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WednesdayJuly 14, 2010

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Gutierrez Hoping to See Immigration Reform Bill in House This Year

Rep Louis Gutierrez- D Il is hopeful that the House can pass immigration reform legislation before the November elections.  Gutierrez claims to have the support of 200 colleagues in the House leaving him 17 short of the necessary majority.
“I am very confident the House can act quickly on legislation,” he said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program. “We are still going to need Republican support ... We don’t need a lot of Republicans, but you need some.”
There have been some indications that the Democrats may try to push through some legislation soon. House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) said Tuesday that it is possible that Congress may address immigration reform this year. This comes on the heels of President Obama’s speech last week urging Congress to work quickly on immigration reform.
Republicans continue to argue that they will not support immigration reform until the southern border is secured. With both parties agreeing on the need for additional border security, Gutierrez hopes to entice a few Republicans to have the political courage to move on immigration reform this year.

Read more at The Hill →

Too Close for Comfort – Cuba’s Deepwater Drilling

60 miles away, less than an hour boat ride from the Florida coast, Cuba is preparing to do some deepwater drilling of its own.  If the United States, British Petroleum and Admiral Thad Allen can’t figure out how to stem a U.S. leak it is unknown what it can and will do if there ‘s an accident caused by an unfriendly neighbor.

Cuba has lacked the know how and money to drill for oil off of its shores but with the help of Reposi, a Spanish consortium, it can now do so.  This will be the second such well Reposi drills in Cuban waters but this is the closest to U.S. boundaries.  Experts predict that if such a well were to become problematic it would soon become a U.S. problem.  Due to the long-standing U.S.-Cuban embargo no U.S. drilling company is allowed to offer its expertise to Cuba on any matters.

Cuba appears very committed as do offshore drilling with various foreign partners helping out.  It has entered into at least seven other such drilling agreements with foreign countries.  Neighbor Be Warned.

Read more at NPR →

First Latina Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor Will Publish her Memoir

The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced on Monday that it will publish the memoir of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member in the Supreme Court.

The book still untiled, will tell her story as the American daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants growing up in the Bronx. In her autobiography Sotomayor will recount her childhood experience, the loss of her father when she was nine years old and the relationship with her mother, the journey through her career culminating with her appointment to the federal bench.

The Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the publishing company expressed his excitement of the project, “Sonia Sotomayor has lived a remarkable life and her achievements will prove an inspiration to readers around the world,” said Mr. Mehta. “Hers is a triumph of the Latino experience in America.”

Read more at Knopf Publishers →

UN Calls For Urgent Action to Tackle Rising Youth Unemployment

The United Nations labor agency is calling for urgent action to tackle the crisis of youth unemployment, which has increased significantly in the wake of the global economic slowdown and has repercussions for the economy as well as social cohesion.  Young people – those aged 15 to 24 – account for over 22 per cent of the increase in the number of unemployed since the beginning of 2007 and is now nearly three times the average level among adults aged 25 and over, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

“In nearly all countries, the increase in youth unemployment has outpaced that of adults,” the agency says in a new report entitled “Youth employment in crisis.”

Since the start of the crisis, the youth unemployment rate has risen over 7 percentage points – the sharpest two year increase on record – and now exceeds 21 per cent on average in the countries for which data are available, say Steven Tobin, ILO economist, and Raymond Torres, Director of the International Institute for Labour Studies, who are co-authors of the report.

The report points out that young people are entering the labour market at a time of limited job creation. Employed young people are also often engaged in precarious jobs, and are therefore more vulnerable to job losses than their adult counterparts.

Young people who lack general or vocational education are especially vulnerable to the crisis, it notes, adding that as job prospects remain weak, many young people might see little benefit of furthering education or training which would have negative socio-economic consequences.

Read more at United Nations →

Robot Armies Could be the Next Border Defense Agents

Tomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will meet to discuss the use of robot aircraft to patrol America’s borders. The use of drones deployed for such purposes has been on a steadfast increase in the recent years.

