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SundayFebruary 20, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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NARCO BLOG: New Video Game “Call of Juarez: The Cartel”  Generates Anger

NARCO BLOG: New Video Game “Call of Juarez: The Cartel”  Generates  Anger

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Call of Juarez: The Cartel is the new title of the third installment of the videogame series, the latest is inspired by the ultra-violence and drug trafficking that exists in Mexico, and of coarse has caused much criticism.

The game was created by the company Ubisoft, and will be available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, ” Take justice into your own hands in this modern Western.  You can use all kinds of weapons, carry out different types of missions like public confrontations, interrogations, prosecutions, etc., “say the promotion in advance of the games release next summer.

In Call of Juarez: The Cartel, virtual Gunmen have dangerous adventures travelling from the U.S. to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Intentionally choosing one of the most dangerous areas of Mexico, the player experiences the ravages of the drug war which has caused thousands of people die.

Announcing the launch of the game, Mexican politicians spoke out to express their anger at the ” bad image that could cause Juarez”, they claimed.

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The Majority of Americans Think Our International Allies Should Follow Our Lead

Many people believe the United States and its allies should cooperate more, and a solid majority of U.S. voters still think that the better way for that to happen is for America’s allies to follow our lead.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters say it would be better for our allies to do what the United States wants more often rather than vice versa.  Only 12% feel the United States should do what our allies want more often, while 27% favor neither course. 

In 2007 and 2008, the number of voters who felt the United States should do what our allies want more often ranged from 21% to 34%.  In January 2009, this number dropped to 15% and has remained at that level or lower ever since.  At the same time, the number of voters who believe our allies should follow our lead has risen from the low 40s in late 2006 to the mid- to upper 50s over the past year.

Forty-seven percent (47%) give the Obama administration good or excellent marks for its response to the Egypt situation, while 24% rate its response as poor.
Still, an overwhelming 76% of voters believe that it’s generally good for America when dictators in other countries are replaced with leaders selected in free and fair elections. 

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Guatemala Soccer Team Facing Death Threats for Poor Performance, Manager Murdered 2 Days Ago

The Guatemala soccer league is calling on the government to provide extra security and vigilance after the killing of a team’s vice president/manager Noe Gomez.

Noe Gomez worked for the Xinabajul team club located in the northern part of the country.  The team is having a bad season and currently is at the bottom of the Guatemala soccer league rankings.  Two days ago Gomez was shot to death after leaving a team meeting.

Now the club’s president Mauro Rodriguez is receiving death threats and is under police protection – he is not attending any club games or meetings. 

Last November a soccer league player, Carlos Vasquez, was threatened and then killed with his body found chopped into pieces that were left in 5 garbage bags.

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Latino Policy Coalition Applauds Colorado’s Stand Against Arizona-Style Racial Profiling Laws

Latino Policy Coalition Applauds Colorado’s Stand Against Arizona-Style Racial Profiling Laws

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The Latino Policy Coalition issued the following statement concerning this weeks decision to stand against Arizona-style racial profiling laws by Colorado’s Senate State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

“By voting down SB-54 and SB-129, Colorado has struck a serious blow against those who would persecute minorities, and apply the Bill of Rights selectively,” said Latino Policy Coalition Chairman Jim Gonzalez.

“While it is important to stop Arizona-style racial profiling laws from ever being enacted in any state, inaction by the federal government to enact comprehensive immigration reform has caused the center of debate to move to state houses and ballot boxes. At least 31 states have introduced a plethora of increasingly hostile Arizona SB 1070 copycat legislation to legalize racial profiling,” continued Gonzalez.

“Until the Congress and President Obama make enacting meaningful immigration reform a priority, other states across the country will consider following in the ill-advised footsteps of Arizona and those that seek to divide our nation. As a nation, we deserve better. Now is the time for the Congress to act,” concluded Gonzalez.


The Latino Policy Coalition is a national non-partisan non-profit consortium of the country’s leading Latino research organizations and scholars. The LPC analyzes, through nationwide public opinion surveys, policy issues affecting the Latino community. Chaired by former San Francisco City and County Supervisor Jim Gonzalez, the LPC seeks to highlight Latino community views on key national issues; and thus stimulate public policy debate among local, state and national elected officials.

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Three Ways to File your Taxes for Free

Three Ways to File your Taxes for Free

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Filing your taxes shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. In fact, it shouldn’t cost a penny if you do it through some of the free tax preparation programs offered by the federal government.

