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FridayFebruary 25, 2011

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ICE Operation in South Florida Net 24 Criminal Aliens

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 24 foreign nationals during a six-day enforcement action in South Florida targeting convicted criminal aliens identified in violation of U.S. immigration law.

The enforcement operation, which began Feb. 15 and ended on Thursday, Feb. 24, targeted at-large criminal aliens with convictions for drug trafficking, violent crimes and sex offenses.

Nineteen of the individuals had criminal records, including murder and drug trafficking, four were ICE fugitives with final orders of deportation and one had been previously deported.

“Arresting convicted criminals and immigration fugitives is a top priority for ICE ERO,” said Marc Moore, field office director for ICE ERO in Miami. “Those who come to the United States to prey upon our neighbors and communities will be prosecuted for their crimes and ultimately returned to their home countries. The results of this and last week’s operation demonstrate ICE’s commitment to making our communities safer for everyone.”

All 24 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 24 alien arrests include 10 arrests in Miami-Dade County, four arrests in Broward County and 10 arrests in Monroe County. The overall criminal alien arrests include 20 men and four women, representing six different nations, including countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

ICE ERO officers arrested:

  * A 35-year-old citizen and national of Colombia, residing in Broward County, Fla. He has a prior 2008 conviction in Palm Beach County, Fla. for domestic battery by strangulation.
  * A 33-year-old citizen and national of Honduras, residing in Miami-Dade County, Fla. He has prior 2010 convictions in Miami-Dade County for murder, possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, child abuse, causing great bodily harm and torture.
  * A 44-year-old citizen and national of Honduras, residing in Miami, Fla. His prior criminal convictions in Miami-Dade County from 1990 to 2011 include simple assault, resisting officer without violence, cocaine possession, fleeing/eluding police officer, disorderly intoxication, carrying a concealed weapon, battery, drinking in public, trespassing, obstructing a police officer and cannabis possession. He illegally re-entered the United States after being deported in 1991.
  * A 19-year-old citizen and national of Haiti, residing in Key West, Fla. He has a prior 2010 conviction in Monroe County for selling and possessing cocaine.
  * A 35-year-old citizen and national of Haiti, residing in Key West. He has prior 2003 to 2010 convictions in Monroe County for cocaine distribution within 1000 feet of a church or school, battery and criminal mischief. He has also been identified as a member of the Zoe Pound gang in Key West.

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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Colombian Senator Announces Referendum to Stop Bull-Fighting in Colombia

Senator Camilo Sánchez said that 95% of Colombians are against animal cruelty therefore he wants to stop all of bull-fighting in Colombia.

His referendum proposition would outlaw bull-fighting throughout the Colombian territory, just as it happened in Cataluña, Spain.

Sánchez said that cruelty against all animals must stop, “we are against the circuses that mistreat animals, we are against dog and cock fighting, we are against all this latent cruelty.”  According to Sánchez, there are only 7 nations in the world—Colombia among them, where animal cruelty and bull-fighting is still accepted.

“Our opposition is going to find it really hard to contend an initiative that 95% of Colombians who are all convinced that we have to rise awareness not only about our animals, but about the environment in general.” Said Sánchez, who is expected to start collecting signatures for his referendum in the next few days. 

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Illinois Mom Who Stabbed Daughter to Death Will Spend Next 25 Years in Jail

On Wednesday, an Illinois woman was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing her daughter she claimed was possessed by a demon.

Nelly Vasquez-Salazar, then 25, of Waukegan, Illinois, was convicted of stabbing her six-year-old daughter, Evelyn Salazar, to death in April of 2008.

Prosecutors said that when her daughter started sleepwalking, Vasquez-Salazar concluded that she was possessed by demon. However, when she was first arrested, she claimed that her daughter had come at with a knife and that she was just defending herself, but when it was determined that Evelyn was stabbed 11 times, the mother’s story changed.

After killing her daughter, the mother apparently tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists. She ended up going to a neighbor’s home for help. At the time, it was reported that in Vasquez-Salazar’s apartment, that an image of St. Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus were found cut to pieces, seemingly by a knife. Earlier reports stated that the mother may have been suffering from postpartum depression due to a miscarriage she recently had.

It was expected that the mother would enter an insanity plea if the case went to trial, but in December, she pled guilty, and began treatment after of Judge Phillips reportedly stated, “It is the court’s very strong recommendation that you receive mental health counseling.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

U.S. Businesses Can Now Connect with Women-Owned Businesses in Peru

The Department of State will launch the Pathways Access Initiative (PAI) in Peru today, on February 25, 2011. The program is part of Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas and its goal is to help connect U.S. businesses with women-owned businesses (WOBs) in Peru.

