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WednesdayMarch 16, 2011

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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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Sexual Assault and Armed Robbery of Tourists at Popular Nature Reserve in Paracas, Peru

Sexual Assault and Armed Robbery of Tourists at Popular Nature Reserve in Paracas, Peru

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Four foreign female tourists were robbed and sexually assaulted at the popular national reserve of Paracas located at the southern coast of Peru.  Peruvian officials are reporting the four female’s ranging in age from 22 to 34 years, were camping on the Yumaque beach in the reserve when they were approached by five armed men earlier this week.

The armed robbers took cash, credit cards and laptops from the tourists that had set up camp on the beach to go to sleep.  The tourists who are from France, Canada, Spain and the U.S. arrived last Friday at the reserve and set up camp on the beach Sunday.

After the robbery and sexual assault the armed men left and thus far no one is in custody.

Read more at Living in Peru →

More than 99% of TARP Funds Paid Back by U.S. Financial Institutions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that today six financial institutions have repurchased Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Capital Purchase Program (CPP) investments, delivering a total of $475 million in proceeds for taxpayers.

With today’s transactions, the programs within TARP that provide direct financial support to banks are continuing to near profitability. Through repayments, dividends, interest and other income, taxpayers have now recovered more than 99 percent (approximately $244 billion) of the approximately $245 billion in total funds disbursed for TARP investments in banks. Treasury currently estimates that bank programs within TARP will ultimately provide a lifetime profit of nearly $20 billion to taxpayers.

Treasury currently expects that TARP investment programs taken as a whole – including financial support for banks, AIG, and the domestic auto industry; as well as targeted initiatives to restart the credit markets – will result in little or no cost to taxpayers. The lifetime cost of TARP is likely to be limited to funds disbursed for Treasury’s foreclosure prevention programs, which were not expected to be recovered.

In the President’s FY2012 Budget, the Administration estimated that the lifetime cost of the overall TARP program will be approximately $48 billion. When also including AIG common stock held for the benefit of Treasury outside of TARP – that projected cost drops to $28 billion. ​

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Vme Partners with White House on Educational Initiatives for Hispanics

With Hispanics comprising more than twenty percent of the public school population, the White House is focusing on Hispanics, declaring that, “to meet national goals for improving academic achievement, success of the Hispanic community is key.”  To explore the state of Hispanic education and bring this message to Spanish speaking America, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is partnering with Spanish broadcaster, Vme to develop programming for television, online, mobile, and community engagement events.

As part of its partnership with the initiative, Vme will create an original special, El Futuro de la Educacion Hispana. This wide-ranging special will explore challenges to Hispanic education from early childhood learning to higher education. Through interviews with education leaders and experts, students, parents, demographers, advocates and others, this program will discuss the critical role education plays in the advancement of Hispanics, the success of the U.S. educational system, and readiness for the future workforce of America.

Hispana premieres in April, 2011 as a multi-screen event broadcasting simultaneously on-air, online, on Facebook and on mobile phones. Additionally viewers will participate in a live-chat on Facebook during the broadcast of the program.

Vme will also provide news coverage, interviews and updates on the progress of the White House Initiative in a new weekly series called Contigo por la Educacion . These weekly updates will document key issues and feature live footage from the White House Initiative’s national listening tours that ask educators, businesses, community leaders, parents, and others on the front lines of this challenge how Latino education can be improved and what the initiative should be doing to spearhead those efforts. Led by the Vme Noticias team, Contigo por la Educacion will highlight sustainable and effective approaches that will increase high school and college graduation rates, improve overall school readiness and promote the fundamental importance of education. The updates will be available online and on television.

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Hispanic Standout: Samantha Marquez: Researcher, Scientist, Entrepreneur, and High School Freshman

Hispanic Standout: Samantha Marquez: Researcher, Scientist, Entrepreneur, and High School Freshman

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Like most high school freshmen in America, Samantha Marquez wakes up early and heads off to school for the day. She has to travel a little further than most since her school is a bit far from her Virginia home, but what makes her a Hispanic Standout is what she does outside of school.

