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[OP-ED]: Despite how the Census Bureau now treats it, ‘Hispanic/Latino’ is not a race

 03/16/2017 - 09:26
hispanics, race, census

The U.S. Census Bureau has been experimenting with alternate versions of the race and ethnicity section of its National Content Test Research Study. The bureau hopes that by the next census in 2020, it can more accurately tally Hispanics and other newly prominent minority groups.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

New Short Film educates Undocumented immigrants on what to do if arrested

 03/07/2017 - 11:07

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization based in California, just released "America; I Too", the second short film in a series of films addressed to help illegal immigrants, starring Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi.

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A Guatemalan Mum and Son, hidden in a sanctuary church for more than one year

 03/06/2017 - 04:23
An undocumented Guatemalan migrant mother and her son have been calling an Austin, Texas, church "home" for more than a year. Hilda Ramirez says they were fleeing the danger of their country and were caught by immigration authorities as they illegally crossed the border at Texas in 2014.EFE/Alex Segura

In Austin, Texas, an undocumented Guatemalan migrant mother and her son that have been living in a local church for more than a year. Hilda Ramirez says they were fleeing the danger of their country and were caught by immigration authorities as they illegally crossed the border at Texas in 2014. After they were released from a holding facility, the pair took sanctuary in an Austin church eleven months ago, hoping to avoid deportation back into danger at home.

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[OP-ED]: Racism and the Trump effect at the high school where I teach

 02/28/2017 - 15:06
A small group of Mexicans and Americans demonstrated today in two parts of the Mexican capital for the visit to the country by US Secretaries of State, Rex Tillerson, and Interior Security, John Kelly, where they declared through banners "Persona non grata" to the secretaries, an official visit in Mexico, and urged them to stop the hatred, racism and ignorance shown so far by the policies of President Donald Trump. EFE

My two sons used to come home from a day at high school complaining that ludicrous accusations of racism were as common as the desks in the classrooms. I chalked it up to adolescent exaggeration.

After having spent the current academic year as a teacher surrounded by rowdy high-schoolers, I can attest that they were right.

In the hallways, at assemblies, in my classroom, “That’s racist!” was a common refrain for most of the early fall.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

Trump Wants to Expand Number of Immigrants Targeted for Deportation

 02/22/2017 - 01:41

The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday established new directives to strengthen US immigration control, unveiling an aggressive plan that includes accelerating deportation procedures for undocumented migrants and hiring 15,000 new agents. New guidelines include people in US illegally charged with or even suspected of a crime, and would send border crossers back to Mexico regardless of origin

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[OP-ED]: Helping kids handle the ‘Trump Effect’ in our nation’s schools

 01/24/2017 - 14:13

In North Carolina, a high school teacher said she has “Latino students who carry their birth certificates and Social Security cards to school because they are afraid they will be deported.”
 

A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy organization, says that more than two-thirds of 2,000 teachers surveyed reported students -- mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims -- expressing concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families during a Trump presidency.

Since the election, more than half of teachers have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse in their schools or classrooms, and more than one-third report having observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

Immigration case before SCOTUS: Explosive and fundamental

 04/16/2016 - 13:33
AL DÍA file photo.

No matter which way the Supreme Court decides, immigration has become one of those explosive issues, like civil rights, that has overflowed the bounds of normal politics, and has come to represent a fundamental battle over the nature and future of American society.

Plain Text Author: 
Sabrina Vourvoulias

Taken For Granted

 05/10/2011 - 08:09
Taken For Granted

Chicago- President Obama thinks Latino voters are
stupid. There's no evidence to the contrary, based on how he's mishandling his
campaign promises on comprehensive immigration reform. It's already becoming a
problem for him as he maneuvers toward the 2012 presidential election.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

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