I break down the connections between the twin fears of terrorism and illegal immigration in the United States. Instead of giving in to xenophobia, we need understanding and respect.
Juan Carlos del Cid arrived to the United States from Guatemala in 1976, undocumented. Now he is a U.S. citizen and has lived here for longer than he lived in Guatemala. Last Monday, I published the first part of his story, how he came to the city of Los Angeles. This is the second part of his story, about his life in the United States.
News and other fun stuff you might have missed this week, featuring Shakespeare, Alabama, and the Border Patrol, and SWAGGER.
Juan Carlos del Cid came to the United States from Guatemala in 1976. I asked him to share his story with me. This is how he made it to the U.S. Part two coming soon!
What’s going on in the world this week? Links of the week curated by Casa Marj: presidential campaigning, white privilege, deportation, and music coming right up.
Berta Caceres, a major Honduran indigenous activist and human rights defender, was assassinated early Thursday morning. Caceres was a founder of the Council of
Top U.S.-Latin America and migration news links this week, curated by Casa Marj
It’s widely known that China has invested enormously in Africa in recent years. What might be less common knowledge is that Chinese investment in Latin American infrastructure and development projects has also grown at breakneck speed over the past few years. And in January 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China would invest $250 billion dollars in Latin America in the coming ten years. Yet this investment has often supported controversial projects such as a transcontinental railroad, the polemical $50-billion Nicaraguan canal, as well as mining, dams, and other projects.
A Los Angeles Times editorial by Iain Overton, an expert on U.S. gun culture, published this morning (read here) discusses the often overlooked international effects of domestic gun policy. As many Mexicans and Central Americans know, United States domestic policy often has a huge effect on these neighboring countries, perhaps nowhere more clearly than in drug policy and immigration policy. …
Casa Marj started out as a food blog, but I have long envisioned it as a magazine with political and lifestyle posts too. In my casa, political commentary and food go together like peanut butter and bananas. (Really well.)
So, here are a few of the links that stood out to me this week. …