The Internal Revenue Service has a free tax-preparation program for virtually every taxpayer, regardless of income. Taxpayers can also file their taxes online, which speeds up the process for getting back a refund.
The following are the three main free tax-preparation programs offered by the IRS:

Free Tax Preparation for Everybody.

Free Fileis an online service available to all taxpayers.  More than 100 million people prepared and filed their federal taxes using Free File in 2010 It’s popular because it’s fast, safe and free.  One of the benefits of using Free File is that taxpayers have the option to choose direct deposit and get their refund in around 10 days.

Tax payers with an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less in 2010 will use brand-name software.

Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of more than $58,000 in 2010 will use Free File forms

Although Free File is for federal taxes, some states offer State Free File to help taxpayers prepare and file their state taxes for free.

Free Tax Preparation for Low Income Taxpayers

Low to moderate income taxpayers can receive free tax assistance through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA. This is for people who generally make $49,000 or less and are unable to prepare their own taxes.
VITA offers help through volunteers in various community organizations across the country. The volunteers can help taxpayers in several languages, including Spanish, Mandarin and sign language. They can also file their taxes online.
To locate a VITA site, call 1 (800) 906-9887 or visit the VITA free tax-preparation site list.

Free Tax Preparation for Senior Citizens

The IRS has two ways to help senior citizens prepare their taxes for free.
The first way is through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, or TCE. This is an alliance between the IRS and several community organizations across the country who help senior citizens with their taxes. Volunteers are usually senior citizens themselves who work with nonprofit organizations.
To locate a TCE site, call 1 (800) 829-1040.
The second way is through a partnership with the American Association of Retired People (AARP), a nonprofit organization that represents senior citizens. This entity has more than 7,000 sites nationwide with volunteers who specialize in the tax needs of senior citizens.
To locate an AARP site, call 1 (888) 227-7669.
USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov are the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Fastest Selling Single Ever on the iTunes Store (Audio)

Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Fastest Selling Single Ever on the iTunes Store (Audio)

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Hits Number One in 23 Countries, Selling Over 1 Million Tracks in Just Five Days

“Born This Way,” the first single and title track from Lady Gaga’s hotly anticipated upcoming album, is the fastest selling single ever on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) worldwide, hitting #1 in all 23 countries and selling over one million tracks in just five days.

In addition to breaking the iTunes record this week Lady Gaga gave a spectacular performance of the song on Sunday’s Grammy telecast, where she won her 3rd, 4th and 5th Grammys.
Lady Gaga’s third full-length album, Born This Way (Streamline/Kon Live/Interscope), is scheduled for release on May 23rd.

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A ‘Miracle’ Happens to 3-Year Old Blessed by Pope Benedict, Survives Bus Running her Over

A ‘Miracle’ Happens to 3-Year Old Blessed by Pope Benedict, Survives Bus Running her Over

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3-year old Claire Hill, was blessed in 2008 by Pope Benedict during his visit to Australia, when her parents held her up to his passing motor car on World Youth Day.  They considered themselves fortunate to have gotten so close to the Pope but now wonder if that blessing resulted in a miracle that saved their daughter.

The toddler was run over by her father’s 22-passenger bus that caught her under the back wheels.  She not only survived, she suffered no serious injuries or even a broken bone – the only evidence of the accident are the very visible tire marks on her stomach.

Her father was getting gas when he starting driving off and didn’t notice the youngster had gotten out of the vehicle, only realizing it after people started screaming.  He got out of the vehicle to find his daughter pinned under and that he had run her over. 

She went to the hospital only for observations with a few bumps and bruises and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Get Ready To Celebrate International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) a day long international celebration held tomorrow, underlines the importance of preserving your cultural and linguistic wealth.

The theme for this year – The information and communication technologies for the safeguarding and promotion of languages and linguistic diversity – highlights the new technologies’ enormous potential for safeguarding, documenting and promoting the use of mother languages.

As UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova underlines in her message, each language “is a unique source of meaning for understanding, writing and expressing reality” and the international day is “a moment to recognize their importance and to mobilize for multilingualism and linguistic diversity.”

UNESCO promotes linguistic diversity through a wide range of projects around the world. In Chile, it has published educational materials in three indigenous languages, mapuche, aymara and rapa nui. In Brazil, endangered indigenous languages and cultures are being inventoried in an effort to preserve them.

International Mother Language Day, celebrated every year since 2000 on February, 21st aims to raise awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity and of multilingual education.

