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Joaquin Luna's Unfinished Blueprint

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 01.31.2012 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Who was this Joaquin, and why is he the subject of conversation, especially amongst immigrant rights advocates who ask ourselves if we could have done something to prevent his suicide? The answers do not come easily.

Calling the Question: Why Cecilia Muñoz Is Not the Issue

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 01.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Talk of resignation, retraction, and silly questioning of CHIRLA's intentions and values is of lesser importance to the immigrant community than proactive, timely, and common-sense solutions.

Occupy LA Gains Momentum, Latinos Join Forces

Aurelia Fierros | Posted 12.25.2011 | Latino Voices
Aurelia Fierros

Despite its critics and lack of leadership, those who have joined the movement say OWS's purpose is very clear to them: sending a message to their representatives and to the president himself, that they are tired of Washington's passivity on the issue of Wall Street's greed.

John and Ken: The Best Apology Is a Farewell Message

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 12.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

If Clear Channel is sincere about their intent to serve Los Angeles' diverse communities they should take John and Ken off the air immediately.

Dogs Bark Because We Gallop

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 12.06.2011 | Latino Voices
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

There is no room for second-guessing, Mr. President. Congress and the White House must hold onto courage, heart, and mind to stop the types of ill-intentioned, myopic, inhumane laws such as SB1070 and SB56, and get back to work on smart, humane, and sensible updates to our nation's broken and inconsistent immigration laws.

John and Ken's Misguided Fury on Immigration

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 11.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

It is clear we differ on how our beautiful nation benefits from its immigrant community but such differences should not descend into the abyss of destructive, racist, divisive demagoguery that passes for free speech.

The Lull in Between Storms

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 10.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Now more than ever, we must not stop working with and pressuring Congress and the Obama Administration to pass real, substantive, and long-lasting changes in immigration policy.

A Record as Straight as Immigration Reform's Broken Promise

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 10.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

If there were any doubts the administration is feeling the heat over their unstated approval of more than a million deportations, none exist now.

Takes Two to Tango

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Although Obama's political advisors are telling the president he has Latinos in the bag in 2012, the jury is out deliberating whether or not he means it when he says he will fight the fight with us on immigration reform.

Free Trips to Tijuana

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 08.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

"If you want a free trip to Tijuana, stop by Union Station." That's the smart-alecky text message a friend of mine received as news of an immigration...

Too Close for Comfort: President Obama Should Meet With Families of Unauthorized Immigrants

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Now that President Obama has met with influential Latinos, legislators, and community advocates, he should request a meeting with US-citizen families who live with unauthorized immigrant loved ones.

Warning: ICE Fishing Dragnet in Effect

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 08.15.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

For immigrants, both documented and undocumented, arrest even without imprisonment can lead to being taken away from loved ones through deportation. We have to ask ourselves: what is being done to our communities?

Arizona's SB1070: A Year After

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Not much and yet all has changed since the first major anti-immigrant legislation in a quarter of a century became law one year ago.

Courage to Change More than a Slogan

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 06.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Americans would be surprised to know that our immigration laws are unfairly, unjustly, and inconsistently enforced. And it's not just unauthorized immigrants that suffer the consequences.

President Obama's Deeds: The Greatest Tribute to Martyred Romero

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.29.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

What did the president's visit to El Salvador, a nation that exports immigrants to the United States by the thousands each and every day, mean to the prospects of updated immigration laws?

InSecurities in California's Communities

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

The entire state of California is now part of the Orwellian-named Secure Communities program. ICE is now able to automatically check the immigration status of anyone who is arrested.

Truck Them and Stereotype Them -- It's All Good in Popular Culture

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

The developers of "Smuggle Truck" claim the iPad game attempts to mock our nation's inhumane and impractical immigration laws. Sadly, the effort falls flat.

State of an Immigrant Union

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

The president has an opportunity, make that a responsibility, to tell the American people that reforming our nation's broken immigration system is not an issue that concerns only those on the right or the left, but one that concerns us all.

We Are All Arizona -- Now More Than Ever Before

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

The mood in my household of war refugees was subdued immediately after we heard of the shooting. Our thoughts went back to our years living in El Salvador during the civil war.

From My Family to Yours: Immigrant Youth Shout Out

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

This week thousands of children will gather in small and large cities in the United States and Mexico to ask Congress to push immigration reform forward and keep families together.

Blacklisting Immigration Reform

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

For a nation with a clear repugnance for them, they sure pop up often in history. Senator Joseph McCarthy was very fond of the one he called "Enemies...

May 1st Voices Ring in New Day in America

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

If asked, each marcher could have shared a slightly different story, some painful memories, some courageous moments, and many dreams of a better future here in the United States.

Arizona's SB1070 Is a Cry for Help

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Seconds after signing with an "unwavering" hand one of the most anti-immigrant pieces of legislation in the United States, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer audibly sighed.

The Daryl Gates "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates lost his battle to cancer this past week, and the immigrant community also lost an ally of sorts.

Costa Mesa at War Again

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Something funny happened on my way to Costa Mesa this week. The plateau by the coast declared itself a sanctuary for intolerance and bigotry.