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ThursdayNovember 4, 2010

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BREAKING NEWS: Red Alert in Costa Rica as Non Stop Rain Creates Mudslides

At least 17 people have died and more than 15 others are missing after Wednesday night rain caused severe mudslides in parts of Costa Rica, according to the nation’s Red Cross.

More than 600 people have sought refuge in 14 shelters, said the Costa Rica National Commission for Emergencies.

Images on local TV, showed rescue crews digging through wrecked homes. Emergency crews were searching for survivors, but so far have recovered only corpses, according to Hector Blanco, a Red Cross spokesman. Four of the dead were children.

Rodrigo Araya, born and raised in San Antonio de Escazu, about 10 miles from San Jose, said he awoke to what sounded like a plane landing.

“You could hear people asking for help but could not see anything,” said Araya.

“I know 20 families lived there together. Some were very poor and had settled near the banks of the river,” said Flory Quintero, who lives nearby. “When it happened, it sounded like a turbine.”

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At least nine bridges have collapsed across the country, and neighboring countries were asked for aircraft to help reach some of the 65 communities impacted by the storm.

Classes were indefinitely canceled at many of Costa Rica’s public schools, the education minister said on Teletica.

About 800,000 people have been left without safe water supplies, and locals were told to boil any water before drinking or cooking.

The rain is expected to continue into Friday.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Where Immigration Reform Stands After 2010 Elections

With Tuesday’s election swinging control of the House over to the Republican Party, comprehensive immigration reform is in danger according to sources.

When the new Congress convenes in January new committee chairpersons will be appointed. For the House Immigration subcommittee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) is out, and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is likely to take her place, and the Judiciary Committee is likely to be led by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), forcing an entirely new approach to addressing immigration-related issues.

The Democrats had been working on comprehensive immigration reform centered around four main points: requiring biometric Social Security cards; beefing up border security; creating a system for admitting temporary workers; and implementing a path for the legalization of certain undocumented immigrants. Now that Republicans have control, the immigration focus will most likely be on border enforcement, immigration law enforcement and strengthening visa security. A Republican plan is not likely to bring any kind of attention to amnesty for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country.

Immigration is also not expected to be a top priority, as the now Republican–controlled House is likely to focus on putting through legislation to help the economy and create jobs.

The best short-term chance for immigration progress lies with re-elected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who pledged to bring up the Dream Act in the lame-duck session before Congress adjourns for the year. While his pledge was initially thought to simply attract Latino voters, Reid appears to be committed to the issue. Perhaps, now that the mid-term elections are over and grandstanding is pointless, Senators from both sides will support the act and would give conditional legal status to undocumented immigrant students who arrived before age 16, have been in the U.S. for at least five years, graduate from a U.S. high school, and complete two years of college or military service.

Read more at Americas Quarterly →

Mexican Catholic Priest Under Investigation for Funding Church Honoring Pope with Drug Traffic Money

Mexican church and police officials are investigating whether a Roman Catholic priest in the central state of Hidalgo accepted narco-trafficking dollars to fund the expansion and modernization of a church. 

The illicit funds don’t appear to have come from any run-of-the-mill trafficker but rather the head of one of the most violent cartels, Los Zetas.  The Federal Attorney General’s Office of Mexico is trying to determine if Heriberto Lazcano, head of Los Zetas, funded the chapel in the village of Tezontle to honor Pope John Paul II.  His name appears on the dedication plaque reading: “Donated by Heriberto Loazcano Lazcano, Lord, hear my prayer.”

The Catholic Church has suspended the unidentified priests while it also conducts their own investigation.  A Catholic Church spokesman has affirmed the Church’s position that a priest cannot accept ‘dirty’ money even if it’s for a good cause.

Read more at Banderas News →

Catholic Bilingual Hymnals Coming to a Church Near You

Spanish- and English- speaking worship communities in the U.S. now have a way to celebrate their faith and culture side-by-side. One Faith, Una Voz is the only Catholic hymnal featuring bilingual songs alongside original language English and Spanish titles.

Developed by OCP, the hymnal offers a unique blend of over 800, multilingual songs designed to fit the needs of growing Latino-Anglo communities in the Catholic Church.