Only in her first year at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Ms. Marquez already has her name on six patents (international included), and continues her research at various universities. After regular school hours, she heads over to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to assist with research from 5 to 9 p.m., but perhaps even more impressive is the fact that she spends her long weekends researching at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Though a lot of research and hard work has gotten Samantha where she is today, one cannot ignore the in-home role models she has had throughout her life. Her mother, Dr. Carolina Marun, is a chemical engineer, and her father, Dr. Manuel Marquez, is a chemist and researcher for YNANO LLC, works at Arizona State University and as an adjunct professor at VCU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.  In fact, it was Samantha’s father who got his colleagues interested in one of his daughter’s ideas.

When Samantha was in 7th grade, she was doing research for a science project and came across a paper about using “an artificial spherical crystal, trying to reproduce particles that can change”. I thought, ‘Why not use living cells?’”

“I pestered my father to ask his colleagues about it,” she laughs. Eventually, Dr. Marquez did just that, and Samantha’s idea piqued their interest enough that, from there, research took off, and “celloidosomes” were born. Just this month, merely two years after her ideas were patented, scientists from the University of Tokyo-Japan have confirmed Samantha’s discoveries. With Sam’s idea, celloidosomes are now changing the way to create two-dimensional tissue, which will eventually be used to treat burn victims, reconstruct bone, and even patch up damaged organs.

Having done so much in such a short amount of time, one has to wonder if she’s had time to explore subjects outside math and science, but she is quite well rounded.

In middle school she was a member the art club, and was president of the National Junior Art Honor Society. Today she finds political science and world history interesting, and even shared her opinion on one of the country’s hot button issues.

“I think its time the U.S. change how we see Hispanics,” she told HS News. “I am interested in what people like Loretta Sanchez and Sonya Sotomayor have done and are doing.”

Samantha mentioned that her family is very proud of its many cultural backgrounds, saying, “They’re from Portugal, Venezuela, Spain, and other places. My family is like the United Nations.”

And she has some advice for other young people, maybe not those exactly like her, but for anyone with a goal.

“You don’t need to be obsessed with finding the right answer. Just never stop asking questions, never quit. Always try your best, and be sure to choose your role models wisely.”

As Samantha continues through high school, and heads to college in a few years, HS News cannot wait to see what this Hispanic Standout does next. With her eye on Harvard and Oxford, it could be anything.

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Utah Gov. Herbert Signs “Solution” to Immigration Issue, Still Angers Tea Party

Utah Gov. Herbert Signs “Solution” to Immigration Issue, Still Angers Tea Party

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On Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert signed four immigration reform bills officially starting Utah’s attempt to “force the federal government to engage” in a debate that they have so-far ignored.

These bills, referred to as the “Utah Solution” are in response to lawmakers claiming the federal government isn’t doing enough to stop and punish undocumented immigration.

Arizona and a number of other states have butt heads with the Obama administration, because they believe that since the feds are not doing enough, the responsibility to address immigration issues falls on the state. Bills have been drafted and laws have attempted to pass, but each time, litigation delays the laws’ implementation.

“Part of the overall strategy here is to, in fact, force the federal government to engage,” said Herbert. “They’ve been on the sidelines way too long. They need to get in the game.”

Herbert’s signing of these four bills has not satisfied Utah’s Tea Party however. The Gov. was told by the party to veto guest-worker bill HB116, and he has so far not done it.

One of the people behind the state’s Tea Party, David Kirkham, was quite straightforward with the governor, who is running for re-election in 2012.

“The campaign started today,” Kirkham said. “He will be challenged, and we will be actively supporting someone else.”

HB116 would not take effect for another two years, but would allow the estimated 110,000 undocumented people in Utah to obtain work permits by paying a $2,500 fine or $1,000 fine if they overstayed their visa.

The permits would be issued through the Utah Department of Public safety and would require criminal background checks. They would also allow families to stay together, as they’d be included under the permit. This was an addition endorsed by the LDS Church.

Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune →

Johnny Depp Says No Pancho Villa Role, Now It’s Up to Gael or Benicio

Johnny Depp Says No Pancho Villa Role, Now It’s Up to Gael or Benicio

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Gael García Bernal and Benicio del Toro are set to meet director Emir Kusturika in Cuba, to discuss who will become Pancho Villa on the newest film production about Mexico’s fabled revolutionary.

