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WednesdayOctober 13, 2010

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Arizona Has Two Types of “Illegal Immigrants”

Arizona Has Two Types of “Illegal Immigrants”

Photo: Senator Russell Pearce

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With tempers flaring, propaganda flying, and media catching every second of the Arizona immigration controversy, you’d think all immigrants would be hiding and/or steering clear of Arizona all together, but immigrants arriving as refugees are being welcomed and treated rather well despite all the “hoopla”.

“We’re not anti-immigrant — never have been,” said Russell Pearce, a Republican State Senator and leading critic of illegal immigration. “But we expect people to follow the law.”

Statistically, the number of refugees (4,700) doesn’t really compare to the 375,000 undocumented immigrants estimated to be residing in Arizona, but with many advocates of the SB 1070 immigration legislation claiming unauthorized immigrants are only in the U.S. for a “free ride” opposition can’t help but point out what seems like preferential treatment of its legal immigrants (refugees). Immigrants fleeing their war/grief-torn homelands are met with open arms and helping hands with programs, grants, and other aid when arriving in the state, many of them having made “settlements” with fellow countrymen.

Fleeing violence in Somalia, Iraq, Kosovo, Myanmar, Bosnia and a number of other countries, the refugees have been able to buy houses, start businesses and receive free health care with help from Arizona’s government and refugee support groups.

Before the recession, the low cost of living and the abundance of entry-level jobs for those still working on their English, made Arizona a great location for refugees and their families.

Though immigration issues are keeping debates constant, many refugee groups are trying to stay out of the argument, though they often wish to clarify that they are legal immigrants and that their situations are different.

A Sudanese goat farmer, Ibrahim Swara-Dahab says he left his homeland and came to the U.S. illegally but as a matter of life and death saying, “I have some problems with the Mexican people; they stole my goats,” adding, “If they don’t have documents, they should go back to their country.”

Other refugees like Swara-Dahab lack sympathy for the Latino immigrants as well. The two groups are often competing for jobs or housing, with some refugees even saying that Latino gangs prey on them.

35-year-old hotel housekeeper Wissam Salman of Iraq, says the United States “stands for law and order,” and “If [government authorities] don’t look for these people it will be a disaster.”

Read more at New York Times →

Nuevo Disco de Shakira Estaría Inspirado en Artistas como Nirvana y The Cure

El nuevo disco de Shakira “Sale el sol” estará disponible en discotiendas a partir del próximo 19 de octubre. Algunas canciones del álbum ya las mostró en público, como es el caso del famoso himno mundialista “Waka Waka”.

Sin embargo, la mayor parte de los temas no han visto la luz pública y Shakira ha sugerido que están inspirados en canciones viejas que guarda en su iPod y que le recuerdan su adolescencia.

“En canciones como ‘Lo Que Más’ y ‘Rabiosa’ suenan ritmos de salsa y merengue, pero también de música pop. Sin embargo hay además algo de rock, influencias de The Cure, Nirvana y Metallica”

Al mismo tiempo, la Barranquillera de 33 años vuelve a sus raíces. Shakira admite haber explorado sus opciones y dado “rodeos musicales” en busca de diferentes corrientes,  probando y experimentando con otros géneros. “Eso también es muy sano para un músico, uno no puede estar simplemente estático, como una fotografía que ya no se mueve,” dijo.

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Government Reports U.S. Hispanics Outlive Everyone Else – Researchers Want to Know Why

Hispanics in the United States outlive whites by almost three years and blacks by almost eight years, according to a new report.

The report, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, confirms the so-called “Hispanic paradox”—that despite reports of poverty and health issues, Hispanics live longer than others.  These include lower income, lack of health insurance, high-risk jobs, limited access to health care and being overweight and diabetic.

Life expectancy for Hispanics at birth is 80.6 years; for whites, 78.1 years and for blacks, 72.9 years. In 2006, life expectancy for all Americans at birth was 77.7 years.

As Hispanics adopt an American lifestyle they tend to become more sedentary and eat more snack foods, meats, fat and other things associated with unhealthy living. They also smoke more after living in the United States for a time.

So what’s the secret? Although various theories have surfaced, experts can’t say for sure why Hispanics enjoy greater longevity, but government studies are under way.

