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Cesar Chavez – His Legacy Lights a New Leader’s Path

Cesar Chavez – His Legacy Lights a New Leader’s Path

I was 11 years old when my parents brought me from Mexico to the United States. Both my parents were migrant farm workers from Guanajuato, Mexico. My father came to the United States as a bracero(guest worker) during World War II to harvest the crops in the absence of workers who had gone to fight [...]
Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Offers to Apologize in Profiling CasePHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for immigration crackdowns and a defiant political style has offered to publicly apologize and fork out money from his own pocket for his acknowledged violation of a court order in a racial-profiling case that barred his immigration patrols. The concession by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is intended to [...]
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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Inside her home, Agnes Flores is helping her 2-year-old grandson, Louie, count the Matchbox cars he’s lined up methodically along her forearm. The middle children in the family have left for school. Soon, Anselmo, who is 14 years old and the oldest child in the home, will wake up. The children’s [...]
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The Need for Water Unites Us AllThe Rio Grande Valley is bounded to the east by the Gulf of Mexico, to the south by the Rio Grande River and to the north and west by an enormous desert of thorny shrubs. It is along the eastern edge of America’s southwest border. There are two highways that cross this border region. About 80 miles [...]
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Sheriff Violated Orders in Racial Profiling Case, Judge SaysPHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for clashing with the federal government and cracking down on undocumented immigration will face a civil contempt-of-court hearing because his office repeatedly violated orders issued in a racial-profiling case, a U.S. judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled in 2013 that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s [...]
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Scholar George Sanchez is Remembered and HonoredALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A noted Mexican-American scholar and civil rights advocate whose name graces educational institutions in Texas and California but is virtually unknown in his hometown of Albuquerque is on track to receive the honor from a New Mexico school. An Albuquerque Public Schools committee voted Wednesday to name a new kindergarten through [...]
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Immigrants in New Mexico Rally to Keep Driver’s LicensesSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alejandro Altamirano from Durango, Mexico, has called New Mexico home for a dozen years, and it’s where his two U.S.-born daughters are being raised. But the 36-year-old dairy farmworker fears he will be forced into the shadows if he loses his driver’s license. For years, New Mexico led in handing [...]
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Pope Calls for Embrace of Migrants Along U.S. BorderVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decried the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination. Francis made the appeal in a letter to a Jesuit priest who helps organize Catholic teens in Nogales, Arizona, [...]
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Hope in a BottleWhen Myrna Sifuentes goes grocery shopping, there’s one thing that’s almost always on her list: water. Her household of five goes through three cases of bottled water per month. “I try to go to SAM’s Club so I get a better deal,” she said. Like pretty much everyone in Tornillo, Texas, a border town of about [...]
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Fields of DreamsIt’s early morning and still dark in the border town of Yuma, Arizona when Liliana Arroyo and Ana Torres head out to the bus stop, a Circle K store, and finally, the fields. Stopping to chat with farmworkers making their way to work, the pair provide information – in English and Spanish - about health screenings [...]
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