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MondayAugust 2, 2010

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3-time Deported Mexican National Sentenced to 11 years in Prison

A Mexican national who had been deported three times by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was sentenced to 11 years in prison.  Manuel Borja-Vega, 35, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas on July 23 to 132 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.

ICE and the local Sheriffs Office conducting research on Borja-Vega uncovered eight separate aliases tied to the same person. He used the following aliases to commit crimes to avoid detection by law enforcement: Carlos Ortega, Miguel Gomez-Boria, Bertin Aveja-Granados, Samuel Vega, Andres M. Orrostieta, Mauel Borja-Vega, Nau Berduzco-Pena and Navor Reynosa-Vega.

Borja-Vega was arrested on Aug. 19, 2009, for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. An examination of records conducted by officers revealed an extensive criminal history on Borja-Vega starting in 1994. His past convictions include: four separate convictions for driving while intoxicated; unlawfully carrying a weapon; terroristic threats; evading arrest and detention; assault causing bodily injury; transporting illegal aliens; and four separate convictions for unlawfully entering the U.S. after being deported.

Anyone who re-enters the United States after being formally deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Read more at ICE: Houston, Texas →

Families USA Minority Initiatives Explains Benefits to Hispanics on New Healthcare Reform Law

The new health reform law will significantly expand access to affordable health coverage, which is especially important to Latinos.  In 2008, nearly 31% of Latinos were uninsured compared to national average for all racial and ethnic groups of 15% and 11% for non-Hispanic whites. 

Health reform will expand coverage by doing several things:  expanding Medicaid and creating new marketplaces.  Under the new law, Medicaid coverage will be expanded to cover children and adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level – roughly $14,403 for an individual and $24,352 for a family of three in 2010. 

Approximately 6.8 million Hispanics (not including undocumented individuals) will be newly eligible for Medicaid.  This Medicaid expansion, which will go into effect in 2014, will provide coverage to many Latinos who would otherwise go without quality, affordable health coverage.  Health reform will also increase funding to Puerto Rico for providing medical assistance for newly eligible adults.

The new law will also expand coverage through the creation of state health exchanges for individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid or who cannot get affordable coverage from their employer.  To ensure that health insurance is affordable, the law will offer subsidies in the form of tax credits.  Under the reform it is estimated that close to 6.1 million Hispanics will be eligible for these premium subsidies.

These historic coverage expansion should have a significant impact on Latinos with low or moderate incomes. 

Read more at Families USA's Minority Health Initiatives →

Nicaragua to Expand Geothermal Energy Power in the Country

Nicaragua is expanding its geothermal energy power capacity by investing in its San Jacinto-Tizate power project with $177million in debt finance from numerous lenders.  The project is being developed by Polaris Energy of Nicaragua and once completed will increase the country’s overall power generation by 7% through renewable sources, thus providing a stable and low-cost supply of electricity.

The Nicaraguan facility is considered one of the highest quality geothermal resources under development worldwide.  The San Jacinto-Tizate power plant is the second geothermal power plant in existence in the country.  The project supports Nicaragua’s efforts to change its energy matrix, bringing the total contribution from the country’s abundant geothermal resources to 15% of its total capacity, as well as to reach its target of 86% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2014. 

Read more at IADB News →

Illinois has One and ½ Times More Undocumented Immigrants than Arizona

Arizona is estimated to have 283,000 illegal immigrants while Illinois totals 432,000. Illinois undocumented immigrants tend to come from Europe and Asia while native Mexicans make up 90% of Arizona’s undocumented immigrants. The impact of the cultural variance of the immigrants is very clearly played out in politics. In Illinois,  Republican Senate nominee ( Kirk) as well as the Republican gubernatorial candidate (Brady)rarely mentions immigration.  Their Democratic challengers on the other hand have expressed outrage at the Arizona SB 1070 bill.

Read more at Fox News- Chicago →

UPDATE: The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez Mexico will Reopen Tomorrow

UPDATE: The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez Mexico will reopen tomorrow.
The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez processed over 94,000 immigrant visas and over 144,000 non-immigrant visas in FY2009. Given the temporary closing of the Consulate, all visa applicants will be rescheduled for their interviews at a later date.

