Hector Luis Alamo

Former US Ambassador on What ‘Free Association’ Would Mean for Puerto Rico

Latino Rebels reached out to Peter R. Rosenblatt, who from 1977 to 1981 served as President Carter’s ambassador to the negotiations on the future political status of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which established the Compact of Free Association between the U.S. government and the former UN-controlled, U.S.-administered territories of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

  • Jun 27, 2022
  • 3:57 PM

Source: Fearing Loss, Puerto Rico Statehood Movement Looks to Blur Line Between Status Options

Fearing that one of the two other status options may win, specifically the “Free Association” option, members of the Puerto Rican statehood movement plan to pressure House Natural Resources Committee chair Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) to revise the language of a draft bill that looks to resolve Puerto Rico’s 100-plus status issue once and for all, according to a draft letter provided to Latino Rebels by an anonymous source directly familiar with the proceedings.

  • Jun 23, 2022
  • 12:27 PM

House Candidate, Daughter of Immigrants Delia Ramirez Born to Serve Others

During a recent interview, the 39-year-old Illinois state representative and former community organizer, who’s running for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district, told Latino Rebels the story of how she went from being the daughter of immigrants living above a church to become one of the youngest and most effective leaders in Illinois politics.

  • Jun 3, 2022
  • 9:52 AM

Key Features of Puerto Rico Status Act

The Puerto Rico Status Act brings together two competing bills in the House: the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act and the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s in it.

  • May 20, 2022
  • 4:20 PM

Report: Latinos Believe in Better Ways to Improve Safety Than Funding Police

Almost all Latinos believe investments in schools, jobs, and housing make their communities safer rather than simply funding police departments, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by Mijente and other groups.

  • May 17, 2022
  • 4:00 PM

Jessica Cisneros Takes on Rep. Cuellar, Democratic Establishment in South Texas Race

On May 24, immigrant rights attorney and Laredo native Jessica Cisneros faces nine-term Congressman Henry Cuellar, the only anti-abortion Democrat in the House of Representatives, in a run-off election.

  • May 11, 2022
  • 5:04 PM

Racist Flyer Circulates Ahead of Puerto Rico Election

A racist flyer appeared in Guayama, Puerto Rico last week in the run-up to the town’s special mayoral election on Saturday, May 7. “Do you want this BLACK MAN to be the next mayor of Guayama?” the flyer read.

  • May 9, 2022
  • 2:27 PM

Rep. Velázquez, Resident Commissioner González-Colón Issue Joint Statement on Puerto Rico Status

In a surprising display of bipartisanship, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) issued a joint statement on Thursday concerning the ongoing debate in the House of Representatives on Puerto Rico’s political status. My statement with @RepJenniffer below. pic.twitter.com/rmmtFEzJcZ — Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) April 28, 2022 “We both […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 5:30 PM

Report Outlines Methods Used by Popular Anti-Immigration Videos on YouTube

Anti-immigration groups have been “employing highly effective and consistent visual styles, messaging format and narrative strategy” in videos posted to YouTube in their effort to convince viewers to adopt more hardline beliefs, as a new report lays out. Conducted by the immigration advocacy non-profit Define American, the study titled “Immigration Will Destroy Us & Other […]

  • Apr 27, 2022
  • 5:27 PM

‘Stonehenge of Puerto Rico’: Site of Taíno Ceremonial Ball Courts Threatened by Privatization

The Puerto Rico Senate is preparing to vote on a joint resolution that threatens to privatize the Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site in Puerto Rico, according to a group of activists and Indigenous leaders.

  • Apr 14, 2022
  • 6:41 PM

Despite Advantages, Latinos Still Suffer Health and Healthcare Disparties, Report Says

Latinos are more likely than non-Latinos to endorse the benefits of “healthy eating habits” and a “healthy lifestyle,” as well as use technology to manage their health, but they suffer persistent disparities in terms of receiving healthcare, according to a recent study by Klick Health and ThinkNow.

  • Apr 11, 2022
  • 12:38 PM

Incarcerated Artist Has First Solo Show in Chicago

Juan Hernandez, a convicted murderer incarcerated in Illinois since the age of 16, will have his first solo art show at the Angelica Kauffman Gallery beginning April 2nd.

  • Apr 1, 2022
  • 3:30 PM

Salvadoran Journalist, Detained by ICE for 15 Months, Granted Asylum

A Salvadoran journalist arrested in 2018 and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for over 15 months has been granted asylum. “I escaped from El Salvador and came to the United States because of this country’s stand in defense of its First Amendment rights,” Manuel Durán told Latino Rebels on Friday.

  • Mar 25, 2022
  • 5:26 PM

Biden Administration Announces Changes to Speed Up Asylum Process

On Thursday, the Biden administration announced changes to the process for handling asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border, part of an effort to cut the timeframe down to months instead of years. The changes will allow asylum officers at the border to approve or deny asylum claims, which is currently limited to immigration judges.

  • Mar 24, 2022
  • 12:50 PM

No Charges Against Chicago Cops in Shooting Deaths of Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez

The Chicago Police officers involved in last year’s shooting deaths of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez will not face criminal charges, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said on Tuesday.

  • Mar 15, 2022
  • 7:15 PM

ICE Reports 2021 Statistics

The Biden administration deported more aggravated felons during an eight-month span in 2021 than the monthly average of the Trump administration, according to an annual report released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday.

  • Mar 11, 2022
  • 1:18 PM

2020 Census Undercounted Latinos by Almost 5 Percent, Bureau Says

The 2020 Census failed to count 18.8 million people, mostly people of color, according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

  • Mar 10, 2022
  • 5:53 PM

Immigrant Activist, Organizer Ana María Archila Running for Lt Gov of New York

Best known for her elevator confrontation with then-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) after he announced his support for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the Colombia-born Queens activist and organizer is running for lieutenant governor of New York in 2022 alongside gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams.

  • Mar 8, 2022
  • 3:50 PM

Pro-Independence Group Protests in DC as Power 4 Puerto Rico Blasts Biden for Broken Promises

Hours before President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, members of the Frente Independentista Boricua gathered in Washington, D.C. to call on the federal government to decolonize Puerto Rico, a U.S. possession since 1898.

  • Mar 2, 2022
  • 2:38 PM

Florida Sen. Scott: ‘Not Enough Support in Congress’ for Puerto Rico Statehood

Scott’s words should fall hard on advocates of Puerto Rican statehood, as he has been one of the movement’s most prominent proponents in government.

  • Feb 25, 2022
  • 12:27 PM

A Puerto Rico for a Ukraine (OPINION)

If the United States wants Russia to keep its hands off Ukraine, or wants any nation to respect its neighbors, it must first practice what it commands.

  • Feb 24, 2022
  • 6:09 PM

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