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TuesdayNovember 23, 2010

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Immigration Activists, DREAMers Protest at Miami Immigrant Detention Facility

Immigration activists, in support of the DREAM Act, staged a protest at the doors of the Krome immigrant detention center in Miami, Florida.

The protest, held Monday, is just the first of weekly protests planned, said the activists.

“We will be doing this every Monday at Krome or other immigration sites, to ask President Obama to order a moratorium in deportations until Congress decides on the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform,’’ said the president of American Fraternity, Nora Sándigo, an immigrant rights group.

President Obama says he does not see any possibility of legalizing undocumented immigrants unless a substantial number of Republicans sign on to comprehensive immigration reform.

Democratic leaders believe the DREAM Act has a better chance of passing in the lame-duck session than comprehensive immigration reform because the immigrants benefiting from the act would be far less than the wide sweep of immigrants that would benefit from the broader comprehensive immigration reform.

Alongside Sándigo’s American Fraternity, other groups had representatives at the rally including the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Latin Voter’s League, the Peruvian American Coalition and the Coalition of Latin Organizations for comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Read more at Miami Herald →

Telemundo Announces Partnership with Paula Abdul’s AuditionBooth

Telemundo today announced a partnership with AuditionBooth LLC to provide an online audition platform for Telemundo’s full line-up of shows. The partnership goes into effect in January 2011.

Over 29 million U.S. Hispanics are online, and U.S. Hispanic Internet audience growth outpaced total U.S. online population by 50%.  84% of Hispanics have a broadband connection versus 79% of non-Hispanics.  Entertainment, particularly video, plays a critical role in internet use among U.S. Hispanics.  37% of Hispanics watch video on the internet compared with 31% non-Hispanics, while 42% of Hispanics watch entire TV shows online compared with 28% of non-Hispanics.

“Telemundo is the gold-standard for Hispanic programming,” says Paula Abdul, AuditionBooth co-founder. “This partnership, and their involvement with our company, further enhances and illustrates the quality of services that we intend to provide for our users. We have a very clear vision - to provide high-quality opportunities for talent discovery - and this partnership does just that.”

Anyone interested in uploading an audition for Telemundo and mun2 will be driven to the network’s microsite. An audition host will then conduct a virtual interview which on-air hopefuls will record with their computer’s webcam – recorded entries can be reviewed and re-recorded before they are submitted. 

After audition content has been uploaded, Telemundo will use AuditionBooth technology to sort or filter audition applicants by gender, location, or content gathered during the audition process. Applicants can then choose to receive automatic electronic notification when their audition is being viewed.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Record Number of Applicants for Green-Card Lottery This Year

This year, a record number of people from around the world entered America’s green-card lottery in an attempt to quicken the path to permanent residency in the U.S..

Only 50,000 entrants win the green-card lottery each year, though millions cross their fingers. In 2009, around 11 to 12 million people entered, but this year the number jumped 25 percent to 15 million.

The program was launched in 1990 to promote diversity in the immigrant population, but now some lawmakers are looking to end the program altogether and they could get their way after the results of November’s midterm elections and the U.S. unemployment rates. Critics are claiming the program lures uneducated immigrants to the country and poses a security risk, as well as allows people with no U.S. ties to jump ahead of applicants sponsored by family or employers.

ImageCountries that boast a large number of nationals in the U.S. (Mexico, China, India, and the Philippines) are not permitted to take part in the lottery.

‘There is no faster way to get a green card to come to the United States,’ said immigration lawyer, Mark Jacobsen. ‘The American dream is held out as a torch to the entire world.’

Read more at The Wall Street Journal →

Mexican Hired Killer’s Chilling Tale of Murder and Revenge (VIDEO)

Listen to the chilling interview by Mariana Sanchez of Al Jazeera as she interviews “George” a seasoned 26-year Mexican hit man.  The interview delves into the hit squad of twelve-years old at his command and the different hits George has executed at least the ones he can remember.

Exceptionally frightening is the casual manner in which the hit man describes what motives his crimes and the “high” he gets when someone is killed, tortured or maimed.

Read more at Al Jazeera →

Dominican Republic’s Cholera Cases Increase While Travel Ban to Island being Considered by Some

A 20-year old Dominican has been diagnosed with cholera, the fourth confirmed case in the country, where protective measures against the disease are reaching epic proportions. In Haiti, the epidemic has taken more than 1,300 lives so far.

The first case involved a Haitian worker who picked up the disease during a visit to his country. Later, a 55-year old woman and her granddaughter, who had never been to Haiti but live near a polluted river were also diagnosed. For now, all those infected are out of danger. Yesterday, the Ministries of Public Health and Education began a national education program on the disease.

In spite of a closed border with Haiti and numerous protective measures many countries are deciding whether to ban travel to the island.

Russia’s sanitary watchdog will decide this week on whether to temporarily ban Russians from traveling to the Dominican Republic.  Almost 48,000 Russian tourists visited the Dominican Republic in January-September, up 54.5 percent from the same period last year.

