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SaturdayOctober 30, 2010

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Modern Family Sitcom Offends Peruvians by Calling Them: “Goat-Tripping Murderers” (VIDEO)

ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family is beloved in many multi-lingual Hispanic households for its multi-cultural content and cast but now it seems to have unwittingly upset Peruvians.  A recent episode had Sofia Vergara’s character, who incidentally is Colombian-born, classify Peruvian’s as goat-tripping killers.

Though meant to be funny many Peruvians didn’t take kindly to the characterization and called ABC to complain.  Organizations like Peru USA and Peru’s People’s Defenders office are demanding an apology.  ABC has not acknowledged the complaints nor has issued an apology.

While the very feisty and frank Vergara twittered “Get a life!!!” Therefore no one should be holding their breath for an apology.


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Rare Mexican Iguana Illegally Enters U.S. – Not Sure if It’ll Be Deported or Given a Green Card

Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Mobile caught an Iguana near the Rail Ferry Dock on the Alabama State Docks. It had been observed several times but was able to elude capture. The iguana had ostensibly come from a rail vessel arriving from Mexico.

The agriculture specialists got a call from dock workers letting them know it had been spotted again. They grabbed all the proper gear and headed to the docks thinking this would be the day that they would catch the ‘illegal’. And indeed it was, when they arrived to the specified location they were directed to an area of steel pipes. They cleverly trapped the iguana by closing one end of the pipe with a burlap sack and banged on the other end.

The captured iguana tentatively has been identified as a Mexican spiny tailed iguana, Ctenosaura pectinata and appears to have originated from southern Mexico where it is a rare species to its native country. Chances are that this Iguana would not have survived the harsh winter here.  Nor is it known if immigration officials will deport the iguana or give it a green card to permanently reside in one of our zoos.

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Vying for Obama’s Old Seat- Kirk and Giannoulias Differ on Immigration Reform

While both US Senate Candidates agree that there should be tougher border security, they do not agree on what to do with immigrants who are already in the country illegally.

Kirk says any immigration reform legislation must wait until after Congress secures the US-Mexico Border. Giannoulias wants to move forward with a broad plan for immigration reform to legalize immigrants across the country.

Illinois has an estimated 525,000 undocumented immigrants, the fifth highest in the nation. Illinois lawmakers have not considered any laws similar to Arizona SB 1070. Both Kirk and Giannoulias believe Arizona’s approach is wrong. Illinois voters appear to agree with a more moderate position to immigration. In a recent poll, 74% of those polled supported granting legal status if undocumented immigrants had a job and paid a fine.

After weeks of avoiding the question, Kirk said he would not back the DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children provided they serve in the military or attend two years of college. Giannoulias, Illinois’ state treasurer, supports the DREAM Act, believing that children should not be punished because of their parents.

Giannoulias says that his plan to legalize undocumented immigrants would not only help the tax rolls but would provide the leadership to face the issue head-on.

Illinois’s senate race has shaped into a very expensive, nasty down and dirty, race to the finish.

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

Immigrant Rights Groups Ask the FCC to Protect Their Right to Send Advocacy Text Messages

Yesterday, in a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nearly thirty non-profit organizations representing people of color and/or working towards comprehensive immigration reform requested that the FCC swiftly exert authority over cell phone text messages.

“Text messaging is a necessary tool for many members of our organizations and for countless public interest and civil rights groups because, while many of our constituents do not have Internet access, nearly all of them have wireless cell phones,” said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC).  “Wireless service providers should not be permitted to discriminate against certain types of text messages at the expense of the general public.”

The use of text messaging to encourage democratic participation and galvanize support for important causes is critical to many advocacy organizations.  One example is the NHMC’s “Text JUSTICE” campaign, which relies on text messages to mobilize communities across the nation whenever action is needed to support immigration reform.  With over 100,000 subscribers, some estimate that “Text JUSTICE” is the largest text message action list in the country.  In May of this year, the “Text JUSTICE” campaign was implemented to assemble over 500,000 people throughout 30 states in support of just and humane immigration reform. 

Nogales added, “In recent history, some mobile providers have begun a troubling trend of discriminating amongst text messaging traffic and refusing to deliver texts with which they disagree.  Our organizations invest a great deal of time and money into text message advocacy and should not have to worry about the uncertainty of whether or not a service provider will deem our ideas worthy of transmittal.”

Some of the organizations signing onto the letter include: National Hispanic Media Coalition; Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles; Citizen Orange; Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU); Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; National Association of Latino Independent Producers; National Immigration Forum; National Institute of Latino Policy; National Immigration Law Center; and Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Know Your Rights on Election Day - Some Helpful Tips by NCLR

In light of news about various efforts to suppress the Latino vote in several states, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has put together the following list of suggestions to help you be prepared on Election Day.

1. If you have a driver’s license, U.S. passport, or state-issued identification, bring it!  In many places, you will not be required to show identification.  Some polling places may, however, require you to show ID only if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail.  If you do not have those documents, bring one that shows your name and address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck stub, government check, or other government document.  If you feel you have been singled out to produce ID, call (888) 839-8682 to report the incident.

