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Long live the farmworkers!

My late father, Salomón Chavez Huerta, first arrived in this country as an agricultural guest worker in the mid-1900s, during the Bracero Program. The Bracero Program represented a guest worker program between the United States and Mexico. From 1942 to 1964, the Mexican government exported an estimated 4.6 million Mexicans to meet this country’s labor shortage not only in the agricultural fields during two major wars (WWII and Korean War), but also in the railroad and mining sectors.

Like many braceros of his generation from rural Mexico, my father didn’t speak too much about the horrible working / housing conditions he endured while toiling in el norte. This included low pay, overcrowded housing, terrible food, limited legal rights, lack of freedom outside of the labor camps, racism, verbal / physical abuse and price gauging from company landlords / stores. [Mas…]

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Donald Trump and the GOP haters want to split this beautiful family up and send the parents back to Mexico. We can’t let that happen. The President’s DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) initiative is now stalled because the Republicans won’t vote on the Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, a judge who could potentially end the body’s 4-4 deadlocks.

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Exterior, day: Destitute desert town in the year 2040. Audio: Spanish newsradio tells the story — unemployment is 86%, gangs are everywhere and food and water are getting scarce.

There’s only one thing a father can do — smuggle his family across the border to the prosperous country on The Other Side.

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clanpochoHerr Trump can’t deport me! I’m of Scotch-Irish descent, just like President Obama. Here is my official CLAN POCHO tartan if you don’t believe me.

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Locked in the back of a van, desperate migrants must cross the Mexican border into the U.S. before one of them gives birth to an illegal alien. The Birth of an Alien (El Nacimiento de un Extranjero) is from Sumiko Braun.

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Born in East L.A.: “They’re coming to America!” (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 4, 2016 Cultura

Far, We’ve been traveling far Without a home But not without a star Free, Only want to be free We huddle close Hang on to a dream On the boats and on the planes They’re coming to America Never looking back again, They’re coming to America

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Savage Wild West Adventures of the Border Patrol (1951 toons)

by Memo Nericcio June 29, 2016 Cartoons
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“Heroic” Border Patrol Agents of Lore: Or “That’s Not the Migra I Know!” More Tales of Greedy “Mexicans,” “Savage” Native Americans, and “Heroic” Uber Gringos! Pappy’s Golden Age of Comics Blog is at it again — posting delectable artifacts from American comic book history that are also revelatory chronicles unraveling the collusion of race, ethnicity, […]

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La Cucaracha: When Mexico Goes to Mars (2008 toons complete)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 28, 2016 Cartoons

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Deported moms in Tijuana long for families, work for reform (video)

by Andalé Mono June 28, 2016 El Now
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In Dreaming in Tijuana deported mothers fight for immigration reform in the United States. The anguish of family separation has turned them into activists who promote the U.S. Latino vote from the Mexican side of the world’s “most transited” border. [Video via Univision.]

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Philosophy for kids: English y Espanol in El Paso and Juarez (video)

by José Canusí June 24, 2016 Cultura
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Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands is an educational program in El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, designed to lead children in philosophical discussions related to the ethics and philosophy of the borderlands region. The El Paso Herald Post has the story:

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La Cucaracha: Donald Trump is not Hitler and here’s why (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 7, 2016 Cartoons
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Bordertown: Will Donald Trump ever cross over into Mexifornia? (toon)

by DAN MCCLINTOCK May 25, 2016 Cartoons
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[Dan McClintock is an artist, animator and illustrator.]

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BBC Video: That time Germany offered to help Mexico invade the U.S.

by Moctezuma Cortés May 2, 2016 Cultura
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As the disputes that led to World War One were building, Germany tried to enlist Mexico’s help against the U.S.A. It didn’t turn out like the Germans hoped, and the repercussions of the Kaiser’s overture are still felt today, especially at the border.

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Video trailer for ‘Desierto’ now includes Donald Trump quotes

by Andalé Mono April 4, 2016 Cultura

Desierto — a gripping action-adventure film inspired by events on the US-Mexican border — opens in two weeks. The original English trailer (above) has now been supplemented with a trailer that includes remarks by Donald Trump:

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A young family, divided by the border, lives ‘Through the Wall’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés March 31, 2016 Cultura
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Undocumented immigrants Abril, brought to the U.S. as a child, and her 2-year-old boy Julián live near San Diego. Julián’s father Uriel was stopped by police for a minor traffic ticket and deported to Tijuana. In order to see each other, Uriel, Abril and Julián must cross difficult terrain to reach the border to spend […]

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A professor visits migrants at the border near Nogales, Mexico

by Marisel Moreno March 18, 2016 Cultura
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By the time the two young women walked into the shelter, the other migrants were mostly finished with their meals. They stood out as two women among dozens of recently deported men enjoying a meal before continuing on their way. I did what I had been doing all that January morning: I served them each […]

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El Vez live at the Tiki Oasis: He’s going to ‘Aztlan’ (videos, toon)

by Soy Capitan March 15, 2016 Cartoons
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The Tiki Oasis, San Diego, Califas 2014: El Vez is going to Aztlan — that’s where he wants to be. “The Mexican Elvis” (real name Robert Lopez) is from Chula Vista, Califas, so he’s already there. POCHO world headquarters — in East Los — tambien! Here’s the studio version, from his album Gracias Land:

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YungBlu has written a ‘Letter to Donald Trump’ (music video)

by Soy Capitan March 8, 2016 Cultura
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Dear Don: You’ve got mail — Inland Empire (Califas) rapper YungBlu’s Letter to Donald Trump. And if you’re having trouble getting the message, Donald, YungBlu is on Facebook, the web and the Twitter.

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Mex Ex-Prez Vicente Fox: I have Trump-Induced Tourette’s Syndrome

by Pejibaye Staff March 1, 2016 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MEXICO CITY) Former Mexican President Vicente Fox announced Monday that he has a rare disorder known as “Trump Induced Tourette’s Syndrome,” or TITS, in which every time he hears the name or sees an image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he involuntarily screams vulgarities and suffers mild convulsions. “The condition was […]

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Your Moment of Zen: The Biosphere of the Sonoran Desert (video)

by Bronco del Camino February 24, 2016 Cultura
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Go to full screen and serious sound to experience the the stark natural beauty of the Gran Desierto de Altar in Sonora, Mexico, which has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Music: Sinfonía India by Mexican composer Carlos Chávez. [Video by PALAN7HIR.] UNESCO:

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La Cucaracha: Will Mexicans build Trump’s wall? (toon, video)

by Lalo Alcaraz February 22, 2016 Cartoons
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