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MondayJuly 26, 2010

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Record Number of Undocumented Immigrant Deportations

Immigration officials are predicting that they will deport 400,000 undocumented individuals this year, a 25% increase from 2007.  The majority of those deported have a criminal conviction ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies. 

Work site raids make up a small portion of these deportations,  however, there is an increase, under the Obama administration, in the number of businesses whose employee documentation was audited.  The audits have resulted in $6.4million fines levied.

An increasing number of undocumented immigrant deportations are coming from the “Secure Communities” program of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).  The program uses fingerprints of people in detention for crimes, to identify those here illegally.  Many critics and anti-immigration proponents feel the deportations do not focus on the millions of undocumented individuals that are living here without committing a crime.  Many feel the White House has a hands off policy for female care-givers, families and elderly undocumented individuals. 

Read more at Washington Post →

Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Dental Care For Publicly Insured Children

Poor oral health has important implications for the healthy development of children. Children in Medicaid, especially Latinos and African Americans, experience high rates of tooth decay, yet they visit dentists less often than privately insured children. Even Latino and African American children with private insurance are less likely than white children to visit dentists and have longer intervals between dental visits. Furthermore, Latino and African American children in Medicaid are more likely than white children in Medicaid to have longer intervals between visits. These findings raise concerns about Medicaid’s ability to address disparities in dental care access and, more broadly, in health care.

Read more at HealthAffairs →

MEXICO and PANAMA: AARP Travel Magazine Selects Them As Top Places to Retire Abroad

Experts in celebrating the next chapter in life, AARP The Magazine traveled the globe to discover the ultimate retirement destinations abroad.  Factoring climate, expat community, cost of living, housing, health care, access to the U.S. and culture and leisure, AARP The Magazine reveals the top five locales in its September/October issue

1.  MEXICO—Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the undisputed number one destination for American retirees.  With its rich Indian and Spanish culture, lavish beaches and affordable real-estate, Puerto Vallarta offers the low-cost, laid back lifestyle retirees seek to find in a community. 
Some Reasons we love it:
• Climate: Winters—sunny, pleasantly warm; summers—rainy, humid hot
• Expat Community: Estimated at 50,000 American retirees
• Access to the U.S.: Excellent

2.  FRANCE—Languedoc-Roussillon
Once remote, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is now just three hours from the bright lights and bustling energy of Paris via high-speed train.  The area is steeped in history and art.  Languedoc-Roussillon is also a destination for the outdoor crowd with picturesque hills and beach along its Mediterranean seashore.
Some Reasons we love it:
• Climate: Mediterranean—hot and dry summers; cool winters
• Cost of Living: Not cheap, but a comfortably frugal life can be had for $30,000 a year
• Heath Care:  Excellent.  French health care has been named the best in the world by the World Health Organization

3.  PANAMA—Boquete
Panama is a smart choice for retirees who want it all.  Not only does it feature attractive retiree destinations, Panama also offers an unbeatable package of retiree benefits and discounts. Boquete has a unique range of back-home amenities, from a golf course to high-end gated communities.
Some Reasons we love it:
• Expat Community: An estimated several thousand
• Housing Costs: A small house goes for $175,000; in a gated community, $250,000 and up.  Rentals: about $600 a month for a two bedroom house
• Culture and Leisure: Rainforest hiking, river rafting, bird watching and coffee plantation tours keep Panama a bustling location for leisure

Read more by HS News Staff →

Rains Displace Thousands in the Dominican Republican

The cluster of storms turned Tropical Storm Bonnie has forced 27,295 residents in the Dominican Republic to abandon their homes due to flooding rivers and a stressed containment wall. The rains have damaged 5,454 homes and destroyed five others.

COE emergency-management officials have issued a green alert in the region, which means that there is a threat of damage to people, personal belongings, and infrastructure. Authorities recommend that people avoid high level water sources, the ocean, take special precautions in areas prone to mudslides, and stay tuned to weather bulletins.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

Fidel and Hugo No-Shows at Cuba’s Revolutionary Day Rally

Fidel sightings have been abundant of late, but he was NOT at today’s rally in celebration of Cuba’s Revolution Day. Raul Castro was present but never spoke to the crowd estimated in the tens of thousands. Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez had been scheduled to attend the rally as a special guest but he cancelled at the last minute.
Many Cubans were disappointed that neither brother spoke to the crowd. After leading the country for more than half a century many were hoping to hear their thoughts and the agenda of the upcoming parliamentary session. Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura spoke of Americas “Imperialist intentions” as well as US youth’s drug problems, the war in Iraq and the 48-year-old trade embargo.

