Juan Escalante

Iowa Pastor Deported Back to Honduras

Last weekend we reported on the case of Max Villatoro, an Iowa pastor who was picked up by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was placed in deportation proceedings. Despite broad community support and calls to stop his deportation, reports have confirmed that Pastor Villatoro has been deported back to Honduras today. Villatoro’s attorney, David Leopold, tweeted the […]

  • Mar 20, 2015
  • 3:09 pm

Ireland Waves ‘Hello’ to the Undocumented Community in the United States

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Well, sort of. As a resident of a small college town in North Florida, I can say with certainty that it is business as usual. Local bars are promoting their Irish-themed drinks, people are testing what shade of green will be appropriate for their beer, while others are just looking for […]

  • Mar 16, 2015
  • 12:20 am

Iowa Pastor Set for Deportation

Max Villatoro, a long time Iowa resident, is currently at the brink of deportation. The Mennonite pastor, and father of four U.S. citizen children, was picked up by ICE last week as he headed to work early in the morning. Since then, the Iowa community has rallied behind Max and his family, ensuring that every […]

  • Mar 11, 2015
  • 9:09 pm

Lessons from Iowa

I will confess, I am a bit behind and still reeling in from the travesuras in Iowa. By now, many of you have read up about how Governor Rick Perry was interrupted during his speech at Steve King’s Freedom Summit. However, despite the success of our action and our continued commitment to hold all politicians […]

  • Jan 28, 2015
  • 4:21 pm

Florida Senator Derails In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

In a move that has shocked Florida residents, Republican state senator Joe Negron has determined that SB 1400, a bill aimed to grant the Sunshine State’s undocumented students access to in-state tuition rates, will not be placed on the agenda for Tuesday’s Appropriations Committee meeting. Senator Negron’s decision comes after SB 1400 moved favorably out of all […]

  • Apr 20, 2014
  • 11:38 am

Al Jazeera America’s “Borderland” Is a MUST WATCH

EDITOR’S NOTE: Latino Rebels asked noted immigration rights activist and HuffPost contributor Juan Escalante to submit a review about “Borderland,” a new series premiering Sunday April 13 on Al Jazeera America. Yeah, we know that our founder works for AJAM, but we kindly remind people that LR is a collective of many voices here. Juan’s […]

  • Apr 8, 2014
  • 9:57 pm

Why Is #AskTheWhiteHouse Not Including Tough Questions About Immigration?

White House Refuses to Answer ‘Tough’ Questions on Immigration During Skype Chat Whether it was Microsoft or the White House screening the questions, you can be certain of one thing: The White House has no interest in answering to criticism or challenging questions. I blogged this for the Huffington Post last week. Today, I received […]

  • Dec 19, 2013
  • 12:37 pm