• Herman Cain’s harsh rhetoric against illegal immigration signals a convenient forgetfulness

    LatinaLista -- Republican presidential nominee Herman Cain has been skyrocketing in the polls. His plain talk, his 9-9-9 tax plan and his no-nonsense background in business is making him an increasingly popular candidate. It's no wonder that the latest Rasmussen Reports'...

  • Why isn’t America more enraged about what is happening in Alabama?

    LatinaLista -- "People should be outraged. Why isn't there more outrage (in America) over what is happening in Alabama?" [caption id="attachment_13178" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="In a filing filed today (October 11, 2011) with a federal appeals court not to grant a Justice Department request to stay the state's immigration law, Alabama Attorney General...

  • Alabama immigration bill causing pain and fear among immigrants — legislator says it’s intended

    LatinaLista -- Arizona Senate Bill 1070 used to be considered the mother of all punitive immigration bills passed by a state legislature. However, the unimaginable has happened -- it's been replaced by a bill that has triggered uncommon and inhumane fear among the immigrant population of the state of Alabama. Alabama House...

  • Rebuttal to Napolitano op-ed: The Dept. of Homeland Security is in need of its own immigration reality check

    LatinaLista -- It was only a matter of time that the Obama administration would feel compelled to "set the record straight" on the GOP presidential candidates' constant campaign rhetoric painting the US-Mexico border as a territory under siege and illegal immigration out of control. What better person to speak out than Secretary...

  • Alabama immigration law pulls state deeper down national hole of shame

    LatinaLista -- A Sunday editorial cartoon in the Mobile Press-Register had the title "What can brown do for you?" It was in reference to the extremely harsh immigration law passed in Alabama to rid the state of undocumented immigrants. As of now, it stands as the most punitive law in the country....

  • Guest Voz: Women’s delegation to get the word out about the harm of Georgia’s immigration laws

    LatinaLista -- A delegation of women leaders from over two dozen national human rights organizations traveled to Georgia to spend today and tomorrow speaking out against the recent anti-immigrant laws passed in that state. The women, part of the We Belong Together delegation, plan not only on speaking out against the inhumane bill...

  • Massachusetts lawmakers joining anti-immigrant hysteria

    LatinaLista -- Massachusetts state legislators are about to become the unlikely allies of such  states as Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma -- all that have passed punitive laws targeting undocumented immigrants. The reason why...

  • Reports surfacing that ICE is going ahead with deportation of DREAM students

    LatinaLista -- More and more reports are surfacing across the country that ICE agents are not practicing what John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, promised would happen -- that ICE agents would exercise prosecutorial discretion when handling the deportation cases of people deemed non-security threats. The opposite has been happening...

  • New report highlights difficulty of turning a blind eye to immigrant abuse by Border Patrol agents

    LatinaLista -- The pictures from a new report titled, A Culture of Cruelty: Abuse and Impunity in short-term U.S. Border Patrol custody, about border patrol agents' abuse against immigrants they have in custody are not just disturbing but repulsive. Compiled and published by the human rights group No More Deaths, the authors documented...

  • TX representative holds bogus congressional hearing on border wall

    LatinaLista -- South Texas residents whose property was seized by the government to build a border wall have never been in favor of the structure. Yesterday, Sept. 19, the residents gathered to give testimony about their feelings about the border wall in a forum organized and hosted by their congressional representative, Republican...

  • Alabama farmers speak out for immigration reform: “This is a public issue, not politics.”

    LatinaLista -- The issue of immigration reform has been something that the GOP has felt very comfortable stalling, whether it be in Congress or even on the presidential campaign circuit. The latest defensive...

  • Texas border mayor challenges latest reality show attempt to portray Laredo, TX as a city under cartel siege

    LatinaLista -- The clock is ticking to tonight's CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate. Already, pundits are speculating on what the headlines will be tomorrow morning from tonight's debate. All are itching to see how the candidates talk about Social Security since TX Gov. Perry has made some radical statements on the issue....

  • The “New” Obama Enforcement Policy: Rumor and Reality

    By Martin W. Lester, Esq. La Costa Latina GULF COAST -- It was not yet noon on August 18 when our phone began ringing with people wanting to know how to "turn themselves in" to ICE in order to get a work permit. By the time we got good information later that...

