The Conversation

Why Latino Citizens Are Worrying More About Deportations

In a study published on April 6, I found Latino U.S. citizens’ deportation fears to be on the rise. Whereas 41% worried about deportation in 2007, 48% did in 2018. This amounts to about 13.6 million Latino U.S. citizens fearing deportation.

  • Apr 6, 2020
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How Coronavirus Threatens the Seasonal Farmworkers at the Heart of the American Food Supply

Most of these workers are employed seasonally to perform the hard manual labor of cultivating and harvesting crops. One-half to three-quarters of them were born outside of the United States, with the majority holding Mexican citizenship.

  • Apr 6, 2020
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Coronavirus: Europeans Introduced Devastating Novel Diseases to the Indigenous Americas—Here’s What the Survivors Learned

Many Indigenous groups are now blockading access to their communities, fearing COVID-19 infection.

  • Apr 2, 2020
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By Sending Doctors to Italy, Cuba Continues Its Long Campaign of Medical Diplomacy

Cuba has sent more than 400,000 healthcare professionals to work in 164 countries, according to statistics published by the state media.

  • Mar 31, 2020
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All Latinos Don’t Vote the Same Way: Their Place of Origin Matters

For many Latinos, political events that affect their places of origin significantly influence their electoral preferences.

  • Mar 23, 2020
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3 Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing Who We Are

The pandemic affects our psyches three ways: It influences how we think, how we relate to others and what we value.

  • Mar 23, 2020
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How to Talk to Someone You Believe Is Misinformed About the Coronavirus

Instead of treating the conversation as a corrective lecture, treat the other person as an equal partner in the discussion.

  • Mar 17, 2020
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Fear Can Spread From Person to Person Faster Than the Coronavirus, But There Are Ways to Slow It Down

As cases of COVID-19 proliferate, there’s a pandemic of fear unfolding alongside the pandemic of the coronavirus.

  • Mar 16, 2020
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Slim and Skinny: How Access to TV Is Changing Beauty Ideals in Rural Nicaragua

The more television people watch the more they prefer a thinner female body type.

  • Mar 9, 2020
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Indigenous People May Be the Amazon’s Last Hope

Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop the Amazon rainforest.

  • Mar 4, 2020
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Fringe Religious Party Gains Power in Crisis-Stricken Peru

After 40 years of failing to qualify for a national election, the political party of the Israelites —called the Agricultural People’s Front of Peru, or Frepap— won 15 congressional seats. In a fragmented Congress with nine parties, that makes the Israelites the third-largest legislative bloc.

  • Mar 3, 2020
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A Guerrilla-To-Entrepreneur Plan in Colombia Leaves Some New Businesswomen Isolated and at Risk

In Colombia, as in other conflict zones, rejoining society after war is generally more challenging for women.

  • Feb 26, 2020
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Hundreds of County Jails Detained Immigrants for ICE

More so than federally operated facilities, county jails, along with facilities operated by for-profit companies, have come to hold for ICE the lion’s share of immigrant detainees facing removal proceedings.

  • Feb 11, 2020
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AMERICAN DIRT Fiasco Exposes Publishing Industry That’s Too Consolidated, Too White and Too Selective

As someone who studies the publishing business, I see this ordeal as a symptom of an industry that relies far too heavily on a handful of predetermined “big books,” and whose gatekeepers remain predominantly white.

  • Feb 6, 2020
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Puerto Rico Earthquakes Imperil Island’s Indigenous Heritage

Many indigenous ruins lie along the shore, where ancient settlements thrived.

  • Jan 28, 2020
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US and Cuba Spar Over Jailed Dissident, But Is José Daniel Ferrer Really a Political Prisoner?

The two countries are in dispute over the prolonged detention of a Cuban dissident.

  • Jan 24, 2020
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Refugee Stories Reveal Anxieties About the Canada-U.S. Border

Canadian leaders have desperately tried to preserve the country’s image of liberal humanitarianism at our border, but they have instead been confronted with the reality that Canada’s border and immigration history is built upon exclusion, securitization and anxieties related to border management.

  • Jan 21, 2020
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Supreme Court DACA Decision Isn’t Just About Dreamers—It’s About Whether the White House Has to Tell the Truth

Under American law does the executive branch have to give complete and accurate reasons for its actions?

  • Jan 16, 2020
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Earthquake Forecast for Puerto Rico: Dozens More Large Aftershocks Are Likely

Seismologists like me are constantly working to better understand earthquakes, including advancing ways to help vulnerable communities before, during and after damaging events.

  • Jan 16, 2020
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How a Chilean Dog Ended Up as a Face of the New York City Subway Protests

Stickers bearing the dog’s image jumping a turnstile appeared on subway walls and trains.

  • Jan 8, 2020
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Unrest in Latin America Makes Authoritarianism Look More Appealing to Some

That’s the startling finding of a still-unpublished study I conducted using data from the AmericasBarometer, a survey undertaken every two years in Latin American countries

  • Jan 6, 2020
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