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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.

Latino Festivals Spread And Thrive

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The festivals ranging from an event that lasts a few hours for a few thousands of visitors, to a tradition that extends for a full week, engulfs millions and represents a culture that can be traced to events that occurred decades ago.

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.

Jorge Gutierrez, Undocumented Queer Activist Works To Bring LGBT And Pro-Immigration Groups Together

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Jorge’s father lives somewhere in California with his daughters. He is not in touch with his son. But Jorge continues his activism: for rights; recognition and dignity. And he continues to dream. “I want to pursue a Master’s degree or a doctorate to study the LGBT Latino youth community, so as a professional I’ll be able to contribute.” Shooting the video for Cuentame was part of this path.

Latinos: 16% Of Population, But Just 2% Of Homegrown Terrorists

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The fact that Muhammad Yusuf, who was arrested yesterday and accused of conspiring to commit a terrorist act in New York, was born in the Dominican Republic and that his pre-conversion name is Jose Pimentel, wasn’t ignored in the reports about the failed plot. On the contrary, it appeared mostly on the first paragraphs in the news.

Psaltery, Serpentines, a Long Way from Home

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Then I realized that the poems are not hyperbole but just a bent description of yesterday’s actual life events. The dreamlike tears of mist surrounding the verses were like clothes that kept falling off. And then then the magic stopped.

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…