Qualified women entrepreneurs will be recruited, trained and certified by WEConnect International, the non-governmental organization that will serve as implementer of PAI. WEConnect International will partner these entrepreneurs with U.S. corporations through a global online bilingual portal.

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“Civility Institute” to Promote Compromise and Respect During Political Debates

“Civility Institute” to Promote Compromise and Respect During Political Debates

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With all the civil unrest in Arizona – mostly over immigration – Arizona would appear to have become a cactus-filled state of angry people, and a new center at the University of Arizona is being created to address just that.

Looking to promote civility in political debate, former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton will serve as honorary chairmen of what is being called the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

The University of Arizona is also where President Obama gave a nationwide address on civility after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and over a dozen others at a grocery store in Tucson last month.

The institute will focus on finding compromise among people with varying political affiliations and beliefs, and will concentrate on disagreements “from the grass roots all the way to the top.”

The Washington Post reported:

Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) will serve as honorary co-chairmen. Board members will include former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright; Kenneth M. Duberstein, chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan; Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; Trey Grayson, director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics; and former representative Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.).

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Wild “Peruvian Dream” Immigration Video Going Viral (VIDEO)

Wild “Peruvian Dream” Immigration Video Going Viral (VIDEO)

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A one minute fake-news spot from a Peruian website has gone viral; “The Peruvian Dream” has been viewed 50,000 times on YouTube in only 48 hours.

The video shows blue eyed, blond “gringos” migrating illegally into Peru on rafts.

An interviewer collects talking head testimonies from a handful of seemingly well-off fishermen.

“They were reaching the coast, they looked desperate,” says a local fishermen, in front of a shiny 4x4 truck.

“Come to Peru while it’s still easy,” reads the ending slogan.

“The Peruvian Dream” was created by LivinginPeru.com founder Carsten Korch in conjunction with marketing company Fahrenheit and Fat Free Films, all based in Lima, Peru.

The promotional spot flips the traditional immigration paradigm on its head; with Peru’s strong economic growth and bountiful resources amidst economic recession in northern countries, may the American Dream be replaced by a new Peruvian Dream?

What do you think? Watch it below. 

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Army Veteran Wins Lawsuit After Being Wrongfully Detained as an Undocumented Immigrant

In 2005, Army veteran Rennison Vern Castillo, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was wrongfully detained for months when it was suspected that he was an undocumented immigrant. Though Thursday, he not only received a six-figure settlement, but a written apology as well.

Castillo, now 33, originally of Belize, spent over seven months in jail and was almost deported after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Northwest Detention Center mixed up his files.

After having served eight months for an unrelated case, Castillo was not released, but instead transferred to an immigration detention center. Despite his protests, and repeatedly telling immigration officers that he was a naturalized citizen, he was ignored because his records were claiming he was an undocumented immigrant.

“They were disrespectful and told me that I would say anything to get out of detention,” said Castillo. “It was a nightmare.”

In 2006, Castillo was horrified to learn that an immigration judge had ordered him to be deported. Luckily, Castillo received help from attorneys who managed to block the deportation by challenging the decision before the DOJ;s Board of Immigration Appeals. One month later, immigration officials released him without any kind of explanation.

It was later discovered that his detainment was a result of incorrect paperwork. His name had been misspelled, and he had been given a number of “alien numbers” in immigration records.

The eight-year Army veteran, now living in Tacoma, Washington, went on to sue the Northwest Detention Center, and a settlement of $400,000 and a written apology was reached.

In the apology, the U.S. attorney’s office in Seattle stated:

“I believe that none of my clients … would ever have wanted to, or knowingly would have, detained a veteran and United States citizen,” wrote Philip H. Lynch, chief of the civil division in the U.S. attorney’s office. “We very much regret that you were detained.”

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

Watch “blacktino” Trailer Celebrating a Black-Latino Nerd Premiering March 11 at SXSW (VIDEO)

The South by SouthWest Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. The festival runs from March 11-20 and is considered the launching pad for new creative content. The internationally acclaimed Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, featuring a truly diverse program that includes provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, genre standouts and more.

Take for instance “blacktino” (intentionally un-capitalized) a dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily.

