IMMIGRATION REFORM


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.]


Check out this trailer for Farmworker: How Immigration Feeds America from freelance journalist Diana Prichard. She’s working on a film telling the story of how immigrants are critical to American agriculture.

And always remember who worked hard to get you that next glass of leche or bowl of hot queso.


Experience Valentine’s Day with Elise Valderrama (AKA @Buttronica on the Twitter) in this 2013 episode of Mija Weekly! Fall in love all over again with drones, skimpy outfits, GOP immigrant-haters and learn the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. And, says Elise, try not to go into a diabetic coma.

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs.

As part of John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA “Listening and Learning tour,” Grammy Award-winning artists Legend and Juanes visited Eloy Detention Center, Tent City, and Puente Arizona Community Center earlier this month – with pop-up performances for both detainees and their separated families. Here they are with Bob Marley’s anthemic Redemption Song.


Experience Valentine’s Day with Elise Roedenbeck (AKA @Buttronica on the Twitter) in this 2013 episode of Mija Weekly! Fall in love all over again with drones, skimpy outfits, GOP immigrant-haters and learn the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. And, says Elise, try not to go into a diabetic coma.

lalomerryMerry Christmas from Los Pochodores: Lalo Alcaraz, Jefe-in-Chief; Dennis Wilen AKA Comic Saenz, Jefe de Content; Sara Inés Calderón, Subcommandanta del Ñews; Beto Mesta AKA Eres Nerd, Texas Burro Jefe; Elise Roedenbeck, New Jack City Burro Jefe (Emeritus); Celina Martinez, Food and Gwine Editor; Al Madrigal, Migrant Editor.

Meet the American Nazis who protect our US-Mexico border (video)

by BOB OSO October 24, 2014 El Now
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These Nazis wear swastikas and call themselves National Socialists, sure, but they’re not really socialists. They’re more nationalists, really, supporting the White Nation. All they want to do is to save America from the loser and quitter immigrants who gave up on their home countries to invade the U.S. of A. After all, integration was […]

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Classic Elise @Buttronica Roedenbeck: ‘Mija Weekly Valentine’ (video)

by Comic Saenz February 14, 2014 Cultura
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It’s Valentine’s Day with Elise Roedenbeck (AKA @Buttronica on the Twitter) in this 2013 episode of Mija Weekly! Fall in love all over again with drones, skimpy outfits, GOP immigrant-haters and learn the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. And, says Elise, try not to go into a diabetic coma. Where is Elise now, you ask?

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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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POCHO wishes you a Merry Christmas (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz December 24, 2013 Cartoons
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Merry Christmas from the Pochodores: Lalo Alcaraz, Jefe-in-Chief; Dennis Wilen AKA Comic Saenz, Jefe de Editorial; Sara Inés Calderón, Subcommandanta del Ñews; Victor Payan, Subcommandante de la Cultura; Beto Mesta AKA Eres Nerd, Texas Burro Jefe; Santino J. Rivera, Florida Burro Jefe; Elise Roedenbeck, New Jack City Burro Jefe (Emeritus); Melanie Ruiz, Director of Marketing; […]

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Aloe Blacc’s ‘Wake Me Up!’ tells immigrants’ stories (music video)

by Soy Capitan October 24, 2013 Cultura
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This is not an American tale. This is a tale of ordinary people around the world over who have to cross manmade borders to secure a future for themselves and their families. Panamanian-American Aloe Blacc sings their story in Wake Me Up!

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Feminists: The struggles of immigrants are our struggles, too

by FRANCES E. VALDEZ October 14, 2013 Cultura
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I’m often asked, “Where were you born?” My answer? Houston, Texas. “Where were your parents born?” El Paso, Texas. “Where were your grandparents born?” El Paso, Texas, Balmorhea, Texas and Ft. Davis, Texas. That is when people usually start to get frustrated and ask, “Well, where is your family from originally?” The actual meaning behind […]

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For Rep. Steve King (R-IA): A Day in the Life of a DREAMer (toon)

by Alberto Ledesma July 29, 2013 Cartoons
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Al Madrigal: Aliens vs Senators – The Path to Presidentship (video)

by Comic Saenz April 17, 2013 El Now
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The Daily Show’s Senior Latino Correspondent Al Madrigal explains to Jon Stewart the tough but fair conditions Latinos will impose on Republicans hoping to one day win back the White House. [Disclosure: Al Madrigal is also POCHO’s Migrant Editor.]

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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘MiJA Weekly’ Tax Day Espectacular 4.15.13 (video)

by Elise Valderrama April 15, 2013 El Now
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Happy Tax Day, pochos! This week on MiJA I discuss the near conclusion of back-room negotiations on immigration “reform” and delve deep into the heart of the Internets to discover Barbies of the World. You think Mexican Barbie is bad — Peruvian Barbie comes with an anchor baby (and she’s not the worst of them!)

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La Santa Cecilia: ‘El Hielo (ICE)’ is loose on the streets (music video)

by QUESO QUESEM April 9, 2013 Cultura
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East Los band La Santa Cecilia is out with a new song and video about la MIGRA, AKA ICE AKA Immigration and Customs Enforcement AKA El Hielo. Here are the lyrics in English and Spanish courtesy NotOneMoreDeportation.com:

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Los Peanuts: Tienes que trabajar muy duro en mi rancho (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 1, 2013 Cartoons
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It’s NAILZ Day — make nail art por la raza (photo)

by Lucida Grandé February 20, 2013 Cultura
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The National Association for Immigration and Legalization (Zapatista) has designated today, February 20, NAILZ Day. Are your nails por la raza? [Nail art by Sara Inés Calderón.]

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Ñewsweek: Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘Mija Weekly’ 02.11.13 (video)

by Elise Valderrama February 11, 2013 El Now
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It’s Valentine’s Day on Mija Weekly! Fall in love with drones, skimpy outfits, and learn the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. Try not to go into a diabetic coma.

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From the ‘new’ GOP: Pocho Ocho things we shouldn’t say to Latinos

by JUAN HANNITY January 31, 2013 El Now
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GOP leaders are undergoing sensitivity training as they re-evaluate immigration reform. Too often, insiders say, Republicans’ choice of words has hidden their true love for Latinos. “Tone and rhetoric will be key,” is the message from Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FLA), who chairs the GOP’s Vendido Caucus, champions “a […]

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