Read more at The Washington Post →

México, Sin Plan para Ley Arizona, Acusan

GLa entrada en vigor de la Ley SB1070 puede traducirse en un desastre humanitario. En Arizona imperaría el racismo y violaciones a derechos humanos, en un estado que no tiene la capacidad de confinar a cientos de detenidos para su deportación; las familias serían separadas y el extranjero que sea forzado a regresar a su país de origen perdería todos sus bienes, advierten organizaciones civiles de Estados Unidos, líderes migrantes y grupos defensores.

Coinciden con expertos en que el gobierno de México no está preparado para enfrentar esta situación, y ni siquiera, se conoce un plan de contingencia diseñado en caso de que se aplique la norma el 29 de julio próximo. Al respecto, se consultó a la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), y sus autoridades fijaron la postura: “No anticipar escenarios sobre lo que podría o no suceder”.

Otros especialistas aseguran que el problema inmediato sería que al menos 14 estados de la Unión Americana apliquen normas antiinmigrantes similares, pero no anticipan un panorama de catástrofe y creen que el gobierno mexicano tiene la capacidad para hacer frente al problema, incluyendo ofrecer trabajo a deportados.

El 23 de abril pasado, la gobernadora de Arizona, Janice K. Brewer, firmó la norma que criminaliza la migración indocumentada, lo que derivó en que organizaciones civiles de Estados Unidos presentaran una demanda ante la Corte Federal y una decena de países de América Latina se sumaran con México, bajo la figura de “Amigo de la Corte”, para presentar argumentos contra su aplicación ante la juez.

También el gobierno de Barack Obama la impugnó el 6 de julio, por ser anticonstitucional, ya que el tema migratorio es facultad exclusiva del gobierno federal. Aunque el riesgo de aplicarse es latente.

Read more at El Universal →

English-Only in Lino Lakes Minnesota, WHY?

The small town has proposed an ordinance to convert their town to English-only as a “cost-savings” measure. The proposed ordinance would require all city actions and communications to be done in English, and bar the city from using public dollars to translate. The irony is that the city has never spent money on translation services and currently has no money allocated in the budget for it. To add insult to injury the majority of the town’s residents are white and only a small fraction, 1 percent to be exact, are Hispanic.

The cost-savings measure will not be saving residents a penny since they have never offered such services to the 1.8 percent of the town’s population who reportedly spoke English “less than very well,” making such services unnecessary in the first place.

Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota explains, “If indeed there was a request to translate their website to this, that or the other language, they’d have something to actually debate, but this is really a PR thing,” or perhaps an anti-immigrant message, some would argue.

Read more at Star Tribune →

Hispanic American’s with Disabilities Celebrate ADA’s 20-Year Anniversary

Today, President Obama and the nation celebrate the signing of the groundbreaking legislation, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), twenty years ago.  ADA was signed by then President George H.W. Bush and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and mandates accessibility to public and commercial facilities.  As a result of the legislation American’s have become familiar with curb cuts, ramps in public buildings, disabled-only bathrooms and modified public transportation vehicles.

According to census figures almost 8% of Hispanics are classified as disabled.  Many believe this figure to be higher with undocumented disabled individuals not seeking public services and therefore not counted.  The community faces an increasing rate of disability due to the high-risk occupations they are employed in.  Experts are seeing a disproportionate risk for Hispanics becoming disabled in their jobs, from loss of limbs operating equipment in slaughterhouses to blindness from chemicals used in agricultural settings. 

Studies have found Hispanics rely more on family support than public agency support when they are disabled.  They tend to be less informed of their ADA rights or the free services available to them.  Cultural beliefs and practices are to blame for many disabled Hispanics remaining underground. For example, studies show Mexican beliefs regarding the causes of disability have long included notions of divine or supernatural imposition, and in general, Mexican attitudes and beliefs have been described as fatalistic – “Its God’s Will”. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

MEXICO MORNING HEADLINE NEWS:

CRIME:  At least 40 Mexican police officers were injured while trying to regain control of prison facilities in Cintalapa, located in the state of Chiapas.  Prison inmates were rioting as of Thursday in retaliation to an inmate being transferred out of the facility.  Once the prisoners took over visiting family members were trapped inside. Over 2,100 federal and local law enforcement responded and regained control after 72 hours. 

