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TuesdayDecember 14, 2010

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Reid to Forge Ahead with Dream Act Vote- Show your Support Now!

Reid to Forge Ahead with Dream Act Vote- Show your Support Now!

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Harry Reid’s Spokesman. Jim Manley has said that the Senate Majority leader plans to forge ahead with a vote on the DREAM Act this session. “We intend to have a vote,” Manley said. “We’re still trying to figure out when.”

The tax cut extension bill passed in the Senate last week has been taking center stage this week in the Congress. Republicans have threatened to filibuster on the DREAM Act, refusing to vote on anything until the tax vote is approved in both houses.

Tonight, advocates around the nation plan to have a “telephonic town hall” to help keep up momentum for the DREAM Act, said Katherine Vargas, press secretary for the National Immigration Forum in Washington D.C.

“We’re expecting a vote in the Senate this week, given the victory in the House last week,” Vargas said. “If they have a vote on cloture on Thursday, then they could be ready to vote next week.”

Faith leaders from various states were in Washington D.C. today, visiting congressional offices and trying to drum up support for a Senate passage of the DREAM Act.
“Activists will continue to push,” Vargas said.


Republicans still holding out

Between now and the upcoming Senate vote, we must get at least four Republican senators to commit on the Dream Act. Make the following calls:
I urge [Senator …] to vote Yea on the Dream Act.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Dial (202) 224-6521
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Dial (202) 224-2523
or Email
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Dial (202) 224-6665
or Email

Sen. Bennett of Utah and Sen. Lugar of Indiana have already expressed their willingness to vote Yea on the Dream Act:
I thank [Senator …] for supporting the Dream Act and want to remind him to vote Yea on the bill.
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Dial (202) 224-5444
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Dial (202) 224-4814
or Email

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Presidents of Haiti and Dominican Republican Cancel Their Visit Last Minute?

A meeting between Haitian President Rene Preval and his Dominican counterpart Leonel Fernandez in the Dominican Republic set for today has been cancelled and no date was given for a new meeting.

Apparently the current election crisis in Haiti, together with the cholera outbreak, has made it unsafe politically for Preval to travel. Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive announced the meeting last week, as an opportunity for the two governments to work together on the cholera crisis and other border related issues. Fernandez was the first foreign head of state to visit the devastated Haitian capital after the earthquake. 

The Temporary Commission for Haiti’s Reconstruction headed by Bill Clinton and the Haiti Prime Minister is proceeding forward.

According to El Caribe, the epidemic in Haiti has cost more than 2,300 lives and affected more than 100,000 people. In the Dominican Republic no deaths have yet been reported and the number of cholera cases is listed at 32 and according to the Panamerican Health Organization is atypically low regarding the spread of cholera.

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NARCO BLOG:  Drug Cartel Guns Coming from Texas

Eight of the twelve main suppliers of arms to the violent drug cartels in Mexico are located in Texas, according to year-long research conducted by the Washington Post.

The newspaper reported that they discovered there are twelve major suppliers of arms into Mexico. The discovery was made by following the trail of weapons seized by Mexican authorities at crime scenes.
The report acknowledges that eight of the top twelve providers are in Texas, three in Arizona and one in California.

In Texas, two of the four Carter’s Country Stores in the Houston area are listed, along with four retail gun dealers in Rio Grande Valley at the southern tip of the state, according to the report.  Carter Country gun stores located in Houston alone accounted for 155 firearms seized by Mexican officials.

Texas has over 3,800 gun dealers while Mexico has strict gun ownership laws, forcing cartels to cross the border for their weapons.

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List of Nominees for the 68th Golden Globes is Out:  Four Latinos Nominated

The 2011 Golden Globes are fast approaching, and the list of nominees includes four Latino stars of Film and Television, two male and two female.

Ladies first. 

“Modern Family” actress, Colombian Sofía Vergara is up for the “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series, or Motion Picture made for Television” for her role as ‘Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Ed O’Neill’s wife in the series.

Regarded by some media sources as a surprise, Christina Aguilera’s film “Burlesque” received two nominations. One in the category of “Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical” and one for “Best Original Song.”

Even though Javier Bardem was overlooked and didn’t get a much expected best actor nomination, ‘Biutiful,’ helmed by Alejandro González Iñarritu, was nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film.” The film will represent both México and Spain.

