Nicole Ochi and Jessica Price: California law requires school districts to send parents of English learners a notice at the beginning of each school year that would indicate that their child is an English learner.
Mario Solis-Marich: As the “in the Beltway” crowd speculates about how practical and politically necessary it was for Obama to have delayed the immigration action, the political boots on the ground in Colorado may be experiencing a different reality.
Adrian Pantoja: With an opportunity to actually address our broken immigration system, House Republicans instead opted to increase a military presence on the border and make it easier to deport immigrant children. Is this what GOP leader Reince Preibus called for in renewed Hispanic outreach?
Rudy Acuña: Like most grad students of my time, my priority was to select a topic on the real Mexico, which of course meant Mexico City. Without knowing it I was committing the sin of the chilango believing that the provincias had little to offer.
Rosemary Joyce: The violence these children are fleeing is worse than in war zones– one reporter makes a comparison of the situation in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in 2012 to Iraq.
Rudy Acuña: The victories of the Mexican team should be celebrated but not hide the memories of the Tlatelolco massacre or the raising of the black power fists that happened in 1968 while others were celebrating.
Rev. Hannah Petrie: The Obama administration’s order to review deportation procedures must be bolstered by our own response as tax-paying citizens and fellow human beings to demand that such fascist and un-American policies be amended immediately.
Rudy Acuña: White Americans of my generation questioned, why would anyone want to be anything but American? Everyone wanted to come to America, didn’t they?
Rudy Acuña: I am ambivalent about the mainstreaming Mexican American and Latino students. Education does not bond us to our communities; it gives us the tools to individually succeed.
Rudy Acuña: Hardly had the nomination for HUD Secretary been made before the drums began beating for a Latino President with most forgetting that Julian Castro is only 39 years old and his resume is as thin as Barack Obama’s whose notoriety was based on a sole convention speech.
Rudy Acuña: California politicos are encouraging an insidious policy of divide and conquer, pitting the Asian community against the Latino and other minority communities. This has led to some Asian American leaders thinking affirmative action will discriminate against them.
Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.
Venanzi Luna: Despite the growing number of Latinos in the US and Walmart being the nation’s largest employer of Latinos, we continue to face issues in the workplace that have not been addressed.