BUSINESS:  Mexican currency exchanges located on the border are organizing a campaign to protest increased scrutiny and fees by the government.  In an effort to stem the tide of money laundering from drug trafficking the government enacted strict limits on the amount and type of money exchanges that can occur.  The protest campaign will consist of billboards and meetings with government officials.

NATURAL DISASTER:  As rains continued to plague Mexico and as dams reached critical levels, Mexico announced the death of three individuals related to those rains.  The three youths were herding sheep in Chiapas when a nearby lagoon overflowed.  Last week a woman and her two children perished in a mudslide.

HEALTH:  The country is reporting an increase in the number of hemorrhagic dengue, the more deadly form of dengue, as a result of flooding from massive rains.  The floods have created a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes throughout the country with cases of dengue being reported in Vera Cruz and Tamaulipas.  1,900 cases have been reported thus far compared to 1,430 reported in all of 2009.

TRAVEL BAN: The University of Colorado has suspended its international study program to Mexico over concerns with the rising drug cartel violence.  The study abroad program is held in Jalisco, Monterrey, Oaxaca and Guanajuato; no indication when studies in Mexico will resume.

Read more by HS News Staff →

GUATEMALA MORNING HEADLINE NEWS:

FOREIGN AID:  The Canadian Government announced $1.5M in aid to Guatemala to shore up its justice and legal systems.  This is the second foreign aid of this type from Canada that is committed to reducing violence in the country and to “ensure [a] climate of security and justice”.  The foreign aid funds will be directed to police reform and border management.  The Canadian government has given $6.5M thus far in aid to shore up the country’s legal system.

MALNUTRITION: World Food Program recently urged several Central American countries to make child nutrition a greater focus.  In Guatemala the issue is of special concern, having the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America.  50% of Guatemalan children under 5 are malnourished.

CULTURE:  The celebration of Guatemalan musicians, “Dia del Musico Guatemalteco”, concluded with mass and a concert featuring the country’s symphonies, philharmonic’s and choral groups.  There was a narration by Maestro Rafael Alvarez of the ‘History of Music in Guatemala’.  The celebration is one of the oldest and longest running in the country, tracing its origins back to 1813.

BUSINESS:  Due to the increasing violence in the country, Guatemalan insurance companies are seeing unprecedented growth.  In the past year 10.9% more life insurance policies were written and 59% more general home insurance policies purchased.  More employers are offering their employees life insurance as a basic benefit and other are seeking the policies on their own. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Travelers Killed in Southwest Colombia

Five travelers were murdered near the hamlet of Timba while traveling through the rural area near the southwestern Colombian town of Suarez, police reported on Sunday.

The excursion was headed to Alto Naya, a mountainous area on the border between Cauca and Valle de Cauca provinces.

The National Police of Popayan, the capital of Cauca province announced the travelers were shot to death by unidentified individuals who opened fire on the vehicle. Authorities believe the crime surge is due to drug traffickers vying for control of territory and smuggling routes.

Read more at Latin American Herald Tribune →

Mexican Prison Guards Release Inmates to Commit Crimes then Return to their Cells

Even in a country where violence and corruption are commonplace, this is a shocking story. Guards and personnel at a prison in Northern Mexico are under house arrest for allowing inmates to temporarily leave the prison, loaning them guns and vehicles. Drug related revenge attacks were then carried out, leaving 17 people dead and the inmates returned to the prison.

On July 18, cartel inmates left the prison, attacked a party in the city of Torreon where they fired indiscriminately into a crowd of young people, killed 17 and returned to prison.

This prison-based hit squad is suspected in carrying out other attacks on February 1 and May 15. Crime statistics show that less than 2% of all crimes in Mexico result in prison time, one must wonder what is the solution when incarceration does not stop the killing sprees.

