Yolanda Chávez Leyva

By Yolanda Chávez Leyva The killing of 15-year-old Sergio Andres Hernandez Guereca by a Border Patrol agent points tragically to a defective border enforcement system that encourages hatred and fear. Initial reports stated that a man had be... more

Jun 21, 2010 2:22 PM Dispatches

Feb. 2 marks the 160th anniversary of the end of the U.S.-Mexico War, and its consequences continue to shape the relationships between the two countries, as well as race relations within our nation. more

Jan 30, 2008 3:17 PM Op-Eds

Huckabee is pandering to the far right in the Republican Party. In the process, he is further poisoning the atmosphere on immigration. more

Jan 9, 2008 1:21 PM Op-Eds

College affordability is big deal. Just ask my students. I teach at a university where 75 percent of the students work to put themselves through school. The majority of students are the first generation in their families to attend college a... more

Jan 25, 2007 6:53 PM Dispatches

Building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border is no solution to our immigration woes, and it could result in more suffering and death. more

Sep 20, 2006 4:34 PM Op-Eds

Tightening up on the borders has perverse -- and fatal -- consequences. Tightening up on the borders has perverse -- and fatal -- consequences. A Texas federal court jury recently convicted three people in a notorious human smuggling case. ... more

Feb 1, 2006 4:09 PM Dispatches

We must ensure the rights of Mexican death row inmateMay 27, 2005 The Supreme Court recently did a disservice to our legal system by turning aside an appeal by a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas. more

Jun 22, 2005 2:29 PM Op-Eds

Indigenous women continue to seek human rightsMay 18, 2005 Last month, a judge in Tennessee decided not to enforce his order that a Mexican woman learn English or risk losing parental rights to her daughter. The woman, from Oaxaca, is one ... more

May 18, 2005 1:20 PM Op-Eds

A great Latina feminist died last month. Her name was Gloria Anzaldúa, and she passed away at the age of 61 from complications associated with diabetes. more

Jun 9, 2004 12:00 AM Op-Eds

By Yolanda Chávez Leyva April 21, 2004 Throughout Mexico and Mexican-American communities, April 30 is observed as el Dia del Nino (tilde over n), the day of the child. It is a day to celebrate childhood: Libraries provide free books to ... more

Apr 21, 2004 12:00 AM Op-Eds