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Net Migration From Mexico Drops to Zero

By Elena Shore, Apr 24, 2012 10:00 AM

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The largest immigration wave from a single country in U.S. history – the migration from Mexico to the United States – has come to a standstill. That’s the latest finding of a Pew Hispanic Center study released Monday.

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U.S. Premiere of Documentary on Influential Peruvian Rock Band Screens in SF

By Elena Shore, May 30, 2011 1:45 AM

When you think of Latin American rock, Peru may not be the first country that comes to mind. But the country's musical exports go far beyond nose flutes. Peru was the center of an early rock scene in the
1960s, and the U.S. premiere of "Saicomanía" -- screening Sunday, May 29 in San Francisco -- tells the story of Los Saicos, one of the most influential bands.

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America's 'National Suicide' - The Brain Drain of Skilled Immigrants

By Elena Shore, Apr 12, 2011 1:16 PM

After working for a year at a Massachusetts startup, 33-year-old Lakshminarayana Ganti decided to take a quick trip to visit his family in India. Instead, he entered a "bureaucratic nightmare that would cost him his job, his car, and his life in the United States." Ganti's Orwellian journey through the bureaucracy of the U.S. immigration system -- recounted in an article by Ted Alden on the cover of this week's Newsweek International -- is emblematic of a larger problem, Alden writes: the brain drain of skilled immigrants from the United States, which New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has dubbed “a form of national suicide.”

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Anti-Child-Porn Crusader Takes On Facebook

By Elena Shore, Apr 5, 2011 9:30 PM

Updated April 7, 2011 with statements from Facebook

Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has taken on some of the most powerful figures in Mexico, from businessmen to politicians, who have colluded with child pornography rings. Now the women’s rights crusader is going after a Bay Area-based company that she says is allowing sexual predators to operate with impunity: Facebook.

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Hundreds of Bay Area Deportees Had No Criminal Record

By Elena Shore, Mar 31, 2011 10:12 AM

Five Bay Area counties are among the top 38 in the country with the highest percentage of deportations of people with no criminal record or only charges of minor offenses. This was one of the findings of a new analysis of the latest data reported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency under the Secure Communities program.

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Feds Investigate Alleged Anti-Semitism at UC Santa Cruz

By Elena Shore, Mar 31, 2011 7:40 AM

Federal authorities are investigating allegations of anti-semitism on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, reports j., the Jewish news weekly.

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Giants Have Infusion of Latino Talent

By Elena Shore, Mar 9, 2011 12:56 PM

San Francisco’s Spanish-language newspaper El Mensajero visited the Giants’ spring training in Arizona, and found some new promising Latino players. The newspaper was the only Spanish-language media outlet to accompany the World Series champs in their training, reports José Luis Aguirre.

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Secure Communities Expands Across State

By Elena Shore, Mar 9, 2011 8:56 AM

Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that all counties in California are now participating in the Secure Communities program, which shares the fingerprints of anyone who gets arrested with federal immigration authorities.

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SJ Expands Definition of Racial Profiling

By Elena Shore, Mar 3, 2011 8:30 AM

Anyone who has been mistreated by the San Jose Police Department can now file a complaint at the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, El Mensajero reports.

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Diverse Group of Rabbis Brings Message of Unity to Israel

By Elena Shore, Feb 16, 2011 7:00 AM

A coalition of 27 Bay Area rabbis — representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal movements — traveled together to Israel last month in what they hoped would send a positive message of inter-denominational unity, reports j., the Jewish news weekly.

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Mexican President's Visit to Stanford Meets with Objections

By Elena Shore, Feb 10, 2011 11:17 AM

Mexican President Felipe Calderón has been invited to give the commencement address at Stanford University in June, but an editorial in this week’s El Mensajero calls it the “wrong choice.”

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Bay Area Priest Inspired Exorcist Film

By Elena Shore, Feb 1, 2011 4:00 PM

The number-one grossing film at the box office over the weekend — the horror movie “The Rite” — was inspired by a Bay Area exorcist, reports Univision.

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The End of the Mission Enchilada?

By Elena Shore, Jan 31, 2011 10:35 AM

As gourmet eateries pop up all over the Mission District and Mexican restaurants close down, the Spanish-language newspaper El Mensajero asks: "Is this the end of the enchilada in the Mission?"

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Do Oakland's Gang Injunctions Bring Fed Funds?

By Elena Shore, Jan 6, 2011 11:10 AM

Some community members are concerned that Oakland's latest proposed gang injunction could be motivated by money, reports Francisco Barradas for El Mensajero.

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Bakeries: No Trans Fats Means Bread Costs More Dough

By Elena Shore, Dec 22, 2010 11:35 AM

On Jan. 1, California will become the first state in the country to ban trans fats, which have been linked to an increase in bad cholesterol, obesity and heart disease. The law, AB 97, was approved in January 2010, and gave bakeries one year to adapt to the new rules. But although it might be good for people's health, the change isn't doing any favors for the health of small businesses, reports La Opinión.

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SJ Police Change Car Impound Policy

By Elena Shore, Dec 15, 2010 10:35 AM

Editors of Bay Area Spanish-language newspapers are lauding a move by the San Jose Police Department this week to change the city’s policy of impounding cars of drivers who don't have a license. For years, the San Jose police have impounded cars for 30 days when the driver is pulled over for minor traffic violations and does not have a license.

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By Elena Shore, Dec 1, 2010 11:45 AM

Mexican-American Barbara Garcia will be the only Latina director of public health in California when she takes office in San Francisco in January.

The position is a "great honor" for her and the Latino community of San Francisco, Garcia told Spanish news service EFE. She is currently the deputy director of the city's Department of Public Health.

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Bay Area Joins Push for DREAM Act

By Elena Shore, Nov 30, 2010 2:41 PM

This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legalization to young people who have completed two years in college or the U.S. military. Many Bay Area students are crossing their fingers.

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In Politics and Baseball, Money Doesn't Always Win

By Elena Shore, Nov 2, 2010 9:15 PM

In politics, as in baseball, having the most money doesn't always guarantee a win, writes María Antonieta Mejía in an editorial this week's El Mensajero.

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SF Mayor Honors El Mensajero Editor, a Former Critic

By Elena Shore, Oct 12, 2010 6:00 PM

Two years after criticizing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for alienating Latinos, El Mensajero managing editor María Antonieta Mejía is being honored by the mayor's office.

Mejía is among a group of local Latinos receiving an award in the Latino Heritage Month Celebration & Awards Ceremony, reports El Mensajero. Marcos Gutierrez of KIQI 1010 AM is also being honored in the media category.