  The U.S. has temporarily closed its consulate offices in the border city of Ciudad Juarez until further notice for a undefined “security review”.  The consulate had already authorized relatives of consulate employees to leave for Mexico as a safety precaution due to escalating violence from drug cartels some aimed at consulate employees. 

Read more at US Dept of State →

Why Criminals are TONTO - DUMB!

The Department of Homeland Security proudly announced today the successful prosecution and conviction of Emmanuel Rios for smuggling heroin into the U.S.  The expectation would be that an exhaustive investigation took place and that Mr. Rios was highly skilled in concealing illegal drugs from authorities – NOT SO.

Earlier this year, the 23-year old was flying back to the U.S. from Guatemala, a country known for drug distribution routes, with 24 fruit juice boxes.  Clearly Mr. Rios was thirsty but forgot that you aren’t allowed to bring in any foods from a foreign country – Dumb Move #1.  He had put the “illegal” fruit juice in crates inside his suitcase – Dumb Move #2 – instantly bringing him to the attention of airport personnel at the Dulles Airport because the crates made his luggage heavy and misshapen.

Dumb Move #3 – no liquid in ANY of the juice boxes was found.  Smart criminal operators know to create a diversion away from their scene of crime but not Mr. Rios.  Inside the juice boxes were condoms with a light brown powder soon to be identified as heroin. TONTO.  In the only quick-thinking moment of Mr. Rios’ police encounter, he quickly identified the powder as fruit juice powder that when mixed with water could soothe your thirst.  Why powdered fruit juice would benefit from being carried in condoms remains unknown. 

The airport officers and customs officials confiscated 41 condom wrapped packages containing heroin valued at $500,000 and Mr. Rios was sent to prison for six years followed by four years of parole.  TONTO! TONTO!   


Read more by HS News Staff →

Coast Guard Returns Cuban Migrants Found off Florida’s Coast

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island interdicted a rustic vessel with 11 Cuban migrants aboard approximately 53 miles south of Marquesas, Florida, last week.  Aboard the rustic vessel were nine male and two female migrants.  Over the weekend these individuals were returned and repatriated to Cuba. 

A good Samaritan notified the Coast Guard stating he was on scene with a Cuban migrant in the water near Duck Key, FL.  A second person was located in the water off Long Key, FL.  A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Marathon, FL., was launched and recovered both persons. The second person stated he left Cuba 11 days prior with two other people in a 19-foot foam-type vessel.  He later changed his story and said he left Cuba with six others.

A third Cuban migrant was located on Conch Key, FL., and taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection officials. He told officials he was with a group of six others who left Cuba.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish, Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet crews from Air Station Miami, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews and HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, FL., along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat crews conducted searches in the waters near where the migrants were found.  Border Patrol vehicular units also conducted multiple searches on land.  After an exhaustive, multi-day search covering more than 1,000 square miles, the active search was called off.

Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Audiencias Internacionales Cambian la Trama de Hollywood

Lauren A. E. Schuker Cuando el director Adam McKay trató de conseguir luz verde para filmar la secuela de su éxito de taquilla de 2004 Anchorman, pensó que sería pan comido.

La comedia que costó US$ 20 millones, protagonizada por los humoristas Will Ferrell y Steve Carrell, recaudó más de US$ 90 millones. Pero sólo US$ 5 millones de ese total provinieron de las entradas vendidas fuera de Estados Unidos. Paramount Pictures, el estudio de Viacom Inc., se negó a financiar una segunda parte ante el temor de que el humor típicamente estadounidense no tuviera una buena acogida en el resto del mundo.

“Al fin de cuentas, el aspecto económico de este negocio ha cambiado. Ahora la presión para que una película funcione en el mercado global es mucho mayor”, explica McKay.