Carlos, the miniseries about Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos the Jackal, received nominations for “Best TV Movie or Mini-series” and Venezuelan star Edgar Ramírez received a nomination for “Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie.”

below, the complete list of nominees for the 68th Golden Globes.


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Spanish Tennis Star Rafael Nadal, The New Face of Armani

Spanish tennis star and currently the number one player in the world, Rafael Nadal has been chosen to replace Christiano Ronaldo as the face of Armani underwear, and Armani Jeans.

The 25 year-old ‘King of Clay’ earlier this year won his first US Open, becoming one of seven players to have won every Grand Slam, and one of two to have completed the ‘Career Golden Slam’ (winner of all four grand slams plus the Olympic Golden Medal), the other player being Andre Agassi.

Nadal, who had a Main belt asteroid named after him by the astronomy observatory in Mallorca, has advertised products and equipment before for brands like Nike, Kia Motors and Universal DVDs, but this is the first time the Spaniard will be shedding everything but his Armani underwear, and modeling.

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Enter Illegally in Arizona, Get Deported Out of Texas - A Deterrent for Illegal Immigration?

Last week, buses filled with as many as 47 undocumented immigrant males aged 20-60 began transporting the men to the Texas-Mexico border once again.  The program began in November of 2009, and sent undocumented immigrants found in Arizona to Texas to be deported to Ojinaga, Mexico. At the time, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials were worried about the increased number of immigrants in their state and claimed the area could not handle the new population.

Last December, the U.S. Border Patrol temporarily stopped the transports because officials believed fewer immigrants were crossing into Arizona, and the time between the program’s reinstatement allowed for an evaluation of the programs successes or failures.

However, Del Rio,Texas is seeing the buses roll in. Del Rio is now seeing almost 100 unauthorized immigrants arrive daily as they wait to be “repatriated” at the international bridge.  Del Rio Mayor Roberto Fernandez said that if he had known about the program sooner, he would have voiced his objections to the buses coming through Del Rio, but now he’s not sure what he can do.

When Fernandez asked why the buses weren’t being sent straight to Mexico from Arizona, Border Patrol failed to clearly explain their reasoning, and only said the Del Rio “stop” was part of an attempt to break the smuggling cycle, adding that they would be keeping an eye out for aliens repatriated.

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What is American Legislative Priority ; Secure Border vs. Amnesty ?

Voters still strongly believe that gaining control of the border should be the legislative priority.  A new national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say gaining control of the border is more important in terms of immigration legislation that legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States.

The study by Rasmussen Reports, Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and say legalizing the status of illegal workers is more important. These numbers are consistent with findings for years.

Voters are evenly divided over whether young people brought to this country illegally brought to this country illegally by their parents should be viewed as breaking the law, an issue we covered yesterday.  Making a distinction between illegal immigrants and their children is at the heart of the so-called DREAM Act that some in Congress are hoping to pass before the end of the lame duck session.

In late July, support for the building of a fence along the Mexican border reached a new high of 68%, and voters were more confident than ever that illegal immigration can be stopped.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of all voters believe the policies and practices of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally.  But even with a new Republican majority in the House, just 17% of voters are optimistic about what Congress will accomplish in the next couple years when it comes to immigration.

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‘Green’ Hotels to be Built in Central America, Mexico and Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved financing of up to $42 million in long-term IDB loans to finance up to eight Marriott-hotels in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico that will meet world-class environmental and sustainability standards.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification has become the dominant standard for green building design, requires buildings to meet specific parameters in areas such as energy conservation, efficiency in water use, CO2 emissions, improved indoor environmental quality and resource management.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, most of the LEED-certified buildings completed until now have been offices or commercial spaces located primarily in Mexico and Brazil.

The first hotel to be financed is a Marriott Courtyard of 127 rooms in Alajuela, near the Juan Santamaría International Airport, 20 kilometers from San José, Costa Rica.

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HUD Investigates Racially Biased Lending Practices Against Hispanics

After a number of complaints were filed, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched an investigation to examine why 22 lenders failed to offer Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages to borrowers that met the requirements.

HUD has received claims alleging lenders violated the Fair Housing Act by racial discriminating against Latinos and other minorities.

“By denying access to FHA loans to qualified, creditworthy individuals, without regard for the actual risk posed to the institution, lenders are discouraging the flow of credit and capital into working-class communities,” said David Berenbaum of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) which filed claims with HUD last week.