Stefan was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX; he struggles to find his place in a mostly white high school, eventually finding sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school’s Theatre Department.

The film was directed by Aaron Burns and features Austin Marshall, Devyn Ray, Tiger Sheu, Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey.

blacktino SXSW Trailer from Aaron Burns on Vimeo.

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OSCAR BUZZ: Host James Franco to be “The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz”

The upcoming Oscar host, James Franco, will reunite with Spiderman director Sam Reimi for the film, which starts production this summer.

James Franco has signed on to play the wizard himself in a prequel to the “Wizard of Oz” which even precedes the other prequel novel-turned musical-turned TV pilot.

The film will tell the story from the Wizard’s point of view, chronicling how he arrived in Oz and became its ruler.

So far Franco is the only confirmed star for “The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz”  movie.

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Inter-American Development Bank Leadership to Visit Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras

The President of the Inter-American Development Bank, (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, will visit Costa Rica,Panama, and Honduras March 1-4 to move forward to discuss the development agenda of the Central American countries.  IDB is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.

One of the goals established by the IDB’s Ninth General Capital Increase is to direct 35 percent of Bank lending to less developed countries by 2015 for programs and products tailored to the countries’ specific needs.

During his trip, Moreno will meet with Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica; Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama; and Porfirio Lobo, President of Honduras. The meetings will examine priority issues for 2011 and how the IDB can most effectively carry out its mission.

In Costa Rica, the IDB president will sign a memorandum of understanding with President Chinchilla to support the country in the area of citizen security.
In Panama, Moreno will meet with President Martinelli and Lucy Molinar, Minister of Education, to discuss the government’s priorities and plans in the education sector and sign a loan agreement for $30 million to improve access and quality of education in the country’s indigenous areas is to be signed.

Moreno will also visit works underway to expand the Panama Canal. An IDB loan of $400 million awarded to the Panama Canal Authority in late 2008 will help to ensure long-term competitiveness of this waterway and its continued key role in international trade.

In Tegucigalpa, Moreno will meet with President Lobo to review the IDB’s portfolio of projects in that country and discuss areas for Bank support in the coming years

Read more at IDB →

Government Announces Process to Resolve Discrimination Claims of Hispanic and Women Farmers

As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West today announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.

The claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. This announcement follows the Obama Administration’s settlement of longstanding litigation brought by African American farmers and Native American farmers.

The program announced today provides up to $50,000 for each Hispanic or woman farmer who can show that USDA denied them a loan or loan servicing for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.  Hispanic or female farmers who provide additional proof and meet other requirements can receive a $50,000 reward.  Successful claimants are also eligible for funds to pay the taxes on their awards and for forgiveness of certain existing USDA loans. 

There are no filing fees or other costs to claimants to participate in the program.  Participation is voluntary, and individuals who opt not to participate are not precluded by the program from filing a complaint in court.

Individuals interested in participating in the claims process may register to receive a claims package, or may obtain more information, by visiting www.farmerclaims.gov.  Beginning February 25, 2011, individuals can register to receive a claims package by calling the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429. 

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South Carolina Church Becomes Third Victim of Anti-Immigrant Graffiti (VIDEO)

South Carolina Church Becomes Third Victim of Anti-Immigrant Graffiti (VIDEO)

Photo: Factory wall in Greenvill County, South Carolina

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A South Carolina church is the latest location in the area to be hit by anti-immigrant vandalism.

This week, a Greenville County church, Plentitud Cristiana became the most recent victims of hate as vandals painted “got to hell” on an outside wall of the church, and poured leftover paint down the building’s outdoor air conditioning unit. Church member Ariz Funez said the congregation “decided to pray for the vandals because they are not on the right path.”

The other two cases of anti-immigrant vandalism in the area occurred just down the street. One was a fence that had a poorly written Spanish translation of “return to your country you stinking, filthy dark brown people right now.” Local Spanish speakers said it was obviously not written by a Latino person because there were too many mistakes in the translation.

And on that same road again, a factory still holds the message, “ILLEGAL ALIENS STEAL JOBS,” and the threat, “remove at your peril we will kill u.”

The factory owner has yet to remove the graffiti and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals.

Read more at WYFF Greenville →

Wal-Mart de Mexico to Invest Record $1.6 Billion in Six Latin American Countries in 2011

Wal-Mart de Mexico y Centroamerica has announced its intention to invest in 2011, $18.97 billion pesos ($1.6 billion) in six Latin American countries to increase the company’s presence in the region.

