Number Of Unaccompanied Minors Detained At U.S. Border Continues To Rise

The number of unaccompanied minors detained at the U.S. border with Mexico continues to rise, with more than 6,700 taken into custody in December alone, according to the latest figures released this week.


The number is a jump from roughly 5,600 detained in November and 4,973 in October, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Compared to same three-month period in 2014, the number of apprehensions in 2015 represents a 117% jump.


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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), she of the unibrow, is a Mexican painter best known for her unforgettable self-portraits. She was the wife of Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican artist. European painters…


Native American Maternal Haplogroup A2a and B2a Dispersion

Recently, in, they published a good overview of a couple of recently written genetic papers dealing with Native American ancestry.  I particularly like this overview, because it’s written …

Community Village‘s insight:

I wonder how accurate haplogroup definitions are.
Are the “Unspecified USA” people mixes of mixes?

I have yet to see a haplogroup chart that describes mixed people in detail.
Would they even be able to with “full genome testing” that will be “utilized soon”?

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Joanna Kerns (Mexican/Irish) [American]

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Known as: Actress & Director

TV (Acting): Maggie Seaver in “Growing Pains”, “V”, “The Four Seasons”, “Chicago Hope”, “The Closer”, “The Nightman”, “Less Than Perfect”, “Three’s Company”, “Magnum P.I.”

Movies (Acting): “Knocked Up”, “Girl, Interrupted”, “Coma”, “A*P*E”, “Street Justice”, “Cross My Heart”, “All Over The Guy”, “No One Could Protect Her”, “An American Summer”

Directing (TV): “Army Wives”, “Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story”, “Men in Trees”, “Clueless”, “Strong Medicine”, “ER”, “Ally McBeal”, “Scrubs”, “Ghost Whisperer”, “Felicity”, “Psych”, “The Lying Game”

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Earl Watson (Mexican/African-American) [American]

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Known as: Professional Basketball Player (Currently plays point guard for the Utah Jazz in the NBA; Previously played for Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets & Indiana Pacers)

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Punjabi Sikh-Mexican American community fading into history

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Anti-immigration laws, coupled with shared cultural values, brought this community to life. Almost 100 years later, the community is now retiring to the history books.

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Casta Paintings: Inventing Race Through Art : NPR

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Casta Paintings: Inventing Race Through Art
Mexican Art Genre Reveals 18th-Century Attitudes on Racial Mixing

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a major exhibition of paintings that reflect what many upper-class Spaniards thought about race, class and skin color during the time of the Spanish colonization of Mexico in the 1700s.

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The Commoditization of Hybridity – Laura J. Kuo

“Ixta Ponders Leverage Buyout,” Robert Buitrón, 1989

Here’s a photo and a couple quotes that remind us of the colonization of the America’s by Europeans and the mixing by force as opposed to mixing by choice.

In modern times most of the rhetoric around mixed heritage has a positive spin. We would be wise to understand an alternative view and be prepared to respectfully dialog with those who may view multiculturalism in a negative light.

The first quote is from the beginning of a chapter titled
The Commoditization of Hybridity in the 1990s U.S.Fashion Advertising: Who Is cK one?
Laura J. Kuo (p. 48 in Scribd)

“…an important caveat follows for postcolonial practices, namely the risk that hybridity might be re-colonised by the apparatus of power as either compensation for our losses, or as the velvet glove of enjoyment that goes hand in hand with the iron fist of exclusion.” ––Kobena Mercer

The picture above is actually from another article in the paper titled
Aztec Princess Still at Large (p. 214 in Scribd)

“As the title of the photograph suggests, Buitrón is not only concerned with Anglo American stereotypes about Indian women, but also with Mexican and Chicano/a fantasies about them. “Ixta Ponders LeverageBuyout” identifies the woman as the legendary Aztec princess Ixtacihuátl.” – Catriona Rueda Esquibel


Glenn is a European-American married to a Mexican-American. They have two children, made in California. Glenn is interested in progressive immigration reform, and desegregation within schools and communities. He is a life long learner with interests in sociology, anthropology, psychology, history and politics.

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