Sunday, February 23, 2014

Maria von Trapp, Last of Sound of Music Children, Dies at 99


 CNN reports that  Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children immortalized in the movie musical "The Sound of Music," died last week at her Vermont home of natural causes. The native of Austria was 99. 

The von Trapp family fled Austria after the German annexation and came to the United States in 1938 and settled in Vermont in 1942

Maria became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1948 and lived at her family's lodge in Stowe, Vermont.  She was the last survivor of the seven original von Trapp children.


February 23, 2014 in Current Affairs, Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ted Nugent: Obama a "Subhuman Mongrel," Campaigns for Republican Candidate in Texas

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Goodbye, Uncle Sam! Increasing Number of Americans Renounce Citizenship


CNN Money reports that 3,000 U.S. citizens renounced their citizenship in 2013. The numbers are triple the average for the previous five years, according to a CNNMoney analysis of government data. Some of the rush is coming from expatiates who are tired of dealing with complicated tax filings. 

Tina Turner was one of the Americans who renounced their citizenmship in 2013.




February 18, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Change is Gonna Come



NPR has a facsinating story about how and why Sam Cooke wrote this song, and the risks that he took in standing up for civil rights.  Cooke recorded A Change is Gonna Come 50 years ago this week.




February 9, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Deport Justin Bieber? The Movement Continues

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rest in Peace Pete Seeger

Monday, January 27, 2014

Grammy Dedicated to the 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants




It was a memorable night for the Mexican-American singer known as La Marisoul and her Los Angeles-based band members.  They earned the first Grammy of their careers. La Santa Cecilia, named after the patron saint of musicians, Saint Cecilia, won the award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for the bilingual band’s album Treinta Dias.

“Thank you to our beautiful City of Angels,” said Marisoul. “We are proud to be from immigrant parents and dedicate the Grammy to the 11 million undocumented workers in America.”

For news on how oher Latinos fared on the Grammys, click here



January 27, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Justin Bieber Arrested, Deportation Inevitable?


CNN reports that teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has been arrested for a suspected DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach.  As previously reported on ImmigrationProf, this foreign-born noncitizen is risking deportation from the United States for his criminal activities.  In setting records for annual removals, the Obama administration has aggressively targeted "criminal aliens" for deportation, going so far as to threaten with removal an undocumented woman known as "the tamale lady" who was arrested for selling tamales outside a Walmart store in Sacramento.

UPDATE (1/24):  See this MoveOn.Org petition to "Treat All Immigrants Like Justin Bieber!"

UPDATE (1/26): Ruben Navarette has an interesting take on the possible deportation of Justin Bieber.


January 23, 2014 in Current Affairs, Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 18, 2014



Listen to the four immigrant stories on Radio Hermanadad.

Radio Hermandad dialogues on the following:

Cecilia Muñoz for the Domestic Policy Council of The White House

Dixon Slingerland for the Youth Policy Institute

Ana Cubas for the Latina Leadership Academy in Los Angeles

Cesar Vargas for the DRM Dream Action Coalition

Music by Franky Perez & the Truth + an interview.

Radio Hermandad is produced to drive the social uplift of immigrant youth and families. Nativo Lopez © provides the historical and political context while Sergio Muñoz deals in a younger generation through new mediums at Intelatin. Together, they form a voice with a perspective on the past, present and the future of our community as we struggle and as we succeed. Produced by Sergio C. Muñoz at Intelatin / Radio Hermandad

Radio Hermandad is podcast on iTunes and posted at@RadioHermandad, and and other social networking mediums.


January 18, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Will Justin Beiber Be Deported?


Singer heartthrob Justin Bieber has been making the news lately for possible criminal mischief, specifically the egging of his neighbor's house in southern California.  In light of the damage  done to the neighbor's house. the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department  is investigating a possible felony charge.

An immigrant from Canada (and previous ImmigrationProf Immigrant of the Day), Bieber may face possible removal from the United States if he is convicted of a felony.  The media has begun to pick up on this possibility. Click here and here for details. 

Technically, Bieber is in the United States on a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa known as an O-1 visa, which is issued to noncitizens with "extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics."




January 16, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Linda Ronstadt’s Borderland

Friday, December 13, 2013

ICE/El Hielo by La Santa Cecilia


The song is ICE/El Hielo by La Santa Cecilia has been nominated for "Video of the Year" in Univision's 2014 Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.  It tells the story about what millions of undocumented people who work on a daily basis go through to provide for their families only to get caught up in unjust deportations.  Erika Andiola is the central character in the video, a young waitress who gets caught in the middle of a workplace immigration raid. Erika lived through a similar experience earlier this year. Without notice, immigration agents detained her mother Maria Arreola and brother while at home and put them into deportation proceedings. Erika led efforts to build pressure on ICE through online petitions, calls and mobilizations to stop their deportations. Her brother was released shortly after and her mom was saved from being deported as the bus she was being transported in was literally turned around miles before the Mexican border in Arizona.

Vote for the video and tell your friends, family and co-workers to do the same. Just register on the voting site as a "guest" then click "General" on left column and scroll down to find "Video of the Year" and select "ICE El Hielo" by La Santa Cecilia. Here's the link to vote.


December 13, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pope Francis Edges Miley Cyrus, Edward Snowden, Others for TIME Person of the Year

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Investigation into Jenni Rivera plane crash focuses on age of pilot, plane

Friday, December 6, 2013

Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Willie Nelson joins activists and artists on album, “Provecto De Amor” in support of immigration reform, education

Here is the story on this album.  Willie Nelson, a country music icon, joined Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, Alberto Cortez, Alex Lora from El Tri to record an album, Provecto de Amor. Willie Nelson sings the English translation to ‘Claro Que Se Puede (Yes, We Can), and Santana, Los Lonely Boys and Del Castillo sing it in Spanish.




November 27, 2013 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up


Here is the music video for the hit song “Wake Me Up.” A collaboration with singer Aloe Blacc, Director Alex Rivera, and some friends that star as actors, the video tells a story of one family whose dream to be together confronts the nightmare of US immigration policy.


November 21, 2013 in Books, Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 10 Best Songs About Illegal Immigration

The 10 Best Songs About Illegal Immigration by Gustavo Arellano is a "must read" for ImmigrationProf readers.  The number 1 song is




Vicente Fernández, "Los Mandados"



Second on the illegal immigration hit list is Woody Guthrie's Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).


November 13, 2013 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship


The Associated Press reports that Tina Turner” was in the embassy in Switzerland to sign her “Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades. In July, she married her boyfriend of 27 years, German music producer Erwin Bach . Turner had taken the oath of Swiss nationality April 10. Turner reportedly declared that she no longer has any strong ties to the United States “except for family, and has no plans to reside in the United States in the future.”


November 13, 2013 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fedoras For Fairness: Stars Wear Hats To Support Immigration Reform