Read more at U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention →

U.S. Treasury Clamps Down on Sinaloa Drug Cartel

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s today designated the Sinaloa cartel’s financial and transportation networks and numerous individuals as “foreign narcotics traffickers” located throughout Mexico and Colombia.  A special focus of the designation is Alejandro Flores Cacho, who is alleged to be leading all transportation operations for the cartel. 

Today’s designation prohibits U.S. persons from conducting transactions with the designees and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.  Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman was already designated a “significant foreign narcotic traffickers.”

Today’s action exposes the Sinaloa drug cartel’s cadre of pilots and operatives who coordinate the delivery and distribution of narcotics by air and sea from South America to Mexico and then on to the United States.  Some of the drug networks and enterprises listed by the Treasury include an aircraft hanger located in Toluca, Mexico and a flight school in Cuernavaca, Mexico used to train pilots involved in drug trafficking. 

Flores Cacho’s network operates a variety of front companies, including a restaurant, a cattle ranch, an agricultural business, a manufacturing and distribution firm, a sports management club, an electronics company, and an office supplies store.

The U.S. Treasury has designated nearly 800 businesses and individuals linked to 87 drug kingpins since June 2000. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mexican Police Chief Investigating Tourist Disappearance Brutally Murdered

MOST RECENT UPDATE:  Sources in the U.S. are now confirming the death of Mexican police Commander Rolando Flores.  Yesterday when Mexican officials announced that Flores was murdered few details were known and U.S. authorities were not confirming those reports.  Today authorities on both sides of the border are confirming Flores was beheaded with his head found in a suitcase in front of the Mexican military base in Miguel Aleman, Mexico.  Mexican authorities are denying the gruesome murder is related to the search for U.S. tourist David Hartley.

On hearing of the brutal murder Texas Governor Rick Perry said, “This was a message from gangsters for investigators to stay out of their territory.”

UPDATE: Commander Rolando Flores who worked for the Tamaulipas police department in Mexico and was heading the search for American boater David Hartley was found dead.  Flores was investigating the disappearance of Hartley after his wife, Tiffany, claimed they were ambushed by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake back on September 30th.  David Hartley fell from the jet-ski the couple was riding as they were sight seeing on the Mexican side of the lake.  A spokesperson for the Tamaulipas police is stating Flores’ killing is unrelated to the Hartley investigation and would not provide any information on how Flores died.

ORIGINAL STORY:  David Hartley has been missing and presumed dead since September 30th and ever since then his wife Tiffany Hartley has been pressing Mexican and American authorities to find him.  Mexican officials are now reporting that they have identified two suspects in the shooting that occurred on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake.

The couple was sightseeing in Mexico on their jet-ski when ambushed by several Mexican pirates and were shot at when they attempted to flee onto U.S. waters; David fell off the boat into the water.  Mexican authorities were in charge of the investigation though initially reluctantly doubting whether the incident had ever happened.

Authorities are said to be searching for Juan Pedro and Manuel Saldivar-Farias, while the search for David’s body continues. 

Read more at AOL News →

Chilean Miner Rescue: A Study in Faith

The world was mesmerized by the incredible endurance and spirit of the Chilean Miners. Most notable was their faith (mostly Catholic) and belief in a higher power to persevere. Several of these men were seen wearing crosses and holding prayer cards. Here are their names:

