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TuesdayJuly 20, 2010

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Whale Watching Tourism Surges in Latin America

Who would have thought whale watching could make such a vital socioeconomic contribution to Latin American Communities. This newly invented activity did not exist 40 years ago; it has been growing at an annual rate of 11.3 percent annually since 1998.

From May to December about a thousand of the southern right whales gather off Argentina’s Valdés Peninsula to reproduce. The curious mammals reach about 15 meters in length and weigh about 60 tons. The females of this baleen species are larger than the males, and produce one offspring at a time, every two to three years.

In terms of tourism the whale watching industry in Argentina totaled 62 million dollars in 2006, according to a study. Not to worry animal lovers, there have been a series of laws passed in order to protect these creatures from the overly excited tourists. “It’s important that it be done in a responsible way,” Roxana Schteinbarg comments of whale watching tourism, of the Buenos Aires-based Whale Conservation Institute (ICB, Institute de Conservación de Ballenas).

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Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru join Mexico

Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate motions this week to join Mexico in their legal filing against Arizona’s SB 1070 law.
On July 1, a federal judge accepted Mexico’s filing in support of a lawsuit challenging the immigration enforcement law but has not ruled yet on these latest additions. These Latin American nations stance is that the law will lead to racial profiling. It will also hinder trade, tourism and the joint efforts to fight the drug trade.
As the laws effective date of July 29th approaches, concern is escalating as to how “reasonable suspicion” will be interpreted by the police so that ones immigration status comes into question.

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AP-Univision Poll: Hispanics Hopeful Future

Despite the 47 million Hispanics facing acute economic and political pressures in the nation they are hopeful for what the future may bring. A recent poll of more than 1,500 Latinos conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago revealed some surprising statistics.

The recession erased millions of jobs; especially taking a heavy toll on Hispanics whose average income is lower than others.  Forty-five percent say they or a family member have lost a job since last September. “The situation is bad now, but I have faith that this is going to change,” says Yadilka Aramboles, a 32-year-old Miamian from the Dominican Republic.

Over half of Hispanics expect life will be easier for their children in terms of job prospects, buying a home, and the expectations to obtain an education. Despite their educational aspirations however, 37 percent of Hispanics are not high school graduates (compared to 14 percent of the overall population) and only 12 percent have college degrees. Hispanic parents however are beginning to place an emphasis on their children to attend college; ninety-four percent say they expect their children to obtain an education for their future

As for their place in society, Hispanics have as diverse a sentiment as the different Hispanic nationalities that exist. Over 54 percent say it’s important to assimilate into society while 66 percent think they should remain their distinct culture. Foreign Hispanics are likelier to expect their children to attend college and have a better lifestyle, and think it’s important for them to blend into society then their U.S. born counterparts. But even among Hispanics there is a distinct difference between the Immigrants, U.S. natives, citizens, non-citizens, and between those who mostly speak English or Spanish.

The Nielson Company and Stanford University sponsored poll highlighted the obstacles special to the Hispanic community; their high unemployment rates compared to other groups, fragmentation of nationalities and preferences, but their firm hope for the future of their children.

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What Does an illegal Immigrant Look Like?

What Does an illegal Immigrant Look Like?

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These people have agreed to have their photographs taken, some are illegal immigrants, and some are not. As the Arizona Law SB 1070 is set to take effect on July 29th, many fear the enforcement of the law will lead to racial profiling.  It is true that the majority of illegal immigrants in Arizona are Hispanic: it is also true that most Hispanics in Arizona are NOT illegal immigrants, many with generations of citizenship with them.
Carissa Hessick, a criminal law professor at Arizona State University believes Arizona’s law will lead to racial profiling. Hessick was one of four professors who co-authored a report on the new law. The report concludes that the law “authorizes racial profiling.” There is a contradiction in what the law says when it says to the law-enforcement officers that they “may not consider race, color or national origin”, but then notes the exception to the extent those factors are permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution. Federal and Arizona courts have ruled that ethnicity, when considered as one of many factors, can be used to enforce immigration laws, the report says.
“Unfortunately, the constitutional standard we have is not a very high threshold for police to have,” Hessick said. “And you are going to have an awful lot of false positives.”
As a result, Hessick predicts, police will “sweep up an awful lot of people here who are legal residents, who are American citizens, and that is going to be a burden that is going to be disproportionately felt by a particular group here in Phoenix, and that is unfair.”

Read more at The Arizona Republic →

Where Hispanic Population Grows So Does Number of Hispanic-Owned Businesses

The number of Hispanic owned businesses is on the rise across the United States especially where their population is growing and that is in the southern belt of the country.  The southern region of the U.S. is showing the fastest growth in Hispanic owned businesses especially in North Carolina and Arkansas paralleling strong Hispanic population growth.

Across the country the number of Hispanic owned businesses grew by average of 44% whereas the number of non-Hispanic businesses grew by 14%.  The southern regions growth far exceeded the national figures with recent Census figures for 2007 showing a 160% growth for Hispanic owned in Arkansas and a 135% increase in North Carolina.

The majority of Hispanic owned businesses are concentrated in construction and home repair and maintenance.  Regardless of these great strides made by Hispanic owned businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit behind them, average revenue for these business lag national averages.  The national average for U.S owned businesses is $500,000 versus $180,000 for a Hispanic owned. 

Read more at Seattle Times →

106-Year-Old Mexican Woman Becomes American Citizen

106-Year-Old Mexican Woman Becomes American Citizen

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In Chicago, Ignacia Moya took the oath of citizenship this week. What is unique is that Maya is 106 years old having immigrated here from Mexico in the 1960’s. With her ability to learn English well enough to pass the test being hampered by hearing and eyesight problems, Moya persevered. She enlisted the help of Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to help make her dream come true. Moya was issued a special waver for the test from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
“The paper work, the fees, the unresponsive bureaucracy, these all discourage immigrants from applying,” Gutierrez commented, “but their determination to become Americans wins out in the end.” No matter how old they are, people usually want to be recognized as a real member of the place they call home. You might be surprised to learn that Moya is not the oldest person to take the U.S. oath of citizenship: that record goes to a woman from Turkey who was 117 years old when she was finally granted citizenship.
Moya lived long enough to see her dream come true. The truth of the matter is that at the current rate, Mexicans who immigrate and become permanent residents or citizens must wait 131 years to be joined by a brother or sister and 112 years for a child over 21 and unmarried to gain a family visa.

Read more at Cahnge.org →

TuesdayJuly 20, 2010