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WednesdayJuly 28, 2010

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El Gobierno de México reconoce la decisión de suspender provisionalmente secciones de la Ley SB 10

El Consulado General de México en Chicago informa que el Gobierno de México, se pronunció hoy, a través de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), reconociendo la decisión de la Corte Federal de Distrito en Arizona de suspender provisionalmente secciones de la ley SB 1070. A continuación se transcribe íntegramente el comunicado de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores:

“La Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) expresa el pleno reconocimiento del Gobierno de México por la decisión de la Corte Federal de Distrito en Arizona de suspender provisionalmente la entrada en vigor de algunas disposiciones de la Ley SB1070. Es un primer paso en la dirección correcta.
La suspensión provisional impedirá a la policía del estado de Arizona, con base en esa Ley SB1070, investigar, a partir de una sospecha razonable, la condición migratoria de una persona cuando sea detenida; detener sin orden de arresto a un individuo bajo sospecha de ser indocumentado o requerir que porte documentación que lo identifique como inmigrante; y, a las autoridades estatales, criminalizar el trabajo indocumentado. Estas son las partes de la Ley que han quedado suspendidas con la decisión del día de hoy.
El Gobierno de México ha instrumentado y seguirá fortaleciendo acciones para prevenir violaciones a los derechos de los migrantes y para proporcionarles protección consular en los casos en los que desafortunadamente nuestros connacionales son objeto de violación de sus derechos.
En sus cinco consulados en Arizona, el Gobierno de México ha establecido y fortalecido diversos mecanismos de respuesta rápida para garantizar que se brinde asesoría legal efectiva en los casos específicos donde se presenten estas violaciones de los derechos de nuestros nacionales.
En este sentido, ha ampliado y seguirá fortaleciendo la Red de Abogados del Programa de Asistencia Jurídica a Través de Asesorías legales (PALE), así como la Red de Abogados Consultores. Al mismo tiempo, incrementará la presencia consular en los centros de detención en Arizona y la comunicación permanente con las autoridades federales para conocer de cualquier incidente que involucre a un connacional. 
Se ha instruido al Director General de Protección a Mexicanos en el Exterior a que se desplace a Phoenix para supervisar las medidas de protección consular previstas por la Cancillería que se pusieron en marcha desde que se aprobó la Ley SB1070. 
Con el apoyo de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil activas en la defensa de los derechos humanos, el Gobierno de México identificará y registrará posibles casos de violaciones de los derechos de los nacionales mexicanos. Informará a la comunidad migrante sobre los efectos de la Ley SB1070 a través de un mayor número de foros comunitarios y educativos. Seguirá fortaleciendo la atención personalizada las 24 horas del día mediante el centro de llamadas establecido en Arizona para brindar orientación a los afectados (1-877-63CONSUL). 
Intensificará la capacitación del personal consular sobre los alcances de la SB1070 y ampliará la distribución de materiales de protección preventiva, mediante folletos y tarjetas que promueven el conocimiento de los derechos básicos de nuestros connacionales. 
También se ha instruido a los cinco consulados de México en Arizona que sigan visitando a nuestras comunidades a través de los consulados móviles y a que, en adición a sus horarios habituales, sigan trabajando los sábados hasta nueva orden para garantizar la atención consular.
El Gobierno de México expresa su reconocimiento a la determinación mostrada por el Gobierno Federal de Estados Unidos y las acciones de las organizaciones civiles que entablaron demandas contra la Ley SB1070.
Asimismo, agradece a los gobiernos de Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay y Perú que se sumaron a la moción de “Amigo de la Corte” presentada por México.
En concordancia con su firme compromiso con la protección de los derechos de los mexicanos en el exterior, independientemente de su condición migratoria, el Gobierno de México continuará dando seguimiento puntual al proceso judicial que se derive de la decisión de la Corte de Distrito y en instancias superiores hasta que se produzca la declaración de inconstitucionalidad de la Ley SB1070.”

Read more at Consulado General De Mexico Chicago,IL

Adios, Toro! Toro! as Catalonia Bans Bullfighting

The Parliament of Catalonia voted Wednesday to ban bullfighting on the premise of animal cruelty, making it the first outlawing of the emblematic Spanish tradition. The 135-seat Parliamentary decision came after months of debate between animal rights activists and supporters of bullfighting. The Catalan regional government was propelled to vote on the matter after 180,000 citizens signed a petition circulated by the anti-bullfighting group. Interest in bullfighting has been on a decline in the region and only one of Barcelona’s three bullrings still stages corridas but barely filling seats.