With the recent U.S.-Mexican border turmoil spurred by illegal immigration and Mexican Cartels trying to smuggle drugs, lawmakers are demanding that the Pentagon provide more unmanned border patrol. The U.S. uses some of the most sophisticated technology of unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned sensors and devices to guard the border such as tethered blimps, unmanned Predator aircraft, and cameras. The success of their usage in deterring illegal movement is not yet clear.

The most ambitious project of all is the SBInet, a sophisticated border fence intended to protect the border by using a network of linked cameras and sensors. Since its proposal the government has reversed its decision due to cost overruns and delays.

The U.S. is not the only nation resorting to the use of high-tech military devices other governments such as the EU, South Korea, Israel, and Iran are employing them to protect their borders.

Read more at AOL News →

Child Labor Remains Rampant in Mexico

Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography, similar to our Census Bureau, published results on the country’s child labor practices through 2009.  Despite a decrease of 17%, the report shows nearly 3.0Million children between the ages of 5 through 17 are in the workforce.  The decrease occurred from 2007 - 2009 when there were 3.6M children working in ‘07.  In total 10.6 per cent of the Mexico’s children are incorporated in the workforce mainly due to economic hardship.

Despite the decrease the most startling element of the report are the conditions in which these underage children work and the poor to non-existent compensation they receive.  Almost half of the children working do not receive any compensation and the rest are paid at minimal levels.  The working conditions in most cases come with high risks and deemed dangerous.  The majority of these children aged 5 -17 work in the commerce and service industries in restaurants and shops. 

Not surprisingly the harsh economic conditions of these children’s families are the motivation for them to go into the work force at such an early age instead of attending school.  Many children are forced to cover their own living expense and continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty that comes from the lack of an education. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

3 Millones de Niños Entre 5 a 17 Años Trabajan en México

El Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (Inegi), ayer publico los resultados del Módulo de Trabajo Infantil 2009 y se dieron a conocer las figuras mas recientes que indican que el trabajo infantil en México disminuyó de 3.6 a 3 millones entre 2007 y 2009.

Sin embargo la condición de vida para los niños forzados a trabajar por sus circunstancias es deplorable. En total 10.6 por ciento de los niños y niñas entre 5 y 17 años de edad están incorporados al mundo del trabajo.

La recompensa por el trabajo hecho por estos niños es mínima, casi la mitad de los 3 millones de niños no reciben ninguna recompensa por su trabajo. Además la mayoría de lugares de trabajo son peligrosos con altos riesgos de accidentes y enfermedades. Las estadísticas revelan que un millón 515 mil menores trabajan en el comercio y los servicios; casi 900 mil en las actividades agropecuarias y medio millón en la industria.

Los principales factores que obligan a estos niños a trabajar, primero es la necesidad de contribuir a los ingresos del hogar, y por segundo para cubrir sus gastos de vida. Como resultado un millón 200 mil menores que se vieron forzados a trabajar no asisten a la escuela y en torno pierden tal vez la única oportunidad de mejorar su situación socioeconómica.

Read more at La Jornada →

Surge una Carta con Datos de 1,300 Inmigrantes Hispanos en Utah

Los medios de comunicación y agencias de seguridad recibieron una carta anónima con los datos de 1,300 inmigrantes hispanos. La oficina del gobernador de Utah, Gary Herbert, anuncio el inicio de una investigación para determinar el origen del documento al sospechar que funcionarios públicos están involucrados.

La lista incluye los nombres, fecha de nacimiento, teléfonos y direcciones de 1,300 personas y en algunos casos incluye el número de seguro social y hasta la fecha de nacimiento de sus hijos.

Por medio de un comunicado el gobernador Herbert anuncio que “está trabajando con varias agencias estatales para determinar si el documento se originó en alguna de esas agencias y ha ordenado que el Departamento de Servicios de Tecnología provea la asistencia técnica que sea necesaria.”

