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Not a single child has entered the US through Obama’s program to help Central American children flee violence

The Central American Minors (CAM) program is designed to help children in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala flee violent conditions and rejoin their parents who have made it to the United States.<p>However, since the program began accepting applications on December 1st, 2014, no children have …

Mexico City in Black and White

See Mexico City photos in this gallery from National Geographic’s Ultimate City Guide for Mexico City.

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Judge: Texas can deny birth certificates for U.S.-born children of some immigrants

A federal judge ruled Friday that Texas officials can continue to deny U.S. birth certificates to the children of immigrants who cannot supply required identification because they entered the country illegally.<p>Though children born in the United States are entitled by law to U.S. citizenship …

What finally broke the 'no Chicanos' rule at the reemergent Museum of Latin American Art

On the surface, the new exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach doesn't seem unusual. A series of more than two dozen paintings and mixed-media works by Mexican American artists from around Southern California depict various guises of landscapes — from a tight city grid …

Beware of the Growing U.S.-Mexico Border Industrial Complex

Border walls are the instruments of last resort in the armory of geopolitics. Their current proliferation on a global scale is an expression of failed diplomacy in response to conflict, persecution, and migration.<p>The Wall between Mexico and the US is now deeply ensconced in the consciousness of …

The Best-Kept Secrets In South American Travel

<i>By: Karina Martinez-Carter</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Sure, the backpackers might <i>think</i> they've got the inside scoop on all of South America's hidden spots, but no matter how many recommendations are passed along on the Inca Trail or in Cuzco bars, this vast continent always has more surreal places to …

30 years after Mexico City quake, hundreds still live in temporary camps

On the 30th anniversary of the massive Mexico City earthquake, alarms rang out across the city to commemorate the disaster.<p>But Marcia Vasquez needed no reminder of the Sept. 19 anniversary.<p>Vasquez, now 52, still lives in the camp she was forced to move to after her apartment caved in three decades …

Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Police Brutality in the Latino Community?

The Latino community has battled this violence for years, and often, women pay the biggest price.<p>On a cool September day in 2014, armed police officers yell at a group of street vendors, "You shut it down, you shut it down!" They are demanding that Jonathan and Cindy Daza, Mexican-American siblings …

Accessing care especially difficult for Latinos on Medi-Cal

"Once you have (insurance), you actually still don't have it because it's still a struggle to find someone," the 20-year-old college student from Bellflower said.<p>Uribe isn't alone. Even though Latinos make up nearly half of California's 12.5 million Medi-Cal enrollees, a report by the independent …

Group Sets Out To Increase The Numbers Of Latinos In Office

As 2016 heats up, Latino PACs are trying to build a base of voters and donors to sway the election. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Cristobal Alex of Latino Victory Project about his group's efforts.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Whoever wants to win the White House in 2016 needs to consider the …

Gay, Latino and Macho

<i>Originally published on Substance, co-written by Adolfo Tigerino</i><p>Forced onto a school bus as the day came to an end on a Thursday in 2005, Josue was frightened and uncertain what the future held for him and his companions. Chaperons from the strict Latino Pentecostal church took away all methods of …

Border fences are succeeding -- in keeping migrants in U.S.

In the first Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump swore he'd build a wall to keep out Mexican migrants and his GOP rivals lined up to assure voters that they would "secure the border." What these aspiring candidates neglected to mention is that the United States has already shoveled tens of …