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SaturdayDecember 11, 2010

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UNWIND This Weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?


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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Preparing to Have What Some Would Call an “Anchor Baby”

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Preparing to Have What Some Would Call an “Anchor Baby”

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Actors Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem have reportedly decided their baby will not be born in Spain but rather in the United States.  This is the first child for the famous couple, who tied the knot in July. Cruz was born in Madrid and Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

Journalist Cristina Tárrega recently said on the Spanish TV show, “El programa de Ana Rosa,” that Cruz and husband, “Biutiful” star Javier Bardem, plan to be at their home in Hollywood for the Holiday Season in Los Angeles. With their son due in January, all indications are that the child will be born in the US.

Tárrega went on to explain to the many disappointed Spanish fans, that actors’ wish is for their son to have dual citizenship, and since the two own an estate in Hollywood—and Spain grants citizenship to foreign born if a parent is born in Spain, the child will be born in the US. Cruz was born in Madrid and Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

Best Wishes to Penelope and Javier and their son. Let us hope that using terms like “illegal aliens”, “illegal immigrants” and “anchor babies” will soon go the way of other dehumanizing words that we rarely see used in current day media.


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Illegal Aliens Sentenced to 2-to-4 Years for Causing Death of Immigrant They Were Smuggling

Two illegal aliens from Mexico were sentenced this week to 27 and 51 months imprisonment, respectively, for conspiring to transport and harbor an illegal alien within the United States resulting in his death. The sentences were announced by U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno.

Aburto-Gamino, 48, and Guzman-Villa, 28, pleaded guilty to the felony immigration offense on June 16. At that hearing, the government established that relatives and friends of the victim received a series of phone calls from alien smugglers demanding the payment of smuggling fees for him and also informed them that he was very ill. On April 27, 2009, the Texas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that a body had been found and upon inspecting the body, a Honduran driver’s license was found identifying the deceased.

Immigration agents initiated an investigation based on information collected from phone numbers used by the smugglers, leading to surveillance at a trailer park in Texas. Inside the trailer, agents discovered a “pollo” list, a slang term used to describe ledgers used by alien smugglers about smuggled aliens, contact numbers to obtain smuggling fees, and fees paid to the smugglers. The list contained the names of 27 illegally smuggled aliens. A pistol and numerous cell phones were also discovered.

Subsequent interviews with several of the defendants determined that the victim was brought to the location by an unidentified smuggler and that he was extremely ill on arrival. Aburto purchased a drink for the victim who drank it, went into a bathroom, collapsed and died. The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy but was unable to determine the cause of death.  Through the interviews with the aliens, Guzman-Villa was identified as having been an alien smuggler for at least two years with his wife, Cuadros, and stepfather, Aburto-Gamino. It was also determined that Guzman-Villa dumped the victim’s body on the side of the road.

Cuadros has already pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 13.  Aburto was charged with misprision of a felony and was sentenced on Aug. 20, to time served, about 15 months. He has been placed into deportation proceedings. Both Aburto-Gamino and Guzman-Villa face deportation after they complete their sentences.

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UN in Colombia to Aid with Flood Emergency Response

United Nations agencies have mobilized nearly $6 million to support efforts by the Colombian Government to respond to the humanitarian needs of those affected by the heavy rainfall that has caused floods and landslides in the country.

“We are working hand in hand with the Government of Colombia and national humanitarian actors, the Colombian Red Cross and Pastoral Social, in order to reach the most affected communities which are in conditions of major vulnerability,” said Bruno Moro, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombia.

Heavy rainfall associated with the La Niña weather phenomenon has lashed Colombia since the middle of this year, causing floods in the Andes region and the Caribbean coastal area.  Nearly 1.3 million people in 28 departments and the capital, Bogotá, are affected and are in need of food assistance, water and sanitation, shelters, emergency education and health services.

The $6 million was allocated from the local UN emergency response fund.

UN agencies and partner non-governmental organizations have already been assisting those affected in some of the worst-hit areas.

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Hispanic Vets to Benefit from ‘Patriot Loan Initiative’ from SBA

A very popular initiative that in just three-and-a-half years has provided more than $560 million in loan guarantees to nearly 7,000 veterans to start or expand their small businesses is being renewed for three more years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.  There are approximately one million Hispanic veterans that could benefit from this program. 

Patriot Express, a streamlined pilot loan product based on the agency’s SBA Express program, offers an enhanced guaranty and interest rate on loans to small businesses owned by veterans, reservists and their spouses. Over the past two years, due in part to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, loan volume increased dramatically.

Patriot Express was launched June 28, 2007, to expand upon the more than $1 billion in loans SBA guarantees annually for veteran-owned businesses across all its loan programs.  SBA also offers counseling assistance and procurement support each year to more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard and their spouses.

Patriot Express loans are offered by SBA’s network of participating lenders nationwide and feature one of SBA’s fastest turnaround times for loan approvals.  Patriot Express loans are available for up to $500,000.  The Patriot Express loan can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real-estate purchases.

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Obama Tax Agreement has Benefits for Latino Workers and Families

NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has expressed support for the new framework agreement on taxes, which will continue critical tax credits for low-income working families for the next two years. The bipartisan compromise announced this week by the White House preserves expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit, along with a boost in the EITC for families with three or more children.