1. Florencio Avalos Silva, 31, video operator for the underground miner communications. First to emerge.
2. Mario Sepúlveda Espinace, 39, the ‘journalist’ commentator who moderated the video broadcasts. Second to be rescued.
3. Juan Illanes Palma, 52, served in Chilean army, third to come up.
4. Carlos Mamani Solís, 23, of Bolivia, the only non-Chilean trapped.
5. Renán Avalos Silva, 29, brother of Florencio Avalos.
6. Mario Gómez Heredia, 63, the oldest of the group who sent the first report to the surface that they were alive.
7. Jimmy Sánchez Lagues, 19, the youngest.
8. Ariel Ticona Yanez, 29, became a father during the ordeal. His daughter was named Esperanza, for Hope.
9. Edison Peña Villarreal, 34, ran 10 kilometres every day in the underground mine shafts.
10. Víctor Zamora Bugueño, 33, wrote poetry underground.
11. Raúl Bustos Ibañez, 40, survived the Chilean earthquake earlier this year, which destroyed his job as a mechanic. Found new job at mine, where he thought he would find more peace.
12. Claudio Yanez Lagos, 34, promised he will marry the mother of his children, when he emerges. She proposed to him while he was trapped. They’ve known each other for 25 years and have grandchildren.
13. Víctor Segovia Rojas, 48, kept a journal in the underground.
14. Jorge Galleguillos Orellana, 56, suffers high blood pressure and has complicated medical issues.
15. José Henriquez González, 54. The number 33 is his fate: married for 33 years, working at the mine for 33 years, and one of the 33 trapped men.
16. Samuel Avalos Acuña, 43, had been a street seller of wares and had hoped for a better life in the mine.
17. Claudio Acuña Cortes, 34, football fan who plans to greet his wife wearing his team’s shirt.
18. Franklin Lobos Ramírez, 53, avid football player who received greetings from Spain’s David Villa.
19. Osman Araya Araya, 30, experienced a nervous collapse underground.
20. Yonni Barrios Rojas, 50, played nurse to his comrades in the mine.
21. Alex Vega Salazar, 31 , his father is an emergency doctor and changed his name in order to help in the rescue. Family members were not supposed to be part of the rescue team.
22. Richard Villarreal Godoy, 27
23. Daniel Herrera Campos, 27
24. José Ojeda Vidal, 46
25. Luis Urzúa Iribarren, 54
26. Carlos Barrios Contreras, 27
27. Omar Reygada Rojas, 56
28. Juan Carlos Aguilar Gaete, 49
29. Carlos Bugueño Alfaro, 27
30. Pedro Cortés Contreras, 25
31. Pablo Rojas Villacorta, 45
32. Darío Segovia Rojo, 48
33. Esteban Rojas Carrizo, 44

Read more by HS News Staff →

Immigration Remains Top Issue with Hispanic Voters

Polls are indicating that immigration remains a top issue amongst Latino voters, a trend that started back in 2007.  Latino Decision, the poll taker, also uncovered a trend that showed a direct link to government distrust in states that have anti-migratory policies.

For Latinos who get the signal that state immigration policy is unwelcoming, there is a greater incidence of expressing skepticism of government and agreement that “people like me have no say in what government does.”  This sentiment could be the result of 40 percent of registered Latino voters being foreign born.

Three things are clear in the analysis of Latinos and the issue of immigration. First, nothing has changed in a direction congruent with Latino immigration policy preferences. Also clear, Latino voters hold Democrats and Republicans responsible for the lack of immigration reform. Finally, it is clear that the impact of anti-immigrant activity at the state and local level, in combination with the local-federal coordination to enforce federal immigration laws, extends beyond undocumented immigrants to Latino citizens, particularly those born in the US. Small wonder, then, why the issue of immigration remains so important to Latinos heading into the November election.

Read more at Latino Decisions →

Rate of Hispanic Children Living in Poverty Highest in a Decade

The Census’s most recent data reveals that of all racial and ethnic groups, Latinos experienced the largest one-year increase in poverty in 2009.  The number of Hispanic families with children in poverty has been exacerbated by the current recession and disproportionately high unemployment among Latino workers who are concentrated in the hard-hit industries, such as construction.

Poverty in the Latino community has been a significant issue for many decades.  But recently released Census data reveal that in 2009 poverty was at its highest level for Latino children since 1997.

A number of factors contribute to this: high concentrations of Latino adults in low-wage jobs without benefits; barriers to access and eligibility for immigrant workers; and cultural and linguistic differences.  As a result, Latino children and families are less likely to have the supports they need to help them through economic difficulties.

Visit the HSN Library for to review the full study on Latino child poverty, including important demographic information that underscores how Latino poverty is similar to and different from poverty experienced by other groups. It will then discuss state by-state differences in the data, and policy solutions to reduce poverty and close racial and ethnic disparities.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Woman Becomes Naturalized Citizen at 101

In 1909 President Taft was planting 2,000 cherry trees from Tokyo, Emiliano Zapata’s agrarian revolt began starting the Mexican Revolution, the NAACP was founded, concrete was just being poured for the Panama Canal, and Eulalia Garcia-Maturey was born.

Tuesday, at 101 years of age, Eulalia Garcia-Maturey, a Mexico-born immigrant who was brought to the U.S. as an infant, took the oath of allegiance in Brownsville, Texas becoming one of only 15 immigrants over the age of 100 to become a naturalized citizen.

