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SaturdayNovember 6, 2010

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After 15 Years, US Citizen in Peru Granted Parole –Again

After 15 Years, US Citizen in Peru Granted Parole –Again

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US citizen Lori Berenson is serving a 20- year prison sentence in Peru for aiding Marxist rebels, was granted parole for a second time.  Berenson (40) was sentenced to life in prison after her capture in 1995 for being a member of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. A civilian court later decreased the sentence to 20 years, Berenson denied the charges.

Berenson was granted parole in May, but Judge Jessica Leon suspended the parole in August because Police had failed to inspect the apartment in Lima where Benson would be living. Berenson returned to prison with her 17-month old son, Salvador. Prosecutors argued that Berenson was obligated to serve ¾ of her 20-year sentence before she could be considered for parole. This condition was met this week and Berenson is scheduled to be released.

A New York native and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, Berenson has requested that she be allowed to return to America.

President Alan Garcia said last month he is considering Berenson’s request for her sentence to be commuted so that she can return with her family to the U.S.

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Hundreds of Chilean Miners from Collapsed Mine Demand Wages

Yesterday in Capiapo northern Chile, at the site of the mine where 33 miners were rescued last month- more than 300 miners protested to demand their wages.

When the collapse on August 5th caused San Esteban Primera’s mine to close, hundreds of miners lost their jobs. Since then, the owners of the mine have declared bankruptcy and have not paid workers salaries, nor their severance paid as stated in their contracts.

The Chilean government has given some of the employee’s job training but hundreds remain unemployed. The employees are prohibited from finding work at a new employer until their contracts with San Esteban is officially terminated.

Javier Castillo, president of the Central Workers Union of Copiapó, told The Santiago Times that the government had promised the workers more than it was actually offering.

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Latino Candidates Achieve Political Milestones in State and Local Races

According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Latino candidates continued to make political progress in state and local races across the country this mid-term election season.

The number of Latino State Senators increased from 64 to 66.  Several of these candidates successfully ran in districts which do not have Latino majorities.

In State House across the U.S. the number of Latinos in lower chambers remained unchanged, the net losses of Latino Democrats and an Independent were offset by net gains of Latino Republicans. The Texas State House experienced the largest gain (5).
Latino candidates in several state and local offices continue to reach new milestones:

• In New York, State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat not only becomes the first Dominican-
American in the State Senate, but also the first nationwide.

• In Maryland, State Delegate Víctor Ramírez becomes the first Salvadoran-American in the State

• In Texas, Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Elba García becomes the first Latina Commissioner
on the Dallas County Commissioners Court.

• In Providence, Rhode Island, Dominican-American lawyer Angel Tavares becomes the first
Latino mayor to lead the state’s capital city.

“Latinos are proving that they can attract votes from diverse constituencies, and govern across all ethnicities,” said NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director Arturo Vargas.

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Sponsor Of SB-1070 Russell Pearce Tells Undocumented Students ‘I Don’t Make The Law’ (VIDEO)

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R), the sponsor of SB-1070 who was recently elected state Senate president, has pushed and authored a series of other lesser-known immigration laws in his state. One of those was Proposition 300 — a referendum approved by Arizona voters in November 2006 which forces undocumented Arizonans to pay out-of-state tuition and bars them from receiving financial aid.

Recently, two undocumented students confronted Pearce and asked him if he believed they should be punished for the sins of their fathers. In response, Pearce — a lawmaker — told the students that he “doesn’t make the law”:

  DREAMer: What do you think about you should not be punished for the sins of your father? — Because it wasn’t our choice to come here…

  PEARCE: I understand, but blame your father. I agree with you. Shame on him.

  DREAMer: Okay, do you believe that we should not be punished for that though?

  PEARCE: Well, that’s not the issue. I don’t make the law. I will enforce the law. It’s illegal under federal law. All it is is a codification of the law. I will enforce it.

  DREAMer: But the 14th amendment — that is the law, and you want it to change…

  PEARCE: No it’s not! You can pervert the Constitution all you like. Doesn’t work well. I’m not gonna listen to this garbage.

Watch it:

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio often defends his draconian immigration tactics by pointing out that he doesn’t “make” the laws. However, Pearce does. His bills don’t codify federal law, but rather redefine the laws themselves. It’s true that Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) prohibits states from “providing a postsecondary education benefit to an alien not lawfully present unless any citizen or national is eligible for such benefit.” However, it doesn’t bar states from providing in-state tuition to undocumented students — a practice that the state of California implements. Pearce also erroneously claimed that “it’s illegal [for undocumented immigrants] to attend higher ed under federal law.”

Pearce is trying to “reinterpret” the 14th amendment to prevent the American-born children of undocumented immigrants from receiving U.S citizenship upon birth. As part of this new legislative project, Pearce has also toyed with the idea of charging undocumented children tuition if they receive a public elementary or high school education in Arizona. This proposal is clearly in conflict with federal law and the Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court decision, which determined that all children, regardless of immigration status, are guaranteed access to public education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Besides the fact the Pearce does make the law, his response is also interesting in relation to his faith. Pearce is a “devout Mormon.” Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that the “sins of parents cannot be answered upon the heads of their children.” The Book of Mormon also states that “little children” are “not capable of committing sin.”

Yet the laws that Pearce authors cast a wide net that seeks to punish undocumented men, women, and children alike. SB-1070 begins with the proclamation that “attrition through enforcement” is “the public policy of all state and local government.” In other words, the law’s purpose is to make life so miserable for all undocumented immigrants that they choose to self-deport. Meanwhile, the federal government has a policy of focusing its limited resources on pursuing undocumented immigrants who are violent criminals.

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U.S. Officials Set to Visit Paraguay and Uruguay This Week

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela will be in Asuncion, Paraguay November 8–9 and in Montevideo, Uruguay November 9–10.  In both countries, he will meet with government officials and political, business, and civil society leaders to discuss bilateral and regional issues such as opportunities for increased trade, educational exchanges and science and technology cooperation, as well as avenues to improve security and stability for the Western Hemisphere

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Pope Benedict Arrives in Spain for Two Day Visit (VIDEO)

Today, Pope Benedict will begin a two-day apostolic journey, his second to Spain and his eighteenth outside Italy.

Pope Benedict will arrive in Santiago de Compostela, now a city of 95,000, late in the morning. Following a welcoming ceremony, the Pontiff will meet with Prince Felipe, the heir to the Spanish throne, and Princess Letizia (born 1972), Spain’s fashion icon and a former television journalist.

Pope Benedict is in Spain to visit the famed Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which was consecrated in 1211, some 136 years after construction began; he will venerate the relics of St. James the Greater.

Pope Benedict will offer Holy Mass on the occasion of the Compostelian Jubilee Year. The Mass will take place in the Plaza del Obradoiro, located in front of the cathedral.  From Santiago he will head to Barcelona where he will designate the Sagrada Familia church as a basilica. The church is still under construction some 100 years after it was built.  Protesters will be outnumbered by loyal Catholics as the Pope visits Spain as homosexual activists have announced a “kiss-in” demonstration in Barcelona at the time of the Pope’s appearance there.

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