As expected many are furious with Catalonian decision and some view it as a political and national identity infringement on Spanish culture; and an expression of independence from Spain. The centre-right Popular Party, which is adamant about a centralized-run Spain from Madrid, and avid supporter of bullfighting, is considering filling suit to overturn the ban. For their part, the bullfighting industry will face losses of 400m euros and said they could sue the local government for interceding in their means to earn a living. So for now, adios al toro toro it is.

Read more at Telegraph →

Florida Intends to Introduce Arizona-style Bill

Lawmakers of the Sunshine State unsuccessfully attempted to introduce an Arizona-style bill during last week’s special legislative session. Lawmakers plan to bring up the issue again in September. The majority of the public for its part supports the introduction of the bill. A recent poll revealed almost two out of three Florida voters favor the bill with less than a third agreeing with the government’s challenge of Arizona’s legislation.

Florida is ranked third in the States as the largest residence of unauthorized immigrants, with a little over 1 million, and the main reason behind the Arizona-style bill support. Taxpayers are currently footing the bill to educate undocumented immigrant children, provide healthcare, and maintain incarcerated undocumented criminals. There is an estimated burden of $678 for each Florida household headed by an American citizen. The high unemployment rate in the state coupled with the costs associated with undocumented immigrants has residents worried.

For their part Agricultural businesses are worried because the vast majority of workers they employ are undocumented. They also think it’s a fallacy that undocumented workers are taking American jobs. They try to recruit American workers but most leave in a week due to the harsh working conditions. Most agricultural businesses favor a pathway to citizenship for these workers or at least the implementation of the federal guest worker program.

Read more at AOL News →

“Wild Bill” Alleged Panamian Serial Killer Captured

American citizen and Panama’s Most Wanted Man, William Adolfo Cortez, has been captured in Nicaragua along with his wife, Jean Seana. Cortez is suspected of killing three people whose bodies were found on his Panama farm located in Bocas del Toro.  Last week the body of American Cher Hughes was discovered on Cortez’ property making him the prime suspect, shortly thereafter he fled Panama, the other bodies were found later.

Authorities believe “Wild Bill” as he is known may have killed 20 other individuals across Central America.  Authorities allege Cortez would start a real estate transaction and while negotiating the transaction the owner would disappear and he take title to the properties. 

Cortez a resident of Panama has been eluding police throughout Central America, traversing from Panama to Costa Rice to Nicaragua.   

Read more at Costa Rica News →

Latin America Receive $2.0Million for Small Business Enterprises

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) announced the approval of $2 million in donations to finance seven pilot projects in information and communication technology. These projects will in turn benefit small and medium sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. These projects will benefit more than 8,000 micro, small and medium enterprises. The projects will also offer models based on information and communication technology that promote information management collaboration in order to become more profitable and help access new international and national markets.

The projects chosen range in scope from: information systems for agricultural industry in El Salvador to information systems training in Bolivia to technology for international commerce in Argentina. 

MIF, an autonomous fund in the IDB, promotes economic growth that is equitable across the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on micro, small and medium sized enterprises. 

Read more at IADB →

BREAKING NEWS:  Judge Susan Bolton Rules on SB1070 BLOCKING Key Portions

Judge Susan Bolton, has stricken down and put on hold the most controversial elements of Arizona SB1070 in her ruling just released on the lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice and heard last week.  Most importantly, law enforcement WILL NOT BE ABLE to question anyone suspected of being in this country illegally as a result of the Judge’s injunction.  The Judge put on hold certain sections hence the “temporary injunction” until the issues are resolved by higher courts when the expected appeals are filed.  Judge Bolton did not rule on the seven lawsuits brought against Arizona by civic organizations, that were also heard last week.

The other controversial elements of SB 1070 delineated as violating personal liberty and imposing on the U.S. government ability to create immigration law were also struck down.  The ability to charge someone with a crime for not carrying appropriate documentation was struck down; the ability to charge someone with a crime for soliciting for employment was struck down and the ability to pursue warrantless arrests was also struck down.  All of this leaves SB1070 without a lot of bit,  nonetheless, SB1070 and the parts that were not stricken down will still go into effect tomorrow. 

Judge Bolton recognized the likelihood that “officers [would] wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law)” echoing want many Hispanic-Americans feel.

 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Restoration of Borderland Vegetation to Begin

Without a doubt the 646 miles of fence built along the U.S.-Mexico border has affected the wildlife and environment of the region. As a result the officials of the Interior Department and the Department of Homeland Security expect to sign an agreement by the end of August to send 6.8 million in federal money to the Southwest for borderlands restoration work.

