Sunday, February 23, 2014
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.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Right wing rocker Ted Nugent, with his choice words for President Obama's ancestral background, has caused a stir in Texas as he campaigns for Republican candidate for Governor Greg Abbott. One can only hope that Democratic candidate Wendy Davis will benefit.
Makes you wonder who is in a Stranglehold now.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
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
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
RADIO HERMANDAD FEATURES FOUR INDIVIDUALS WITH IMMIGRANT STORIES - BOLIVIA, EL SALVADOR, MEXICO AND CUBA
Listen to the four immigrant stories on Radio Hermanadad.
Radio Hermandad dialogues on the following:
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 www.hermandadmexicana.org and other social networking mediums.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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."
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
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.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
The big news today is that the TIME Person of the Year is Pope Francis.
Pope Francis is an interesting choice among the final contenders for the honor (listed alphabetically):
Bashar Assad, President of Syria
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist
Sunday, December 8, 2013
It has been a year since a plane crash killed singer Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer and reality television star known as “the Diva of Banda,” and six others. New details have emerged about what might have caused the plane to crash in a mountainous area of northern Mexico. Here is the latest on the investigation.
Friday, December 6, 2013
In Memory of Nelson Mandela
Artists United Against Apartheid was a 1985 protest group founded by activist and performer Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker to protest apartheid in South Africa. The group produced the song "Sun City" and the album Sun City that year.
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.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Vicente Fernández, "Los Mandados"
Second on the illegal immigration hit list is Woody Guthrie's Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).
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.”
Saturday, July 27, 2013