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‘I Love Jenni’ Starring Superstar Jenni Rivera Premieres Saturday, March 5

‘I Love Jenni’ Starring Superstar Jenni Rivera Premieres Saturday, March 5

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mun2 (moon-dos), Telemundo’s top rated bilingual channel, will premiere its new reality series, “I Love Jenni”, starring Latin superstar Jenni Rivera, Saturday, March 5, at 2:00pm PT/ET. In the first episode, Jenni faces the pressure to pick between kids and career; Chiquis wants to get Jacqui to let loose on her 21st birthday, but Jacqui’s baby is turning one at the same family party; Michael helps Chiquis move the office…for a price; and an acting coach is caught off guard when Jenni channels her inner ‘chola’ for a part in an Edward James Olmos movie. For a sneak peek of the first episode, visit mun2.tv/jenni

All this and a lot more ensues, in mun2’s latest uniquely American reality show that revolves around Rivera, her five kids, granddaughter and new hubby in a household where family, fame and business collide with hilarious results. In many ways, the family faces the same choices as other American families – home schooling or regular school? Whether it’s telling off her son’s teacher for making him cry, or showing her softer side as her teenage daughter Jenicka melts her heart when she asks to stay in school versus home schooling, Jenni shows her many sides in this hilarious reality show. You know you’re in for a fun ride when the mama sends her kids off for the day with this message: “Be good, don’t go get pregnant.”

“I Love Jenni” is a spin-off of last year’s hugely successful “Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis and Raq-C” on which Rivera partnered with mun2 in 2010 as Co-Executive Producer. The show scored record ratings for the channel, and established a Rivera franchise for mun2. “Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis and Raq-C” is available on DVD exclusively at Target starting February 20, and is available for pre-order now.

“As mun2 continues to celebrate our uniquely American stories, we couldn’t be prouder to showcase Jenni Rivera’s dynamic life,” said Flavio Morales, SVP, Programming and Production for mun2. “Thousands of people around the world have fallen in love with Jenni Rivera and we know you will too.”

“As Producer of our last show on mun2, it was gratifying to see that viewers tuned in,” said Jenni Rivera. “In season two, “I Love Jenni” turns the focus on my complicated career and family, and how we live in both worlds. Fans will get a behind the scenes look at mi vida loca, and all the different personalities in the Rivera family. This is going to be one fun ride.”

Nearly four million (Persons 2+) total viewers tuned in to the reality show during its first season on air and the season finale delivered an impressive 222,000 (Persons 2+) total viewers, 124,000 (Persons 18-34), and 141,000 (Persons 18-49) on average, making it the network’s highest rated original reality series. “Jenni Rivera Presents Chiquis and Raq-C” scored over 7 million page views on mun2.tv and, in the last six months, 1.2 million unique visitors have requested Jenni Rivera content.

Jenni Rivera is the most prominent female recording artist in regional Mexican music, the top-selling Latin music genre in the U.S. She is a multi-gold, platinum and double platinum award-winning artist whose record-breaking streaks include being the first Latin artist to sell out the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles two nights in a row.

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Guatemala Futbol Club Xinabajul VP Shot Dead

Guatemala Futbol Club Xinabajul VP Shot Dead

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The vice-president of a Guatemalan football club has been shot dead, after receiving death threats over the team’s poor performance.

Police said Carlos Noe Gomez of Deportivo Xinabajul was killed by two men who were waiting for him as he left a team meeting on Friday.

Police are investigating threats Gomez said he received a couple weeks ago.

This killing follows that of Carlos Mercedes Vasquez, from the first-division club Malacateco, who was found murdered last November.

After being kidnapped, the football star’s dismembered body was found dumped in five plastic bags with a note accusing him of “messing with the women of others”.

A suspect in the murder, Elmer Aroldo Zelada Galdamez, was arrested but freed in December by a group of armed men who stormed the prison in Malaceteco where he was being held.

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New Study Documents Heavy Admissions Discrimination at Ohio State and Miami University

A new study released today by the Center for Equal Opportunity documents evidence of significant discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions at Ohio State University and Miami University. African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latinos were given preferences over whites and, again to a lesser extent, Asians.

The odds ratio favoring African Americans over whites was 10-to-1 or 8-to-1 at Miami (depending on whether the ACT or SAT was used along with high school grades and other factors), and nearly 8-to-1 or over 3-to-1 at Ohio State (again, depending on whether the ACT or SAT was used).  The black-white gap in median SAT scores varied from 110 to 160 points at the two schools, the ACT gap was consistently 4 (which translates into an even larger gap), and there were gaps in high-school grades as well.

