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New York Activists Ask De Blasio To Stop Detaining Immigrants For ICE

(7) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 4:33 PM

A group of immigrant rights activists called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an open letter published this week, to use his executive authority to keep the city’s police from detaining undocumented immigrants on behalf of the federal government.

Dozens of police departments across...

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Here's How The U.S. Sparked A Refugee Crisis On The Border, In 8 Simple Steps

(343) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:46 AM

The 57,000 children from Central America who have streamed across the U.S.-Mexico border this year were driven in large part by the United States itself. While Democrats and Republicans have been pointing fingers at each other, in reality the current wave of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has...

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Brasil: movimento quilombola pode ser o maior programa do mundo de reparação pela escravidão

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Este artigo é o primeiro de uma série de duas partes sobre o movimento dos quilombos.

Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)

Quando Luiz Pinto estava crescendo, seus pais proibiam...

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Brazil's 'Quilombo' Movement May Be The World's Largest Slavery Reparations Program

(73) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:34 AM

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

Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)

When Luiz Pinto was growing up, his parents wouldn't let the...

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USA Today Columnist Has A Terrible Idea For How To Deal With Child Migrants

(7) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:46 PM

A USA Today columnist is calling upon the government to send undocumented children to a U.S. Naval base primarily known for housing imprisoned suspects of terrorism.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors, most of them from Central America, have crossed into the United States illegally this year,...

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John Huppenthal, Head Of Arizona Schools, Refused To Criticize Founding Fathers For Owning Slaves

(18) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:16 PM

John Huppenthal, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Arizona, has recently come under fire for a slew of bigoted online comments he made in 2010 and 2011 under assumed names. He made a tearful apology last week after being outed as the man behind the Internet...

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These Are The Real Reasons Behind Our Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

(82) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 9:08 AM

When José Luis Zelaya had reconstructive surgery on his nose last year to fix his breathing, he knew it was because he'd been punched in the face repeatedly, but he wasn't sure when. It could have been the many times his father struck him as a child, or it could...

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You Won't Believe The Idiotic Reasons This Ex-Republican Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:20 PM

The Republican-turned-Democrat who legally changed his name to César Chávez offered a rambling explanation to about why he did it on Tuesday, citing sports, dog food and ease of pronunciation.

Wearing a smug grin, the failed candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler denied changing his name...

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This Is What It's Like To Cross The Border Illegally At 13 Years Old

(57) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:29 PM

In 2000, at age 13, José Luis Zelaya immigrated to the United States from Honduras by himself. He was trying to escape an abusive father and reunite with his mother and sister. Traveling overland for 45 days, Zelaya crossed illegally into Texas, where he was detained for two months before...

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Don't Blame Central American Newspapers For Influx Of Undocumented Children

(370) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:38 PM

A new conservative talking point holds that Central American newspapers are inaccurately reporting on U.S. immigration policy, thereby creating a stampede of undocumented minors over the U.S.-Mexico border. But an examination of those newspapers shows the picture is more complicated than that.

The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended while crossing...

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Laura Ingraham Uses Taco Bell Ad To Make Fun Of Immigrant Kids

(99) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Meet a conservative radio host who's not above making fun of sick children.

Conservative media personality Laura Ingraham mocked undocumented immigrant children and teenagers from Central America on her radio show Tuesday, using a slogan from Taco Bell ads to poke fun at them for refusing food...

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Desfile Puertorriqueño en Nueva York: Así es como luce el orgullo boricua

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:01 PM

El orgullo boricua se adueñó de la 5ta. Avenida en la ciudad de Nueva York este domingo con el Desfile Puertorriqueño entre el sonido insistente de las bocinas, bandas de música y un mar de banderas con los colores rojos, blanco y azul y su sola estrella.

Para quienes...

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This Is What Puerto Rican Pride Looks Like

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Boricua pride took over New York City's 5th avenue on Sunday, as the Puerto Rican Day Parade danced by, with blaring horns, a multitude of live bands and a sea of red-white-and-blue flags with a single star. For those who couldn't be there, this is what it looked like.

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Calle 13 Honored By NYC As Band Demands Political Prisoner's Release

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:03 PM

NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) honored one of the most popular anti-imperialist bands in the U.S. on Friday as the group’s frontman donned a T-shirt demanding freedom for a jailed Puerto Rican nationalist viewed by many of the...

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These Images Show #WhatLatinosLookLike

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Despite facing plenty of criticism, The New York Times continued to speculate on Monday that Hispanics are identifying as white in larger numbers as part of a process of racial assimilation resembling that of Italian or Irish descendants.

The latest piece...

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Latino Voters Will Blame Republicans If Immigration Reform Fails, Poll Says

(26) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Latino voters will blame Republicans if immigration reform fails to pass, according to a poll released Tuesday.

A survey of 800 registered Hispanic voters by pollster Latino Decisions on behalf of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive think tank, found that 49 percent of...

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Here's An Immigrant Imprisonment Program That Obama Could Stop Without Congress

(9) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 7:35 AM

Last month, in the face of growing pressure from immigrant rights activists, Hispanic politicians and Democratic allies, President Barack Obama ordered the Department of Homeland Security to review the policies that drive the administration's record-setting pace of deportations.

It remains to be seen...

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Former U.S. Treasurer Explains Why Latinos Would Vote For A GOP Candidate

(249) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin thinks New Mexico’s governor has a bright future.

Marin told HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy Tehrani on Thursday that she thinks Gov. Susana Martinez would have a shot at running for the presidency, and that her Hispanic roots would help drive Latinos to the polls...

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Immigrant Activists Are Furious With Obama Over Delay To Deportation Review

(54) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:43 PM

Immigrant activists are furious with the White House's decision this week to delay anticipated policy revisions aimed at slowing President Barack Obama's record-setting pace of deportations.

The outpouring of criticism highlights the continued tension between Obama and immigrant activists, who had hoped the White House would heed their longstanding call...

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Chile Might Change One Of The Most Restrictive Abortion Laws In The World

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Chile will begin debating whether to reform one of the world’s most restrictive abortion policies -- but don’t expect widespread legalization of the procedure.

President Michelle Bachelet said Wednesday that she would introduce legislation legalizing abortion in cases of rape, unviable pregnancies or in cases where the woman’s life...

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