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SaturdayNovember 27, 2010

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Hispanic Caucus Director Elbows President in a Friendly (???) Game of Hoops (VIDEO)

Yesterday no one knew who Rey Decerega was or maybe even who the Hispanic Caucus Institute is but thanks to 12 stitches the leader of the free world received, they do now.

The President and Decerega, program director at the Hispanic Caucus, were part of a friendly five on five basketball game at Ft. McNair in Washington D.C. yesterday. The game which included Arne Duncan, head of Department of Education, resulted in the President getting a bloody lip and needing 12 stitches.  We aren’t sure who labeled the game friendly?

Decerega wasn’t immediately identified but later came forward with a statement but not really an apology.  “I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out to the court again soon.”  We know he will be but we aren’t too sure you will be Rey.

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Numbers of Legal Immigrants Remain Constant at 12.5 M - Most from Mexico and Living in CA and NY

The Department of Homeland Security just released its statistics on the number of legal permanent residents (LPR) in the U.S. showing that 12.5 million legal permanent residents are here.  That number has remained fairly unchanged over the last three years.  Of the 12.5 million legal residents approximately 7.9 million were eligible to become U.S. citizens last year.

Mexico was the leading country of origin of the LPR population in 2009. An estimated 3.3 million or 26 percent of LPRs came from Mexico. The next leading source country was the Philippines (0.6 million), followed by People’s Republic of China (0.5 million), India (0.5 million), and the Dominican Republic (0.4 million). Forty-two percent of LPRs in 2009 were born in one of these five countries. The 10 leading countries of origin, which also include Cuba, Canada, El Salvador, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom, represented 55 percent of the LPR population..

California was the leading state of residence with an estimated 3.3 million LPRs in 2009. The next leading states of residence were NewYork followed by Texas and Florida. These four states were home to 58 percent of LPRs in 2009.

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DREAM Act: Much Hope but Reality Dim for Passage

The issue of the DREAM Act has galvanized immigrant high-school and college students like no other in the country.  As Congress considers taking up the measure possibly on November 29th, during the lame duck session, students are staging hunger strikes, reaching out to their elected officials and trying to draw attention to the issue in any way they can.

The DREAM Act would provide legal status to children of undocumented immigrants if they meet certain criteria, like being in college or serving in the military.  The last time the bill came to a vote was before midterm elections and it was blocked.  It is estimated 55,000 young immigrants would benefit from passage of the bill.

Political experts do not give the bill a lot of hope since the Republican house majority has vowed to focus on immigration enforcement and “securing the border” and not any pro-immigrant legislation.  The more conservative members of the Republican party have outright opposed the bill because they fear it would encourage more illegal immigration.

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Ongoing Brazil Slum Violence Leaves 25 Dead as Police Clash with Drug Gangs

A week long clash between Brazilian police and drug gangs of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas “slums” has resulted in 25 dead and 188 arrests.  The violence erupted when drug gang members being transferred from local prisons to federal facilities ordered the uprising.  Police entered the favelas after local gangs under orders stopped cars and buses robbing them and causing general chaos in the area. 

Brazilian authorities sent 800 soldiers, tanks, weapons and night-vision goggles to help local authorities combat the gun fighting.  At least 47 public schools within the 17 Rio slums were ordered closed until order could be restored.  In all 17,500 state police have been deployed to bring order.

Crime and drug violence in Rio’s favelas has been an on going concern as the country prepares to host two high profile international events: the 2014 World Cup tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

Read more at Telegraph U.K. →

Holiday Doesn’t Slow Drug Smugglers: $5 Million Seized over Thanksgiving Holiday

More than $5.3 million worth of marijuana was confiscated in multiple seizures by U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector in a 48-hour time period spanning the Thanksgiving holiday.

One of the largest seizures occurred Thursday, when a K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search revealed more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana hidden within a spool of fiber optic wire. The driver and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a separate incident Wednesday, agents from the McAllen Station seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana near Madero, Texas. Agents patrolling the Rio Grande observed a group of people carrying large backpacks. As soon as the group spotted the agents, they dropped their cargo and fled to Mexico. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

“Our agents work diligently day in and day out to protect the nation from these dangerous drugs,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Armando Mercado Jr. “While we Americans enjoy our Thanksgiving holiday with our families, it is important to remember the agents who safeguard our communities.”

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Another U.S.-Mexico Tunnel Discovered in San Diego

Eight suspects are in custody on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and more than 20 tons of marijuana have been seized following the San Diego Tunnel Task Force’s discovery Thursday of a cross-border passageway even more sophisticated than a similar tunnel uncovered in the area less than three weeks ago.

Unlike previous area tunnels, the nearly half-mile long passageway had two U.S. entrances located in warehouses about 800 feet apart in the Otay Mesa industrial complex in southern San Diego. The tunnel, which reached an estimated depth of 90 feet, emerged in Tijuana, Mexico, inside a stucco residence outfitted with a garage large enough to accommodate deliveries by tractor trailer trucks. Inside, the tunnel’s walls were fortified with wood and cinderblock supports and the passageway was equipped with advanced rail, electrical and ventilation systems.

The tunnel was located Thursday morning after task force agents conducting surveillance in the area observed suspicious activity involving a tractor trailer truck. There, Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle and a search of the truck’s trailer revealed more than 27,600 pounds of marijuana.

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SaturdayNovember 27, 2010