El peso creciente de las audiencias internacionales representa un cambio radical para Hollywood. Hace unas décadas, el desempeño de una cinta fuera de EE.UU. ni siquiera era una consideración secundaria para los ejecutivos de Hollywood. Ahora, las ventas de entradas fuera de Estados Unidos representan casi 68% de un mercado cinematográfico global de US$ 32.000 millones, en comparación con el 58% de hace 10 años, según la firma de investigación Screen Digest Cinema Intelligence Service.

Read more at El Mercurio →

Republicans Can’t Agree on Immigration in Texas

Social conservatives align with evangelicals against their fellow Republican hard liners in approach to immigration.

Many evangelical ministers are voicing the need to have immigration reform provide for a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented people in America. This view appeals to the socially conservative Republicans who realize that they need the labor. This does not satisfy the hard right conservatives who argue that undocumented immigrants broke the law and should be deported prior to being given any chance to reenter the country.

“It may split the old conservative coalition. It’s not going to split the new one,” said Richard Land, a Houston native who is president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “If the conservative coalition is going to be a governing coalition, it’s going to have to include an awful lot of Hispanics, and you’re not going to bring an awful lot of Hispanics into your coalition with anti-Hispanic immigration rhetoric,” Land said.

The right in Texas has historically been defined as the Baptists, Methodists, and the Episcopalians. Immigration is shaping up to be a real challenge for the churches to satisfy their far right members while promoting immigration reform that is fair and compassionate.

Read more at My San Antonio News →

Chávez: Mi Objetivo es Evitar la Guerra

El presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, dijo ayer que se ha trazado como “objetivo supremo” impedir que el gobierno de su colega de Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, al que llamó “lacayo”, logre esta semana que ambas naciones vayan a la guerra.

“Nos hemos fijado un objetivo supremo: detener la locura guerrerista que se ha apoderado de la Casa de Nariño, impedir que el gobierno lacayo de Uribe, ya de salida, perpetre su último y más nefando crimen: arrastrar a un conflicto bélico a dos pueblos que se saben y se sienten hermanos en (Simón) Bolívar”, indicó Chávez.

El gobernante rompió las relaciones bilaterales tras afirmar el pasado 22 de julio que la denuncia de que guerrilleros colombianos se ocultan en Venezuela, supuestamente con el aval de su gobierno, era un pretexto para ocultar problemas internos colombianos y el empeño “imperialista” de violar la soberanía de Venezuela.

Read more at El Universal México →

Massive Solar-Energy Park Coming to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s dependency on imported oil and its carbon emissions will be notably reduced when a 20,000 panel solar park is completed at the end of this year.  The solar park, the largest of its kind in Latin America will be located in Ponce, Puerto Rico and use funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement and create 70 new jobs.

The solar park will generate 9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity for approximately 1,500 island families.  All of this will bode well for the island that currently imports 20,000 barrels of oil annually and uses imported fossil fuels for its electricity.  The island’s government is in the early stages of offering renewable energy options for its residents with the end goal of reducing air population, hydrocarbons and oil dependency.

Read more at La Prensa/EFE →

La Frontera con Juárez, Punto Más Vigilado por la Guardia Nacional

Ciudad Juárez, Chih., 1o. de agosto. Integrantes de la Guardia Nacional de Estados Unidos comenzaron este domingo a vigilar la frontera con México, como parte de un operativo de seguridad ante el posible paso de grupos de la delincuencia organizada, sobre todo en Ciudad Juárez, donde el pasado 15 de julio se perpetró un atentado con coche bomba, y se dirigieron dos amenazas al consulado estadunidense en la localidad, donde se advertía que se colocarían explosivos en sus instalaciones.

Organizaciones afiliadas a la Red Fronteriza de los Derechos Humanos protestaron este domingo contra la medida frente a la oficina del congresista Silvestre Reyes en El Paso, Texas. La militarización de la frontera conlleva consecuencias para las comunidades en general, que pueden ser afectadas porque (la Guardia Nacional estadunidense) tiene preparación para combatir en guerra, no contra indocumentados, consideraron.

