March 22nd, 2012

Since 1965, when Congress overhauled the nation’s immigration law, the Hispanic population in America has jumped from just under 10 million to more than 50 million in recent years, including about 9.6 million illegal immigrants from Latin America as of 2008, according to the report.

But, according to a new study, the era of mass migration from Mexico appears, for the moment, to be over. Apprehensions of unauthorized border crossers were at the lowest point in decades last year. Legal entries also dropped from 219,000 in 2002 to 139,000 in 2010.

June 14th, 2011
Reblogged from The Atlantic
June 1st, 2011


This is photojournalism of the highest order, on the front lines of a war that recognizes no rules and no boundaries. Like scores of other Mexican towns and cities, Acapulco has endured a massive spike in drug-related violence, and a terrifying shift in the nature of the carnage. Not content with murdering each other (Mexico saw close to 35,000 killings between 2006 and 2010, with 30,000 classified as “execution style” crimes), drug gangs routinely engage in acts of savagery — decapitations, public displays of the mutilated dead — meant to intimidate foes, and terrorize everyone else.

SHOCKING PHOTOS: Inside Mexico’s Drug Wars photos depict extreme violence, viewer discrection is advised.

Reblogged from LIFE
May 31st, 2011


A kindergarten teacher in Mexico led her class in a singalong during a shootout that occurred outside the school. Daniel Hernandez reports:

In the video, the frightened but determined voice of a schoolteacher is heard as she attempts to maintain calm among a group of kindergartners lying on the floor before her, asking them to join her in a singalong as gunfire shatters the air outside.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Reblogged from Nick Turse
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