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Re-Humanizing Immigrants: Reflections by Maria Hinojosa


Maria Hinojosa; Photo courtesy of Michael Paras.

President Obama promised to change America’s broken immigration system. But the dehumanization of immigrants persists, and the immigration detention industry continues to grow. On this edition, Mexican-American journalist Maria Hinojosa speaks about the United States’ loss of humanity in dealing with immigrants and immigration; the consequence of enforcement only policies and the need to connect with people we have little in common with.
Special thanks to the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, NM.


Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s “Latino USA” and PBS’ “Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One,” contributing correspondent on PBS’ “Need to Know.”


Full speech by Maria Hinojosa, at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 4, 2011.

Q & A with Maria Hinojosa, moderated by Mary-Charlotte Domandi, producer and host of the Santa Fe Radio Café on KSFR 101.1 FM.


For More Information:

Maria Hinojosa
Latino USA
Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One
Now on PBS
The Business of Detention
Summary of the 1996 immigration reform laws
Detention Watch Network
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human rights
ACLU’s Immigrant’s Rights Project
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Council of La Raza
Asian American Justice Center

Santana – Migra
M.I.A. – Pull Up the People

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  1. Thank you Maria and Making Contact! This speech very eloquently outlines an important dialog that is so very necessary in today’s narrow and poisonous environment regarding immigration. We are all human beings and we must treat each other as such!


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  2. Hi, Maria Hinjosa,

    This country has great things and some others that need to be improved! Like many others! Your voice is for sure paramount in this democratic environment that we all live.

    As President Obama’s volunteer, I am happy to bring this subject up and I am sure he will do his best!

    I have a degree in Journalism from Brazil and have volunteered in the National Radio Project. I’d love to interview you, any chance? You have so much important knowledge that for sure deserves to be shared.

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  3. I would like a copy of this talk for use at my Unitarian Universalist church in Albuquerque. We have organized to learn about and act on the issues of immigration in our city and state. This would be a valuable tool. Please tell me how I can obtain a CD or DVD. Thanks.

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  4. This program, “Re-Humanizing Immigrants” was an eye-opener to me! Maria Hinojosa is a national treasure both for being able to “see” so clearly the problems of our society, and also for being able to express so vividly how these problems affect the folks who are the objects of injustice. She says that she is tired from being a journalist confronting social problems for so many years. I pray, however, that her voice is not silenced until there is someone with her talent to step into her shoes! I am ordering (by mail) 2 CD copies of her April 14, 2011 Santa Fe talk. Thank you for carrying her voice regularly on KUNM Albuquerque!

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