This past weekend about 100 volunteers at Coronado National Memorial planted 1,300 baby agaves near the Mexican border in Arizona to replace the 4,000 that were torn out to build the border fence. The tequila producing plants bloom once every 15 to 20 years and are the main food source for the large populations of lesser long-nosed bats living in the area. The $275,000 project will take place over the next three years with the objective to plant about 4,5000 agaves at Coronado. These baby plants, 3-inch by 3-inch-wide, will replace the destroyed agaves of up to 20 years old and up to 3 feet long by 3 feet wide.

Read more at Arizona Daily Star →

Fidel Castro the World’s Next Best Selling Author?

Fidel Castro, appears to have had a motive in his various public appearances these last several weeks:  hawking his soon to be published memoirs.  The former revolutionary leader and President of Cuba will be releasing several autobiographical volumes of his life starting in August.

Castro was motivated to write his life’s story after his retirement from the Cuban Presidency in 2006 with illness making him more reflective.  The first volume, titled “The Strategic Victory” will cover the early years of his life from childhood to his guerilla days in the jungle.  Clearly Castro has a lot to say, this volume has 25 chapters with more volumes to follow. 

Read more at Malaysia News →

ACLU Seeks FBI Records Collected on Racial and Ethnic Data

The American Civil Liberties Union today is asking the FBI field offices in 29 states and Washington, D.C. to turn over records related to the agency’s collection and use of race and ethnicity data in local communities. According to an FBI operations guide, FBI agents have the authority to collect information about and create maps of so-called “ethnic-oriented” businesses, behaviors, lifestyle characteristics and cultural traditions in communities with concentrated ethnic populations. While some racial and ethnic data collection by some agencies might be helpful in lessening discrimination, the FBI’s attempt to collect and map demographic data using race-based criteria for targeting purposes invites unconstitutional racial profiling by law enforcement, says the ACLU.

“The FBI’s mapping of local communities and businesses based on race and ethnicity, as well as its ability to target communities for investigation based on supposed racial and ethnic behaviors, raises serious civil liberties concerns,” said Michael German, ACLU policy counsel and former FBI agent. “Creating a profile of a neighborhood for criminal law enforcement or domestic intelligence purposes based on the ethnic makeup of the people who live there or the types of businesses they run is unfair, un-American and will certainly not help stop crime.”

The FBI’s power to collect, use and map racial and ethnic data in order to assist the FBI’s “domain awareness” and “intelligence analysis” activities is described in the 2008 FBI Domestic Intelligence and Operations Guide (DIOG). The FBI released the DIOG in heavily redacted form in September 2009, but a less-censored version was not made public until January of this year, in response to a lawsuit filed by the group Muslim Advocates. Although the DIOG has been in effect for more than a year and a half, very little information is available to the public about how the FBI has implemented this authority.

Read more at ACLU →

Descubren en Durango Ocho Decapitados y en Puebla Ejecutan a Tres Policías Federales

Ayer fueron halladas ocho cabezas humanas en cuatro lugares diferentes de la capital de Durango, sin que se localizaran los cuerpos. En Puebla fueron ultimados tres efectivos de la Policía Federal (PF), con lo cual ascendió a 26, en ocho entidades, la cifra de asesinatos que tendrían relación con la delincuencia organizada.

Dos cabezas fueron encontradas en la salida de la ciudad de Durango hacia Zacatecas, otras dos en la vía a Mazatlán, Sinaloa; dos más en la ruta a Parral, Chihuahua, y las últimas en la salida a Torreón, Coahuila. Éstas, de varones que tenían entre 25 y 35 años de edad, fueron halladas por la mañana, en un lapso de unos 40 minutos, a un costado de la carretera.

Un conductor avisó a la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) de las primeras dos poco antes de las siete de la mañana. Mientras elementos de la dependencia llegaban al lugar, se reportó que había otras dos en la salida a Mazatlán.

Apenas llegaban los peritos de la procuraduría al segundo punto, cuando hubo un tercer mensaje sobre las otras dos cabezas en la salida a Parral. El cuarto llevó a descubrir que había dos cabezas sobre una mesa, junto a la carretera que comunica a la capital de Durango con Torreón.

Había narcomensajes.

Read more at La Jornada →

Decapitated Heads Found in Mexico

The violent crime in Mexico claims the lives of eight. The decapitated heads were found left in pairs along highways in the northern Mexican state of Durango announced authorities on Tuesday.  The bodies of the victim have not yet been located they appear to have been between 25-30 years old reported officials.

Prosecutors also announced that officials at a Durango prison allowed drug cartel gunmen to leave the penitentiary over the weekend with guns and vehicles to carry out executions. Due to its location in the northern part of the country Durango has been the scene of brutal territorial battles between drug gangs resulting in the violent crime of the area.

