Category: Dispatches

Low-Wage Immigrant Workers Face Special Challenges & Risks

NEW YORK — New York City’s low-wage workers need more protection, advocates said this week. At a Manhattan conference Tuesday, sponsored by the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and grassroots […] Read More >

Chilean President Piñera Lays Out Plan To Defeat Underdevelopment

NEW YORK — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera laid out an ambitious economic program to bring his country into the ranks of developed nations in a speech on Wednesday. Piñera’s plan, […] Read More >

DREAM Act Stalled In Senate; Republicans Unanimously Vote Against Amendment Wedged Into Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — An amendment to provide undocumented youth a chance to attain legal residency, inserted into a $726 billion military defense bill, deadlocked today. The DREAM Act amendment, introduced by […] Read More >

“Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook” Traces The City’s Latin History

NEW YORK — In 1934, the classic tango artist Carlos Gardel premiered his film “Cuesta Abajo” in the Campo Amor theater in Harlem, before an audience of 3,000 – a […] Read More >

Janet Napolitano.

Immigration Reform Hopes Fade, As Administration Emphasizes Security Efforts

WASHINGTON — Skepticism on comprehensive immigration reform is resurfacing. Leading Hispanic experts discussed federal inaction on immigration reform with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at the annual Congressional Hispanic […] Read More >

On The Southwest Border (Photo Essay)

These photographs were taken on an 852-mile, 72-hour trip across the Southwest border, from San Diego, California to Arizona and back. Many citizens from the United States and Mexico have […] Read More >

Colombian Paramilitaries Extradited To U.S., Where Cases Are Sealed

Since 2006, more than a dozen of Colombia’s most notorious paramilitary leaders have been extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in federal district court in Washington. The […] Read More >

Indigenous Colombians Face Possibility Of Extinction, U.N. Report Says

NEW YORK — Thirty-four indigenous groups face extinction due to internal armed conflict from the ongoing violence in Colombia, according to a report released by the United Nations High Commission […] Read More >

Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce Discusses Illegal Immigration, SB 1070, And Elections (Interview)

MESA, Arizona — On Tuesday, Aug. 24, The Latin America News Dispatch sat down with Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce to discuss the controversial immigration law, SB1070, of which he […] Read More >

Chile’s Education Initiative Hopes To Attract More Qualified Teachers

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Minister of Education Joaquín Lavín recently announced a new set of proposals designed to make teaching a more attractive profession for the country’s top students. Lavín, a […] Read More >