  • The human cost of anti-immigrant policies: The starving of Latino immigrant children

    LatinaLista -- One has to wonder if state legislators, who are doing their darndest to make life hellish for undocumented immigrants by passing punitive laws, really know what their actions are doing to undocumented immigrants and their families. A new study makes one impact very clear. Bread for the World Institute releases...

  • New report on guest farmworker program highlights rampant abuse

    LatinaLista -- One of the strongest arguments that comprehensive immigration reform needs to be addressed by Congress as quickly as possible has to do with the nation's food supply. Right now, farmers are allowed to employ foreign guest workers on temporary work visas to fill seasonal jobs, as long as they can...

  • Today’s GOP politicians moving the “fenceposts” on immigration reform by redefining border security

    LatinaLista -- The two largest issues of the 2012 political campaign that are marked with the most misinformation, misunderstanding and misleading rhetoric are immigration reform and border security. In a very clever strategy to not oppose outright the issue of immigration reform -- an issue supported by a vast majority of Latinos...

  • Is the American public reaching a tipping point over legislators’ handling of illegal immigration?

    LatinaLista -- This Thursday, Alabama was to have implemented one of the harshest immigration crackdowns in the state's history. Yet, a judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of the law until she can determine whether or not it is constitutional. She will issue a ruling on September 28. Marchers leave Linn Park during...

  • AZ Dem lawmaker to John McCain: Apologize for comment on wildfire, illegal immigrants

    By Anna Consie Cronkite News Service PHOENIX - A day after two Arizona men were charged with starting the Wallow Fire, a Democratic state lawmaker accused U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of erroneously blaming the wildfire on illegal immigrants. Joined at a news conference by several Latino community leaders, Sen. Steve Gallardo,...

  • Change in immigration policy helps thwart deportation of two Georgia boys — none too soon

    LatinaLista -- When the Obama administration announced last week the changes to how Immigration and Customs Enforcement would prioritize the deportation cases of undocumented immigrants -- deport those with criminal backgrounds and defer others with no criminal history -- the news was met with cautious enthusiasm. After all, no one knew how...

  • Immigrant Archive Project strives to preserve the personal stories of all immigrants

    LatinaLista -- It's estimated that 47 percent of today's Latino population is foreign-born. It's a statistic that isn't all that surprising, though it's important to note that the US Census attributes current growth in the Latino population from births, rather than immigration. Yet, immigrants have historically been heralded as the trailblazers of...

  • TX GOPer Lamar Smith puts one big boot in his mouth when he talks about Latinos

    LatinaLista -- It's been a few days since the Obama administration's announcement that each of the 300,000 pending deportation cases would be reviewed and decided on a case-by-case basis. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith Overall, reaction from the Latino community has been positive. Sure, there were some who wanted more but most everyone...

  • Change in immigration case reviews signals a more humane approach to deportations

    LatinaLista -- Today, senior White House officials delivered the news Latino community activist groups have been waiting for -- all 300,000 cases pending for removal from the country will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. What does that mean? It means that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is going to review...

  • Latest immigration enforcement measures have many Latinos wondering if Pres. Obama is crying wolf on being an ally

    LatinaLista -- An interesting headline caught my attention today: Obama to Latinos: Press GOP on immigration. It's a plea the Obama administration has been making all along to the Latino community since the DREAM Act failed to pass last year. According to the article, Obama told a group of Spanish-language newspaper journalists...

  • Op-ed: Immigration Reform: Fact or Fiction?

    By Stanly P. Walker, Immigration Attorney La Costa Latina Five years ago, if you had asked when we would finally see Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), the answer would have been "any moment now." Today, however, no one knows, but it will probably not happen anytime soon. Unfortunately, CIR is not a very...

  • Latest immigration decree from Obama admin shows Latino voters cheated out of change

    LatinaLista -- State lawmakers across the nation, led by conservatives, have prioritized passing punitive legislation targeting undocumented immigrants to the detriment of the nation's economic health. In the report, "2011 Immigration-Related Laws and Resolutions in the States" published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, "state legislatures enacted 151 laws and adopted...