CEO chairman Linda Chavez noted:  “The study shows that many, many students are rejected in favor of students with lower test scores and grades, and the reason is that they have the wrong skin color or their ancestors came from the wrong countries.”  She added that significantly fewer African Americans are likely to graduate than whites and Asians.  “You aren’t doing someone a favor if you admit him to a school and then he doesn’t graduate.”

Roger Clegg added:  “The discrimination becomes more pronounced among students with lower standardized tests scores and grades.  For example, at Miami more than eight out of ten African Americans with ACT scores and GPAs at the 25th percentile of black admittees were admitted, versus half of Hispanics, four out of ten Asians, and fewer than one out of three whites with those credentials.  At OSU, more than seven out of ten blacks with these credentials were admitted, versus fewer than two out of ten whites.”

The Center for Equal Opportunity is a nonprofit research and educational organization that studies issues related to civil rights, bilingual education, and immigration and assimilation nationwide.

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Will There Be a Run-Off in Chicago’s Mayoral Race? The Answer is Up to Hispanics

Will There Be a Run-Off in Chicago’s Mayoral Race? The Answer is Up to Hispanics

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With the Mayoral Election in Chicago this Tuesday, the number one question is –Will Rahm Win or be forced into a Runoff? The answer is up to Chicago’s growing Hispanic Vote.

To become mayor of the nations third largest city and avoid an April run-off, Emanuel needs to gain more than 50% of the vote on Tuesday. He had 49% in the last Tribune Poll, while his closest competitor, Gery Chico had 19%.

But Chico had a small advantage among Hispanics—at 38 percent to Emanuel’s 34 percent, with Chico’s Hispanic numbers up 12 percent from the previous Tribune poll. Chico is of Mexican and Greek-Lithuanian descent. Another contender, Puerto Rico-born city clerk Miguel del Valle, was at 8 percent of all voters and 18 percent of Latinos.

“The Hispanic candidates are attracting Hispanic voters—Rahm is doing less well there than in the white or black communities,” said Dick Simpson, head of the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Chicago alderman.

Some Latinos view Emanuel negatively because they believe he put immigration reform on the backburner while he was with President Barack Obama’s chief aide, Simpson said.

While Chicago’s population has dropped in the last 10 years, the number of Hispanics has grown by 3.3 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the country as a whole, the Hispanic population has doubled over the last 20 years to 45 million, according to the Census Bureau.

But Chico could force a run-off, Simpson said. Chico spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said that while Chico is fighting for supporters in every community, some Hispanics may be energized at the “possibility of making history” with the first Hispanic mayor, which may bring them out the Hispanic vote in record numbers.

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NH House Committee Gives Unanimous “NO” to Anti-Immigrant Bill

NH House Committee Gives Unanimous “NO” to Anti-Immigrant Bill

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Before the NH House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety even heard from all of the immigrants’ rights activists, law enforcement lobbyists, and business leaders who were waiting to testify against an anti-immigrant bill, committee members voted unanimously to recommend the proposal be killed.

The quick end to the hearing surprised a room full of immigrants’ rights activists, who had expected a difficult fight in a legislature that is led by ultra-conservative members.

HB 644, sponsored by Rep. Rob Huxley (R-Peterborough), included a medley of provisions dealing with law enforcement, denial of bail, denial of public benefits, restrictions on driver licenses, and threats against businesses that employ “unlawful aliens.”  But the badly worded bill united immigrants’ rights activists with the state police, the association of police chiefs, criminal defense lawyers, legal services providers, municipal governments, and the state’s biggest business lobby, all of whom called for the bill to be killed.  In fact, the bill’s sponsor was the only supporter in the room.

With about a dozen witnesses left to speak, Rep. David Welch, the committee’s former chair, suggested the committee go into executive session to recommend the bill be killed.  After a few procedural votes, the committee voted 13 to 0 to recommend the bill be considered “inexpedient to legislate” and be placed on the consent calendar for an upcoming session.  In other words, the committee, which like the House as a whole has a 3:1 Republican majority, believes this bill does not even deserve debate on the House floor.

Rather than being upset about losing a chance to testify, the people waiting to speak broke out into applause.

Eva Castillo of the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees expressed satisfaction and relief.  “When the session started in January, we feared an attempt to bring Arizona-style immigration enforcement to New Hampshire might get a warm response.  We are glad to see the legislature reject the politics of division and hate.”

