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Immigrant Lending Circles

The concept of a lending circle is not unusual among immigrant communities in this country. In the past, groups of immigrants have pooled resources for many projects, often with the goal of providing important, costly improvements in their home communities. Other times, immigrants have pooled resources to start their own businesses, or create jobs in their home countries through micro-lending.

In San Francisco, contributor Emily Wilson brings this story of a local bank that’s helping immigrants with credit using the lending circle concept.


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Reverse Foreign Investment

While the economy has waned in the U.S., the problem of drug violence in Mexico has only gotten worse. On the streets of some Mexican cities, gangs fight each other as well as police and the military for control of the lucrative drug routes. And it’s getting so that it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad, as the spillover affects the population. Those who can, get out. Sometimes they travel to safer locations in Mexico. Sometime, they simply come here.

It’s been reported that one out of every 10 people born in Mexico today now lives in the United States. When most people see this statistic, they often think illegal Mexican immigration of poor workers. But legal Mexican immigration, particularly from that of business elites, is helping a thriving housing market in places like San Antonio, Texas. Ruxandra Guidi has the story.

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Latino Victimization

Patchogue, Long Island, New York is not unlike many changing communities today. An influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants has caused friction. But in recent years, Latino immigrants say they have been harassed, beaten, stalked, and even robbed, mainly by white teenagers on Long Island. While the local police believe that the recent stabbing and murder of Ecuadoran immigrant Marcello Lucero was an isolated incident, they nonetheless are increasing their outreach to the Spanish-speaking community. The immigrants not only welcome the gesture but wonder why hadn’t this been done years ago? WSHU Reporter Charles Lane investigates as part of Latino USA’s New American Voices series.

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Catalino Tapia

Catalino Tapia

In his conversation with Maria, J.D. Trout mentions a recent NPR story about an immigrant gardener who created a scholarship program funded by his landscaping clients. The immigrant is named Catalino Tapia, founder of the Bay Area Gardeners’ Foundation and the story was done by Latino USA contributor Nancy Mullane and aired in January 2009.

Take a listen.


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