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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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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 [Mas…]

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Bay Area artist Favianna Rodriguez illustrated a quote from Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. R.I.P. [Mas…]

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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.

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…]


I always feel that somebody’s watching me. Could it be La Migra? [Music video by Comedy High.]

Three poems from Mexington, KY by Profe. Steven Alvarez (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 2, 2016 Audio
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Steven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. He’s a poet, too. CON PAPELES / CON DIGNIDAD 0:03to my left is Appalachicano see & down the […]

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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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The Lovely Ms. Hola Kitty Wants To Be Your April Fool (2003 toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 1, 2016 Cartoons
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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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‘Meet an (orange is the new black) Immigrant’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés March 24, 2016 Cultura
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Thought experiment? Guerrilla theater? A prank? When Sergio Mieja (he’s @SMieja95 on the Twitter) got the idea for this video, he didn’t know exactly what the message was. He just wanted to see who supported Donald Trump. “But as I was filming it,” he explains, “many of the people I met expressed their feeling and […]

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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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Versifying in Texas: Rossy Evelin Lima is a poet on a mission (video)

by Verdana Bold March 15, 2016 Cultura
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Rossy Evelin Lima is an award-winning Mexican poet and linguist. She spoke at TEDxMcallen last year about her experience as an immigrant writer in the U.S. Her website is is here.

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Wall Street Journal Video: So you want to build a border wall?

by Moctezuma Cortés March 9, 2016 El Now
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Seriously? You want to build a 2000-mile-long wall between the U.S. and Mexico? Follow along now as the Wall Street Journal explains exactly what that entails.

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From Dreams to Trash: ‘El Sueño Americano’ (photos)

by Andalé Mono February 15, 2016 Cultura

These photographs document the personal effects of migrants apprehended in the desert by U.S. Border Patrol agents which were subsequently seized and surrendered during processing at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in southern Arizona. Feature Shoot reports:

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Today’s POCHO Hatemail: You pathetic little burritos are obviously idiots

by ANONYMOUS EMAIL CORRESPONDENT #327 February 2, 2016 Cartoons
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Forgive me for the very long message, but oh, you did allow me a lot of room. Saw the little cartoon you burritos did calling Trump a nazi. All the rubbish aside, it isn’t even slightly funny, or amusing, or witty. Just on the strength of the cartoon, you’re obviously idiots. But you’re also crackpots, […]

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Marilynn Montaño is embedded in her migrant father’s rough hands

by Andalé Mono January 14, 2016 Audio
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Orange County poet and activist Marilynn Montaño’s poem His Machucada Hands is a “testament to the ways that being undocumented has taken a physical toll on her father’s body. The title, she said, came from noticing his hands on the steering wheel every morning as he drove her to middle and high school,” according to […]

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Obama cries over the sad plight of those kids (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA January 13, 2016 Cartoons
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Vanessa Del Fierro: Meet ‘Mi Novio, Pancho Villa’ (music video)

by Soy Capitan January 8, 2016 Cultura
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San Antonio’s Vanessa Del Fierro has a boyfriend. Maybe you’ve heard of him — Mi Novio, Pancho Villa. Together, they’re fighting for immigrants and their families, and in this video, manage to assimilate a white wing elote-haired GOP presidential wannabe — Donald something. VIOLENCE TRIGGER WARNING: There are piñatas involved. But enough about Pancho. Who […]

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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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La Cucaracha: Your name is ‘Santa’? Show me your papers (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz December 17, 2015 Cartoons
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