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WednesdayAugust 11, 2010

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8% of births in US to Unauthorized Immigrants

An estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

Unauthorized immigrants comprise slightly more than 4% of the adult population of the U.S., but because they are relatively young and have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8%) and the child population (7% of those younger than age 18) in this country.

These figures are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s March 2009 Current Population Survey, augmented with the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of the demographic characteristics of the unauthorized immigrant population using a “residual estimation methodology” it has employed for the past five years.

The new Pew Hispanic analysis also finds that nearly four-in-five (79%) of the 5.1 million children (younger than age 18) of unauthorized immigrants were born in this country and therefore are U.S. citizens. In total, 4 million U.S.-born children of unauthorized immigrant parents resided in this country in 2009, alongside 1.1 million foreign-born children of unauthorized immigrant parents.

The report, “Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children” authored by Jeffrey S. Passel, Senior Demographer, Pew Hispanic Center, and Paul Taylor, Director, Pew Hispanic Center, is available here at HS News Library

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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El Salvador: Capacitarán a Mujeres en Competitividad

Se ha realizado un taller para capacitar a 25 empresarias que sean mentoras para otras mujeres en temas de competitividad, emprendedurismo, innovación y liderazgo.

Un grupo de 25 empresarias participan desde ayer en un taller de capacitación para convertirse en mentoras de otras mujeres en temas como la competitividad, el emprendedurismo, la innovación y el liderazgo.

La actividad es organizada por la Fundación Empresarial para la Acción Social (Fundemas), el programa Desarrollo Económico Sostenible en Centroamérica (Desca) de la Agencia de Cooperación alemana GTZ y la organización Voces Vitales, capítulo El Salvador.

“Nuestro propósito es formar una red de mentoras para que en un periodo de tres años acompañen y capaciten a líderes emergentes para que estas a su vez repliquen lo aprendido, y así vayamos creando un efecto multiplicador de impacto”, resaltó la presidenta de Fundemas, Elena de Alfaro.

Read more at Estrategia Negocios →

Unemployed Homeowners Getting More Help to Keep Homes

The Obama Administration today announced additional support to help homeowners struggling with unemployment through two targeted foreclosure-prevention programs.

Through the existing Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Innovation Fund for the Hardest Hit Housing Markets (Hardest Hit Fund), the U.S. Department of the Treasury will make $2 billion of additional assistance available for HFA programs for homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments due to unemployment. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will soon launch a complementary $1 billion Emergency Homeowners Loan Program to provide assistance for up to 24 months to homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure and have experienced a substantial reduction in income due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, or a medical condition.

Under the additional assistance announced today, states eligible to receive support have all experienced an unemployment rate at or above the national average over the past 12 months, Illinois is on that list and will receive $166,352,726.

The emergency loan program by HUD will work through a variety of state and non-profit entities and will offer a declining balance, deferred payment “bridge loan” (zero %) for up to $50,000 to assist eligible borrowers with payments on their mortgage principal, interest, mortgage insurance, taxes and insurance for up to 24 months.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Hollywood is MAD: Wants More Performance Visas Issued and Quickly

More immigration visas are being denied and delayed for performing artists and Hollywood is not happy.  The roadblocks immigration officials are placing when they request additional documentation or deny the performance visa outright result in delayed or canceled cultural exhibits, performances and movies.  Many of the visa applications being denied were issued in the past using the same review standards, leading to a lot of confusion.

The “performance visas” as they are commonly referred to are granted for “artists and researchers of extraordinary ability” and processed out of the California immigration office.  Visa denials for individual performers are up by almost 20% since 2008 and visas denied for performing groups are up by 27%.

Hollywood is a powerful, loud and wealthy constituency so it has the attention of Congress and the White House.  Both pledging quicker processing times and more trained immigration staff. 

Read more at DailyMe →

Heated Immigration Debate Lighting a Fire Under Latino Voters

A new summary of recent Latino voter polls prepared by America’s Voice highlights the way the immigration debate is influencing Latino political engagement in the run-up to the November mid-terms.  The lack of action on comprehensive immigration could dampen enthusiasm among Latino voters at a crucial time.  According to an article in today’s POLITICO: “The swing in opinion couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats, who need a strong Latino turnout in November if they hope to maintain control of Congress. That voting bloc could be decisive in dozens of competitive House, Senate and gubernatorial races across the West, according to a report by America’s Voice, an immigration reform advocacy group.”

However, the three recent polls also make clear that national attention to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law and the negative rhetoric espoused mainly by Republicans-like the latest flap over repealing the 14th Amendment-could, in fact, energize Latinos to turn out this year and punish Republicans. 

According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, “Clearly, the current immigration debate-including the national attention to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law-is having a major impact on the way Latino voters view the two political parties and the importance of voting in November.  While the lack of action on comprehensive immigration reform could depress turnout and harm Democrats who are most ‘on the hook’ for delivering that core priority, the anxiety over Arizona’s anti-immigration law and heated rhetoric from the GOP is having a mobilizing effect on Latino voters that could hurt Republicans in November and beyond.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Young Hispanics Less Likely to be Catholic

A recent poll found that, while the majority of Hispanics in the United States identify as Catholics and take morally conservative stances on controversial issues, a significant gap exists between the older and younger generations on the issues of religion and morality.

The poll of 1,500 Hispanics conducted by Univision and the Associated Press (AP) analyzes the cultural attitudes in America’s Hispanic and Latino populations. The results of the poll were made public in articles in both English and Spanish.

