Posts tagged "Mexico"

Will the arrest of a cartel leader affect Chicago-area deportees' safety?

This weekend, the Mexican authorities arrested Mario Ramirez Treviño, an alleged leader of one of the country’s deadliest drug cartels, CNN reported. According to CNN, which cited Eduardo Sanchez, the Mexican government’s security spokesman, Ramirez is a “ranking member” of the Gulf Cartel that controls most of the drug trafficking through the state of Tamaulipas,... Read more »

Activist, educator uses indigenous traditions to heal his community

Tomas Ramirez grew up with the understanding that to be healthy as an individual, his community had to be healthy. He believes it’s his responsibility to help maintain and heal his community. Ramirez moved to Chicago from Central Mexico 20 years ago to reunite with family. He has since become an essential member of Chicago’s... Read more »

Journalists and developers combine forces, explore immigrant issues at MigraHack

Journalists and developers combine forces, explore immigrant issues at MigraHack
It was a busy weekend for some of us at The Chicago Reporter. By 9 a.m. on Saturday, we were already glued to our computers at Cibola, a tech incubator community space in Pilsen, and it was nearly 6 p.m. before we ventured out into the evening’s chill. This wasn’t for a work project–it was... Read more »
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Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security
There are undocumented immigrants in Chicago who crossed the border to get here; came on expired visas and were brought by their parents as minors. They are high school students, university graduates, dishwashers and mothers. Many of these immigrants are my neighbors. And they’ve all been waiting for the immigration legislation that President Barack Obama... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter awarded two grants to bolster data, immigration reporting

The Chicago Reporter awarded two grants to bolster data, immigration reporting
We’re excited to announce that The Chicago Reporter has won two grants that will bolster our data-driven reporting and will give us the tools necessary to look at immigration policy in Mexico. The first grant we won was for $5,000 from IRE Data Journalism Fund, sponsored by Google Idea, best known for applying technological solutions... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Slideshow on Caravan for Peace links drug war in Mexico, Chicago violence

Photo by: Lucio Villa

<p>Javier Silicia, renowned Mexican poet and writer, is leading the Caravan for Peace through 20 cities in the United States, including Chicago. Sicilia's son was killed by drug cartels a year ago. He is against the war on drugs, which he says has criminalized poor people of color in the U.S.
Javier Sicilia sat quietly smoking from an electronic cigarette waiting to go on stage. “This country is difficult,” Sicilia told The Chicago Reporter before delivering a speech earlier this week. “Americans don’t want to assume responsibility.” Sicilia, a renowned Mexican poet and writer, said the United States provides two deadly things that feed the Mexican drug war:... Read more »
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Undocumented Life: Mexicans in U.S. watched presidential election, but few participated

When Mexicans headed to the polls on Sunday, it was to vote in one of the most contentious elections in years, marked by allegations of fraud and media bias. It was a vote closely watched by Mexicans around the world, not least in the United States, the country with the largest Mexican immigrant population. But... Read more »

News Roundup: New estimate predicts record poverty rate increase: more than 1 in 7 in poverty

The highest increase in the country’s poverty rate since the 1950s may have happened last year. Census data being released this week is expected to show that the nation experienced the large single-year increase in 1959. Also in the news: U.S. Rep. Luis Guiterrez and State Sen. James Meeks have begun to take steps towards... Read more »