Juan Sanchez is the CEO of Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that runs shelters for immigrant minors in the United States. He has been criticized for sheltering kids under Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy and making a profit. Southwest Key has received nearly $1 billion in government contracts, and Sanchez's compensation was nearly $1.5 million last year. The company was criticized even more after reports of sexual misconduct in its shelters. And yet, Sanchez's bio depicts a different narrative—that of a social justice champion praised by multiple Latino advocacy organizations. Which story is right?
Under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, thousands of immigrant children have been torn apart from their parents. And when a federal judge ordered the government to reunite all of these families within 60 days, immigration authorities began to scramble. In part one of a two-part episode, Latino USA breaks down the family separation crisis and explores what happens to the hundreds of kids whose parents have been deported and who are still not reunited with their families.
Just a few days before President Obama was to leave office, he granted clemency to a man named Oscar López Rivera. In the 1970s, Oscar was considered by the FBI to be one of the most dangerous revolutionaries in the U.S. He belonged to an armed group called the FALN, which claimed responsibility for more than 70 bombings in American cities and demanded Puerto Rican independence. On today's episode, a story with secret identities and safe houses, an FBI manhunt and even a little bit of revolution. We ask the question: who is a freedom fighter, who is a terrorist and who gets to decide?
In November 2011, a man and his son were walking along the shore of Lake Michigan when they spotted a body wedged in the rocks, badly decomposed. At the time, there were very few clues as to who the remains belonged to. The investigation spanned five years and stretched from Wisconsin to Texas to Illinois. It involved multiple agencies and dead ends. But ultimately, it took the skills of a forensic anthropologist from Puerto Rico to get answers—and simultaneously revealed the difficulties of identifying Latino remains in the United States.
The wait time for migrants seeking asylum at legal ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border has recently increased from hours to weeks, causing some families to camp out for days. We go to the border to meet some of the people waiting there and explain the asylum process in the United States.
"Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans," sings Grammy award-winning artist Miguel Pimentel. Miguel is the son of an African-American mother and a Mexican-born father. He's known for his eclectic sound, shaped by his home: Los Angeles. This year, he'll release a deluxe version of his album, "War & Leisure," which will include songs in Spanish. It was inspired by a trip to Zamora, where he met his family in Mexico for the first time. Maria Hinojosa talks to the singer-songwriter about his life-changing trip and how his multicultural upbringing influenced his unique sound.