Wednesday - Jul 18, 2018

Calendar & Tourism

  • The Mexican bar exam – Isabel’s choice

    by Adam Saytanides

    MEXICO CITY – Mexico has to clean up corruption before the nation can develop its economy, confront organized crime, and staunch the flow of immigrants north. But this won’t happen overnight.

    The practice of paying a mordida, or bribe, is just too deeply ingrained.

    In Mexico, it seems to seep into every aspect of life.

  • A chance to share in the American dream

    by Ricardo Sánchez

    Following massive demonstrations across the country in 2006 for comprehensive immigration reform, the most visible result has been militarization of the border, Congressional approval of a 700-mile fence between the United States and Mexico, and a more tentative, nervous U.S. Congress.

  • The day when government raiders took away Hailey Cristina’s mother

    by Antonio DaCruz

    Three generations of my family — my mother, my sister and my niece — celebrated Mother’s Day with mixed emotions: joy and relief at being together, but fearful about the future. We have not had peace of mind since my sister Sandra was detained after a workplace raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in New Bedford in March.

  • My conversation with 8-year-old international pawn

    ­by Esther J. Cepeda

    As Mother’s Day approached, I sat with eight-year-old Saúl in the courtyard of St. Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where he lives with his mother, Elvira Arellano, who has avoided the reach of U.S. immigration officials for nine months now.

    Away from a small group of other parishioners who were also enjoying a barbecue lunch, we engaged in some serious conversation.

  • ‘The war continues

    by Jorge Mariscal

    PBS and Ken Burns still don’t get it.

    After months of negotiations with Latino advocacy groups, academics, veterans and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the powers that be at PBS and their house director Ken Burns fail to understand the real issues at stake in Burns’ exclusion of the Latino experience in his World War II documentary “The War.”

    In an article published May 5 in The New York Times, Burns continued to make self-aggrandizing and ignorant statements.

  • Bernal Preschool unveils study on Preschool/Learning Center

    ­by Mauricio Vela

    Bernal Preschool Parents & Supporters Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by releasing seven month feasibility study for New Bernal Preschool/Learning Center.

    Over the past eight months, with the financial support provided Supervisor Ammiano’s office, the Bernal Preschool committee with participation and support of parents, community members, childcare experts, elected and appointed officials has examined three options to ensure that Bernal Preschool remains in our Community Hub.

  • The Puerto Rican diáspora of Frank Espada

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON — In the early 1980s, Frank Espada set out to capture, through pictures and words, the story about why so many people left their Caribbean homeland and where they went. The result is a traveling gallery of photographs that has toured much of the United States. Now there’s the book, “The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Themes in the Survival of a People.”

  • Does the ability of a president to speak a second language, makes a difference?

    ­by Frank Gómez

    Few U.S. presidents have had second language skills. Does it matter? Beyond appealing to the Hispanic vote in the 2008 elections, is a second language important to our global leadership and competitiveness?

    Thomas Jefferson, onetime envoy to France, spoke French well. Did his language skill and understanding of the French people help in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase? We may never know; but since Jefferson no U.S. president has had a command of a second language.

  • Immigrant crime and the fear-feeding frenzy

    by José de la Isla

    HOUSTON – Tell me straight. Do you think crime by immigrants is getting out of control? Has local media been carrying those stories? Do you think it’s worse now than before? Do you think the police need more legal tools to get control?

    If so, there’s something you should know.

    Another lengthy academic study has just come out maintaining that immigrants are far less inclined to be bad guys than our native sons. It’s the natives who grow up to become criminals.