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Michael LaRosa
Michael LaRosa is associate professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis. He teaches the history of Latin America and his research focuses on the social, political and religious history of Latin America, especially Colombia. He is the author or co-author of several books, most recently, “Colombia, a Concise Contemporary History” (Rowman and Littlefield, April 2012). This book traces two centuries of Colombia history, and contrasts the country’s violent past with its current accomplishments. The former Fulbright Scholar calls Bogota a second home. His expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, and immigration from Latin America to the U.S. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at George Washington University, and a master’s and doctoral degree in history at the University of Miami.

Entries by Michael LaRosa

Jeb's Love Revolution

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Hillary Clinton's January 2017 coronation has been complicated by Jeb Bush's love revolution --his recent, public, admission that the undocumented among us are not all criminal miscreants. The former Florida governor said that many people who cross into the United States without proper documentation do so out of an act...

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Deferred Action for All!

(9) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:35 PM

The largest minority group in the nation, Hispanics, could help rescue Barack Obama's floundering presidency. But for that to happen, the President needs to take significant action soon on immigration reform rather than wait for a "do nothing" Congress.

Comprehensive immigration reform this year, and we assume in this...

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The Immigration Cul-de-sac

(43) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 8:35 AM

Comprehensive immigration reform, once touted as a major legislative priority of the Obama administration, appears to be stranded in a cruel Washington cul de sac. Some Republican House leaders hope to kill a Senate immigration bill, passed this past July with broad bi-partisan support, through inaction. They see no urgency...

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The Supreme Court Among Us

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 6:04 PM

Last week's rulings on immigration reform and health care by the United States Supreme Court are a compelling reminder of what's at stake in November: "It's the Court, stupid!" This should be the rallying cry for anyone who thinks that this November's election does not matter.


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