As part of a study, NCRC sent “secret shoppers” into banks to apply for mortgages. NCRC alleges banks turned down Latinos with credit scores as high as 640, though to be eligible for the loans, a borrower must have a credit score above 580 and have a 3.5 percent down payment (or a score above 500 and 10 percent down).

Agreeing with Berenbaum is John Taylor, NCRC CEO and president. “This decision is arbitrary, because the loans are 100 percent guaranteed, whether the borrower’s credit score is 580 or 780. That means the loans with lower credit scores don’t pose additional risk to the company, so there’s no legitimate business defense for this across-the-board practice.”

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Catholic Hugo Chávez to Rule Venezuela From a Muslim Bedouin Tent - What?

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez just announced that he will be moving into a tent, so flood victims can use his own office as a shelter but it is not just any tent.

The decision comes after the leader was accused of making politics out of the disaster, and favoring certain provinces over those governed by the opposition in the delivery of aid.

“Put up Gaddafi’s present; you can install it in the garden at Miraflores [presidential palace] because I’m moving into that tent. Prepare even the first office… it is a protocolary room, but it’s okay,  we can put some beds in there, and there’s a bathroom too” instructed Chávez to one of his ministers during a visit to a refuge for flood victims west of the Venezuelan capital.

The tent was given to him by Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who lives in a huge Bedouin tent in Libya, and brought one with him when he visited Venezuela last year.

Roughly two weeks ago, Chávez made several presidential guard rooms in the palace available to 26 families, all victims of the inclement weather bashing northern South America and Central America. In the last two weeks 38 people have died, and 123,919 people are affected by the rain as well as landslides and floods.

Some of the worst damage has been in the humble hillside areas of Caracas, where landslides have destroyed precariously built homes.

Chavez has promised a new giant home-building program, and has appointed culture minister Francisco Sesto to the new role of minister for reconstruction in Caracas.

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Latin America and Caribbean Nations Expected to See 6% Economic Growth This Year

The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to grow by six per cent in 2010 as a result of the recovery posted by many countries in the region, according to an annual United Nations report released today.

The Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2010 finds that measures adopted by several countries in the wake of the global financial crisis have been shown to have a positive impact on economic growth, with a 4.8 per cent rise expected for this year in per capita gross domestic product (GDP).

The report also states that this upturn has resulted in a decrease in the regional unemployment rate from 8.2 per cent in 2009 to around 7.6 per cent, as well as an improvement in the quality of jobs created.  Although the growth of the region’s countries has been uneven, most recorded positive figures for 2010, according to the report. South America will grow by 6.6 per cent, while GDP is expected to rise by 4.9 per cent in Mexico and Central America and by 0.5 per cent in English-speaking and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries.

Paraguay will post the strongest growth (9.7 per cent), followed by Uruguay (9 per cent), Peru (8.6 per cent) and Argentina (8.4 per cent).  Brazil will grow by 7.7 per cent, while Mexico and Chile will expand by 5.3 per cent.

In contrast, Haiti and Venezuela are expected to see GDP fall by 7 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.

The report states that the region’s economies must invest more in order to increase their capacity for growth. Despite progress made to date, Latin America and the Caribbean is some way off the levels of investment observed in the 1970s.

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95 Criminal Aliens Removed in Florida Immigration Sweep

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 93 foreign nationals with criminal records and two others during a five-day enforcement action throughout Florida targeting convicted criminal aliens identified with being in violation of U.S. immigration law.

The enforcement operation, which began Dec. 6 and ended on Friday, was intended to seek, locate and arrest at-large criminal aliens with convictions for drug trafficking offenses, violent crimes and sex offenses.

All 95 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the United States. The overall criminal alien arrests include 84 men and nine women, representing 22 different nations, including countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Arrested by ICE officers were:
  * A 38-year-old citizen and national of the Dominican Republic. He has prior 2010 convictions in Miami-Dade County for second degree attempted murder, burglary with assault or battery, and child abuse.
  * A 25-year-old citizen and national of Mexico had a prior 2005 conviction for cocaine possession. He is also documented as an associate gang member.
  * A 42-year-old citizen and national of Mexico had a prior 2010 conviction in Palm Beach County for third degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
  * A 44-year-old citizen and national of Mexico had a prior 2002 conviction in Collier County for child neglect.

Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.

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TuesdayDecember 14, 2010