Opponents of HB 644 included Rep. David Watters, Fred Robinson and Rev. Tom Woodward of the Granite State Organizing Project, Rev. Mary Westfall and Rev. Sandra Pontoh of the United Church of Christ, Katherine Cooper of the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ana Herrero, Father Joe Gurdack of St. Augustin Church, Judy Elliott of the NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, Alejandro Urrutia of the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, Sara Mattson of NH Legal Assistance, and Arnie Alpert and Sylvia Gale from the AFSC.

HB 644 will reach the House floor in March.  Castillo will keep her eye on the State House, where a bill regulating use of foreign languages on signs posted in retail stores is still to be considered.

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Mexican Drug Lord ‘The Condor” Shot Dead (VIDEO)

Mexican Drug Lord ‘The Condor” Shot Dead (VIDEO)

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Mexican security forces have shot dead a top figure within the Juarez cartel in the northern state of Chihuahua in an important strike for President Felipe Calderon’s drug war.

Forty-four-year-old Luis Humberto Peralta Hernandez, also known as The Condor, was shot dead on Tuesday in the city of Chihuahua but his death was only made known on Thursday because he was carrying false ID at the time of his death.

Peralta Hernandez, is accused of being linked with the death of more than 100 people.

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Sweeping Arizona Immigration Bills Target Children and Youth

Sweeping Arizona Immigration Bills Target Children and Youth

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The Arizona state Senate moved forward with two controversial measures this week that threaten to marginalize undocumented youth to an unprecedented degree.

An anti-birthright citizenship bill, which initially failed to muster the votes necessary to proceed, was finally approved Tuesday after Senate President Russell Pearce (R) shrewdly reassigned it to a “friendlier” committee. SB 1309 is now headed to the Rules Committee, where it is, again, expected to pass. The bill seeks to deny automatic citizenship to the U.S.-born children of undocumented persons—an effort that, if successful, would effectively create a self-perpetuating underclass of stateless children.

Proponents argue that the bill would discourage unauthorized immigration by taking away a chief incentive, but the measure has more ominous implications. It would render generations of U.S.-born undocumented children vulnerable to a variety of discriminations—their rights to education, employment and a breadth of social services repeatedly contested, if not altogether denied.

Arizona Senate to vote on sweeping omnibus immigration bill

And, as if the prospect of that future isn’t bleak enough, the Arizona state Senate is considering another bill that would, essentially, force similar outcomes on undocumented youth living in Arizona today. Valeria Fernández at New American Media reports that the measure would, among other provisions, “ban undocumented students from accessing higher education; require proof of legal status to attend K-12 schools; and require hospitals to inquire about the immigration status of their patients.”

Like SB 1309, the success of Pearce’s omnibus bill is the product of some artful maneuvering on the part of the senate president. After watching several of his party’s anti-immigration measures flounder in recent weeks, Pearce devised the omnibus bill—hobbling it together over the weekend from the tattered remains of several failed immigration measures. He introduced it Monday, tardily and to the surprise of his fellow senators, according to Colorlines.com’s Julianne Hing. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the bill on Wednesday—though not without considerable debate and dissent—and it is already headed to the floor for a vote.

Notwithstanding the measure’s swift progress, many opponents believe Pearce’s legislative chicanery is a sign of weakness. Hing writes:

  Immigrant rights activists say the maneuver is proof of Pearce’s desperation. “It is clear he does not have the votes to do what he wanted the way he wanted,” said Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state senator who heads the immigrant rights group Somos America. “Pearce has clearly staked his reputation on the 14th amendment bills, but now he’s found himself on the defensive. […] It’s proof that we’re being effective,” Gutierrez said.

Both SB 1309, the citizenship bill, and SB 1622, the omnibus measure, tread dangerously close to unconstitutionality. While the former attempts to reinterpret the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause—which has, for 130 years, guaranteed the right to citizenship at birth—the latter threatens to violate its Equal Protection Clause—which, as upheld by the Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe, grants all children the right to a public education. As such, the bills would likely face myriad legal challenges if passed, much the same as SB 1070.

While the bills are shocking in their breadth and pernicious in their potential for marginalizing scores of unauthorized immigrants, even under current law undocumented youth must contend with a number of barriers to education, employment and stability.