Read more at Terra Noticias →

When Billions Aren’t Enough: Slim Buying Gold Mines

Everyone has always said that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu has the golden touch in business and now he actually has the gold as in gold mines.  Canada’s Goldgroup Mining announced that in a $25Million transaction it sold some of its gold mines to Carlos’ holding company, Grupo Carso.

The mines are located in Aguascalientes, Mexico and with gold trading at $1,200 per ounce, Slim can secure his crown as the “World’s Richest Man”.  Whether mining will prove to be as lucrative as running a telephone monopoly, like Telefonos de Mexico, remains to be seen.  Mexico is in dire need of claiming superiority somewhere and if its laying claim to the “World’s Richest Man” so be it. 

Read more at Trading Markets →

Penelope and Javier Are Married

Spanish movie stars, Penelope Cruz and her under the radar boyfriend, Javier Bardem quietly wed some time earlier this month, their reps are reporting.  The Oscar-winning stars have always kept their private lives and especially their relationship a closely guarded secret and their nuptials were no exception.

Cruz won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” also featuring Bardem.  He won the year prior for Best Support Actor in “No Country for Old Men”.  The actors who continue to make films in Spanish have known each other for decades but only became romantically involved several years ago. 

The private ceremony is reported to have taken place in the Bahamas and attended only by family and a close circle of friends.  Spain continues its streak of good fortunate: its tennis prodigy Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon, the Spanish team wins the World Cup and now its two most recognizable exports wed!  ¡¡¡Bravo!!!

Read more by HS News Staff →

Argentina to Vote on Same Sex Marriage and Adoption

The Argentine Senate votes today on a bill that would give gay couples equal marriage rights including the ability to adopt children. The bill has already passed the lower chamber, the House of Deputies. Lead by a call from the Catholic Church, thousands of people protested in front of the Congress building the day before the vote in protest.
Civil unions between people of the same sex have been legal in several areas of Argentina including Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is considered to be among the most gay friendly cities in Latin America and was the first to legalize same-sex unions. Several gay marriages have been annulled by the Supreme Court creating the controversy and calling for a countrywide law. President Christina Fernandez Kirchner has stated that she would not veto the law if it were presented to her to sign.

Read more at BBC →

Quickie Divorces Now Constitutional Law in Brazil

Brazil has rewritten its constitution so that current laws requiring lengthy separations and year-long petition divorce filings are a thing of the past.  The Catholic-dominant country has allowed divorce since 1977 but with procedures in place to make someone really think over their divorce petition.

Brazilians until yesterday, were required to either live apart for two years and prove it or wait one-year to move forward with divorce proceedings once a filing had been made.  In an effort to clear up the backlog of cases and reduce expenses the Brazilian Congress passed the constitutional amendment Tuesday.

The current divorce applicant pool is at 75,000 and they are elated but not the Catholic Church that see this as another step of moral erosion.

Read more at EFE Ingles →

More Hispanic Representation Needed in Government and Corporate America Says LULAC

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, challenged the federal government and Corporate America to appoint more Latinos to higher positions. The call to action was made today at this year’s 81st Annual LULAC National Convention taking place in Albuquerque July 12 - July 17.

By the numbers, Latinos are the dominant minority group in the nation, totaling more than 15 percent of the population, a proportion that continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. However, Hispanics account for less than 13 percent of the total U.S. labor force and only six percent of 384 open board positions are held by Hispanics.

According to the latest data (2008) from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, less than eight percent of the federal personnel are Latino. In recent years, a number of high-visibility initiatives have been directed to improve those statistics, but the numbers continue to lag. Despite their seemingly best efforts, Federal agencies have made little progress in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees over the last decade.

Across the board, the feds have managed to achieve only 7.8 percent participation by Hispanics in the government workforce. And the news gets worse: Hispanic men and women today represent only 3.6 percent of individuals at federal senior pay levels—a proportion that drops to 2.5 percent when you take political appointees out of the calculation.

Read more at Hispanic PR Wire →

WednesdayJuly 14, 2010