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The Bergoglio Paradox: Conservative Pope, Defender Of The Poor

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The new pope brings a set of mixed beliefs, in which his concern for the underprivileged does not stop him from being conservative in questions concerning “morality and family.” He is opposed to abortion, contraception and gay marriage, but strongly supports help for HIV victims and baptism for illegitimate children.

How Many People Have Really Been Deported Under Obama?

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Many Latinos are critical of President Barack Obama’s occasional championing of undocumented immigrant deportation, believing that Obama has broken his campaign promise to pass immigration reform in his first year in office.

Latinos Bid Loud 'Adios' To Depressing 2011

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Life hasn’t been good, and Hispanics have suffered the same fate as the much of the general population: persistent unemployment, political uncertainty and a deep sense of dejection. But as a group, their fate was worse: according to the Department of Labor, last month, when the national unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, for Latinos it reached 11.4 percent.

Latinos Bid Loud ‘Adios’ To Depressing 2011

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Life hasn’t been good, and Hispanics have suffered the same fate as the much of the general population: persistent unemployment, political uncertainty and a deep sense of dejection. But as a group, their fate was worse: according to the Department of Labor, last month, when the national unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, for Latinos it reached 11.4 percent.

Cinco De Mayo Should Become A Day For Celebrating Immigration

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Cinco de Mayo could become meaningful again, as a day for Immigrant Rights, a day for American Latinos to march and be proud of their heritage and accomplishments. We should bridge the day’s national prominence with the spirit of May Day, and turn a commercial fiesta of drinking, into a party celebrating both the heart and the mind, highlighting recognition and reconciliation

Jailing Undocumented Immigrants Is Big Business

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Even though the Bonilla family members do not have criminal records, they face removal proceedings before an immigration judge. The family was able to find legal representation and general public support, enabling their release from ICE custody, but undocumented immigrants who are less lucky are routinely sent to prisons and detention centers where ICE will process their paperwork and decide whether they may be released.

Republican Candidates Put The Final Nail In Quest For Latino Support

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First published in The Huffington Post, 03/17/2012 In a series of statements and interviews, the main Republican presidential candidates distanced themselves even further from Latino voters this week while they campaigned for the 23 delegates up for grabs in Sunday’s primary election in Puerto Rico. Republican candidates have opposed comprehensive immigration reform, rejected the DREAM…

Latinos: Who Are We And Why Are We Here?

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As immigrants, after we arrive, we are forged into one unified concept; we suddenly understand each other and we all become “Latinos” or “Hispanos”. We are united by language and cultural characteristics and a common history and, once here, a common destiny and the similar way people view us.

Hispanics Invested In Everything American

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The events unfolding this week and announced for the next one remind us once again that Latinos in the United States are an intrinsic part of the population, and as such, are as interested and invested as every other American in the state of our union. When unemployment and foreclosure numbers rise, Latinos suffer; when the economy’s numbers improve they rejoice. And when civil rights cases jump to the front pages, they listen with rapt attention as the issue is always close to home.

We're Here and We're Not Leaving

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Latinos are here to stay. That was the call of hundreds of thousands who, in 2006 and 2007, marched all across the nation asking for immigration reform: ‘Aquí estamos y no nos vamos,’ they chanted. As if they were saying, “We are here. Deal with us. Know us.”

We’re Here and We’re Not Leaving

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Latinos are here to stay. That was the call of hundreds of thousands who, in 2006 and 2007, marched all across the nation asking for immigration reform: ‘Aquí estamos y no nos vamos,’ they chanted. As if they were saying, “We are here. Deal with us. Know us.”

Barack Obama, the first Latino President of the United States?

U.S. President Obama takes part in town hall hosted by Univision at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida

Latino issues and leaders were in force at the Democrats’ convention. Eight-hundred of the delegates were Hispanic. Many of the speakers were Latinos, representing some of the best of this community from across the nation. But Latinos are still waiting for Obama.

Political Campaign Money Eroding The American Dream

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Those who are already held back from political power are bound to lose even more ground, and be even further marginalized from having any influence on and obtaining new opportunities as they continue to chase the ever-elusive American dream.

How Far Have Judeo-Latino Relations Progressed?

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For us Latinos, the organized Jewish community has been an important ally in the quest for an immigration reform. And for us Jews, the alliance with the Latino community and support of it’s advancement keeps us in the right side of history.

Nobody Loves Marco Rubio Anymore

It is more believable, perhaps, that the GOP never considered him seriously, knowing that the only votes he could bring with him were from the Cuban American, a community which already votes Republican. Their VP ticket show-boating was just that — show-boating, bravado and wishful thinking, while sipping the strong Cuban cafecito.

Latinos And Their Issues Absent From Super Tuesday

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Super Tuesday will likely be an extremely important day for the GOP presidential candidates, with 410 delegates — or 18% of the total GOP delegates– up for grabs. Of course, a big win could assist Mitt Romney to win the nomination and break the back of either Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich; but on the other hand, a surprise win for either of these candidates could potentially debilitate Romney and deny him the advantage he gained from last-minute victories in Michigan and Florida.

Violence In Schools, Nothing Out Of The Ordinary For Latinos And Blacks

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The cases of chronic violence, which occurs repeatedly and is ongoing, are never explored–and these comprise the vast majority, causing untold devastation and grief.

While massacres and tragic shootings by crazed individuals occur in schools of all economic levels, with varying racial makeups, chronic violence in school tends to be concentrated in lower income areas, where the majority of students are usually Latino or black.