Los activistas afirmaron que sacrifican la seguridad de la región fronteriza quienes creen que los soldados, capacitados para la guerra, deben estar cerca de los fraccionamientos o que deben ejecutar las leyes civiles.

Read more at La Jornada →

Sites in China, Mexico, Brazil get World Heritage Status

Six sites located in Brazil, China, Mexico, France’s Reunion Island and the South Pacific nation of Kiribati won World Heritage status yesterday from a Unesco panel meeting in Brazil. The Unesco World Heritage Committee, in a 10-day meeting in Brasilia that will wrap up tomorrow, has already added or extended 17 other sites to its list, bringing the total number of sites around the world with the prestigious stamp to 910.

Mexico had two sites added to the list.  The first, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or the Royal Inland Road, which was a route that runs from north of Mexico City into the United States, was used to transport silver from mines for 300 years from the 16th century. Unesco noted it “fostered the creation of social, cultural and religious links in particular between Spanish and Amerindian cultures”.

The second was a complex of prehistoric caves in the Central Valley of Oaxaca, some of which bear “archeological and rock-art evidence for the progress of nomadic hunter-gathers to incipient farmers”. One of the caves contained seeds and corn cob fragments dating back thousands of years that are thought to be the earliest evidence of domesticated plants on the continent.

Read more at Free Malaysia Today →

White Sox Ozzie Guillen Not Happy with Latino’s Treatment

Always outspoken , Ozzie Guillen says he is the only person concerned with the use of performance enhancing drugs in Latin America, and disagrees strongly with the fact that translators are not provided for young recruits from Latin America like they are for other non-English speaking athletes.

``Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don’t?’’ Guillen said Sunday before Chicago played the Oakland Athletics. ``Don’t take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid ... go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it’s always going to be like that. It’s never going to change. But that’s the way it is.’‘

Guillen, who is from Venezuela, said when he went to see his son, Oney, in Class-A, the team had a translator for a Korean prospect who ``made more money than the players.’‘
``And we had 17 Latinos and you know who the interpreter was? Oney. Why is that? Because we have Latino coaches? Because here he is? Why? I don’t have the answer,’’ Guillen said. ``We’re in the United States, we don’t have to bring any coaches that speak Spanish to help anybody. You choose to come to this country and you better speak English.

``I’m the only one to teach the Latinos about not to use,’’ he said. ``I’m the only one and Major League Baseball doesn’t (care). All they care about - how many times I argue with the umpires, what I say to the media. But I’m the only one in baseball to come up to the Latino kids and say not to use this and I don’t get any credit for that.”

Major League Baseball spokesperson Rich Levin points out that the league has increased testing in the Dominican and Venezuelan leagues and devoted staff to PED education.

Read more at Comcast.net Sports →

National Park’s Free Access on August 14 and 15 - Plan Your Visit Now

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks.

“This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before,” Salazar said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation’s historic and cultural icons.”

There are 391 national parks located across the country in 49 states, many of which will hold free events on August 14 and 15. A complete list by park or state is available at www.nps.gov.

A sampling of offerings include:

  * Ranger-led programs with free instruction and equipment loans for those who want to get wet. Enjoy snorkeling at Cape Cod, kayaking at DeSoto, or canoeing in Congaree or Big Cypress. Prefer to simply chill out near the water? Bring your blanket to one of the 50 parks with beaches.
  * Watch history come to life at military encampments and firing demonstrations at Antietam, Gettysburg, Fort Laramie, Fort McHenry, Fort Vancouver, Fort Stanwix, Fort Matanzas, Kings Mountain, Wilson Creek, Kennesaw Mountain, and Yorktown.
  * Dance or tap your toes to the sounds of the Pig War Band at San Juan Island, Cajun music at Jean Lafitte, Ojibwe music at Grand Portage, mountain music on the Blue Ridge Parkway, folk songs at Carl Sandburg, classical music at Saint-Gaudens, or dulcimer music on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The entrance fees being waived at the 146 sites usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. There are 246 other parks that do not have entrance fees so you can plan a free visit year-round. The fee free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

Read more at Department of Interior →

MondayAugust 2, 2010