Johnny Depp politely declined the title role in “Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers,” the latest production of Serbian auteur Emir Kusturika. Sources say he felt the role should go to a Mexican actor.

Mexican actor Gael García Bernal seems confident his trip to Cuba to meet Kusturika will result in a role “I will probably land the leading role because of physical resemblance with Pancho Villa” García Bernal said. “I believe Emir is the only director who can do the Pancho Villa story even better than any Mexican director. You know why? Because he is a kind of Pancho Villa in his own right.”

Brown–nosing, are we? Bernal might be Mexican, and he might have played revolutionary Ernesto Ché Guevara before, but, can he get nice and hefty like Villa, and somehow make his baby face (no offense) all rugged and gritty like Pancho’s? We think that’s the reason why he was chosen to play a young Ché.

Coincidentally, it is the actor who played the seasoned Ché, who could walk out with the role and smooch Salma Hayek, the only confirmed actress in the project.  Benicio del Toro is expected to join García Bernal and Kusturika in Havana within the next few days, and a decision will be made, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, we created composite photos, in attempts to see which actor better fits the Pancho Villa mold. What do you think? Who is your pick? Do you think there is a better actor out there to fit the role? Let us know in our comment section!


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High Percentage of Hispanic and African-American Youth Using Menthol Cigarettes

While menthol cigarettes account for approximately a third of all U.S. cigarette sales many of those sales are to teen minorities, according to a new report.

In a draft report released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it appears that more than 80 percent of African American teen smokers are using menthol cigarettes and more than 50 percent of Hispanic teen smokers are also smoking these type of cigarettes.

The FDA is expected to hold hearings on its findings to analyze the increase in use amongst minority teens.  The study also found increase in use of menthol cigarettes amongst white teens.

In its final report the FDA will also be making recommendations whether menthol and flavored cigarettes sales should be further limited or completely banned.

Read more at Ozark First →

Associated Press Looks to Increase its Spanish-language Coverage, Names New Reporters, Translators

The Associated Press has announced that they have expanded their Spanish-speaking staff, and named a new correspondent in Haiti and has moved an Latin America news desk member to the AP bureau in Havana, Cuba.

Formerly of The Miami Herald, Trenton Daniel, 36, is a Creole-speaker, and has written about Haiti since 2000. Sunday, he took his position in Port-au-Prince.

Previously, Peter Orsi, 37, was an editor on AP’s Latin America regional news desk, but will now report to their Havana Chief of Bureau Paul Haven. Orsi is a fluent Spanish-speaker, and prior to this appointment, he was on the Latin America desk in Mexico City since 2005. He will take over for Will Weissert last this month.

Adding to their Spanish-speaking staff, AP has also appointed Claudia Torrens, 32, to cover New York’s immigrant communities, labor issues, and arts and entertainment. Torrens from Barcelona, Spain, and previously worked as an editor-translator for AP.

In Mexico, AP has moved Diego Graglia, 35, from his position as a translator to a deputy sports writer. He has a journalism degree from Columbia, and has been with AP since 2009.

AP has also added, Gabriela Lopez, Rafael Carballo and Jesus Sierra of Mexico, and Santiago Torrado of Colombia as general news editor-translators.

These new appointments have and transfers have all been to increase AP’s Spanish-language coverage of regional news out of Latin America, Hispanics in the U.S., sports, and entertainment.

“Our new editors and translators have ample experience in Latin America and the United States, and we expect they will make a significant contribution to our coverage,” said Alejandro Manrique, the deputy Latin America editor who oversees the Spanish service.

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Mexican Auto Industry Set to Lose $250 Million – Unable to Export to Japan’s Shuttered Plants

Mexican  Auto Industry Set to Lose $250 Million – Unable to Export to Japan’s Shuttered Plants

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The Mexican auto industry is feeling the effect of the Japan tsunami and is anticipating to loose approximately $250 million from exports to Japan.

With numerous auto manufacturing plants closed throughout Japan, such as Nissan and Toyota, automotive parts manufactured in Mexico cannot be sent to them.  In addition imports to Mexico from Japan represent 10 percent of all imports to the country.  Many of those import items are materials needed to help produce autos in Mexico.  The net effect will negatively impact the revenue of the Mexican automotive industry if Japanese car plants remain shuttered longer. 