Read more at Charleston Daily Mail →

Southern Baptist Churches Reach out to the Hispanic Community

Cristo Vive translates to Christ Lives, the new church that just opened in Clearwater, North Carolina, with a second opening planned in Harlem this upcoming August. This marks a successful effort by the Georgia-based Augusta Association of Baptist Churches who in less than a year has recruited six churches to partner with Cristo Vive and invest in its mission to reach unchurched Hispanics in southern states.

Its main mission is to reach Spanish-speaking immigrants from various nations to spread the gospel regardless of their immigration status. As a result, Mexican born Reverend Max Guzman conducts services in Spanish.

Reaching out to this population can be a delicate matter however, Terry Jackson, the minister of missions at West Acres understands the concerns and wants to help. “There are a lot of people without credentials,” he said. “They’re timid. They’re not sure they want to be in groups that’ll draw attention. They need to feel safe, and as the population grows we’ve got to find better ways to do that. Legal or illegal is immaterial to us. They all need the gospel.”

Hispanic population has surged dramatically in South Carolina and Georgia according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center and the U.S. Census. They are the fastest-growing population group in the country with even higher growth-rates in southern states. This creates an immediate need for churches to fill and cater to the unique needs of this population.

Read more at Augusta Chronicle →

Aumentan Deportaciones de Inmigrantes en EU

El gobierno del presidente Barack Obama deporta inmigrantes indocumentados en cantidades sin precedentes y ha intensificado la inspección de cientos de empresas que contratan esa mano de obra ilegal, afirmó hoy el diario The Washington Post.

“La agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas calcula que en este período fiscal deportará unas 400 mil personas, casi un 10% más que las deportadas en 2008 por el gobierno del presidente George W. Bush, y un 25% más que las deportadas en 2007”, indicó el diario.

“El ritmo de inspecciones de empresas ha aumentado casi cuatro veces desde el último año del gobierno de Bush”, agregó.

El diario, que citó cifras de la agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas, conocida como ICE por su sigla en inglés, indicó que en el período fiscal 2008, el gobierno de Estados Unidos deportó 369 mil 221 personas, de las que 114 mil 415 habían cometido algún delito.

En el período fiscal 2009, sumaron 387 mil 790 las personas deportadas, de las cuales 136 mil 126 eran delincuentes.

Desde que comenzó el período fiscal 2010 el 1 de octubre pasado, y hasta el 7 de junio, habían sido deportadas 227 mil 163 personas de las cuales 113 mil 453 habían cometido crímenes.

Read more at El Universal →

Once Number One on Most Wanted to be Released Today and Home to Chicago

Carlos Alberto Torres is scheduled to be released from a federal prison in downstate Illinois this morning. There will be a celebration today as many on the Chicago’s Northwest side are planning a hero’s welcome.

Carlos has spent 30 years in prison for a 1980 arrest on seditious conspiracy. Torres was involved with a Puerto Rican movement that opposed U.S. control of the island. The group known as the FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation) inception 1974, claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks primarily in New York and Chicago. The assaults killed five people and injured more than 70. The Cook County Building, Merchandise Mart and a shopping mall in Schaumburg where all scenes of their attacks.

President Clinton granted clemency in 1999 for several other imprisoned FALN members. The offer however excluded Torres, as he was considered the leader of the group. When Torres is released today, only one member of the FALN will remain imprisoned, Oscar Lopez who refused Presidents Clinton’s offer of clemency.

Read more at WBEZ →

Amazon Indians Seize Brazilian Power Plant Demanding Justice

Hundreds of Amazon Indians took over a hydro electric power plant under construction on Sunday that is being developed on their land when talks failed between the Indians and government officials on proper compensatio.  The Indians took some 100 employees hostage, using hand made bow and arrows, of the Aguas de Pedro power company in Aripuana, Brazil in an effort to obtain the attention of government environmental officials in their demand for $5.6Million compensation.  No one has been reported injured.

300 Indians from different tribes participated in the seizure with the stated goal of securing proper compensation for loss of hunting and burial ground and the ensuing environmental impact the dam will have when it goes live in January, 2011.  There have been numerous protests and legal battles over President Luiz Lula da Silva plans to build a dozen power plants in the region.  The largest one, Belo Monte, is expected to flood 400 square kilometers of Amazon with water. 

Read more at Singapore's Strait Times →



MondayJuly 26, 2010