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Texas Declares May 1 'Mexican-American Studies Day'

(7) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:41 PM

The Texas Legislature passed a resolution Friday morning declaring May 1, 2015, Mexican-American Studies Day. The move marks a symbolic victory for educators and activists who have pushed to expand ethnic studies classes in the state despite a lack of interest from the Republican-dominated State Board of Education.

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Cuban And American Musicians Team Up To Recreate Incredible Moment In Music History

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 1:18 PM

NEW YORK -- As diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Cuban governments thawed this winter, pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill was in Havana recording an album with some Cuban colleagues.

"I saw people break out into tears of joy,” O’Farrill told The Huffington Post. “And I think...

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Military Contractors Hope To Turn Border Into New Cash Cow

(31) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 2:29 PM

PHOENIX -- A two-foot metal snake with a tiny but powerful camera at the tip would allow Border Patrol to more easily check backpacks and car trunks without sticking their hands inside. The endoscopic camera produced by RF Systems Lab was originally used to defuse improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan...

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Private Prison Company Sued For Allegedly Putting Hunger-Striking Moms In Solitary Confinement

(51) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:48 PM

Three immigrant women who say they were punished for joining a hunger strike in a Texas family detention center on Thursday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Group, the company that operates the facility.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court against ICE Director Sarah Saldaña and personnel at...

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This Law Kicked Off Immigration Crackdowns Across The Country. 5 Years Later, Lots Of People Still Hate It

(207) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 12:46 PM

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of protesters rallied before the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that state police stop collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The march from the Capitol to the 4th Avenue Jail was timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of SB 1070, the Arizona law cracking...

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Former Border Patrol Head: U.S. Side Of Border Is Safer Than Washington

(41) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:17 AM

PHOENIX -- While elected officials in Congress continue to harp on the need to make the U.S./Mexico border area safer, a panel of current and former law enforcement officials gathered at the Border Security Expo said Tuesday that the U.S. side has seen an unprecedented drop in both...

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ICE Director Visits Texas Detention Center Amid Allegations Of Mistreatment

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:55 PM

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement visited a family immigrant detention center in Texas on Friday that has been the site of two hunger strikes and allegations of abuse.

ICE confirmed in an email that Director Sarah Saldaña had paid an unpublicized visit to the...

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'Sábado Gigante' To End Its Run After 53 Years On The Air

(19) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 2:35 PM

After more than half a century on the air, Univision announced Friday it will discontinue the popular show “Sábado Gigante.”

The show’s 74-year-old host, Mario Kreutzberger -- better known as “Don Francisco” -- will continue to work with America's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, but will leave behind the show that...

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Bed Quota Fuels 'Inhumane' And 'Unnecessary' Immigrant Detention: Report

(37) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:04 PM

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress' requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,000 detention beds, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report, drafted by Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, calls on Congress to...

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Fox News Host Wonders If Clinton's Chipotle Stop Was 'Hispanic Outreach'

(441) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros wondered Tuesday whether Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton recently stopped at a Chipotle outside Toledo, Ohio, in order to make inroads with Latino voters.

During a segment of “Outnumbered,” Tantaros and co-host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery debated the meaning of Clinton's low-profile appearance...

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Mothers Launch A Second Hunger Strike At Karnes City Family Detention Center

(23) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:29 PM

A group of 10 mothers locked in a Texas detention center with their children vowed Tuesday to launch a hunger strike to demand the release of dozens of women pursuing asylum claims, advocates say.

The strike marks the second such protest this month at the family immigrant...

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Father Of Student Attacked By Police: U.S. Aid To Mexico 'Being Used To Kill Ordinary People'

(79) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 5:20 PM

Felipe de la Cruz received a call from his son, Angel Neri, the night of Sept. 26, saying he and fellow college students were being attacked by police after stealing buses. De la Cruz urged his son to stay calm, thinking the cops would simply detain him. Instead, police in...

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Some Hunger-Striking Mothers Were Put In Isolation At Karnes Immigrant Detention Center, Lawyers Say

(43) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Authorities at Karnes Detention Center in Texas have responded to a hunger strike launched by a group of 78 mothers this week by placing some women in isolation with their children, according to lawyers and advocates working with the detained migrants.

The group of detained mothers announced Tuesday that...

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Arizona Professor Received A Bunch Of Threatening Emails After Fox News Segment About His Class

(539) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:23 PM

The Arizona State University professor vilified in a Fox News segment in January for teaching a course called “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness” received dozens of hateful and threatening emails after the report, according to The Arizona Republic.

The emails, some of which urged...

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9 Curse Words With No Translation That Will Make You Want To Learn Spanish

(62) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:02 PM

An earlier version of this article was published in May 2013. We're revisiting it in light of the interest awakened by our earlier posts on Spanish words with no direct English translation.

Warning: This article contains explicit language that some readers may find objectionable.

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New York Dreamers Begin Hunger Strike As State Budget Deadline Looms

(19) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:55 PM

NEW YORK -- A group of 10 undocumented youths launched a hunger strike Wednesday, vowing to pressure New York lawmakers to put funding for a proposed state version of the Dream Act back into next year's budget.

Immigrant rights advocates and Hispanic politicians in New York have for years...

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Mexican Mayor Says Women Should Be Watching Soap Operas, Not The News

(40) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 6:21 PM

The mayor of the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua is taking heat for urging a crowd of women to watch soap operas instead of the news during a speech delivered Sunday.

During an event to mark the Day of the Domestic Worker, Javier Garfio Pacheco...

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Here's A Few Ways Ted Cruz Diverges With Latino Voters, In Addition To Immigration

(104) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:33 PM

When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced his candidacy on Monday, some Latino groups dismissed him immediately, primarily because of his hardline views on immigration.

But Cruz’s political differences with Latino voters don’t stop with immigration, the issue most commonly associated with the Hispanic community. While the...

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Latino Victory Fund Throws Its Support Behind ‘Chuy' Garcia In Chicago Race

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 4:24 PM

The Latino Victory Fund will back Jesús “Chuy” Garcia in the Chicago mayoral election, the group announced Monday.

In a press statement outlining its slate of endorsed candidates for 2015, the political action committee, dedicated to helping propel Hispanics into elected offices, said it would also back Nelson Diaz...

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Barcelona Museum Features Sculpture Of Former King Getting Sodomized

(78) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:21 PM

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona opened a controversial exhibit this weekend including a sculpture depicting the former King Juan Carlos I getting sodomized.

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The sculpture "Not Dressed For Conquest," by artist Ines Doujak, went on display on Saturday in Barcelona's Museum...
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