Supreme Court Refuses to Resuscitate Anti-Immigrant Ordinances – After years of court battles, the Supreme Court stopped the intention of residents in the cities of Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Farmers Branch, Texas, to resuscitate anti-immigrant ordinances. The ordinances sought to ban renting apartments to undocumented immigrants and deny licenses to businesses that hired them. Immigrant rights and civil rights groups hope the Supreme Court decision will discourage other cities that have expressed similar pretensions. José López Zamorano reports from the nation’s capital.
A Tiny Living Room Healthcare Registration Center – Only a few weeks before the deadline to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a Mexican-American woman in Los Angeles decided to make her house into a little registration center. Of her own volition, this woman found a pair of certified enrollment counselors and invited her family members and neighbors, most of them uninsured, who had not decided if they should enroll or pay the fine. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, witnessed this motivating experience.
Parents of Detainees End Hunger Strike in Arizona – This week, the president of the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino organization, publicly called President Obama “Deporter in Chief.” The name had been heard before among those who call for an end to deportations. In Arizona, parents of detained immigrants finished a 15-day hunger strike. The strikers celebrated the liberation of one detainee and lamented the deportation of another. The protesters plan to continue with the protest and take it all the way to the White House doorstep in April. Valeria Fernández has more details from Arizona.