HBO’s Vice takes in-depth look at Alabama after harsh 2011 anti-immigrant bill | Latina Lista

By Obed Manuel

“Them Hispanics work hard as hell,” Jesse Durr tells Vice correspondent Thomas Morton during a segment of Friday’s new episode titled “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Durr was one of the few people in Alabama who took on one of the thousands of agricultural jobs that undocumented immigrants left vacant after 2011, when the state’s governor signed the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, or HB56, into law.

The law intended to make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants in Alabama that they would have to leave the state or the country. Morton started reporting in January 2014 and spent the next six months checking in on the small independent farmers featured in the latest episode of Vice.

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Update 2: New Article in TruthOut About Guest! · Guest: A New Film About The Guestworker Program

Hi all! I recently wrote this article in Truth Out “Is A Safe And Legal Immigration System Possible?” featuring stories and background from Guest. Please give it a read and spread the word, we only have two weeks left to raise what we need to make Guest happen!Thank you, as always, for your support,LVD


A border activist said “You are either a worker or a guest. You don’t have a guest in your house, then ask them to wash your dishes.”

During enslavement the workers were taken care of, although only like property, and only when not being beaten and raped.

Now that enslavement is over by law, the U.S. doesn’t want agricultural workers to even have citizenship.



Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside their country is an expatriate? But no, the word exclusively applies to white people



Y’all, this is the first I’ve heard of the word ‘expat / expatriate’ being applied to only White people.


Would you say this is true?


PS – Thank you to anonymous for sharing this article 😉


35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants


Take a tour through America’s immigrant heritage — at its most and least welcoming



HT @favianna

Fascinating how the U.S. (and the world) is constantly changing and so fast. @getgln



Book Review:Multiple Origins, Uncertain Identities: Hispanics and the American Future


Book Title: Multiple Origins, Uncertain Identities (2006)

Author: The National Research Council of the National Academies

Review Rating:  4.75 out of 5 stars

Created by The United States National Research Council of the National Academies, Multiple Origins, Uncertain Identities is a six chapter book detailing the different variables that could impact American society as the Hispanic population transitions to become the majority in the United States. For such a concise little book, readers will be provided a wealth of data on the educational, occupational, and social changes that could potentially play a role in this transition. The chief focus of the book is to analyze and dissect the unique problems faced by the Hispanic population in the United States that stem from this culture’s unique identity, history, and characteristics. Different themes are explored in each chapter; however each chapter deals in some way with four basic questions:

  • The Identity Question: How should the United States classify people of Hispanic descent for research and governmental statistics (often used for programs, funding, etc.)?
  • The Immigration Question:How does the United States stop and manage undocumented immigrants while also providing legitimate citizenship options for those immigrants who want to become citizens?
  • The Language Question: What is the proper balance between accepting bilingualism and enforcing English language?
  • The Education Question:  What is the proper way to increase Hispanic participation in the US educational system given all of the problems that this system must face?

The book covers these questions from various different perspectives and vantage points. Since the book was created by a government agency, this book has all of the precision and organization of a government publication. Surprisingly, though, the language is more accessible than most other government publications and is actually an engaging read for people who would like a brief synopsis of potential challenges (and potential opportunities) for the Hispanic population.  With less than 130 pages of reading material, this book strikes the almost-perfect balance between being an easy read and an in-depth sociological report.


  • Authoritative research from a credible source
  • Concise & highly focused content
  • Good organization making it easy to navigate and retrieve information


  • Not a positive book-The book just states the facts, which doesn’t really focus on the strengths or resources of the Hispanic community.
  • No solutions provided in the book-While the book presents a lot of facts about the problems, it does not provide any information on possible solutions to the problems.

Constructing Race: Pew Center Report On Asians

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The June 19 release of the Pew Research Center report, The Rise of Asian Americans is generating buzz that is, frankly, giving me a headache. The report summary opens with the following: Asian Amer…

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When Did Immigrants Become the Enemy?

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“Instead of a narrative on immigration, what we have now is a public mindset of us versus them, an overall anti immigrant climate that is morally reprehensible.”


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