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“She left Santana in a Chevrolet, to visit her tia in East L.A. — but she never got there!” [F-bomb.]

Late lamented SoCal punks Manic Hispanic and their 2003 version of a Ramones tune take on new relevance with Trump’s DACA threats. The I.N.S. Took My Novia Away is from the CD/album Mijo Goes to Jr. College.

POCHO Political Science: How does a bill become a law? (toons, video)

by Cartoonistas March 3, 2017 Cartoons
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Vote! Damian Lopez Rodriguez died to become a citizen (video)

by Comic Saenz November 4, 2016 El Now
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Damian Lopez Rodriguez was brought to the USA without documents as a child — you know, one of those rapists and narcos from Mexico Donald Trump is going to deport. Damian loved his new country so much he enlisted in the Army when he turned 18. After he died in Iraq, he was granted posthumous […]

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Play by play from East LA: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR November 4, 2016 Cultura
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Today is the big game — Roosevelt vs Garfield — the Boyle Heights East/Los Angeles high school football rivalry that has lasted generations. The Roughriders meet the Bulldogs this evening at Weingart Stadium on Avenida César Chávez in Monterey Park. In this 2013 poetry video, David A. Romero supplied the play by play.

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If elected, Trump will deport this Harvard University graduate (video)

by Verdana Bold October 3, 2016 El Now
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In La Graduación | The Graduation by Anna Clare Spelman, we meet an undocumented Latinx DREAMer about to graduate from the Harvard’s Kennedy School with a master’s degree. Thank God Donald Trump promises to deport rapists and narcotrafficantes like her and her mom!

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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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Let’s get one thing straight: No human being is ‘illegal’

by Domenico Maceri, Ph.D. May 23, 2016 Cultura
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“Could the president grant deferred removal to every unlawfully present alien in the United States right now?” That’s how Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts referred to individuals lacking the proper documents to be in the country during a recent hearing on DAPA (Deferred Action for parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). “Alien” is […]

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What happens when young deportees get sent back? (PBS video)

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2016 El Now
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Even before the recent MIGRA raids targeting families denied asylum, hundreds of thousands of undocumented Mexican immigrants have been deported annually. Many were kids when their parents brought them over the border. And those who grew up in the U.S. have found themselves living in what feels like a foreign country — Mexico. It’s like […]

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What the past can teach immigrant advocates of today

by NANCY LANDA January 4, 2016 El Now

[POCHO amiga Nancy Landa aka Mundo Citizen was a DREAMer before it was cool. Brought to the U.S. as an undocumented child, she was elected student body president at Cal State Northridge. And then she got deported.] In paying my respects to those who came before me and their struggle due to their legal status, […]

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Pocho Ocho top reasons Child of the 60s The Donald is so Donald

by Especial Correspondents July 24, 2015 El Now
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After POCHO’s Dennis Wilen AKA Comic Saenz finally came clean about his history with UPenn classmate Donald Trump, we’ve learned more about the events that turned a Child of the 60s into the bitter meng he is today. Here are the Pocho Ocho Top Reasons Child of the 60s The Donald is so Donald: 8. […]

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Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds): ‘The Dreamer’ (music video)

by Comic Saenz March 26, 2015 Cultura

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) sing The Dreamer, composed by Eugene Rodriguez and Jackson Browne, in a just-released video by Emiliano Rodriguez. [Click on CC for English/Spanish captions.] PREVIOUSLY ON LOS CENZONTLES:

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What’s it like to come out as an undocumented immigrant? (video)

by Andalé Mono March 23, 2015 Cultura
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What’s it like to come out of the closet as an undocumented immigrant? POCHO amigo Julio Salgado and friends explain.

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‘Undocumented’ family behind La Morada in the South Bronx (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN March 10, 2015 Cultura
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Towards the end of the 20th Century, Natalia Mendez and Antonio Saavedra left their home, family and country behind to cross without papers into the U.S. Now they run a popular Oaxacan restaurant in the South Bronx, La Morada. This is exactly the hard-working law-abiding, job-creating kind of family President Obama’s executive actions were designed to protect, […]

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At the Texas-Mexico border, re-imagine a dream (toon photo)

by JULIO SALGADO March 2, 2015 Cartoons
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#ReImaginingBorders A photo posted by @juliosalgado83 on Mar 1, 2015 at 2:04pm PST For more information, visit Culture Strike.

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My True Story: ‘At first I said F*CK YOUR DACA!’

by JULIO SALGADO January 30, 2015 Cultura
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This process was a long one. At first it was about me saying fuck your DACA. Then finding out ways to help my sister pay for hers. Then having my dad call me out on my bullshit because he could have benefited from one. Then me trying to get a green card instead. Then that […]

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The sad true story behind ‘Spare Parts’ (videos, audio)

by Verdana Bold January 23, 2015 Audio
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In 2004, an Arizona high school team beat the odds by topping M.I.T in an underwater robotics competition. The undocumented team members’ stories inspired a book, a documentary, and now a feature film produced by and starring George Lopez. Spare Parts (trailer, above) is in theaters now. This interview with two original team members by […]

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A Patriot Asks: Why did Obama turn his back on America? (photo)

by Barney Asada November 21, 2014 El Now
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Pocho Ocho top immigration actions Obama will reveal tonight

by Especial Correspondents November 20, 2014 El Now
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President Barack Obama will defy Republican haters tonight and reveal “executive actions” to “fix the broken immigration system.” Our sources at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have shared a copy of the 5 PM EST speech and we can now reveal the Pocho Ocho top immigration reforms you’ll hear in the President’s address to the Nation: 8. […]

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Jon Stewart: How Obama’s amnesty shreds the Constitution (video)

by Andalé Mono November 19, 2014 El Now
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With the midterm election over, President Obama’s plan to use his executive powers to ease immigration issues for DREAMers, Central American refugees and others has Republicans up in arms about so-called “amnesty.” Obama is “shredding the Constitution,” they claim, and even Mitt Romney, for Pete’s sake, has to remind Obama that he, Obama, is a […]

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