After the quake, Honda Motor plants remain closed, Nissan has halted production at four of its assembly units and Toyota has stopped production at 12 of its Japanese plants.

Read more at CNN Expansion →

Sendng Money to Latin American from Texas Could Get a Lot More Expensivie

Those sending money to Latin America from Texas may soon have to pay an eight percent fee if a bill from Republican state Rep Leo Berman is approved.

Late Monday, Berman’s bill was presented to a House committee, and it states that an eight percent (of the total amount) fee will be added for money leaving Texas and headed to Mexico or Latin America for personal reasons. The fee would not be added to wire transfers to Canada or England though.

Berman claims the bill would allow for the recoupment of some of the money healthcare for undocumented immigrants has cost the state. Right now, Texas faces a “budget shortfall” of as much as $27 billion.

Budget board officials believe that if Berman’s bill is approved, the fees could add up about $60 million annually for the state.

Though the fee would have to be paid by everyone sending money south, those that could provide proof of legal residency or citizenship would have to fill out forms and mail them to the state comptroller for a refund.

State Rep. Dee Margo (R- El Paso) says he is not behind the bill, as the cost of collecting the fee would likely exceed the revenue generated.

“It’s harsh and it’s punitive and seems to be singling out a particular group,” Margo said.

Last year, Caribbean and Latin American immigrants working in the U.S. sent around $58.9 billion in remittances to their home countries. Mexico received about $21.3 billion of that total.

Read more at El Paso Times →

More Signs of Animapocalypse: Gazillions of Fish Swarm Near the Surface in Acapulco Beach

More Signs of Animapocalypse: Gazillions of Fish Swarm Near the Surface in Acapulco Beach

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Acapulco fishermen woke up Friday to hundreds of thousands of small fish swimming near the surface.

Countless schools of anchovies, mackerel, sardines and stripped bass surged close to Acapulco shores, swimming near the surface packed together so tightly, that from above they looked like a patch of crude oil spill.

Ecstatic fishermen left their rods and nets in land, and in their easiest day at work, scooped the fish out using buckets. Image

“It was so much fun. There were about 20 or 30 fishermen and there were people who came with their kids to take advantage of it,” said Carlos Morales, a local fisherman.

Local fishermen chalked up the unusual phenomenon to atypical currents created by the tsunami that struck Japan last week, but experts said they are not entirely sure.

“It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?” said Rich Briggs, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “Tsunamis can change local currents, but it’s hard to make a firm connection.”

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Nat’l Hispanic Medical Assoc. Takes Lead on Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanics

Nat’l Hispanic Medical Assoc. Takes Lead on Health Care Reform Implementation for Hispanics

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics are now 50 million persons or 18 per cent of the U.S. population, the largest ethnic group in the United States.  Over 30 per cent of Hispanics are uninsured which means the Hispanic population will gain the most from the U.S. Health Care Reform implementation.

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will hold its 15th Annual National Conference, “Health Care Reform Implementation for the Hispanic Community,” beginning tomorrow through Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Washington D.C.  This year’s conference brings together health care professionals and experts from across the country to work with NHMA and the Obama Administration on new Health Care Reform.

Future programs need to increase outreach to new affordable health insurance, the quality of health care and prevention programs with cultural competence and language services, and recruiting many more Hispanic medical, nursing, dental and public health students. 

According to NHMA, implementation of Health Care Reform is both an opportunity and a challenge for this country. “As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act signed into law, national policy leaders will address key challenges for Health Care Reform in Hispanic communities that require NHMA guidance,” stated Rios.  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS) Director, Dr. Donald Berwick, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Director, Dr. Mary Wakefield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Deputy Director, Judith Monroe, and American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) CEO, Karen Ignani,

National policy leaders will discuss their priorities and vision as to how their agencies can build culturally competent programs to outreach to the growing Hispanic population so more of them enroll in insurance and prevention programs, decrease costs of mental and physical care, and how they can create more jobs.

The Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas will speak on “Building a National Agenda on Healthy Aging, Eldercare and Healthy Hispanic Communities.  Dan Reyna, General Manager, U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission will discuss “Sustainable Safety Net Care in Hispanic Regions of the U.S.” Dr. Carlos Gonzales will keynote on how our nation needs Hispanic health care professional leaders to care for the expected 30 million new insured in this era of Health Care Reform.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Fake Dominican Republic Diplomat Scams Thousands Using Seinfeld Plot

Fake Dominican Republic Diplomat Scams Thousands Using Seinfeld Plot

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After pretending to be a Dominican Republic diplomat and collecting thousands of dollars for a fake charity he called “The Human Fund,” Francisco Calcano was arrested.

Calcano had raised $11,500 during the three months he put on this scam, including $5,000 from an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. He led the orphanage in La Vega to believe their donation would pay the cost of shipping for a bus donated by UNICEF, a bus that did not exist.

His plan fell apart when a suspicious Manhattan state senator, Adriano Espaillat questioned the charity’s legitimacy. Perhaps, the senator was a Seinfeld fan. During the show’s nine-year run, there were a number of hilarious moments and episodes, including one in which George Costanza starts a fake charity called, you guessed it, The Human Fund.

It is unclear whether Calcano’s unoriginal name for the charity tipped Sen. Espaillat off, but he said he grew suspicious of Calcano’s name-dropping, and began digging into his background. He eventually contacted the District Attorney’s office.

Allegedly, Calcano had been posing as Dominican Republic Ambassador Roberto Saladin or someone from the Dominican Embassy. He was reportedly telling victims that their contributions would help ship emergency vehicles to Salcedo, a city in northern DR.

If convicted, Calcano faces seven years in prison.

Read more at The Gothamist →

Carnival in Rio a Revenue and Attendance Winner for Brazil - 1,000,000 in Attendance

Yes we know the Carnival celebration in Rio, Brazil has been around for over 350 years but people still see it as something new each year to be a part of and 2011 was no different.

It is estimated that nearly 1,000,000 tourists attended the annual celebration.  This attendance figure is up almost by 250,000 or a 33% increase.  Most of those in attendance were international tourists versus native Brazilians who tend to stay home to celebrate at local festivals.

Brazilian tourism was hurt like all other international tourism in 2009 from the global economic recession but has quickly rebounded. 

Another cause for the increase in Carnival tourism are the street blocos parties that are free and some say more fun than the formal Carnival celebrations.  The street blocos tend to attract more locals and many tourists like celebrating with locals – this year there were over 400 of these free block parties.

The strong attendance figures for Carnival will allow Brazil to maintain its status as the number two most popular travel destination in Latin America. 

Read more at Rio Times Online →

First IBM Innovation Center Opens in Mexico, Developing Next Generation of Mexican Entrepreneurs

First IBM Innovation Center Opens in Mexico, Developing Next Generation of Mexican Entrepreneurs

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As part of efforts to fuel global innovation, IBM yesterday opened the first IBM Innovation Center in Mexico. Local start-ups, venture capitalists, developers and academics gathered there to begin building new skills that will drive innovation across industries such as banking, communications, healthcare, retail and government.

The Mexico center joins a worldwide network of 39 IBM Innovation Centers in 32 countries – including other growth nations, such as Brazil, Vietnam, Philippines and South Africa, which have opened centers over the past two years. The center is the first to open in 2011, as IBM marks its Centennial anniversary and 84-year presence in Mexico. Through this network, IBM connects local companies and entrepreneurs with technical and industry experts around the world and can support growth with introductions into new markets.

Beginning today, IBM will offer Mexican start-up companies no charge access to IBM software, researchers, and technical and business experts to help develop and launch new business ideas through the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative. 

Industry analyst firm BMI predicts IT spending in Mexico will continue to increase 11 percent in 2011 to US$13.6 billion. This IT growth is fueled by new government services and support infrastructure projects and growing interest in cloud computing across many industries. While the Mexican software opportunity is projected to grow in 2011, an estimated 80 percent of the US$2.5 billion spent on software will be imported.

The IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative launching in Mexico provides start-ups with no-charge access to industry-specific technologies in a cloud computing environment and access to IBM’s research community and sales, marketing and technical resources. This program has helped launch more than 500 new businesses worldwide, many in key growth markets, by providing technical expertise, coaching, and mentoring in areas such as business model development and marketing.

