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A Mexican cleaning lady in New York Ctiy learns that the “nation of immigrants” is not so friendly these days. Based on a true story, Let My People Stay is by Olivia G. Jimenez.

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He crossed the river several times to find work in the United States — and got sent to jail or sent back. Now Zacatecas native Pedro Leyva is a citizen and a business owner of The Taco Shop in his adopted town of Oxford, Mississippi.

Link via pocho Profe Chastillez.


A story of cross-border romance — a mojado and a Cajun queen — are the stars of country singer’s Hank Snow’s Mexican Joe and Joli Blon, released on 78 RPM disk in 1953.

Here are the lyrics and guitar chords (via Genius Lyrics) so you can sing and play along! [Mas…]


On The Cressbeckler Stance, talk show host Joad Cressbeckler says any Mexican who crosses the scorching-hot desert on foot has proved himself worthy of U.S. citizenship.


In Henderson, Nevada, an angry Anglo Trump supporter was caught on video last week cursing at Latino construction workers, calling them “illegals,” “wetbacks” and worse. Fox 5 Las Vegas reporter Miguel Martinez-Valle went to find out why the pinche potty-mouthed gringo pendejo was so angry.

CALL FOR COMMENTS: Have any of you pochos been subject to similar harassment lately?

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It’s hard work, but somebody’s got to do it. Califas balladeers Sal and Isela tell the story of a farmworker in Sudor (Sweat).

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Ask A Mexican: Why do politicians hate taco trucks so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz January 20, 2015 Cultura
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Even in Santa Ana, Orange County, Califas (it’s actually “Santana,” Gustavo Arellano notes), the Latino-controlled city council dislikes taco trucks. To find out why, it seems prudent to once again ¡Ask A Mexican!

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Haters Gonna Hate: Big map of racist/hateful Tweets (infographic)

by WIZ E. WHIG, Ph.D. December 6, 2013 Cartoons
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The infographic map-heads at FloatingSheep.org analyzed geo-tagged Tweets from one week in November last year to generate a hate map of the U.S. Surprise, surprise — the Old Confederacy had the most haters when slurs about Latinos (Tweets using the word “wetback” and “spick”), African-Americans (“nigger”), Asians (“chink,” “gook”) were tallied (pan-racist map, above.) [Click […]

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Flaco Jimenez vs Los Gabachos: ‘El Mojado Sin Licencia’ (music video)

by GUERILLA ICE August 16, 2013 Cultura
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The wetback drove from Laredo to San Antonio to see his girl — and that’s when the trouble started.

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Flash: Bob Esponja reveals he’s an undocumented immigrant

by Comic Saenz June 11, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) SpongeBob SquarePants is an undocumented immigrant whose family drifted into Bikini Bottom, Hawaii, from Mexico when he was child, the Nickelodeon star revealed this morning. SquarePants (real name: Bob Esponja) made the announcement at packed press conference called by Animal Actors for Reform and Fairness (AARF), a pro-immigration reform group. The […]

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Mexicans stole your job? Talk like a Mexican and get five jobs! (video)

by JUANG CHUNG May 28, 2013 Cultura
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Broke? Unemployed? Did a Mexican who barely can speak English esteal your yob? Learn to speak broken English like the Mexicans and you can get five yobs, just like they do! RELATED: Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce: ‘Mexicans work better’

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Talk radio guy blows the lid off ‘Mexican swimming lessons’ (video)

by MITCH YUKON May 20, 2013 Cultura
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If you’ve been wondering why the internationally-lauded public school system in Mexico makes sure all the kids get swimming lessons, talk show guy AND education expert Rick Rantz of 1270AM WQTT in Union County, OH, has the answer. Advertising Sales Manager Mike Schnell is at 614.935.1038 if you have more questions.The radio station’s Programming Department […]

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Stoner Latino student calls woman’s mom a ‘wetback’ on Facebook

by EresNerd May 13, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from  SAN MARCOS, TX) Seventeen-year-old San Marcos High School senior Byron Chavez called someone’s mother a “wetback” in a comment on a Facebook photo yesterday — Mothers Day. Chavez, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, used the W-word in response to a widely-circulated picture of a young woman at an immigration reform rally holding […]