2. If you do not have any of these forms of ID and are a registered voter, you can still cast a provisional ballot.  A provisional ballot is a form of contingent voting that allows voters to cast a ballot that will be counted after election officials verify eligibility.

3. If you need assistance reading or filling out the ballot, you have the right to bring someone with you to the polls to help you or to request assistance from a poll worker.  Some locations, but not all, are required to have materials in Spanish or other languages.  For a list of these locations, call (888) 839-8682.

4. If you make a mistake on your voting ballot, you have the right to get a new one.

5. If you requested an absentee or vote-by-mail ballot but did not send it in, you can turn it in at any voting precinct or polling place of the county where you are registered.

6. If you have any problems—such as your name does not appear on the list, your eligibility is challenged, you do not have ID, there are no more ballots, etc.—request a provisional ballot.

7. If you are already in line by the time the polls close, you have the right to cast your vote.

8. You have the right to vote in secret and without being intimidated.

9. If you are denied a provisional ballot, have any problems that prevent you from casting your vote, or witness any questionable incidents, call (888) 839-8682.

Read more at National Council of La Raza →

Latin American Leaders Arrive in Argentina to Pay Respects to Nestor Kirchner

The presidents of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay arrived in Buenos Aires to attend the wake at Government House. Regional leaders expressed their condolences to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner while UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) declared three days of “South American Grief” for Kirchner’s death.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a close friend of the Kirchners, arrived at the Ezeiza airport, where he was greeted by Rafael Folonier, head of Argentina’s presidential unit.
“We come to Buenos Aires with the tears of the Caribbean and the Orinoco, to join the sorrow and the pain of the Argentine people and of its president, sister Cristina,” said Chávez, who travelled with Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro. He praised the UNASUR head saying: “before Kirchner, there was night. Kirchner arrived and the day arrived.”

Pope Benedict XVI sent his condolences to the President through Monsignor Adriano Bernardini. “Due to your husband’s death,” said the letter addressed to Fernández de Kirchner and dated October 27, “ I raise fervent prayers to God for his eternal rest and express deep feelings of sorrow for you, your children and other members of the family of the late leader, as well as to the government and people of the beloved Argentine nation.”

Read more at Buenos Aires Herald →

Spain to Aid the Dominican Republic to Expand Access to Clean Water in Poorest Regions

The Dominican Republic will provide or improve water and sanitation services for at least 205,000 people in low-income rural communities using financial support from the Government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Spain will provide $35 million grants from which has partnered with the IDB to finance several other projects throughout the region. The IDB will provide $35 million in loans.

The funds will enable the Dominican Republic to help expand the coverage of efficient, sustainable water and sanitation services in provinces with high poverty levels.  This is the 12th water and sanitation project jointly carried out by the IDB and the Spanish government. Spain and the IDB have jointly financing water and sanitation services through projects in countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil and Uruguay.

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Harry Reid and Tea Party Darling Sharron Angle in Razor-Close Race

Despite Obama making several trips to Nevada to rally support for Harry Reid, anti- Washington ire leaves Reid in danger on Tuesday. If Reid looses, he will be the first US Senate majority leader in 58 years to be voted out by home-state voters.

Nevada’s economics are amongst the weakest in the nation. With the highest jobless rate in the country at 14.4 percent, compared to 9.6 nationally, employment is a major issue.  Nevada also has the highest home foreclosure rate in the country.

Reid has played a major role in pushing the Presidents agenda through Congress, including the massive healthcare plan and immigration reform.

Democrats were thrilled when Tea Partier Angle won the Republican primary, assuming her views on privatizing Social Security and other issues were too extreme. But disdain of all things “Washington” have left Reid without his historical support. As candidates move into the last weekend before the election, Reid and Angle are in a razor-close race, too close to predict.

Reid spent six years in the House of Representatives and 24 in the Senate, becoming Senate minority leader in 2005 and rising to majority leader two years later.

Read more at Reuters →

New Requirements for Passport Applicants with Puerto Rican Birth Certificates

The Government of Puerto Rico recently passed a law invalidating all Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010, and replacing them with enhanced security birth certificates with features to combat passport fraud and identity theft.

Beginning today, the Department of State will no longer accept Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 as primary proof of U.S. citizenship for a U.S. passport book or passport card. Only Puerto Rican birth certificates issued on or after July 1, 2010 will be accepted as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship. The requirement does not affect Puerto Ricans who already hold a valid U.S. passport.

For more information on the Department‘s policy for accepting Puerto Rican birth certificates, visit travel.state.gov/puertorico.

For more information on the Puerto Rican law, and instructions on how to order a new Puerto Rican birth certificate, visit www.prfaa.com/birthcertificates (English) or www.prfaa.com/certificadosdenacimiento/ (Spanish)


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SaturdayOctober 30, 2010