Both Presidential candidates are working to court the Latino vote, but so far neither party has had any real success. Diego Graglia is documenting the lives of Latinos during this presidential election year as he travels from New York City to Mexico City. In this report, he talked to Teresita Jacinto, a spokeswoman for Mexicanos Sin Fronteras-Mexicans Without Borders.
A year ago the Prince William County, Virginia supervisors launched a crackdown on undocumented immigrants. They passed a resolution whose outstanding feature allows local law enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of people they suspect of committing a crime or misdemeanor (even jaywalking.) Officers can also report undocumented immigrants to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation processing. Since then, the Latino population in the county appears to have plummeted.
Diego Graglia is an Argentinean journalist who writes about the convergence of the U.S. and Latin America and the intersecting paths of Latinos, Americans and Latin Americans. Since he became a professional journalist in 1997, he has written in Spanish and English for newspapers and magazines in the United States, Argentina and Chile, including Clarín (Buenos Aires, Argentina), El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile), The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) and the Daily News (New York). He holds degrees in journalism from Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Universidad Católica Argentina and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
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