The majority of the investment funds will be going to Mexico where the company plans on opening 365 new stores that will create 20,000 new jobs and 40,000 indirect jobs. 

In 2010 Wal-Mart opened 297 stores in Mexico and 30 in Central America.  Sales for Wal-Mart de Mexico in 2010 were at $334.51 billion pesos and increased by 24.2 percent from 2009 serving 4.4 million customers per day.

Wal-Mart de Mexico’s CEO Scot Rank with President Felipe Calderon at his side made the announcement from the presidential residence, Los Pinos.  This is the largest investment made at one time for Wal-Mart and is meant to signal “proof of [their] commitment to and confidence in Mexico.”

Read more at Financial Channel →

Charlie Sheen’s Rants Get “Two and a Half Men” Canceled for the Season…At Least

Charlie Sheen’s Rants Get “Two and a Half Men” Canceled for the Season…At Least

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To hear Charlie Sheen’s name in the news for anything but his actor career is not at all uncommon, but following yesterday’s radio-show rant, Sheen’s career is center stage as some are wondering if he even has one anymore, as his CBS show has now been canceled for the rest of the season.

Last month, the “Two and a Half Men” star was taken to the hospital after a night of hard partying. When asked by studio and network bosses to enter rehab, Sheen instead would only agree to a home-based program run by specialists who said they could get the actor ready for work again, but who stipulated that he must receive treatment for months afterwards.

The show was supposed to return to production on Monday, after Sheen’s program ended, but after weeks of increasingly strange behavior, and tirade-filled interviews, the studio and network execs decided to cancel the show for the rest of the season.

The last straw seemed to be Charlie’s radio interview with “The Alex Jones Show” when he called – while apparently in the Bahamas – Two an Half Men’s executive producer, his boss, Chuck Lorre (born Charles Levine) “Haim Levine” and “a clown” who he accused of taking money from him. He claims he embarrassed Lorre “in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his un-evolved mind can not process.”

ImageTMZ posted the radio interview, click here to listen.

“I violently hate Haim Levine,” Sheen later told TMZ.

Mere hours after his rants, the network and studio issued the following joint statement:

“Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of ‘Two and a Half Men’ for the remainder of the season.”

The cancellation of the show will put about 200 of the show’s staffers out of work, and will leave top-ranked CBS without its Monday night comedy anchor.

Charlie has already claimed that he has a show called “Sheen’s Corner” in the works with HBO, and told Radar Online that he’d be ercieving $5 miillion an episode – compared to his “Two” deal of $2 million an episode.

However, HBO reps have already told PopEater that there is “no truth to this.”

So Sheen’s statement, “I’m close to securing a deal with HBO for a 10 show guarantee. It will be epic, all types of guests, and we will focus on the truth and the absurd!” may be a figment of his own imagination.

Sheen’s response to the canceled season didn’t help him prove his rationality any better either. He fired back at Loree saying, “What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorrie] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows … I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.”

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Murder Rate Amongst Youth in Latin America Skyrockets

Murder Rate Amongst Youth in Latin America Skyrockets

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Brazil’s murder rate ranks sixth among 100 countries, both in terms of the population as a whole and among youth. The other five, are also Latin American nations.

The first-ranked country in terms of overall murder rate is El Salvador (57.3 per 100,000 in 2006), followed by Colombia (42.8 in 2006) and Venezuela (36.4 in 2007).  The U.S. murder rate was 5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2009, according to figures provided by the U.S. government.

A report from the Ministry of Justice of Brazil said El Salvador had the highest murder rate among youths (105.6 in 2006), followed by the U.S. Virgin Islands (86.2 in 2005) and Venezuela (80.4 in 2007).

The report, titled “Map of Violence”, said the number of Brazilians aged 15 to 24 murdered rose from 30 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1998 to 52.9 in 2008; the report failed to provide a reason for the spike.

Julio Jacobo Weiselfisz, the sociologist who prepared the report said, “If the overall rate is very high, the murder rate among youths has reached epidemic proportions.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Foul Scheme Fails for Smart Ass Chilean Soccer Player (VIDEO)

Number 7 Carrasco, a Sub-20 Chilean Soccer Player tried to fool the referee by using an opponent’s hand to slap himself to the ground.

Watch the video below.

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Gunmen in Mexico Open Fire in Back Yard Killing 3 Young Girls

It was another bloody day in the Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez that left three young girls killed by gunfire.

