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Archive for October 29th, 2009

An Unexpected Detour

Most travelers know that even joking about something can be considered inappropriate in an airport situation. Understandably, similar rules apply to border crossings. The wrong sort of statement could find one in the grasp of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). That’s what happened to Mexican civil rights attorney Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson.

Because of the drug war in Mexico, De la Rosa has been a busy civil rights attorney in Mexico. That nature of his clientele made him fearful for his life. So much so that he started making it a habit to spend the night in El Paso, just across the border from Juarez. But when U.S. border officials heard this, they decided to act.

We have two stories, beginning with El Paso based reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe.


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Jesse Katz: The Opposite Field

Baseball has long been recognized as America’s pastime. And in recent years, the diversity of baseball has greatly reflected that of this country. Little League is no exception. Organized baseball can be found in all kinds of neighborhoods in all kinds of communities across the country.

Los Angeles-based writer Jesse Katz grew up playing ball. When it came time for his son to play, he volunteered to coach, but ended up as the Little League commissioner of a park located within one of the most Asian neighborhoods in the country, itself next to one of the most Latino neighborhoods in the country.

The cultural mix served as the backdrop for Katz’s new memoir titled The Opposite Field. Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa speaks with two-time Pulitzer winner Jesse Katz about the book.


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Watch a short film featuring Jesse Katz at La Loma in VIMEO:

The Opposite Field Trailer from Jesse Katz on Vimeo.

Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson

Mexican civil rights attorney Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson had the proper permits to cross the border and was doing so legally at the designated port of entry. But when asked by U.S. border officials why he was crossing so much, De la Rosa mentioned that he was fearful because of the work he did.

Based on his expression of fear for his life, De la Rosa was taken into protective custody by ICE officials. But they did not put him in a comfortable safe house or hotel but rather kept him handcuffed in a prison facility as they awaited a bureaucratic decision over whether to give him political asylum. The fact that De la Rosa, a Mexican citizen, neither requested nor wanted asylum fell on deaf ears.

De la Rosa tells his story now to Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa.


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Story Corps Historias: Before they Were Politicos…

The family of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his brother U.S. Rep. John Salazar, in fact, had humble beginnings in their native Colorado. And it wasn’t simply a matter of no toys for Christmas. They recall walking to school in shoes that didn’t match because that’s all they had. But they now credit those experiences with helping them become the adults they are today.

Congressman Raúl Grijalva grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He recalls a story to his daughter Marisa of an important life lesson imparted on him when he was a child going to school. When he was given an award, he didn’t mention it to his mother, who couldn’t speak English. Months later, when it became clear that she knew that there was an awards ceremony that she didn’t go to, she taught him to never be ashamed of who he was.

The family of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his brother U.S. Rep. John Salazar, in fact, had humble beginnings in their native Colorado. And it wasn’t simply a matter of no toys for Christmas. They recall walking to school in shoes that didn’t match because that’s all they had. But they now credit those experiences with helping them become the adults they are today.


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