Read more at DR1 →

Minority Caucus Members Gain Clout in New Congress

After this year’s mid-term election members of the Black and Hispanic caucus hold nearly a third of all the Democratic seats in Congress.  The minority caucuses hold 61 of the 190 Democratic seats with most members considered liberal. 

These impressive numbers will give members of theses caucuses senior positions on key party committees and allow them to be in a stronger position to advocate their stance amongst moderate Democrats. 

They appear ready and willing to advocate a liberal agenda that includes government spending to create jobs. 

Though the Democrats overall are in the minority party in Congress the Black and Hispanic caucus members intend to block any call to roll back health care reform and banking regulations.  Another priority is immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

Read more at Online WSJ →

Ecuador Ready to Meet Its Growing Energy Demand

Ecuador will improve its ability to efficiently transmit electricity to meet rising demand with a $64.7 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Government of Ecuador is developing several hydroelectric projects that will come online between now and 2014, as part of its overall strategy to meet anticipated growth in energy demand. This new generation capacity will be added to an electricity transmission system that is already overloaded and in need of upgrades.

These investments will satisfy 20 percent of Ecuador’s expected transmission needs over the next four years, while also helping to modernize the management of transmission services. 

By improving the overall reliability and quality of the electric power supply, the project will also have a positive impact on investments and economic activity. 

Read more at Inter-American Development Bank →

Jorge Ramos gives $20,000 to DREAM Act-Eligible Students

Jorge Ramos, a Univision anchorman, has put up $20,000 to fund scholarships for students who, if passed, would be DREAM Act eligible.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) would grant citizenship to undocumented immigrant children, having come to the U.S. before age 15, graduated from a U.S. high school, and agreed to attend college or enlist in the military for two years.

Ramos maintains that this is not a political donation, and he is not concern Univision will see his gift as anything but what it is. Political donations have recently resulted in the suspensions of MSNBC anchormen Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough. 

“This is not political donation. I’m not donating money to any politician or any political party,” he told Fox News Latino. “I’m donating money to students so they can go to college.”

The newsman’s $20,000 donation went to the Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), which advocates for low-income undocumented students. Executive Director for the non-profit, Katherine Gin, says Ramos’ gift will provide four students with $5,000 scholarships.

Gin says Ramos began his involvement with E4FC when one of its pro bono lawyers reached out to him in hopes of gaining press coverage on a case. Ramos was apparently inspired by the students he met and decided to make the donation.

“We have not known Jorge for a long time, but he has been a wonderful person to include in our community,” says Gin.

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Mexico to Close 76 Million-Ton Landfill Considered One of World’s Largest

Mexico’s Interior Department has announced that it is closing the massive Bordo Poniente landfill that receives 12,000 tons of garbage a day – considered by many the world’s largest land fill with an estimated 76 million tons of trash in it.

The landfill is located on the north edge of Mexico City and has gotten so large because the garbage is not sorted or removed to be recycled.  Only 6 percent of Mexico’s waste is recycled.  The call to close the landfill comes as Mexico attempts to meets its carbon emission reduction level, open-air landfills are a major source of greenhouse gases.

The closure is expected to take place at the end of 2011 and would be replaced by four state-of-the-art garbage-recycling centers that would also compost and burn garbage for energy. 

Read more at CNBC →

Largest Drug Ring in Carribean Dismantled with Its Puerto Rican Drug Lord Arrested

Largest Drug Ring in Carribean Dismantled with Its Puerto Rican Drug Lord Arrested

Photo: José David Figueroa-Agosto

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested this morning Jose Figueroa-Agosto (46), the leader of the largest drug trafficking organization in the Caribbean, and 12 other members of his organization.

The defendants were charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and money laundering.  The indictment also seeks to forfeit the proceeds obtained as a result of such offenses, up to an amount of one $100 million

It is alleged that the co-conspirators would smuggle hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic in private vessels.  The narcotics would be distributed in Puerto Rico and the Continental United States, and part of the drug proceeds would also be smuggled from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic in bulk cash quantities.

On July 17, 2010, José Figueroa-Agosto was arrested in Puerto Rico after being a fugitive since Nov. 1999 when he utilized false documents to escape from a Puerto Rico correctional facility.  He was subsequently charged with fraudulently obtaining a passport to travel to the Dominican Republic. As charged in the indictment, he continued his criminal enterprise of drug trafficking.

The indictment also includes money laundering allegations.  It was part of the manner and means of the conspiracy that the defendants would acquire vessels with illegal proceeds for use in drug and currency smuggling ventures between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. They would also transfer ownership or loan the vessels amongst themselves in furtherance of the drug trafficking activities.

If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life with fines of up to $4 million. Figueroa-Agosto is facing a mandatory life sentence if found guilty of the continuing criminal enterprise charge.

Read more at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement →

TuesdayNovember 23, 2010