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 ended up living…

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One side effect of a broken immigration system — corruption — thrives on this side of the border too

LatinaLista — For those of us who advocate the government get started on reforming the nation’s immigration system, President Obama’s announcement that he’s pushing back the issue on his agenda until other priorities, like health care, get resolved are disappointing. Mexico President Felipe Calderon and President Obama share a moment at the North American summit…

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Children take to the Maricopa County streets to protest Sheriff Arpaio

LatinaLista — Maricopa County Arizona is used to seeing protests staged against their infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Yet, this Friday, there will be a different kind of protest against Arpaio in Maricopa County. This time, protesters will be marching with signs in hand that say things like “Sheriff Joe is retarded.” Sound juvenile? Yeah, but…

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New short film follows Postville deportees home and their continuing struggle to survive

LatinaLista — One of the Guatemalan immigrants, Willian Toj, who was apprehended and deported in May 2008 from Postville, Iowa wasn’t just working illegally in the United States at the meatpacking plant to send money back home — he was working to literally save the life of his mother. Toj’s story is but one of…

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Guest Voz: Invitation from Guatemalan Human Rights Commission shows 2nd-generation Latina what happened to Postville deportees

By Cynthia Mazariegos LatinaLista — Second-generation Guatemalan-American, Cynthia Mazariegos, dreams of becoming a lawyer one day and championing justice for immigrants as an immigration attorney. Her dreams are fueled by the ongoing debate in the United States over comprehensive immigration reform and witnessing how hard-working, undocumented immigrants have been caught in the middle of this…

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Phoenix Business Journal article reeks of yellow journalism in making unsubstantiated tie between crime and city’s undocumented population

LatinaLista — Anyone who subscribes to newspapers knows times are tough in newsrooms, of all sizes, across the country. Loss of advertising revenue means smaller staff, less diversity and the fewer remaining reporters turning out more copy on shorter deadlines. Yet, a balanced news story shouldn’t be the sacrificial lamb in this new age of…

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Life Issues

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    Pediatrician helps Latino parents understand importance of vaccines

    LatinaLista — A new study published in the March issue of JAMA Pediatrics on the December measles outbreak, traced to California’s Disneyland, confirms what was on everyone’s minds — not being vaccinated caused the illness to spread. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a perfect storm was created…

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    Latino immigrants most appreciative of their local public libraries

    LatinaLista — With more than 17,000 public libraries and bookmobiles nationwide, serving 96% of the U.S. population, there’s opportunity for most people to visit a library or have access to books and library services. However, a new Pew study found that Latinos, who have used libraries, are the least informed when it comes to knowing…

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    New data shows Latino students’ work paying off on closing the achievement gap

    LatinaLista — It seems Latino students are getting the message that a high school diploma is the first step in having a successful future. The latest findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reveals that Latino students, and other students of color, are improving their graduation rates and narrowing the…

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    Transcript: President Obama’s remarks at 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches

    Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel,…

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    North Texas activists protest killing of unarmed Mexican immigrant

    By Obed Manuel LatinaLista GRAPEVINE, TX — The Grapevine City Council conference room filled with shouts of “No justice! No peace!” Tuesday night as more than 100 people showed up to protest the officer-involved killing of Ruben Garcia Villalpando. Martha Romero, Villalpando’s wife, sat quietly in the front row of the conference room with her…

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    College advisor pens song advocating educational rights for DREAMers

    By Julie Diaz-Asper LATISM I met Steve Goodman because our kids are in school together. I knew he was an expert on college education and part of the top colleges team. I didn’t know that he was a songwriter who uses songs to advocate on educational issues. Here is the story behind “Let Julio Study”…

Global Views

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    Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El…

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    Want to find your ‘happy place’? Gallup poll says look in Latin America

    LatinaLista — If the economy, Congress or national news headlines have you feeling blue, you might want to jet south of the border to Central or South America. Not so much for the sand and sun, though that would be sure to brighten any mood, but just to feel happier overall! It seems Paraguay, Colombia,…

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    Mexico launches nationwide whistleblower initiative with MéxicoLeaks

    LatinaLista — Mexico, along with many countries in Latin America, is a country whose people routinely suffer from daily acts of impugnity exercised by local police, politicians, corporations, drug cartels, the wealthy, etc. Past attempts to hold some of these perpetrators accountable — by bloggers, students, journalists or parents of missing children — has resulted…

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    Peruvians want to throw trash TV off the airwaves

    LatinaLista — Last month, the streets of Lima swelled with a new protest movement hoping to do away with trash TV in the country and encourage more cultural programming. Begun on Facebook, the “March Against Trash Television” (Marcha Contra La Television Basura) paraded down the streets of Lima, Peru on the night of February 27….

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    New threats challenge Mexico’s Teotihuacán’s chances of retaining splendor for next generation

    LatinaLista — Mexico’s pyramid Teotihuacán is not just a popular tourist destination and iconic symbol of Mexico’s significance in the annals of ancient history but it’s also an archeological treasure living on borrowed time. Located 25 miles northeast of Mexico City, Teotihuacán is a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city renown for its long-standing structures and well-preserverd murals….

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    Infested coffee plants have Peruvian farmers growing more coca leaf

    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week Rust-infected coffee plantations have left farmers in Puno poor and leaning towards growing more and more coca to feed and take care of their families, according to El Comercio. From 2013 to 2014, coffee production saw a 90% drop due to rust damaging crops. El Comercio went to the…