Unidentified gunmen indiscriminately opened fire on six children that were playing in a backyard of a residence located in Ciudad Juarez. 

The shooting left three girls aged 12, 14 and 15 dead, two of the deceased were sisters.  The other three children were unharmed.  It is believed that the shooting was meant to send a message to the dead girls father who was involved in local drug dealing.

Mexico’s human rights commission has launched an inquiry into the shootings.

Read more at MSNBC →

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Meets with Hispanic Teens

The Senior Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid, came to the battle ground where his former senatorial opponent Sharon Angle was declared ‘finished’ – the Rancho High School.

The Rancho High School is a local high school in Las Vegas with a 70 percent Latino population some of which are illegal immigrants.  This is the very same high school where Republican senatorial candidate Angle came to tell the students she couldn’t tell them apart from Asian students.

Though Reid is on the side of the political fence most of these kids appear to be he faced tough questions especially around the issue of the DREAM Act. 

When the students asked if there would be another vote on the DREAM Act Reid wasn’t very reassuring saying there wasn’t much interest or traction to get its to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

Read more at NECN →

145% Hispanic Population Growth in Alabama

As more state census figures are released they are bearing true what the general census numbers indicated – population growth in the U.S. was triggered by the growth in the Hispanic population.

Statewide in Alabama the Latino population grew by an astounding 145 percent and in certain counties of the state that growth got as high as 300 percent.  In Shelby county the Hispanic population went from 2,910 to 11,567.

More populated areas of Alabama also saw a strong increase in its Hispanic population, for example the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area saw Hispanic population grow by 161 percent over the last ten years. 

The growth is being tied to births to Latino moms not from immigration. 

Read more at Spot News →

Latest TX Bill, Strict Penalties for Hiring Illegal’s- But Maids are OK

Latest TX Bill, Strict Penalties for Hiring Illegal’s- But Maids are OK

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The latest bill addressing illegal immigration in Texas has an interesting exemption- Maids.

“It is an admittedly clumsy first attempt to say, ‘We are really focusing on the big businesses,’” Jon English, Rep. Riddle’s chief of staff, said. If homeowners hire lawn-care service, for example, English said, they shouldn’t be punished if a company employs undocumented workers.

House Bill 1202, authored by state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, would make it a state jail felony to knowingly hire undocumented workers in Texas. The bill would punish those who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” hire or contract with an “unauthorized alien”, or with someone who knowingly subcontracts with an undocumented worker. The maximum fine is $10,000, and guilty parties could face a stint in prison of 180 days to two years. (Riddle has also filed HB 17, legislation that would make being in the state illegally a trespassing offense.)

There are two exemptions in HB 1202:
1.) The bill does not insist that E-Verify be utilized but simply says that employers must make a concerted effort to verify status in any manner “that is more likely than not to produce a correct and reliable result.”
2.) There is also an exception for domestic help. People who hire or contract with someone for work “exclusively or primarily at a single-family residence” are off the hook.

English said that “Maid” exception was geared toward not “stifling the economic engine” in Texas, so that people who contract out for work in or on their homes don’t have to verify immigration status.

Read more at Texas Tribune →

Estimates of Illegal Immigrant Population in January 2010, Same as Year Before but Down from 2007

A report from Homeland Security that estimates the size of the unauthorized immigrant population residing in the U.S. in January 2010 shows 10.8 million – the same as in January 2009 – but down from 11.8 in January 2007.

Between 2000 and 2010 the unauthorized population grew by 27 percent.  Of all unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2010, 39 percent entered in 2000 or later, and 62 percent were from Mexico.

California remained the leading state of residence of the unauthorized immigrant population in 2010, with 2.6 million followed by Texas and Florida.  63 percent were ages 25 to 44 years and 57 percent were male. 

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Dictionary.com to Launch Spanish Language Version of Site

The very popular Dictionary.com has announced that it will launch a Spanish language version of its site that will offer everything as its English counter part from full-text translations to audio pronunciations.

This is the first foreign language effort from the popular website that has 50 million unique visitors a month.  Dictionary.com chose to launch with the Spanish language version after seeing that 30 percent of all Google-powered translations are in Spanish.

The Spanish version will also have grammar tip of the day, weekly vocabulary lists, and a textbook-like dialog from a Spanish student written by a Spanish language teacher – which it hopes will set it apart from other foreign language dictionary sites.

The Spanish language version of Dictionary.com will exist within a tab of the English version and not be a separate entity.

Read more at Mashable →

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