Latino Leadership Conference brings up immigration law concerns

Web/latino_web.jpgStudents from different universities across the state at the Latino Leaders Conference Saturday sat down to talk about their concerns with SB 590, a current immigration bill in the Indiana legislature that would require police officers to enforce federal immigration law, similar to the Arizona law.

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Census 2010 State and County Data

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, today launched a new Census 2010feature on its website. This feature provides state and county population data by Hispanic origin in 2010 and 2000 in the form of downloadable Excel files. Each file contains the total, non-Hispanic and Hispanic populations in each state and counties within that state. Numeric and percent changes in the populations from 2000 to 2010 are also included.


Beginning February 3, 2011, the Census Bureau has issued Census 2010 population counts for the states on a staggered basis. The process is expected to be completed by April 1, 2011. As new state population counts become available, they will be added to the Center’s Census 2010 feature.

Currently, downloadable Excel files are available for the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.


The Census 2010 feature is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website,


The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Filmmaker returns to IU to screen ‘The Other Side of Immigration’

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University alumnus Roy Germano will return to campus next week for a public screening of The Other Side of Immigration, his award-winning film that explores why Mexicans migrate to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

The 55-minute documentary will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday (March 3) at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Germano, a 2001 IU graduate with a degree in political science, shot, directed and edited the film. Through more than 700 interviews with the families left behind by U.S.-bound migrant workers, it illuminates Mexico’s most crippling economic hardships including the effects the North American Free Trade Agreement has on poor farmers, the country’s vicious cycle of poverty spurred by a corrupt government, and the social pressures on Mexicans to seek a better way of life.

“I hope those who see my film walk away feeling more connected to a population that they may have misunderstood or not known very much about,” Germano says, “realizing that most people — Mexican or American, citizen or immigrant — are more similar than we are different, motivated to survive, take care of our families and be recognized for our inherent worth as human beings.”

He adds that The Other Side of Immigration is a “film for everyone” — a highly researched, nonpartisan account of the causes and impacts of undocumented immigration from a perspective rarely covered in the mainstream media, with no “good guys,” “bad guys” or “victims.”

The film, which grew out of Germano’s doctoral dissertation work at the University of Texas, was named a 2011 Notable Video by the American Library Association and has screened at dozens of film festivals, universities and conferences in the U.S. and Europe since 2009.

The IU Bloomington screening is co-sponsored by the Union Board; the departments of Political Science, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Sociology; the Political and Civic Engagement program and the Dean’s Office of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Germano is currently a visiting assistant professor of politics at the New School in New York City and speaks frequently about immigration issues at universities and conferences around the country. For more information about the director and the film, see