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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.]

immigrationmarch600“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 the legal term to describe these individuals, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor also referred to them as “undocumented immigrants.” She objected to the phrase “illegal immigrants”, which she considers too harsh. Justice Sonia Sotomayor even explained that “illegal immigrants” associates them with “drug addicts, thieves, and murderers.” [Mas…]


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 a dream Los Otros Dreamers never imagined.

PBS News Hour Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talked with some young people who are dealing with culture shock as they try to start over — strangers in a strange land.

[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, I share an excerpt of this 1995 L.A. Times article featuring the first undocumented student body president of California State University, Northridge, Vladimir Cerna (1996-1997), about his life and advocacy efforts to fight the Donald Trumps of his time. [Mas…]

trumpheadroomAfter 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. Still heartbroken and resentful after the end of a passionate love affair with UPenn boyfriend, Afro-Mexican exchange student Mumia Abu-Fuentes.

7. Childhood backyard “fort” overrun by kids playing “Viet Cong.”

6. Kicked out of Wharton School MEChA for attempted “firing” of Cesar Chavez. [Mas…]


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.]

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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.

kitchenmom-n-dadTowards 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, but recent court decisions make their future uncertain. What can a poor pocho do?

La Morada has 4.5 stars on Yelp. See you there for dinner? We’ll be the ones scarfin’ down the mole! [Mas…]

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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East L.A. Play by Play: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR October 8, 2014 Cultura
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It’s the fall football classic — Garfield versus Roosevelt — the East Los high school football rivalry that has lasted generations; David A. Romero supplies the play by play.

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DREAMers: Here’s how to apply for DACA [POCHO Video PSA]

by Sara Inés Calderón October 7, 2014 El Now
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This video tries maybe too hard to be cool, but it’s packed with information for college students on how to apply for DACA. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is President Obama’s program — established by Executive Order — that can keep you from getting deported and help you get a driver’s license, work authorization, and […]

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Political Science 2014: How a bill becomes a law (toons, video)

by Comic Saenz August 5, 2014 Cartoons
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Last week, the Republican-uncontrolled House of Representatives failed to pass a minimal spending bill to help with the unexpected crush of Central American refugees, adjourned, and then reconvened to approve a mean-spirited barebones measure that also would reverse President Obama’s DACA relief for DREAMers, and worse. Then they adjourned again. Of course the bill has no […]

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John Oliver: Immigrants are just all right with me (NSFW video)

by Barney Asada June 18, 2014 El Now
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Foreigner John Oliver (formerly of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and currently fronting Last Week Tonight) has been through the immigration system, and he has some advice for the GOP. (NSFW language.)

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Undocumented strangers meet and share their secrets (video)

by Verdana Bold June 17, 2014 Cultura
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Director Rocsi Diaz’s short video The Secrets of Strangers explores what happens when undocumented immigrants reveal their status to people they have just met — other undocumented immigrants.

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National Poetry Month: ‘Obama Shoulda Seen This’ (NSFW video, photos)

by Especial Correspondents April 22, 2014 Cultura
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National Poetry Month means — to us — poems by and for the people, like Jesús Iñiguez with his poem about immigration. Spoiler alert — Iñiguez is not exactly happy with Administration policies and questions President Obama’s legacy. [NSFW “F-bomb.”] Post by Jesús Iñiguez.   More from the Obama Legacy blog:

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La Cucaracha: New FRAID spray for racist campaigns (1994 toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz February 7, 2014 Cartoons
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Me? In London, I’m a ‘culturally-American Mexican’

by NANCY LANDA February 3, 2014 Cultura
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Where are you from? That is a simple question, isn’t? Well, for some of us, the answer is not so straight forward. My experience in London in the past four months has included fascinating dialogue with people I have come across. It is one thing I have come to expect from such a global city […]

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Lady Liberty has a frozen heart (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA January 22, 2014 Cartoons
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Poetry for Christmas: The Amazing Story of Felix Navidad

by Victor Payan December 24, 2013 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car His name it was Felix Navidad was his name And he was known round the world So great was his fame He was just a man Just like you or like me He couldn’t fly through the air […]

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