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The assault against undocumented immigrants is creating a new kind of humanitarian crisis

LatinaLista — One of the federal government’s strategy in combating illegal immigration is to create a “culture of voluntary compliance” among businesses to not hire undocumented workers says Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Chistensen. Of course, the voluntary compliance comes with the threat of being severely fined if the government finds out otherwise. As

Gauging Latino influence has little to do with political clout — at this stage

LatinaLista — Whenever the “i” word, and I’m talking influence, is used in association with Latinos, people automatically resort to defining it as political clout. It’s waved in the air as a defiant threat every time another anti-immigrant legislation is passed and signed into law. Just last week, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials

Senate hearing on DREAM Act is nice gesture but Latino community needs more

LatinaLista — This morning’s first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act, chaired by Sen. Durbin, seemed, at times, like an exercise in “preaching to the choir.” The audience was overwhelmingly supportive of the DREAM Act and, in fact, many DREAMers were in attendance. At one point, Sen. Durbin was the lone senator sitting behind the

More Latino political candidates seen as “viable” by mainstream organizations

LatinaLista — Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) announced they have selected their first endorsement for the 2012 political season. The PCCC raises millions of dollars for candidates who fit their select criteria. For their first “political investment,” they chose New Mexico State Senator Eric Griego, who is running for a seat in the

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