La Columna de Jessica Piedra: Who’s eligible for a U Visa?

Better known as ‘U Nonimmigrant Status’, the U Visa protects victims of crimes occurring in the United States. Any undocumented person who has suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of a serious crime and has assisted law enforcement authorities in the investigation and prosecution of the crime, may apply for a U […]

Many traditions come with Las Posadas

By Tere Siqueira Starting Thursday (Dec. 16), many Mexicans and Mexican expatriates will participate in a holiday tradition that has been observed in Mexico since Spanish colonial times: Las Posadas.The origin of Las Posadas is religious in nature, representing the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary on their way to Bethlehem. But since the late 18th […]

Soto professes experiencing Our Lady of Guadalupe miracle

By Chara Wyandotte County, Kansas, resident Patricia Soto claims to have experienced a miracle from Our Lady of Guadalupe.Soto, who has worshiped Our Lady of Guadalupe since childhood, said the miracle took place after her marriage at age 35.“I had a miscarriage, and after that, I had a lot of difficulties trying to get pregnant,” […]

“The Mystery of Christmas” returns

By Tere Siqueira  A familiar holiday tale is getting a new treatment.The Dramatic Truth Ballet School of Kansas City, Missouri, will present a series of performances of “The Mystery of Christmas,” a retelling of “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 17-19 in the Goppert Theatre at Avila University. For the first time, it will include a Spanish adaptation […]

Voces Consulares: Electronic passport and protection for Mexicans

By Alfonso Navarro Bernachi At the Consulate of Mexico, we are fine-tuning the last details to start issuing the new electronic passport this December 15, a modern consular document that will strengthen the protection of the identity and nationality of our population in Kansas, Missouri and the western half of Oklahoma. This advancement is important […]

Number of COVID Cases Increasing in Wyandotte County

County Health Leaders Urge Everyone 5 and Older to Get Vaccinated The number of COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County has surged over the past several weeks, and leaders at the Unified Government Public Health Department are urging people to get vaccinated, continue wearing masks and practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently, to help […]

Bessenbacher lobbying KCMO to install Las Tarascas fountain

By Tere Siqueira Replica of Morelia landmark sits in storage Gloria Bessenbacher is requesting a call to action by Kansas City area residents, particularly the area’s Hispanic community.Bessenbacher, a Mexico City native who has lived in the area for 40 years, is the chair of the Morelia Sister City Committee for the Sister City Association […]

Mariachi Los Camperos brings a part of Mexico to Yardley Hall

By Tere Siqueira On Dec. 4, Mariachi Los Camperos filled Yardley Hall in the Midwest Trust Center with traditional Mexican music.Starting at 8 p.m., the Los Angeles-based, Grammy Award-winning group performed a two-hour show that included Christmas jingles and tunes in English. The production – a part of the Midwest Trust Center Series at Johnson […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe: History and celebrations

By Chara Many Catholics are honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe this week.On Dec. 12 every year, millions of people attend church to honor her and bring her flowers. In addition, in Mexico, many Mexican celebrities sing mananitas (mañanitas in Spanish).The tributes stem from the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe appearing in 1531 to Juan […]

Area offers many Christmas-themed events

Commentary by Tere Siqueira  It is Christmastime again.Across the Kansas City area and elsewhere, families are decorating their homes and businesses with lights and bringing some much-needed holiday cheer. They also are attending Christmas-themed events.If you are looking to go out to celebrate the holidays, fortunately, there are plenty of area options. They include the […]