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Immigration Activists Celebrate Bittersweet Victory After Obama Grants Relief

(46) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:29 AM

NEW YORK -- Shortly before President Barack Obama on Thursday night announced deportation relief that could benefit an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, Cesar Vargas already had a reason to celebrate. The co-founder of the DRM Action Coalition had received the basic outline of the White House’s...

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Legal Challenges To Obama's Deportation Relief Are Probably Doomed, Experts Say

(26) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:32 PM

President Barack Obama's planned executive action that would reportedly offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants is based on uncontroversial and widely accepted legal foundations, experts said.

It won’t be possible to fully assess Obama’s executive action until Thursday, when he unveils it. But if, as administration officials...

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Here's Why Immigration Advocates Are Pressing So Hard For Executive Action

(20) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 3:45 PM

As President Barack Obama prepares to announce an executive action on Thursday that will reportedly offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, opponents are crying foul. To understand why advocates have pressed so hard for reform, it's helpful to review the president's record on deportation and detention....

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This Is How Much The World Has Changed Since Last Time We Passed Immigration Reform

(40) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:31 PM

To understand how long overdue comprehensive immigration reform is, consider this: The last time the United States passed comprehensive immigration legislation, Republicans played a leading role in crafting the bill, the Berlin Wall had yet to fall, the U.S. had sided with Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War and the...

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Trust Us... You've Never Seen A Harp Get Handled Like This Before

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Ever see someone truly go crazy on a harp? Now you can.

Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda demonstrated what the instrument is capable of in an expert’s hands on Saturday at the 11th annual Encuentro Colombian Music Festival in New York City.

If you think of...

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New York City Just Made It Harder For Feds To Detain Immigrants

(20) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 6:11 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill Friday that will further restrict the city’s cooperation with immigration authorities who try to detain undocumented immigrants picked up by local cops for other reasons.

The law, championed by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem), moves New York...

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Some Of Colombia's Best Music Is In New York, And This Festival Is Proof

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:28 PM

NEW YORK -- The city’s largest Colombian music festival returns on Saturday, where it will honor the work of composer and performer Pablo Mayor on his 50th birthday.

Unlike previous years, the Colombian musicians at the 11th annual Encuentro Colombian Music Festival will be joined by Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican...

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Poll Reveals Widespread Fear Of Police Among Latinos

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:56 PM

More than two in three Latinos fear the police will use excessive force against them, according to a survey released Tuesday measuring Hispanic attitudes about a range of social and political issues.

Though the nationwide poll of 1,000 Latino adults found broad support for the notion that...

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Ann Coulter Offers Republicans Nonsensical Minority Outreach Advice

(22) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter continued to tell Republicans to stop “sucking up” to Hispanics and other voters when it comes to immigration reform during an interview Saturday on the Fox News Channel show “Huckabee.”

As usual when Coulter speaks about the Latino vote, she based many of...

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Almost 80 Percent Of Latinos Elected To State Legislatures Are Democrats

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Some 79 percent of politicians elected to state legislatures will belong to the Democratic Party following midterm elections, according to data compiled by the National Association of Elected Officials Education Fund.

As Republicans pat themselves on the back for their performance among Latino voters in midterm elections,...

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GOP Fared Worse Among Latinos Than National Exit Poll Shows, Pollster Says

(74) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 6:27 PM

The Republican Party didn’t do nearly as well among Latino voters in midterm elections as a national exit poll suggests, according to a pollster who specializes in surveying Hispanic voters.

The national survey of Election Day voters showed Republican gains among Hispanics in key races, which the party credited to...

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The Most Latino Congress Ever Is Coming In 2015

(10) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:34 PM

With 29 Hispanics in the U.S. House of Representatives and three in the U.S. Senate, 2015 will be the most Latino Congress in U.S. history, according to an analysis by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Educational Fund.

The incoming Congress will have one more Latino...

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Latinos Activists Angry, But Vindicated, After Democrats Lose Senate

(57) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:52 PM

A number of Latino activists and commentators report feeling angry yet vindicated in the wake of Tuesday's midterm elections, in which Democrats lost control of the Senate after the White House spent months tiptoeing around the issue of deportation relief.

When President Barack Obama announced in September that he would...

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Lawsuit Against Mexican-American Studies Ban Gets A Court Date

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:14 AM

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Jan. 12 in a lawsuit against Arizona officials who eliminated a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum from public schools in Tucson.

The lawsuit, brought by students of the former classes, contends the law used to ban the classes...

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5 Immigration Theories You Should Feel Free To Ignore On Election Day

(25) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:56 PM

As the country prepares to head to the polls for midterms on Tuesday, some Republicans are predicting that if the GOP wins the control of the U.S. Senate, the party will send an immigration reform bill to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The theory contrasts sharply with some...

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Women's Rights Group Demands Investigation Into Rape Allegations At Detention Center

(15) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 6:55 PM

A women’s rights group is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a Texas immigrant detention center that houses families.

In a press statement issued Friday, UltraViolet pointed to multiple allegations of abuse contained in an open letter published...

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Detention Center Forced Immigrants To Work For $1 Per Day Or Face Solitary Confinement, Lawsuit Says

(20) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 4:49 PM

A group of former immigrant detainees is suing the owner of a Colorado detention center, alleging that it forced them to work for $1 per day and coerced them using the threat of solitary confinement if they refused to comply.

The civil lawsuit filed last week demands that the...

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Don't Worry, Government Weed Will Probably Remain Legal In Uruguay After All

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:35 PM

In the run up to elections over the weekend, it looked as though the opposition may gain enough momentum to throw cold water on Uruguay’s trailblazing legalization of the marijuana trade.

But after a better-than-expected performance for the governing Broad Front coalition in Sunday’s congressional...

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‘World's Poorest President' Explains Why We Should Kick Rich People Out Of Politics

(32) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:39 PM

People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President José Mujica told CNN en Español in an interview posted online Wednesday.

“We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides,” Mujica said in the interview....

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