One Faith, Una Voz contains Spanish and English songs in their native language in addition to popular bilingual music.  Features include song selections for traditional rites and celebrations like Quinceañeras.  The hymnals will be coming to numerous dioceses throughout the U.S. 

Read more at OCP →

Latino Republicans at the Tea Party

These Latino Republicans rode into office not by falling through the rabbit hole, but either as a Tea Party candidate (Marco Rubio), supported by the Tea Party (Susanna Martínez) or ran on Tea Party values (Brian Sandoval).  When the “Queen of Hearts” issues for many Latinos: the Dream Act and immigration reform with amnesty ,  comes before these tea partiers what will they do? As a Senator, Rubio will have a direct vote on the issue.  Martinez and Sandoval are Governor’s with a large Hispanic population so will they voice support or opposition?  We’ll be watching.

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Partake of all our humor in Amigo ó Enemigo

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U.S.-Mexico Border Tunnel Reveals Largest Pot Seizure in California’s History

U.S Drug agents and border patrol stumbled upon an underground tunnel connecting warehouses in San Diego, California and Mexico and confiscated 20 tons of marijuana making this the largest pot seizure in California history and the second largest in U.S. history. 

U.S. authorities were investigating suspicious activity at a San Diego warehouse and had stopped a truck departing from the warehouse that had concealed marijuana.  While investigating the warehouse they came upon the tunnel.  In total, between the U.S. and Mexico, who were called to investigate the Mexican side of the tunnel, a total of 30 tons of pot packaged ready for sale, were seized with a street value of $20 million.

Some 125 U.S.-Mexico border tunnels have been found over the last two decades, which are typically used to smuggle drugs or undocumented immigrants.

Read more at AOL News →

ELECTION:  Record Number of Latinos Coming to Congress

“The 112th Congress that convenes next January will have a record number of Latino Republicans in the U.S. House, and a new member in the U.S. Senate:

  * Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio becomes the one Hispanic Republican
    member of the U.S. Senate since retired Senator Mel Martínez held the seat.

  * In Idaho’s 1st district, Raúl Labrador becomes the first Latino to represent the state in
    the U.S. Congress. He defeats Rep. Walter Minnick (D).

  * In Florida’s 25th district, former Florida State Representative David Rivera defeats former
    Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation Joe García (D).

  * In Texas’ 17th district, businessman and political newcomer Bill Flores defeats longtime
    Rep. Chet Edwards (D). Flores becomes the first Republican Latino to represent that district.

  * In Texas’ 23rd district, businessman Francisco Canseco defeats Rep. Ciro Rodríguez (D).

  * In Washington State’s 3rd district, Representative Jaime Herrera becomes the state’s first Latina
    to represent the state in the U.S. Congress, defeating businessman Danny Heck.

Several of these candidates successfully ran in districts which do not have Latino majorities, demonstrating that Latinos are able to run in non-Latino districts and can have broad appeal across all ethnicities and communities.

These new members-elect will join newly reelected members Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Díaz-Balart of Florida for a record total of eight Republican Latinos in both chambers.

Read more at NALEO →

ELECTION:  National Exit Polls Miscalculate the 2010 Latino Vote

Data convincingly show that the 2010 national exit poll severely misestimated the Latino vote.  Whereas the Latino Decisions poll estimates differ significantly from the network exit polls and this raises the question of whether there is a systematic flaw.

Examination of interviews, statistical properties of the resulting samples, uneven distribution of minority populations, and the low incidence of bilingual interviewing all suggest that the typical exit poll estimates reported in the National Exit Pool surveys, systematically underestimate Latino and African-American Democratic vote share by over-representing higher income, higher education, and more socially integrated minority voters than their share of the electorate warrants.

Very few in the media have expertise in polling Latinos and analyzing Latino vote data, and as a result are not in a position to assess on election night the veracity of the Latino results. Assimilated, middle-class, and English dominant respondents are over-represented while poorer, socially segregated, and Spanish dominant respondents are underrepresented. The result, inevitably, is a conservative or pro-GOP bias.

Another reason for the erroneous exit poll figures is that Spanish language interviewing is available only on a limited basis.

Read more at Latino Decision →



ThursdayNovember 4, 2010