Author: Cesar Arredondo

Imagen Awards Film Competition Needs Your Vote

The Imagen Awards Short Films & Web Series Competition is going on and you get to vote to choose the winners. The contest showcases some of the best short form content created by Latino community that touches on Latino themes and subject matter, according to organizers. Unlike the regular Imagen Awards in which a jury selects the winners, in this competition it is members of the public get to vote for their favorites. The voting takes place online and people get to vote once every day through Wednesday, July 31. There are five short film finalists: “Caracol Cruzando,” “Terms...

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Andrew Yang brings presidential campaign to ethnic media

By Mark Hedin On Tuesday, July 23, Andrew Yang became the first presidential candidate to participate in a teleconference with ethnic media reporters, organized by Ethnic Media Services. Pleased to be offered a bubble tea as he sat down at a dais, Yang greeted about four dozen ethnic media representatives by noting how his own parents, after immigrating to the United States, had relied on Chinese newspapers for news and loved watching Chinese television as they raised their two sons. I’m an entrepreneur, not a politician, he said as he introduced himself. Before deciding to run for president, he spent the past...

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Maryland Court Asks Commerce Department to ‘Go On the Record’ to Confirm No Further Pursuit of Citizenship Question

A federal judge has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to confirm that it has given up its fight to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel in Maryland says the Commerce Department has until Monday, July 8 to respond. The judge’s order was issued Tuesday, July 2 and comes days after Trump administration officials reportedly dropped plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form, a turnaround after days of defiant statements following last week’s Supreme Court decision to halt the query.  On Wednesday, Trump contradicted his own...

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A short film on the Americanization of immigrants’ children will premiere on HBO Latino. “My Name Is Maria De Jesus” will start airing July 1. The film marks the directorial debut of up-and-coming director Marcella Ochoa, who also wrote, produced, and stars in the film. The short was produced by her own company, 8A Entertainment, and features talented newcomers Ximena Pelaez-Munoz and Jasmine Linares. The film also stars David Saucedo (“Mayans,” “American Crime Story”), Geovanni Gopradi (“The Haves and the Have Nots,” “Dynasty,” “Mall Cop 2”), Jenna Purdy (“Independence Day: Resurgence”) and Susan Silvestri. BASED ON A TRUE STORY...

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Immigrant women and even U.S. citizens have become increasingly vulnerable to immigration enforcement actions under the administration, according to a new report on interior immigration enforcement by the American Immigration Council. “Changing Patterns of Interior Immigration Enforcement in the United States, 2016–2018” examines newly disclosed government data on the Trump administration’s aggressive enforcement agenda. TRUMP’S ‘UNFOCUSED APPROACH’ As the president vows to conduct mass immigration arrests and deportation, this report points to the consequences of what a spokesperson calls “the administration’s unfocused enforcement approach” and raises important questions about who is being impacted by the wide net of increased...

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