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Immigration up close and personal in the Rio Grande Valley – Tias and Abuelas respond

Angry Tias and Abuelas Emerges It was June of 2018, and the grapevine was going wild. Friends, neighbors, social media were all telling us there was a problem on the Reynosa-Hidalgo international bridge (just south of McAllen, Texas).  Several local Rio Grande Valley women rushed to the bridge to see what was happening and how …

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In Memoriam: The Legendary Dr. Juan Gómez-Quiñones: Chicano Scholar, Activist and Poet

November 11, 2020, marks one of the saddest days of my life. We lost a legend on that day: Dr. Juan Gómez-Quiñones. We lost both a friend and scholar. Dr. Gómez-Quiñones was truly one of the greatest intellectuals in the Americas, and throughout the world. For over fifty years, through his scholarship, community involvement, political …

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Undocumented Immigration:  Nothing Changes But the Faces

During February, 2021, the new Biden Administration announced that it would begin to address the broken immigration system. The immediate response from advocates was to wonder aloud whether this time the nation might see a comprehensive approach to immigration. The last time anything close to a comprehensive approach was adopted occurred during the Reagan Administration …

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Love Mexico? Then Stay Away!

“México, Lindo y Querido” . . .lovely, beloved Mexico. So the song goes. Those who know the truth of these words remember the Christmas lights of the gorgeous main avenue in the capital city, Paseo de la Reforma, leading from downtown to the Castillo de Chapultepec. Old-time travelers to Mexico may recall fondly the spectacular …

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