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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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PNS*Hot*Flash: Notimex stops saying ‘negrito’ and ‘chino’

by Victor Payan April 12, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MEXICO) The Mexican government news agency Notimex announced today that it has stopped using the terms “negrito” and “chino” to describe people of African descent and Asians. A Notimex spokesman said the move was in response to the Associated Press decision to stop using the terms “illegal immigrant,” “bean eater,” “sleepy Mexican,” “pepper-belly,” […]

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AP’s Pocho Ocho dropped names beside ‘illegal immigrant’

by Especial Correspondents April 2, 2013 Cultura
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Associated Press (AP), the cooperative news service used by print, broadcast and online media, today dropped the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook: ‘Illegal immigrant’ no more Posted on 04/02/2013 by Paul Colford The AP Stylebook today is making some changes in how we describe people living in a country illegally. Senior Vice President and […]

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Hey, wetbacks! Meet Rep. Don Young (R-AK) [audio]

by Comic Saenz March 29, 2013 Audio
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Meet Congressman Don Young, a Republican from Alaska, who just called agricultural laborers who once worked on his father’s ranch “wetbacks.” In a radio interview Thursday with KRDB this fine American legislator was full of the kind of wisdom that has inspired the deep thoughts of his homegirl, Sarah Palin, and assorted white power NRA-voting […]

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‘Why Braceros?’ 1959 PR film says don’t be scared, it’s OK

by Lucida Grandé December 1, 2012 Cultura
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Don’t worry, gringos, Mexican nationals won’t steal your job since all these “nationals” do is “stoop labor.” Also, explains the friendly Mexican Consul, they are “braceros” and not “wetbacks.” The 19-minute film Why Braceros? was produced around 1959 on behalf of the Council of California Growers. The Journal of Murketing explains: It aims to tell […]

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Don’t wait for immigration reform: PORT-A-BORDER is here! (video)

by NYMPHO MERCIAL October 5, 2012 Cultura
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“Comprehensive immigration reform” is like the weather — everyone talks about it but no one does anything about it. That’s why real Americans are going wild over PORT-A-BORDER, the personal hi-tech illegal immigration solution that keeps those darn Mexicans out of your personal space. (Possibly NSFW language.)

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No more ‘Wetback Willie’ burritos, sir; try our ‘Dirty Sanchez’ (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN August 3, 2012 El Now
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In Florida, where killers have fan clubs and bath salts lose face, there’s been some commotion about the menu at Lola’s Burrito Joint, which featured the Wetback Willie Burrito, Dirty Sanchez Crab and No Papers Shrimp. This just in: Try the Dirty Sanchez at Torchy’s Tacos, Austin

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More Mexicans bypassing U.S. for friendly neighbor to the north

by Victor Payan June 12, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from OTTAWA) A recent study from the Canadian Undocumented Labor Office here (CULO) reveals more and more undocumented immigrants are bypassing Los United Estates, preferring to seek a better life in Canadia. Analysts say this could have major consequences for the U.S. economy, agriculture, Republican scapegoating and the sales of leaf blowers. A TIME […]

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Alabama legislators to ‘import’ Canadian workers to fill jobs

by Santino J. Rivera February 2, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from DIXIE) In a move to avoid further financial ruin and humiliation, Alabama legislators are considering an unusual measure called the “Canuck Program” that would “import” laborers from Canadia to fill empty Alabama jobs. Immigrant Mexican labor has all but disappeared from the Alabama landscape and the state has lost $10.8 billion in […]

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Dear undocumented immigrants: You suck at freeloading

by newstaco January 14, 2012 Cultura
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I  hate undocumented immigrants. I spent most of the holidays on my roof, throwing used cell phones and rusty nine-volt batteries at my undocumented family members as they arrived for festive gatherings. (Tía Lupe should be out of the hospital any day now, and you better believe that ICE will be waiting to cart her […]

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