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Jorge-Mario Cabrera is the director of communications at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). He has been an advocate for social justice since 1988 primarily in the non-profit sector. He is originally from El Salvador. He became a U.S. citizen in 2008.

Blog Entries by Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Immigrants in the Time of Kobach

Posted February 23, 2012 | 02/23/12 03:34 PM ET

This week I was reminded of the old proverb in Spanish: "There's no illness that lasts a full one hundred years and no human being that can withstand it." No hay mal que dure cien años ni cuerpo que lo resista.

The president's proposed 2013 budget includes more ammunition to...

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A Day Without Calumny

6 Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 02/17/12 11:13 AM ET

A different tune could be heard all over southern California's airwaves this weekend. As a result of spewing ignorant and insulting remarks about the late Whitney Houston, John and Ken received a slap on the wrist on Thursday and were told to go home and play with themselves. The tune...

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The Miramonte School Conspiracy of Silence

15 Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 02/15/12 01:45 PM ET

The most chilling moment of the press conference came in the form of a girl's father. He was wearing an oversized hoodie that covered his entire face and a pair of dark glasses blocking us from seeing the fear in his eyes. He came to denounce a school...

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Credit for a Mini Fire Engine

10 Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 02/03/12 11:27 AM ET

In 2011, Eliberto bought his four-year-old boy a tricycle. This year, with the tax refund he will receive he would like to get his older son a toe-pedaled mini fire truck engine. His 2-year old boy will settle for a considerable amount of pampers, Gerber puree, and two sets of...

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Joaquin Luna's Unfinished Blueprint

Posted December 1, 2011 | 12/01/11 01:14 PM ET

I do not know what killed eighteen-year old Joaquin Luna Lorma Jr. I mean, I know about the artifact that he allegedly used to take his own life a day after Thanksgiving Day. What I do not know is what drove this quiet and gentle undocumented immigrant high...

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Calling the Question: Why Cecilia Muñoz Is Not the Issue

Posted November 11, 2011 | 11/11/11 04:49 PM ET

There are real problems and there are distractions. The former require our undivided attention and focus but it's the latter that often make the morning headlines.

Recently, our partner and ally Presente.org joined by some writers, took issue with a statement signed by CHIRLA and...

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John and Ken: The Best Apology Is a Farewell Message

Posted October 20, 2011 | 10/20/11 07:24 PM ET

John and Ken of KFI AM640's John and Ken Show have lived in a rage-testosterone-and-feces-filled cave for so long that now they are beginning to act out their own oversized GI Joe and He-Man fantasies. Their ego is so huge, the disconnect with reality so abundantly clear, and the wads...

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Dogs Bark Because We Gallop

Posted October 6, 2011 | 10/06/11 09:06 AM ET

Perhaps the late 18th century German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said it best when he wrote "When the dogs bark we know we are riding on horseback".

This past week, the immigrant rights movement in the United States had its share of news that shook us to the...

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John and Ken's Misguided Fury on Immigration

Posted September 8, 2011 | 09/08/11 08:57 AM ET

How far will conservative talk radio shock jocks go to incite hate, division, and resentment against immigrants while debasing anything and anyone supportive of immigrant rights? Will these so-called populists, experts at spreading fear and loathing stoop so low as to invade a private citizen's privacy, publicly disclose private facts,...

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The Lull in Between Storms

Posted August 22, 2011 | 08/22/11 01:38 PM ET

What a difference a day makes. Early last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was under an incessant downpour of criticism for strong arming immigrant communities with the expansion of a controversial program called "Secure Communities". Later in the week "senior administration officials" briefly emerged from their bunkers to...

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A Record as Straight as Immigration Reform's Broken Promise

Posted August 17, 2011 | 08/17/11 07:42 PM ET

Less than twenty-four hours after hundreds of immigrants and their allies chanted their way to the Los Angeles site where members of the discredited Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) sham taskforce on "Secure Communities" held a public hearing, the only one in the West Coast, the...

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To Vote or Not to Vote, That Is Not the Question

Posted August 13, 2011 | 08/13/11 09:03 AM ET

An active critic of mine emailed me recently wondering if my strategy and that of other immigrant rights advocates was to defeat President Obama by blaming him relentlessly for the lack of progress on immigration reform and/or urge Latinos not to vote in 2012. Did I want President Obama to...

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Takes Two to Tango

Posted July 27, 2011 | 07/27/11 12:11 PM ET

President Obama stepped up to the podium this week to address the largest and most powerful annual gathering of Chicano/Latinos and he was smiling. It was at the same NCLR annual conference that in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama, made one of the most stirring rebukes of...

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Free Trips to Tijuana

Posted July 1, 2011 | 07/01/11 09:52 PM ET

"If you want a free trip to Tijuana, stop by Union Station." That's the smart-alecky text message a friend of mine received as news of an immigration raid at the historic Los Angeles Union Station spread like a stink bomb inside a crowded elevator. Through text messages, Tweets, Facebook updates,...

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Too Close for Comfort: President Obama Should Meet With Families of Unauthorized Immigrants

Posted June 27, 2011 | 06/27/11 02:03 PM ET

Yolanda looks directly at the camera and pauses. What to say that hasn't already been said? How to weave into a short paragraph a lifetime of uncertainty, guilt, and fear as it relates to her 22-year-old brother's immigration status? Will her story sound maudlin, insincere, self-serving perhaps? Will all this...

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Warning: ICE Fishing Dragnet in Effect

Posted June 15, 2011 | 06/15/11 06:50 PM ET

With the one-year anniversary of the signing of Arizona's racial profiling law SB 1070 behind us, the community's attention is squarely focused on the White House. But we are not the only ones beginning to ask the administration to reevaluate its misguided approach. Throughout May and June, Congressman...

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Arizona's SB1070: A Year After

Posted April 18, 2011 | 04/18/11 05:53 PM ET

Governor Brewer sounded resolute: "Decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation," she told a room packed with reporters. Behind her stood two impermeable rows of stoic-looking ranchers shifting uncomfortably as if waiting to be executed by a firing squad. It was April 23, 2010,...

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Courage to Change More than a Slogan

Posted April 13, 2011 | 04/13/11 03:13 PM ET

The one-year-old attempts to escape the firm grasp of his mother's embrace. It's as if he can sense desperation and fear in his mother's words. Blanca, her voice trailing off a bit, tells her story, once again, of the day she was selling ice creams in front of a school,...

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President Obama's Deeds: The Greatest Tribute to Martyred Romero

Posted March 29, 2011 | 03/29/11 12:29 PM ET

No one has to fulfill an immoral law. It is time to take back your consciences and to obey your consciences rather than the orders of sin. The Church, defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, of the person, cannot remain silent before...

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InSecurities in California's Communities

Posted March 7, 2011 | 03/07/11 02:03 PM ET

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (DHS-ICE) announced that with the addition of six smaller rural counties, the entire state of California is now part of the Orwellian-named Secure Communities program (S-Comm). By co-opting the fingerprint submissions of local police, ICE is...

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