Read more at MSNBC →

2010 Podría ser el Año Con Más Muertes de Migrantes

2010 se perfila a convertirse en el año con más muertes de migrantes desde que se incrementó la vigilancia fronteriza, alertaron activistas al conocer los reportes forenses de Arizona, donde sólo en lo que va de julio se han localizado 40 cadáveres.

El procurador de los Derechos Humanos de Baja California, Heriberto García García, dijo que ante la creciente estadística mortal y las dificultades para cruzar la frontera, los gobiernos de estados expulsores de migrantes deberían aplicar medidas para retenerlos, porque de lo contrario muchos irán directo a la muerte.

Las crecidas de los ríos fronterizos, las altas temperaturas que han provocado 40 decesos en menos de un mes, la llegada de la Guardia Fronteriza y la exacerbación de los ánimos xenofóbicos motivados por la ley SB 1070, son factores que dificultan el paso de indocumentados al vecino país.

Advirtió que las complicaciones provocarán cambios en las rutas migratorias y que Baja California podría convertirse de nueva cuenta en una opción de cruce indocumentado, por lo que instó a la administración federal a que otorgue apoyos económicos adicionales para enfrentar la situación.

Read more at El Universal México →

The NYPD Combats Latino Bias Attacks in Staten Island

The NYPD is launching an aggressive effort to combat the spike in bias attacks against Latinos on Staten Island, especially after this past weekend that saw even more attacks. Ten Hispanic men have been targeted for robbery and assault since April. Eight people have been arrested, and three cases have been closed.
This is an increase of over 50% of attacks compared to the same period last year.

Tuesday night the NYPD department increased its police force in Port Richmond in terms of foot patrols, in sky towers and command posts and in squad cars. “We’re not going to tolerate it,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly asserted during a news conference. “We’re taking proactive measures to see to it that if it does happen we’re going to make arrests very quickly.”

Despite the increased police force in Staten Island, Paul Brown, NYPD’s top spokesman urges immigrants to come forward. “Our biggest message to them is, we have no interest in their immigration status.”

These NYPD led initiatives are sending a much-needed message to the Hispanic community that attacks against the community will not be tolerated regardless of their immigration status. The increasing attacks in the area are a result of the growing tensions between blacks who have long lived in the neighborhood and the newly arrived Hispanic immigrants.

Read more at Ny Daily News →

NJ Teens Murder Immigrant, Video his Beating, Then Nurse Steals Unconscious Man’s Money

As Abelino Mazaniego sat on a bench in a New York suburb, after working his restaurant shift he was attacked and beat unconscious. A few days later the 47 year old father of four died of his injuries.

Three teenagers have been arrested and charged with murder while a fourth accused of videotaping the entire assault has yet to be charged. Authorities say the videotape was shared with teenagers in Summit NJ as Abelino fought for his life.

Abelino Mazaniego was a Salvadoran immigrant described by his employer as a “a hardworking, punctual, friendly employee “ and by others as a “genial, really nice gentlemen

Why was this man simply resting on a bench in an upscale suburb murdered? The answer is unclear, as the teenagers did not attempt to take the $640 in cash Abelino had in his wallet.

The injustice was not complete as Police found the victim and took him to the hospital where officials say a nurse stole the money out of the unconscious victims wallet.

Stephan Randolph (39) has been charged with third degree theft.

Read more at AP →

USHCC Hails Corporate Initiatives Aimed at Bolstering Hispanic-Owned Businesses

In light of the new census data which reports a huge growth in Hispanic-owned businesses, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), which represents more than 200 local chambers and serves as the national advocate for nearly three million Hispanic-owned businesses across the country, is pleased to announce the overwhelming support that some of Americas leading corporations are providing for our entrepreneurs nationwide.

For example, Visa Inc., a global payments technology company, and the USHCC have formed a new strategic alliance to provide Hispanic-owned merchants with an array of tools to help them improve cash flow, manage payment acceptance costs, streamline operations and grow their businesses. Additionally, USHCC members will receive customized access to Visas suite of small business solutions and educational resources.

The USHCC and Visa are working together to develop acceptance solutions for USHCC merchants, especially smaller businesses with sales up to $1 million, to help ensure that they have access to best-available interchange rates and other acceptance solutions from Visa.

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC, said: “The entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance and work ethic of our community is indisputable and evidenced by the latest census numbers. However, we are also grateful for the support, generosity and creativity of our corporate partners, who are assisting our small businesses so they will be able to transition from merely surviving to thriving during these tough economic times.”

Read more at USHCC →



WednesdayJuly 28, 2010