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Author: Mauricio J. Quijano

members of the Colombian rebel group National Liberation Army, or ELN, escort women who were kidnapped through the jungle
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Cocaine Legalization is the Least Worst Option for my Native Colombia

Thirty years ago, I began to consider that the legalization of the cocaine business would be the best strategy to reduce bloodshed in my country. I have not changed my mind, but I think people should learn to distinguish between a war on drugs and a war on the mafia because the latter does not end with legalization alone. 

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Garcia familia - Mississippi Free Press

From Mississippi ICE Raid to COVID-19: Immigrant Family Goes Through Hell to Earn a Living in Poultry Plants

After 14 years in construction, Joaquín García (not his real name) thought that working inside a poultry plant during the warm season of 2019 would be more comfortable, so he took a job at one in Mississippi. He was arrested on Aug. 7, 2019, in one of the largest ICE workplace actions in history. Nine months later, he was released from jail to face a new problem: COVID-19 had reached his family and killed some Hispanic workers in the meat-processing facilities around him. (In English and Spanish.)

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Reginaldo Rodriguez - Valdez Market - Mississippi Free Press

‘La Valdez’ Essential for Immigrants as COVID-19 Spreads

Valdez Market sits in the Country Club Village Shopping Center on Old Canton Road, where it took over the site after a Winn-Dixie closed, virtually straddling the border between the capital city and its northern suburb of Ridgeland. It is an area that has seen demographic shifts in recent years, particularly in the large influx of Spanish-speaking residents in the area.

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