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“To live outside the law you must be honest,” Bob Dylan wrote. For two guys crossing into the U.S. from Mexico without papers, that’s easier said than done.

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tubelondonSix 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 child, nor did I choose to return to Mexico when I was deported four years ago.

nancylandaThe excitement still lingers alongside a sense of exploration as I am afforded certain level of freedom to be able to reside in a foreign country legally to pursue a graduate degree. It took overcoming very difficulty challenges, but I did not do it alone. An entire community supported me along the way to be here. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly as well as a responsibility to represent the collective challenges of migrants who have gone through similar experiences wherever I am. [Mas…]

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immigrationmarch600I’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 this statement is “You are a brown-skinned woman and brown-skinned women are not native to the U.S.”

My answers explain that I am not the stranger. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah were all once part of Mexico, after all. [Mas…]

Hispanic Heritage Month with Fox News y Esteban Colberto (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN October 3, 2013 Cultura
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Stephen Colbert and Fox News are all about National Hispanic Heritage Month. Perdoname — we mean Esteban Colberto. PREVIOUSLY ON ESTEBAN COLBERTO:

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La Cucaracha: Cali licenses for the undocumented? R U CRZY? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 2, 2013 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Yay! Cali OKs drivers licenses for undocumented (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 1, 2013 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON LALO ALCACRAZ PARKING VALET: Standing While Brown: A white lady tried to get me to valet her car

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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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Rebel Diaz: ‘I’m An Alien’ [music video]

by MOON GUAC September 4, 2013 Cultura
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From Chicago to the Bronx, Rebel Diaz makes music that fights racism and celebrates indigenous people. Is there something familiar about this song’s chorus? I’m An Alien includes a sample from Sting’s Englishman in New York. PREVIOUSLY ON NEW JACK CITY:

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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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La Cucaracha: Encountering a Racist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 16, 2013 Cartoons
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RELATED: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) carries a heavy load — hate and ignorance (toon) For Rep. Steve King (R-IA): A Day in the Life of a DREAMer (toon)

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Flaco Jimenez vs Los Gabachos: ‘El Mojado Sin Licencia’ (music video)

by GUERILLA ICE August 16, 2013 Cultura
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The wetback drove from Laredo to San Antonio to see his girl — and that’s when the trouble started.

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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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Illegal American and European boat people heading for Peru (video)

by YOLO LLAMA August 8, 2013 Cultura
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They’re coming on boats and rafts from the United Estates and the Eurozone to this country on the Pacific Coast of South America — a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions — to live The Peruvian Dream.

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Moses y Jesús team up in ‘Prophetic Fight for Immigrant Rights’ (video)

by Lucida Grandé August 2, 2013 Cultura
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When Moses attracts the attention of the MIGRA, he seeks out his amigo Jesús for some help. Can this Holy Tag Team come up with a miracle to defeat the haters? [Written and produced by: Josh Healey. Directed by: Yvan Iturriaga. Starring: Corey Fischer (Moses), Richard Montoya (Jesús), and Jeri Lynn Cohen (Zippy). Produced by: […]

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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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