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How A Bill Becomes A Law CartoonLast week, the Republican-uncontrolled House of Representatives failed to pass a minimal spending bill to help with the unexpected crush of Central American refugees, adjourned, and then reconvened to approve a mean-spirited barebones measure that also would reverse President Obama’s DACA relief for DREAMers, and worse. Then they adjourned again.

Of course the bill has no chance of passage in the Senate, let alone getting a Presidential signature.

Their obstructionist mission accomplished, the do-nothing pendejos left town for their summer hideouts in the rich white safety of their home districts.

Their Tea Party-twisted debates, however, left a lingering aroma over Capitol Hill, and it wasn’t Laspang Souchong.

 

SPOILER ALERT: The aroma was SHIT.

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Foreigner John Oliver (formerly of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and currently fronting Last Week Tonight) has been through the immigration system, and he has some advice for the GOP. (NSFW language.)

undocustrangersDirector Rocsi Diaz’s short video The Secrets of Strangers explores what happens when undocumented immigrants reveal their status to people they have just met — other undocumented immigrants. [Mas…]

National Poetry Month means — to us — poems by and for the people, like Jesús Iñiguez with his poem about immigration. Spoiler alert — Iñiguez is not exactly happy with Administration policies and questions President Obama’s legacy. [NSFW "F-bomb."]

 

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Regent Street with NFL bannersWhere are you from?

That is a simple question, isn’t? Well, for some of us, the answer is not so straight forward.

My experience in London in the past four months has included fascinating dialogue with people I have come across. It is one thing I have come to expect from such a global city where you are bound to meet people from so many places around the world.

Such interactions have sparked in me the need to explore my conception of identity as part of my own self-discovery process. Primarily because most of us conflate place of origin and ethnicity with identity.

If I claim to be from a certain part of the world, what does that mean about the way others expect me to look, speak, act and be? In engaging in this inquiry, the first realization I have made is that the answer to the question of “Where are you from?” is very telling not only about one’s own perception of identity but also of the one imposed by others. [Mas…]

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Not so long ago
And not very far
Lived a jolly young man
With a lowrider car

His name it was Felix
Navidad was his name
And he was known round the world
So great was his fame

He was just a man
Just like you or like me
He couldn’t fly through the air
Or walk on the sea

But his heart it was big
And his soul knew no cages
And wherever he went
He brought gifts for children of all ages

He didn’t have elves
Way up at the North Pole
But he knew lots of Hopi
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Otra DREAMer in London – I’m a stranger in a strange land

by NANCY LANDA November 4, 2013 Cultura
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Six weeks have passed since my move to London; the start of new journey, a new dream. It is the first time in my life that I made the conscious decision to migrate. I did not have that choice at the age of nine when I was brought into the U.S. as an irregular migrant […]

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Aloe Blacc’s ‘Wake Me Up!’ tells immigrants’ stories (music video)

by Soy Capitan October 24, 2013 Cultura
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This is not an American tale. This is a tale of ordinary people around the world over who have to cross manmade borders to secure a future for themselves and their families. Panamanian-American Aloe Blacc sings their story in Wake Me Up!

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Feminists: The struggles of immigrants are our struggles, too

by FRANCES E. VALDEZ October 14, 2013 Cultura
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I’m often asked, “Where were you born?” My answer? Houston, Texas. “Where were your parents born?” El Paso, Texas. “Where were your grandparents born?” El Paso, Texas, Balmorhea, Texas and Ft. Davis, Texas. That is when people usually start to get frustrated and ask, “Well, where is your family from originally?” The actual meaning behind […]

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Califas will issue driver’s licenses to the undocumented

by Lalo Alcaraz September 13, 2013 El Now
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Fox Latino, which puts “undocumented” in their headline but “illegal” in their story, reports: California, home to the nation’s largest immigrant population, would become the 11th state to grant immigrants who are in the country illegally [sic] the right to a driver’s license under a bill that passed the Legislature late Thursday and that Gov. […]

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You can say that we are DREAMers, we’re not the only ones (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 28, 2013 Cartoons
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Dreams Without Borders: I am going to grad school in London

by NANCY LANDA August 22, 2013 El Now
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On August 5 I launched a fundraising effort which I named Dreams Without Borders. It is about a dream that had been buried along with many other aspirations for some time. After graduating from college when residing in the U.S., I knew I wanted to earn a graduate degree. I had not figured out exactly […]

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Play by play from East LA: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR August 9, 2013 Cultura
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It’s the big game — Roosevelt vs Garfield — the East Los high school football rivalry that has lasted generations; David A. Romero supplies the play by play.

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For Rep. Steve King (R-IA): A Day in the Life of a DREAMer (toon)

by Alberto Ledesma July 29, 2013 Cartoons
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Flash: Bob Esponja reveals he’s an undocumented immigrant

by Comic Saenz June 11, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) SpongeBob SquarePants is an undocumented immigrant whose family drifted into Bikini Bottom, Hawaii, from Mexico when he was child, the Nickelodeon star revealed this morning. SquarePants (real name: Bob Esponja) made the announcement at packed press conference called by Animal Actors for Reform and Fairness (AARF), a pro-immigration reform group. The […]

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It’s June, and time for a shoutout to all the grads! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 4, 2013 Cartoons
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I was a DREAMer before it was cool — and I got deported

by NANCY LANDA May 6, 2013 Cultura
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The immigrant rights movement has reached one of the most important milestones of the last two decades. Finally, politicians are responding to the demands of advocates asking to reform a broken immigration system that has marginalized millions of undocumented immigrants. We see this in the form of Senate Bill 744 proposed by the Bipartisan Senate […]

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Chilanga DREAMer Aury Martinez is all ‘Si Se Puede!’ (NSFW video)

by JESSI CANNES March 5, 2013 El Now
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President Obama’s “deferred action” program is working out really well for DREAMer Aury Martinez. (NSFW audio.)

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Oscar-winning documentary ‘Inocente’ (complete video)

by DJANGO CHUTNEY February 24, 2013 Cultura
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Inocente got an Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the 2013 Academy Awards Sunday evening.

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From the ‘new’ GOP: Pocho Ocho things we shouldn’t say to Latinos

by JUAN HANNITY January 31, 2013 El Now
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GOP leaders are undergoing sensitivity training as they re-evaluate immigration reform. Too often, insiders say, Republicans’ choice of words has hidden their true love for Latinos. “Tone and rhetoric will be key,” is the message from Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FLA), who chairs the GOP’s Vendido Caucus, champions “a […]

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