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El Universal's top 10 'most Mexican' songs

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The DREAM Act, through the back door

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The less-known military component of the DREAM Act is proving to be its saving grace this week: Yesterday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid announced that next week he will offer the legislation as an amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill, pushing the long-proposed immigration legislation toward a Senate vote.

And in honor of the bicentennial...

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The culture blog Remezcla has had a series of "especial bicentenario" (bicentennial special) posts the past week honoring some of the quirkier aspects of Mexican culture, especially those unique terms that I find even funner than Cuban terms, if that is possible.

On eve of Mexico's bicentennial: Even in a dark period, something to celebrate

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Tonight marks the eve of Mexico's bicentennial, being celebrated with elaborate fanfare in Mexico City and throughout the country, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act moves toward vote, diplomat seeks asylum, Mexico on eve of its bicentennial, more

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Democrats pivot on immigration - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com (The Politico)

A new county contract for Homeboy Industries

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I couldn't let the day slip by without noting the good news today for Homeboy Industries. After having to lay off 300 workers in May, the gang-intervention program that got its start 22 years ago in Boyle Heights has received a $1.

Video: A long-forgotten chapter of illegal immigration

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The University of Texas at Austin has been producing an excellent series of online videos called Border Views, which I discovered today thanks to the equally excellent Tejas-based website Latina Lista.

'Somos Muchos' car sticker campaign an interesting social experiment

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When I first heard about a clever Toyota Latino-marketing sticker campaign last week, with free window stickers distributed to consumers that read "Somos Muchos (fill in the Latin American country or region), Somos Muchos Toyota," (Translation: We are many TK, we are many Toyota), I was no more impressed than I ever am with the usual Latino marketing campaign.