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Cristina Costantini
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Cristina Costantini is an Emmy-nominated investigative producer and reporter at Fusion. She attended Yale University and was one of the founding editors of HuffPost LatinoVoices. Follow her on Twitter.

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The Candidates Have it Wrong About Heroin in New Hampshire and Elsewhere

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 12:16 PM

These days, across New England, firefighters respond to more overdoses than fires. So many addicts have been found unconscious in bathroom stalls that fast food chains like Dunkin' Donuts have changed their locks to make it easier for first responders. And even the mundane ritual of logging into Facebook has...

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PBS 'Need To Know' Documentary Tackles Border Patrol Abuse

(760) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 5:36 PM

The "basic values" of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency include, "professionalism, honor, integrity, [and] respect for human life." According to the second installment of a PBS documentary, "Crossing The Line," however, many of the agency's employees are falling short of their stated ideals.

In recent years,...

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More Immigration Attorneys Turn To Online Petitions

(79) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 8:45 AM

After consulting with eight different immigration attorneys, and spending $10,000 in lawyers' fees over the course of five years, Manuel Guerra lost hope that he would be allowed to stay in the U.S.

"The [attorneys] were all were telling me the same thing: to sign my voluntary departure form,"...

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John Rocker's New Book, 'Scars And Strikes,' Aims To Fix The Former Pitcher's Public Image

(929) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM

John Rocker chose a unique way to prove that he's not racist: He launched his own "Speak English" campaign.

The former Atlanta Braves pitcher -- who was suspended from baseball for making homophobic, xenophobic and racist comments -- says he wants the world to know he's actually a pretty nice...

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D.C. Passes Bill To Restrict Secure Communities Immigration Enforcement Program

(232) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 8:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- As groups around the country rally this week against the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, the District of Columbia approved its own measure on Tuesday to fight back.

In a unanimous vote, the D.C. Council approved a bill that will limit the ability of the federal government...

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Latino Advertising Can Alienate Non-Latinos, Study Says

(875) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 10:16 AM

Well-known in the Hispanic community for his love ballads and salsa numbers, Marc Anthony is asking Latinos to do more than just dance these days. "The president has our back, so it's time to let him know that we have his," Anthony says in an advertisement for the...

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Jorge Ramos, Univision Anchor, Speaks Out On SB1070 Ruling, Navigates Journalistic Impartiality

(209) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Blurring the line between advocate and journalist, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos publicly disapproved of the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law Monday. In particular, the vote to uphold the "papers, please" provision of the law by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court, came as...

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Despite Supreme Court SB 1070 Ruling, Climate Of Fear Persists In Arizona

(521) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 6:33 PM

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down three key portions of a polarizing Arizona immigration law, but upheld the most controversial part of the bill requiring law enforcement to check the legal status of individuals suspected of being in the country illegally.

Within minutes of Monday's announcement, both proponents...

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Obama Immigration, Gay Marriage 'Evolution' Shifts Voter Opinion, Galvanizes Base

(1600) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Between delivering steaming platters of enchiladas and clearing away the remains, Evelyn Rivera often overhears conversations in the Orlando, Fla.-area restaurant where she waits tables. This year, Rivera, 23, has heard more than one about the choices facing Latino voters in 2012.

"I think there's this sense...

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The DREAMers: A Demographic Profile Of Eligible Immigrants Under New Obama Policy

(545) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 6:59 PM

Less than a week ago, President Obama announced a policy change that could affect as many as 1.4 million young undocumented students living in the United States by halting their deportation proceedings and granting them temporary work permits. However, figuring out who is eligible under Obama's new policy,...

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Blanca Medina Faces Deportation Despite Sexual Abuse Risk If Returned To Home Country

(624) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 9:46 AM

Blanca Medina came to the United States to escape sexual abuse after suffering five rapes in her homeland of El Salvador, according to her lawyer Matthew Muller. But even after Medina told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that she and her four-year-old daughter Alejandra would face severe harm if deported,...

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José Antonio Vargas, periodista indocumentado, dice 'somos americanos' en portada de TIME

(12) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Un año atrás, el periodista de origen filipino y ganador del Premio Pulitzer por su investigación sobre la masacre de Virginia Tech y ex editor en The Huffington Post, José Antonio Vargas reveló al mundo que era un inmigrante indocumentado. Esta semana, en la portada de Time Magazine, Vargas describe...

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Familia de Carlos Lamadrid busca justicia y exige respuestas a la patrulla fronteriza (VIDEO)

(15) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Carlos Lamadrid, ciudadano estadounidense de 19 años, recibió tres disparos en la espalda por un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza de Estados Unidos mientras huía a través de la frontera sur hacia México en mayo del 2011. El joven, oriundo de Douglas Arizona, estaba desarmado y supuestamente transportaba...

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Jose Antonio Vargas, Undocumented Journalist, Says 'We Are Americans' In TIME Magazine Cover Story

(451) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 1:17 PM


One year ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former HuffPost editor Jose Antonio Vargas "came out" to the world as an undocumented immigrant. In this week's TIME Magazine cover story, the Filipino writer and activist describes his year as a public figure without legal status...

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Jorge Ramos, Univision Anchor, Criticizes Obama Campaign For Using His Image In Advertisement (VIDEO)

(56) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 5:30 PM

He's been called the voice of the voiceless, pegged as the Anderson Cooper of Spanish-language news, and ranked the second most recognized Latino leader in the country today, in a recent Pew Hispanic Center poll of U.S. Latinos. One thing Jorge Ramos is not,...

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Carlos Lamadrid's Family Seeks Justice After Border Patrol Shooting

(1971) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 1:26 PM

A 19-year-old U.S. citizen, Carlos Lamadrid, was shot in the back three times by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while fleeing across the southern border into Mexico in May of 2011. The young man, a native of Douglas, Ariz., was unarmed and was reportedly transporting marijuana. Lamadrid...

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Confunden bandera boricua con la cubana en anuncio por Desfile Puertorriqueño

(73) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 1:30 PM

El próximo domingo cuando los boricuas se reúnan en las calles de Nueva York y canten "Que Bonita Bandera" durante el Desfile del Día de Puerto Rico que año con año se celebra en esa ciudad, probablemente no va a cantarle a la bandera cubana, aunque para el...

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New York Daily News Uses Cuban Flag On Puerto Rican Day Parade Ad

(765) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 5:31 PM

When boricuas gather in the streets of New York City and sing "Que Bonita Bandera" (Translation: What a Beautiful Flag) at the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, they probably won't be singing about the Cuban flag. It seems, however, that the New York...

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Brenda Vazquez, Texas Woman, Fights To Prove U.S. Citizenship

(596) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Brenda Vazquez, a 29-year-old school teacher, used to cross the border bridge between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, a few times each week; for work, for shopping, to visit family, and to see friends, she says. But now, the young woman, who claims she was born in the U.S., is...

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ImmiLounge, Immigrant Social Networking Site, Aims To Help Immigrants 'Achieve The American Dream' (VIDEO)

(80) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 11:11 AM

The father of the theory of assimilation, Robert Park, wrote in 1922 that, “the immigrant must learn quickly, for his livelihood depends on it." Tech entrepeneur Brian Nguah, creator of, thinks that in the digital age, there should be a way for immigrants to 'learn quickly,' online....

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