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California Dream Act Debate Intensifies

California Dream Act Debate Intensifies

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While recent census figures indicate that California is rapidly becoming a melting pot of immigrants on the road to becoming the new majority, a debate is sure to materialize in a California Assembly committee hearing today over the California Dream Act (AB 130).  At the heart of the matter will be the possible showdown between Assemblymen Gil Cedillo (D- Los Angeles) and Tim Donnelly (R- Claremont) over two contrasting visions on how the state should handle the proposed immigration policy that would grant financial aid to illegal immigrant children brought over by their parents.

Cedillo has taken to the San Jose Mercury News to make his case for the California Dream Act, vouching for its passage:

    “A paradox of our political culture is that while being uniquely a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of immigration restrictionists. We proclaim that we are ‘Proud to be Irish,’ or Polish, or Italian, but immigration policy throughout our history has been shaped by racism, fears of foreign influence, the anxiety generated from economic downturns and by political opportunism,” said Cedillo.

Cedillo has a legislative reputation in advocating for driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, and now access to financial aid for illegal immigrants that’s at the core of the California Dream Act.

Donnelly, on the other hand, is against the benefits that Cedillo espouses and is instead in favor of an Arizona-like law in California. A former member of the citizen-driven Minuteman border patrol movement, the Tea Party movement was a pivotal catalyst in propelling him to his current position in the California Assembly.

    “The facts are incontrovertible that allowing an illegal invasion of the United States will destroy the American Southwest, and very probably wipe out the freedoms we American Christians enjoy, as Muslim Extremists blend in with the so-called ‘innocent’ illegal aliens, and eventually proselytize them,” the assemblyman said as profiled in LA Weekly.

    “None of this bodes well for the citizens who live in Southern California now, nor will it improve the life of the poor alien, but it is well on its way to wiping out everything that was once good in Southern California,” he said in the same piece about illegal immigration.

Considering the political disposition of their respective constituencies, Cedillo and Donnelly’s oil and water views aren’t surprising. Los Angeles and Claremont are practically political polar opposites, the former of which is well-known for voting overwhelmingly liberal and the latter of which is the opposite, being that it lies in a more rural portion of Los Angeles County.

While the committee hearing today should provide some of the usual talking points regarding illegal immigration in California from both Cedillo and Donnelly, there is an opportune moment for those to whom the California Dream Act would apply.  With Governor Jerry Brown as the acting executive in the state, the bill seems likely to pass given that it’s been one of the key points of his platform. That is, if it gets out of committee.

With this in mind, California Dreamers will have an opportunity to apply the skills of their subsidized education to aid in rescuing the state from its Titanic-like economic downfall, proving that the state legislature’s investment in them at the expense of California taxpayers is worthwhile.  Given that California’s struggling taxpayers will be subsidizing their education, I would take it a step further and say that illegal immigrants who benefit from the bill have an obligation to prove to their skeptics that they will contribute to rebuilding a tattered California. If they fail to do so down the line, they will only continue to feed the arguments of their naysayers by their own actions.

Now is their time to shine.

Chris Guzman is an American Politics major from the Master’s College. He has written for Religion News Service, a secular newswire covering religion and ethics. His articles have been published in USA Today and other publications. Chris leans libertarian and is registered as an independent.

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El Salvador Awaits President Obama’s Visit and His “Commitment” to Immigration Reform

The Catholic Church in El Salvador awaits “a word of commitment“ from the President of the United States Barack Obama, during his upcoming visit to the Country on the 22nd and 23nd of March, for his part in pursuing the approval of immigration reform.

During the usual press conference on Sunday after Mass, Archbishop Escobar Alas of San Salvador said, that he sees this occasion as an “opportune moment”, as Obama is “coming to a country that is very much in need.” “We would like to ask the President of the United States for his efforts and his good will, so that complete immigration reform may take place during his presidency,” said the Archbishop of San Salvador.

“We know that not everything depends on him, but we would hope anyway, for a word of commitment, a word that somehow would give hope to achieving immigration reform,” he added.

The Foreign Minister, Hugo Martinez, said that El Salvador is evaluating the possibility of asking Obama for a “definitive migration solution” for its citizens living in the U.S. who enjoy the migration benefits of “Temporary Protection Status”.


Read more at Agencia Fides →

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