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19 Reasons Latin Americans Come To The U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream

(9) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 1:56 PM

The conventional wisdom says that most Latin American migrants who come to the United States are looking for a better life, inspired by the "American Dream." And it's hard to deny that there's a lot of truth in that.

But there's another side to the story -- people leave...

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11 Things You Didn't Know About Gabriel García Márquez

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, who died on Thursday, was one of the greatest literary minds the world has produced. Here's 11 things you should know about the Nobel laureate.

What else should the world know about Gabriel García Márquez? Let us know in the comments.

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Cheo Feliciano Dead: Puerto Rican Salsa Great Dies At 78

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Salsa star José “Cheo” Feliciano died Thursday morning in a car accident in Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día reports. He was 78.

At around 4:15 a.m. on Thursday morning, Feliciano appeared to lose control of his green Jaguar as he rounded a curve and hit an electric post,

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Here's Proof Illegal Immigration Doesn't Cause More Murders, In One Chart

(17) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:47 PM

It's become routine for immigration hardliners like U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to blame illegal immigration for an imaginary spike in violent crime. Other conservative politicians, like California state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) or Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), commonly paint undocumented...

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How The Drug War Helps Fuel Mass Deportation

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:10 AM

The drug war is doing its part to fuel mass deportation, according to a study released last week.

An average of more than 41,000 people with drug offenses on their records were deported each year between the 2008 and 2013 fiscal years, according to an...

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GOP's Likely Pick For Calif. Gov. Defends Worst Immigration Speech Ever

(46) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The frontrunner for the GOP nomination in the race for California Gov. is defending a 2006 speech in which he said undocumented immigrants have launched an “insurgency” that would lead to the most bloodshed in American history since the U.S. civil war.

In comments to the California press, state...

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Why Mexican-American Studies Is 'Going To Spread Like Wildfire' In Texas

(154) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Texas took a step toward instituting ethnic studies courses in public schools across the state on Wednesday, with the State Board of Education voting 11 to 3 to create instructional materials for such classes.

Activists had pushed since November for the Texas SBOE to create a statewide Mexican-American studies...

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Jose Antonio Vargas Film 'Documented' Aims To Change Minds About Immigration

(52) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Jose Antonio Vargas’ documentary “Documented” is gaining momentum, with theatrical releases planned in 10 U.S. cities before showing on CNN this summer.

Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former Huffington Post editor, left the daily news business shortly before coming out publicly as an undocumented immigrant in a

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Why Mexican-American Studies Matter

(17) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:10 PM

The Texas State Board of Education will vote on Wednesday on whether or not to adopt an elective Mexican-American studies course for public high schools. The proposal from Brownsville Democrat Ruben Cortez has generated opposition from some members of the Republican-dominated SBOE, with one conservative calling the proposal...

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More Texas Educators Throw Support Behind Mexican-American Studies

(56) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 7:34 AM

Educators across Texas are backing a proposal for the state to create a Mexican-American studies curriculum for the state's public high schools.

Houston Independent School District, the state’s largest, became the latest to back the plan to offer the state-approved, elective course. The nine-member board of trustees voted unanimously...

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Admittedly Biased Organization Accuses Univision, Telemundo Of Bias

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:03 PM

A conservative research group is taking Univision and Telemundo to task for having a liberal bias.

The Media Research Center released a report Monday finding that Univision and Telemundo rely more heavily on Democratic or liberal sources in their reporting than conservative ones.

In an analysis of...

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Puerto Rico Report Feeds Statehood Debate

(35) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:11 AM

A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office estimating the costs of admitting Puerto Rico as a U.S. state hasn’t done much to settle the debate on the island.

The GAO report estimated that Puerto Rico would receive billions of dollars more in federal benefits, but...

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Immigrant Activist: I Was Deported For My Hunger Strike And I'm Coming Back

(48) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Two undocumented immigrants who say they were expelled from the United States in retaliation for their activism are crossing back into the country through the legal port of entry at Nogales, Ariz., this week, hoping to fight their deportation cases through the legal system.

The demonstration is the latest...

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Puerto Rico Plans To Release Older Prisoners

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Puerto Rico plans to release prisoners over 60 years of age in order to save money.

Gov. Alejandro García Padilla says he’ll sign legislation aimed at releasing more than 200 aging prisoners, which could save the island’s government as much as $9 million, according to Spanish newswire...

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Arizona Republican Praises Anti-Immigrant ‘Hate Group' (UPDATED)

(14) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:48 AM

Arizona State Sen. Al Melvin (R-Tucson) praised an organization characterized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center this week and urged the public to spend millions of tax dollars on the group’s border security system.

Melvin mentioned the work of the American Border Patrol...

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Legislators Ask Why Mexicans Should Die Over A Drug The U.S. Is Legalizing

(41) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Two Mexican legislators say they're sick of cramming their jails full of pot smokers.

Few countries have suffered the consequences of the U.S.-led war on drugs more than Mexico. As the principal supplier of marijuana to the United States, as well as a major transit country for cocaine and...

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One Vote Could Change The Course Of Mexican-American Studies

(190) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Texas State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez says he'll propose a vote to decide whether to create a statewide Mexican-American studies course at the agency's meeting next month.

If passed, the measure would mark a major victory for Latino education activists who have pressed for a public school...

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Immigrants Ask Pope To Pressure Obama To Stop Deportations

(173) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:24 PM

A group of immigration activists hopes Pope Francis will prod President Barack Obama into halting his record-setting pace of deportations.

A delegation of nearly 20 people from California will travel to the Vatican next week with the goal of meeting the pope and asking him to urge Obama to...

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White House Screens Cesar Chavez Biopic

(6) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 6:26 PM

The White House screened the new Cesar Chavez biopic Wednesday night at an event with the filmmakers and activists in attendance.

President Obama introduced the film to the crowd of more than 100 people, offering words of praise for the labor leader who co-founded the United Farm...

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Dentyne Ice Ad Pulled After Uproar Over How Sexist It Was

(19) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:08 AM

This chewing gum is ready for any chance at sexual harassment.

The Puerto Rican government pulled ads for a Dentyne Ice posted on the public transportation system Wednesday after angry reactions from people who viewed the ads as sexist, Puerto Rican daily El Nuevo Día reports.

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