The article in Spanish, published by Univision, focused on the fact that among Hispanics in the United States, 62 percent identify as Catholic, while 11 percent claimed no religious affiliation. Among that same demographic, 55 percent thought abortion should be illegal, while 39 percent thought that it should be legal. In regards to gay “marriage,” 35 percent thought that it should not be allowed while 31 percent were in favor of legalizing it. Univision also reported that, though a majority of Hispanics are Catholic, they are less likely to practice the faith, with only 35 percent of those surveyed attending religious services weekly.

Read more at CNA →

Colombia y Venezuela Restablecen Relaciones; Hablan de “Nueva Era”

Santa Marta, Colombia, 10 de agosto. Los presidentes de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, y de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, decidieron hoy restablecer las relaciones diplomáticas en un encuentro que sostuvieron en esta localidad, en el que además anunciaron el inicio de una nueva era entre ambos países.

La reunión fue pactada en un lugar simbólico para los dos países: la casa donde murió, en 1830, el libertador Simón Bolívar, para superar la crisis que se agudizó el 22 de julio con la ruptura de relaciones por parte de Venezuela.

El resultado es muy positivo. Hemos decidido que los dos países restablecen las relaciones diplomáticas y relanzan una hoja de ruta para que todos los aspectos de la relación puedan progresar, avanzar y profundizarse, dijo Santos.

Chávez expresó que la reunión demuestra la buena voluntad de ambos gobiernos para ponerse de acuerdo en unas cuantas horas. “Razón tenía Fidel Castro anoche cuando decía que ve imposible que haya guerra. Usted ha dicho que eliminó la palabra guerra de su diccionario –dijo mirando a Santos–, bueno, pues yo también”, afirmó Chávez.

Read more at La Jornada →

After 150 years in Wales, Santiago’s Bells are Coming Home

Having been sold for scrap after the fire in Chile’s capital in 1863, spending 150 years in Wales, the bells of Santiago are heading home.

“The fire that destroyed the church of La Compañía de Jesús was a terrible tragedy. Its resonance is felt by the people of Santiago to this day. The trio of bells, which rung out in the city 150 years ago, are on their way home: I cannot think of a more fitting memorial to those who lost their lives” said Jeremy Browne, Minister for Latin America.
The bells original home was in the church of La Compania de Jesus in Santiago, Chile. In the worst blaze in Santiago’s history, December 8, 1863 during the feast of the Immaculate Conception the church caught fire. More than 2500 people died, primarily women and children. The church was completely destroyed, except for her five metal bells. British merchant Graham Vivian purchased three of the bells. For 150 years the bells have been at All Saints Church in Oystermouth, Wales where the Vivian’s had a family pew.

Reverend Keith Evans, parish priest for All Saints Church in Oystermouth, said:
“Our decision to gift the historic bells to the people of Chile was a unanimous one. It was supported wholeheartedly by the wider community of Mumbles, where the tragic story of the ‘Bells of Santiago’ has been remembered and celebrated through the years”.
“Though we were custodians of the bells for almost 150 years we felt that their rightful place should be as part of a new memorial to the 2,500 victims of the 1863 fire. The gift is made in Christian love and in the hope that it will renew historic links between Swansea and Santiago. Though the bells will be thousands of miles away they will continue to be part of our story at All Saints Oystermouth” said Reverend Evans.
The bells are currently en route to Chile.

Read more at Merco Press →

Texas Border Patrol Agent awarded The Purple Cross

To formally recognize Border Patrol agents who are injured in the line of duty as a direct result of a hostile act or armed conflict, The Purple Cross was established in 2001. Border Patrol agent Anthony Gutierrez of Mc Allen Texas Border Patrol Station was awarded this metal for his service the night of August 18, 2009.

Gutierrez was seriously injured while on foot patrol near Peñitas Texas. An all terrain vehicle driven by a scout for drug smugglers struck him causing serious injuries.

“Agent Gutierrez is well deserving of this meritorious award,” Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre said. “Agent Gutierrez demonstrated his determination to keep our communities safe, even when it meant confronting a threat and placing himself in harm’s way.”

Less than 100 Border Patrol Agents have ever received this prestigious metal.

Read more at Dept of Homeland Security →

40% of Pregnancies in Argentina Terminated by Abortion, Double the Latin American Average

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report shows that Argentina continues to have the highest rate of abortion throughout Latin America, terminating 40% of all pregnancies by illegal abortion.  “In Argentina, abortion has become a method of contraception,” stated HRW.  This is not only a legal issue since most abortions are illegal in Argentina but also a woman’s health issue, abortion is the leading cause of death amongst pregnant women.

In Argentina a doctor can terminate a pregnancy only when the life of the mother is at stake or the pregnancy is the result of rape.  There are many Argentineans that want to decriminalize abortion, though it would not lead to a lower abortion rate experts say.  Woman’s right activists feel more access to contraceptives is the answer to lowering the abortion rate

Read more at newKerala →

Gay Marriage Must Be Recognized in All of Mexico Says Supreme Court

Mexico’s Supreme Court in a 9-2 decision has stated that Mexico City’s same sex marriage law must be recognized by all the country’s 31 states.  Mexico City allowed gay marriage as of March 4th making this the first gay marriage law in Latin America, now Argentina allows gay marriage throughout its country.  Thus far there have been 320 Mexican gay couples married.

The ruling does not dictate how each state must recognize a Mexico City gay marriage.  The Mexico City allows gay married couples to adopt children, be covered by each others health insurance and inherit assets upon death.

Read more at Huffington Post →

WednesdayAugust 11, 2010