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For Congressional candidate, immigration issues “hit home”

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For California Senator Norma J. Torres, identifying with the thousands of Central American children pouring into the United States couldn’t feel more personal. After all, she was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States as a child. Senator Torres was just a little girl when her parents told her she would be visiting Read More

Latino stop-and-frisk

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Testimony from New Orleans residents Yestel Velazquez and Wilmer Palma about being arrested along with 11 other Latinos by ICE, a nightmare Velazquez knew would eventually become reality, is just one of the many accounts regarding ICE seeking Latinos to deport, especially in New Orleans, have men like Velazquez fearing going outside. New Orleans has Read More

Uruguay and marijuana

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Marijuana legalization isn’t only affecting the United States. Uruguay boasts the first government controlled marijuana market; they’ve been trying to suppress their marijuana trafficking in many different ways. Similar to the United States’ “war on drugs”. Even as Uruguay fights this trafficking it continues to increase. Giving up on fighting marijuana trafficking, Uruguay has turned to Read More

Census shows economic divide

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How much are you worth? The U.S. Census Bureau has been keeping records of your net worth every year. The reason the U.S. keeps track of your annual income is because it is an important indicator of the nation’s economic well-being. Household wealth is determined by the total market value of assets of every member Read More

Make voting a priority

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The Latino vote is important and hard to convince. According to Fox News only 11 million Latinos voted in the 2012 elections. Sounds like a decent number. Not when compared to the 28.8 million Latinos that will be eligible to vote by November. With the new immigration battle it’s expected that more Latinos will vote Read More

Border crisis about character, not politics

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Emma Lazarus writes “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” in her famed sonnet New Colossus, or more commonly known as the Statue of Liberty poem. Lazarus, the daughter of Portuguese Jews, would be rolling over in her grave if she could see the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. Read More

Equal protection under the law (except Latinos)

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Custom & Border Patrol (CBP) can deport what they call “recent border crossers” that bypass deportation hearings before a judge. What they fail to mention is that ‘recent’ can mean up to three years living in the U.S. and ‘border’ can mean 100 miles from any land or sea Read More

Summer internships: DC style

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Many Summer internships involve young college students running around getting coffee and filing papers. For two young Latinos, Jonathan Alvarez and Alfonso Toro their internships were a little different. The two spent the Summer in Washington, D.C., where they interned with political figures such as Gloria Negrete McLeod. The young men were able to sit in Read More

Covert operation revealed

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The Associated Press is reporting on an ongoing investigation into US Agency for International Development’s contractor program, which involves young Latin American recruits posing as tourists. Nearly a dozen young Latino revolutionaries were sent to Cuba in an attempt to identify “potential social-change actors” in the country. The young operatives served as democratic voices for USAID’s mission. The Read More

Immigration affects us all in the end

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill stated, “I remember the president talking about people who have been here, people that have (followed the) rules, people that have American citizen children, that have established businesses, that have been in this country for years, that they deserve to stay in this country”. Many immigrants and supporters of immigrants want Read More