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It's Undemocratic for Obama to Delay Deportation Relief, Whether or Not You Support Reform

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:37 AM

Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta disappointed many immigration activists last week by saying the White House was right to delay, for the second time, the rollout of a promised program of deportation relief.

Huerta is one of many immigration reform supporters who say the delay amounts to...

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17 Historical Events Every American Should Know About (But Probably Doesn't)

(90) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:24 PM

It's Hispanic Heritage Month, From the first explorations into North America nearly a century before Jamestown to the banning of Mexican-American Studies in Arizona, here's 17 Latino historical events that every American should know.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Roberto Clemente surpassed 3,000 hits....

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Light-Skinned Latinos Tend To Vote More Republican. Be Careful How You Interpret That.

(20) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Lighter-skinned Latinos are more likely to vote Republican, according to polling data analyzed by the Washington Post.

The data highlights rarely recognized racial divisions within the Latino community that have perplexed the U.S. Census Bureau and tripped up mass media. But don’t expect it to change too...

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Rick Perry Isn't Calling Off Border Surge Even After Meeting Goal

(41) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 11:15 AM

The $30 million “border surge” ordered by Texas Gov. Rick Perry shows no sign of stopping, even though apprehensions began plummeting before the National Guard got there, the local press reports.

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steve McCraw told state lawmakers in July that the...

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Uruguayan President On Gitmo: U.S. 'Made A Business Out Of That Prison'

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:06 PM

Uruguayan President José Mujica said last week his government is continuing to work with the Obama administration to accept prisoners from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo, which Mujica referred to as a “disgrace.”

Speaking at a joint press conference in Montevideo with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Mujica said...

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11 Awesome Things About Mexico That Don't Get The Attention They Deserve

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:03 AM

In honor of Mexico's Independence Day we're revisiting a post we originally published in May 2013.

Mexico gets a bad rap. The mainstream media, with its bias for bad news, gives the impression that Mexico is a violence-ridden narcotocracy. Many of the more strident voices in the...

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Dreamers Demand Immigration Answers From Hillary Clinton In Iowa

(42) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a confrontation with Dreamers on Sunday that seemed to capture the Democrats' increasingly awkward relationship with Latinos in miniature.

The activists caught up with Clinton in Iowa at a public fundraising event. There, they asked the former Secretary...

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Coalition Of 50 Hispanic Groups Aims To 'Deliver Record Latino Turnout' For Midterms

(10) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 11:34 AM

A coalition of 50 Latino groups announced the start of a monthlong drive to boost Hispanic voter registration Monday, vowing to raise turnout to record levels for the November midterm elections.

Timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which also began Monday, the announcement of...

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DHS Doesn't Think ISIS Is Plotting Attack Through U.S.-Mexico Border

(29) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:54 PM

No evidence suggests that the Islamic State is planning to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to attack the United States, Department of Homeland Security officials said during a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

The remarks, delivered ahead of President Barack Obama’s speech outlining a strategy for confronting the extremist group and...

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UT Austin Finally Launches Mexican American Studies Department

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:24 PM

The University of Texas at Austin announced Wednesday the launch of a Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, delivering on longstanding plans to expand its academic offerings on the multicultural study of U.S. Hispanics.

The new department will offer undergraduate degrees focused on the interdisciplinary study...

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Honduran Child Rights Defender Explains Why Kids Will Keep Coming

(125) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:33 PM

A child rights advocate in Honduras says the United States should expect minors to continue to illegally cross into the country as long as American and Honduran political leaders remain focused on border security instead of addressing the root causes of migration.

More than 66,000 unaccompanied minors have...

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Obama's Deportation Relief Delay Could Dampen Latino Interest In Democrats

(34) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:48 PM

President Barack Obama's decision over the weekend to delay, for a second time, a promised change to his administration's record-setting deportation policy will likely dampen Latinos' enthusiasm for the Democratic Party, according to a polling firm.

The White House cited concerns about close Senate races in multiple...

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Most Americans Say Child Migrants Should Be Reunited With Families Here: Poll

(12) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Most Americans think the U.S. government should allow the more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors that have crossed illegally into the country this year to be reunited with their family members living in the United States, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Pew Center for the People and the...

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Armed Border Militia Apprehends Bat-Counting Scientists

(109) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 5:40 PM

An armed border militia group confronted three researchers in Arizona last month, mistaking them for undocumented immigrants or drug traffickers in an incident that drew criticism from local law enforcement officials.

Border militias, or "untrained, utterly anonymous gunmen with no accountability to anyone" who prowl the border on their own...

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Hugo Chávez Supporters Re-Write 'Our Father' With A New God

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Some followers of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez truly view the deceased politician as a god.

At a meeting of the ruling Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela on Monday, delegate María Estrella Uribe delivered a new version of the “Our Father” prayer that substituted Chávez...

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16 Reasons Why Opening Our Borders Makes More Sense Than Militarizing Them

(251) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:36 AM

What would happen if the United States suddenly stopped building walls and instead flung open its borders, not unlike the European Union has done among the member countries of the common market? Conservatives malign the notion and liberals, even radical ones, haven't exactly embraced the "open borders" concept.

But...

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The Other Guy Behind The Mexican-American Studies Ban Lost His Primary Too

(25) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 12:22 PM

The second of the two main forces behind an Arizona law banning a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum admitted defeat in his bid for reelection as the state’s Attorney General this week.

Attorney General Tom Horne -- plagued by a campaign finance investigation, rumors of an extra-marital affair...

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Watch Fox News Blow Several Facts On Major Immigration Story In Just Two Sentences

(117) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Border hawks convinced that Central American migrants are coming to the United States because the media has told them they'll be allowed to stay might want to point a finger at Fox News.

On an episode of "Fox & Friends" that aired Wednesday, co-host Brian Kilmeade incorrectly...

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Man Behind Mexican-American Studies Ban Won't Head Arizona Schools Anymore

(25) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:52 AM

One of the leaders behind legislation banning a Mexican-American Studies curriculum from the state’s classrooms won’t be in charge of the Arizona school system anymore.

In a campaign marred by the discovery that he had been hiding behind pseudonyms to make offensive comments online, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction...

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Afro-Brazilians Demand Slavery Reparations Because 'Poverty Has A Color'

(26) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:37 AM

This article is the second in a two-part series about Brazil's quilombo movement. Read the first part here.

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Almir Viera Pereira holds a handful of dry soil on a patch of disputed land his group has claimed under Brazil's constitutional right to reparations...
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