• 10-year-old’s murder underscores how citizenship status doesn’t make the criminal

    LatinaLista -- Chances are 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez didn't worry or even know too much about the big national immigration reform debate. The Oklahoma City fourth-grader probably didn't even understand the concept of "citizenship status." And why should she? She was a young girl, not unlike any...

  • Michelle Bachmann practices own brand of religion when it comes to undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- For Michelle Bachmann, Halloween holds special significance -- it was the day she discovered Christ as her Savior. She told the story of accepting Jesus Christ as her savior - a conversation that happened almost 40 years ago when as a teenager she went...

  • Mexico: Understanding the Motivation to Migrate

    By Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie LatinaLista GUANAJUATO, MEXICO-- My stomach knots when my gate bell fails to ring a few seconds after the 3:45 p.m. bus passes. I replay a familiar assumption: "Kirt's mother must not have had four pesos this week." When I last saw 3-year-old Kirt, his spine behaved as...

  • American Immigrant: Alabama

    By By Valeria Pretto-Calder, Esq. La Costa Latina Gulf Coast -- Due to the new Alabama immigration law, I want to share some history on the United States Constitution and explain why certain parts of the Alabama law violate the US Constitution. The US Constitution was written in 1787 and took effect...

  • New report presents common sense fixes to immigrant detention

    LatinaLista -- Lately, the Obama administration has been touting its record for deporting the most undocumented immigrants -- nearly 400,000. It may seem those are the lucky ones given the information discovered in the recent broadcast of the PBS documentary Lost in Detention which revealed the sexual abuse suffered by female immigrant...

  • Immigration equals economic prosperity, according to a new study

    By Luis Hernandez Borderzine EL PASO - The ongoing immigration reform debate - either in favor of or against any drastic legislative change, - usually focuses on the influx of undocumented immigrants, while ignoring its effect on the U.S. economy. The way current immigration laws are written and executed is making it...

  • Perry and Romney’s sparring over undocumented immigrants reveals a bigger problem Latinos have with the GOP

    LatinaLista -- No matter how you look at it, it was a leap for Gov. Perry to go from being asked a question from his competitor, Mitt Romney, about Texas having the most uninsured children of any state in the country to accusing Romney of hiring undocumented workers. But it was clear...

  • Debunking the myth that Americans want the jobs of undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- Alabama is still reeling from the aftershocks of passing the nation's most punitive immigration bill on the books. Though the bill has wreaked havoc for public schools, it has done untold damage to the state's economy. The state's agriculture has suffered thousands of dollars in crop losses because immigrant workers were...

  • 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...