Having outlived two husbands and her two sons, Garcia-Maturey said she decided to become a U.S. citizen when the U.S. government required everyone to show a passport if they wished to return to the U.S. from Mexico. Eulalia was a permanent resident and was issued a lawful entry card 69 years ago, which she was no longer able to use when returning from a visit to her beloved native country.

Just before her ceremony, Garcia-Maturey exclaimed, “Right now I feel grand. I’m so happy.” After wards, with proof of her citizenship in hand she smiled and said she finally feels at peace.

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Watch “Rage Against the Machine” Play a Song for the Chilean Miners (BILINGUAL)

Rage Against the Machine front man Zack de la Rocha apologized for his rusty Spanish before announcing to the crowd at the “Maquinaria Festival” celebrated in Santiago, Chile “We have a message, for the miners of San Juan.” Then, accompanied by the band, he performed in Spanish “The Song of the Miner” by Chilean poet Victor Jara.

Jara was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. In the field of music, he played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government.

Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested, tortured and ultimately shot to death by machine gun fire. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice across Latin America.

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SUCCESS- Miners Rescued One by One. LIVE VIDEO

SUCCESS- Miners Rescued One by One. LIVE VIDEO

Photo: Mario Sepulveda Celebrates

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Last nights rescue was broadcast live to the entire world with 1600 media people covering the event. Cheers erupted as the first of the miners reached the surface, since then 14 miners have ascended from the mine.

A beaming Chilean President Sebastian Pinera embraced the men as they stepped out of the torpedo shaped capsule. “No one ever lost faith; no one ever compromised or gave up. We made it happen,” Pinera said after Avalos made it to the surface.

Rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez reached the miners at 11:35pm Chilean time last night. Within 15 minutes, Florencio Avalos was on his way to the surface. In a matter of 16 minutes Avalos reached the top to be followed 59 minutes later by Marion Sepulveda. The youngest miner, 19-year-old Jimmy Sanchez was the fifth to be rescued. Pinera said rescuers were would “work without rest” until all of the trapped miners were freed.

The ninth miner to surface was at 63 the oldest miner, Mario Gomez. Gomez came up about an hour later and dropped to his knees and bowed his head in prayer. His wife, Lilianette Ramirez, pulled him up from the ground and embraced him. Gomez suffers from silicosis, a lung disease common to miners, and has been on antibiotics and bronchial inflammation medicine.

The Miners made it clear that the last miner out would be 54-year-old Luis Urzua. He was the shift chief when an explosion caused the mine collapse on Aug. 5 - and is credited with keeping his men in line amid the darkness and despair. “We had to be strong,” Urzua said in a phone interview with The Guardian of London earlier Tuesday. “I hope to never live again like this, but that’s the life of a miner.” Urzua kept his colleagues alive by doling out to each miner just a spoonful of tuna every 48 hours until help could arrive. He said that before he goes up, he’d try to clean up the space in which they have been living. “We don’t have any place to put the garbage,” he said.

When the last man surfaces, a national crisis will end for Chile that began when 700,000 tons of rock collapsed Aug. 5, sealing the 33 in the lower reaches of the mine. For 17 days after that, no one even knew whether the miners had survived.

“This rescue operation has been so marvelous, so clean, so emotional that there was no reason not to allow the eyes of the world — which have been watching this operation so closely — to see it,” a beaming Pinera told a news conference after Avalos was brought to the surface.

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Colombia One of Five New Member Nations to UN Security Council

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa to serve on the Security Council for two-year terms, beginning 1 January 2011.

They will replace Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda, whose two-year terms come to an end on 31 December.

To be elected to the Council, candidate countries need a two-thirds majority of ballots of Member States that are present and voting in the 192-member Assembly. The seats are allocated on the basis of geographical groupings.  Colombia, India and South Africa ran unopposed and were elected to represent their respective regions, having received 186 votes, 187 votes and 182 votes, respectively, in the first round of balloting.

The five countries elected today will join Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria, whose terms on the Council end on 31 December 2011. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The longest election ever held took place in 1979, with 155 rounds between 26 October and 7 January, after which the two candidates – Colombia and Cuba – withdrew and Mexico was elected.

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WednesdayOctober 13, 2010