Undocumented college graduates mired in immigration limbo

As Liane Membis notes at Campus Progress, countless undocumented students graduate from college straddled with debt, burdened by the constant threat of deportation, and unable to obtain gainful—or even legal employment—due to their immigration status. Membis relates the story of Teresa Serrano, an accomplished, civically minded, 2010 Yale University graduate whose undocumented status now inhibits her from pursuing her chosen career:

  “What I felt on graduation day was different—something more severe,” she said. “I had spent the past four years at this elite institution, compartmentalizing a painful truth, and I knew that when I graduated I would be confronted with my harsh reality yet again.” […] She left New Haven and returned to her home in Texas. Now her daily routine consists of nine-to-five job shifts at fast food restaurants and laundromats, the advantages of her Yale degree negated by her undocumented status.

The DREAM Act, a federal bill that would have created a path to legalization for certain undocumented college students, could have changed Serrano’s life. But after its defeat last November, and given the high improbability that any sort of comprehensive immigration reform will progress this year, her career ambitions are necessarily eclipsed by the simple goal of remaining in the United States.

Undocumented LGBT youth bear double burden

Still other undocumented youth fare worse—among them, a growing population of homeless LGBT immigrants. At Feet in 2 Worlds, Von Diaz reports that roughly half of New York City’s homeless youth identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender while 15 percent were born outside of the United States. Moreover, between 10 and 20 percent of residents at two homeless shelters in 2010 were LGBT immigrants. Many of them were turned out onto the streets by intolerant families and must now routinely contend with threats and vulnerabilities owing to their youth, sexual identities, and undocumented status.

Catherine Traywick is a former staff writer for Campus Progress and a blogger for The Media Consortium. You can e-mail her at: catherine.traywick@gmail.com.

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NARCO BLOG: Armed Gang Enter Restaurant Beat the Men and Rape the Women

NARCO BLOG: Armed Gang Enter Restaurant Beat the Men and Rape the Women

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Last Wednesday, armed men entered the Altata Seafood Restaurant and caused hours of terror. The restaurant is located in the corner of the spring colony sector.

Thought Social Networks have been circulating rumors, it was not until today that the local Nuevo Leon Police confirmed the event, and of coarse played down the horror.

Like a move, bandits, wearing hoods and carrying hand guns and rifles entered the restaurant. There were about 100 people in the restaurant eating.

They separated the men and women. and a group of the male clients were beaten. The women however, were forced to remove their clothes and many were raped.

It is not known exactly how many women were raped but reliable sources say it is a high number. Many of the victims decided not to report their assaults to the police.

The horror lasted a long time until eventually authorities arrived.

The criminals robbed their victims of their belongings while warning in a cynical voice that authorities would ignore them and after they leave they will never be arrested.

Investigators found bloodstains and some underwear that they will use in their investigation.

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Laugh Out Loud This and Every Sunday With HS-NEWS SUNDAY COMICS

Laugh Out Loud This and Every Sunday With HS-NEWS SUNDAY COMICS

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Man Flees U.S. After Allegedly Murdering Woman & Infant Son – Arrested in His Native Ecuador

Ecuardorean national, Luis Agustin Guaman is wanted by U.S. authorities for questioning in the brutal death of a mother and her infant son.

Authorities in Boston say Guaman was the last to see 25-year old Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Pela and her 2 year old son Brian Palaguachi just before their bodies were found in a trash bin in the city of Brockton.  The police have not revealed the connection between Guaman and Pela but they were seen arguing before she was found dead.  And the woman’s roommate, a undocumented Mexican immigrant, knew the suspect. 

The man fled the U.S. to his native Ecuador where he was arrested after relatives of the victims living in Ecuador turned him in.  It is expected that Guaman will be extradited back to the U.S. to face authorities.

Meanwhile family of Palaguachi-Cela are raising funds to bring her body back to Ecuador where she is survived by two daughters and her parents. 

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Dara Torres Suceeds in Qualifying for 2012 Olympic Time Trials at Age 43

“You can quote me. There is no more (after 2012). I’m done.”  49 year-old Olympic swimmer Dara Torres said after finding out she made the cut for the 2012 London games.

Between now and then we can expect to be entertained by the body and athlete that defies time and age.  The four-time Olympic gold medal winner earned her first Olympic medal more than 20 years ago – at a time when some of her competitors were just born.  If she competes in London she will be 45 years old and it will be her 6th Olympic Games.

After a 16 month hiatus, due to knee surgery, Torres qualified to go to the 2012 Olympic time trials at the Missouri Grand Prix, by swimming a time of 25.9 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries.  Torres had not swam competitively for close to two years and many were not sure she would be able to return even though she announced her intentions to compete last year in September – but she’s back and took her first key step in qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. 

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SundayFebruary 20, 2011