“We applaud President Obama, Secretary Geithner, and leaders on both sides of the aisle for standing up for working families throughout this difficult debate. They made the right choice to invest in working families, who ultimately fuel business activity and job creation,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

These measures will provide much-needed support for Latino workers and families, who are among the hardest hit by the nation’s economic crisis. Estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities project the impact of the improved low-income refundable tax credits, which were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, on low-income Latino families and children in 2011:

Extending the expansions in the Earned Income Tax Credit will benefit:
  * 2.1 million Latino families
  * 5.2 million Latino children

Extending the expansion of the Child Tax Credit will benefit:
  * 3.3 million Latino families
  * 6.1 million Latino children

The agreement also includes a new 2% reduction in employee payroll taxes and a yearlong extension of unemployment insurance. The White House says that these measures will benefit 155 million workers and seven million workers, respectively.

“We urge the swift passage of this legislation before the end of the year so families aren’t dealt an unnecessary blow to their paychecks come January 1,” concluded Murguía.

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Judge Orders Woman Adopted from Mexico at 5 Months Old to be Deported

Judge Orders Woman Adopted from Mexico at 5 Months Old to be Deported

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This week a federal immigration judge has ordered a 38 year old woman who was adopted from a Mexican orphanage by US citizens at 5 months old to be deported back to Mexico.

Tara Ammons Cohen, who has been in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma since July 8, 2009, has lost her argument that she would be in danger if she were deported to Mexico. Immigration laws do not recognize adoption as a special circumstance in deportations.

After bring the 5-month-old baby to the US, Cohen’s parents failed to get her nationalized. By the time that Cohen tried to straighten out her citizenship issues, she was already in trouble with the law.

The married mother of two was arrested in 2008 on theft and drug trafficking charges. She pleaded guilty to stealing a purse containing two bottles of prescription pills and to the trafficking charge, though she never sold a pill.

Cohen’s legal challenge pointed out that her particular circumstances – white, a woman, poor – would make her like an immigrant and subject to abuse and violence in Mexico. She also suffers from a bipolar disorder and has been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder stemming from an assault when she was a teenager.

“Six out of 10 migrant women and girls experience sexual violence in Mexico and all such women face this serious risk of trafficking,” Her attorney said in his legal brief. “... Kidnapping of migrants for ransom reached almost 10,000 in 2009. ...“Additionally, there is documentary evidence that (Cohen) would be persecuted in Mexico on account of her mental illness.”

Judge Tammy Fitting’s ruling essentially denied every aspect of Cohen’s appeal except to agree that a drug conviction that led to her deportation problem was not a serious crime requiring her automatic removal.

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Breaking Down This Weeks HR Dream Act Vote

Breaking Down This Weeks HR Dream Act Vote

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This week the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216 to 198. Here is how the vote broke down:

Illinois Democrats:
All three African-American reps from Illinois, Danny Davis, Bobby Rush, and Jesse Jackson, voted to support the Dream Act. So did lakefront liberals Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley, all are Democrats. Suburban and downstate Democrats had been on the fence prior to the vote. Ultimately supporting the Dream Act were Melissa Bean ( who was defeated in November) , Debra Halverson, Phil Foster and Bill Hare.

Two Illinois Democrats broke rank though. 12th district’s Jerry Costello and Dan Lipinski of the 3rd, joined 36 other party members to vote nay.

Costello represents a predominantly white, working class district over the river from St. Louis. In contrast, Lipinski is in a changing area in the city. The 3rd has been slowly becoming Latino. Currently 58 percent white and diminishing, and more than 30 percent Hispanic and growing, the 3rd has tripled its Latino population since 2000.

Illinois Republicans:
All Republican Congressman from Illinois voted against the bill.

Nationwide Republicans:
Only eight Republicans broke ranks and voted in favor of the Dream Act. With the exception of two Cuban-Americans from Florida, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the remaining six were all lame ducks, including the retiring Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Mario’s brother).
•      Mike Castle of Delaware, who was defeated in the GOP primary by Christine O’Donnell;
•      Joseph Cao of Louisiana, another lame duck, the first Vietnamese-American in Congress and the only GOPer to vote for the first version of the healthcare bill;
•      Charles Djou of Hawai’i, who just got to the House in May in a special election but was voted out in November;
•      Vern Ehlers of Michigan—serving in Gerald Ford’s old seat, he didn’t seek re-election in November;
•      And South Carolina’s Bob Inglis, who was defeated 71 to 29 percent in the recent GOP primary .

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Glacier Melting in Chile and Argentina Spurs Warning

Glacier Melting in Chile and Argentina Spurs Warning

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A report presented this week at the UN Climate change talks in Cancun Mexico warns that glaciers in Chile and Argentina are melting at the fastest rate. This is likely to have a significant impact on the amount of water available to the drier regions of Chile and Argentina where they have low amounts of rainfall.

“By observing the results of glacial studies we can deduce the effects of climate change on economies that are water driven such as Chile” says Pablo Retamal, Climate Change Officer at the British Embassy in Santiago.

“Mining, agriculture and energy are all subject to water availability. With scarcity of the resource, Chile’s economy will become limited in production and competition will start between each of the sectors.”

Glaciers have been melting worldwide for many years but the rate has increased significantly since the 1980’s. Climate changes can have severe impacts on various industries. The wine industry in Chile has seen companies move to more southern regions of Chile as they prepare for future water shortages.

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SaturdayDecember 11, 2010