overseas money scams, but then I noticed it was from a listserve...

  • 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...

  • Guest Voz: Former Undocumented Student Shares What It Means to Be Somebody

    By Mariana Zamboni LatinaLista I am free at last! But, even though I received my green card just six months ago, it still doesn't wash away the 16 years of mental incarceration and humiliation one lives with when they are labeled undocumented and illegal in a place that is known globally as...

  • Misinformation is the Weapon of Choice with Immigration Reform Critics

    LatinaLista — If we are to believe those who preach that this nation is under a "brown invasion" and that every undocumented immigrant is a bone-chilling criminal, then we can agree that states like Arizona, that routinely register the highest number of illegal crossings, must literally be the Gates of Hell in...

  • 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...